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09-25-2013, 03:03 AM,
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Recommend a Camera Please
I'm heading to a Seattle this weekend, and that means a trip to Fry's, the electronics Disneyland. Any advice on a modestly priced video camera I can mount on my bike or helmet? I'll have to go back and read the old thread on camera mounting too.

Any advice is much appreciated.
Cheers!
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09-25-2013, 04:17 AM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
(09-25-2013, 03:03 AM)SnaykByte Wrote: I'm heading to a Seattle this weekend, and that means a trip to Fry's, the electronics Disneyland. Any advice on a modestly priced video camera I can mount on my bike or helmet? I'll have to go back and read the old thread on camera mounting too.

Any advice is much appreciated.
Cheers!
@SnaykByte there are a million and one cameras out there and they all do a very similar job. It all depends on how much you want to spend and what sort of job you want to accomplish. I am using a no name brand camera I bought on eBay for about $90.00AUD a few years back, it produces very good video and is waterproof - well, heavy duty rain proof!!!

I have my camera mounted just outside the screen on the LHS, I found that when I mounted it behind the screen I was getting a lot of reflection from the curve in the screen.

Gibbo
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09-25-2013, 07:19 AM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
I'm not sure I agree entirely, I think there are two main type of camera the expensive ones: you get things like HD; lazer pointers; remote contolls; remote audio (inside your helmet); display screen(so you can see what you are filming while you are filming it, or instant playback); color (case) options, cool graphics and advertising campains.
And as gibbo says the no name ones, these are pretty much the same: good to reasonable picure quaility; simple operation.
the tough bit comes in the editing there a a billion differant programs, some easy to use some not some much; then there is the on line editing sites.
I will say this, to make an interesting video try to move the camera mount to different positions, it a bit of a pain you have to stop and do it but it does make more interesting video to watch, just my thoughts.
I have a cheap camera, here are some example of the quality
@Gibbo can you share a photo of your mount?
http://youtu.be/Ar-dw0HrVHM
http://youtu.be/u4x0aP6te_U
http://youtu.be/gdAdnb8r9VA
Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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09-25-2013, 08:42 AM,
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Recommend a Camera Please
@jmck nice videos. I like when you had it mounted to maybe your engine guard where you see the road and the front tire. Very cool.
2007 v star 650 Classic, raven with ghost flames
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09-25-2013, 10:30 AM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
The difference between the higher quality units and the eBay specials is often in the features, as @jmck says, but also in the video quality at what I call the "edges" - as in the edges of the envelope, not the picture (though that actually applies too). I.e. an inexpensive camera that provides decent quality on a sunny day may be almost useless at night, or even dusk or dawn. Some cameras, even a few of the mid-priced units, don't handle wide dynamic range well at all - i.e. if you are riding through alternating shadows from trees, for example, the video may be poor.

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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09-25-2013, 10:35 AM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
(09-25-2013, 10:30 AM)OldePhart Wrote: The difference between the higher quality units and the eBay specials is often in the features, as @jmck says, but also in the video quality at what I call the "edges" - as in the edges of the envelope, not the picture (though that actually applies too). I.e. an inexpensive camera that provides decent quality on a sunny day may be almost useless at night, or even dusk or dawn. Some cameras, even a few of the mid-priced units, don't handle wide dynamic range well at all - i.e. if you are riding through alternating shadows from trees, for example, the video may be poor.

John
your right, mine is crap the minute the sun goes down, someone posted (not long ago)a vid of thier new Drift Camera at night it was still great quaility
Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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09-25-2013, 10:56 AM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
I love my liquid image EGO
1080p, regular tripod mount attachhement, waterproof, and controlled by my iPhone ...


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09-25-2013, 04:37 PM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
Here's a link I didn't have time to find when I posted this morning because I was on my way out the door to go into the office. This is a pretty thorough review of 6 different mid- to high-range POV cameras. It's written by a skydiver, but many of the things that make a camera good for a skydiver apply to ride cameras, too.

http://www.dropzone.com/news/Gear/Best_P...d_854.html

John
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2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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09-25-2013, 05:55 PM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
I have toyed with the idea of doing videos but, the editing scares the poop out of me. I know from years of experience that you can record, store and play more data than a person will ever be able to look at. I think back when our computer labs used to have line printers pushing paper out by the ream and no one ever looked at more than a few pages, what a waste. Some of the comments on the forums makes me apprehensive about editing the videos and making something that doesn't bore a person to tears.

Is editing something the average smuck can learn to do, or is it a talent few possess?
Does it take hours of sorting, clipping and saving? (probably not the right words)
Is it a hobby in which the cost is in the big bucks arena?

Inquiring minds ask such questions.
Never tell someone more than they are willing to hear.
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09-25-2013, 06:48 PM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
(09-25-2013, 05:55 PM)commonground Wrote: I have toyed with the idea of doing videos but, the editing scares the poop out of me. I know from years of experience that you can record, store and play more data than a person will ever be able to look at. I think back when our computer labs used to have line printers pushing paper out by the ream and no one ever looked at more than a few pages, what a waste. Some of the comments on the forums makes me apprehensive about editing the videos and making something that doesn't bore a person to tears.

Is editing something the average smuck can learn to do, or is it a talent few possess?
Does it take hours of sorting, clipping and saving? (probably not the right words)
Is it a hobby in which the cost is in the big bucks arena?

Inquiring minds ask such questions.
the editing can be easy, I use window movie maker, after just a couple of trial an errors you get the hang of it, it does take a while because you have to veiw it all to get the best bits. but the challange is as you say not to bore a person to tears, a chalange that only a few master(not me)
Jmck
Two wheels moves me body and soul Cool
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09-25-2013, 07:32 PM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
The "mechanics" of editing videos is really quite easy and not at all expensive these days. I use Corel Video Studio Pro - I think it was around $90 if I remember correctly. It's not perfect but does a decent job although I'm not completely happy with the way it does "green screens."

These tools make it easy to trim, crop, combine, and transition between video clips and add special effects, titles, music and narration.

Now...turning out "wow" videos still requires talent, of which I possess little or none.

John
===========================
2011 V-Star 650 Custom (new in fall 2013)
V&H Cruzer Pipes, Memphis Shades Bat Wing, Floorboards, Highway Bars,
Locking Bags, Tail Rack, LED Signals & Aux Brake Lights, Headlight Modulator,
Brake Light Modulator, 5/8" Gel Pad Under Upholstery.
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09-25-2013, 07:39 PM,
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
one of my favorite hobbies is to film my rides and make music videos out of them. i use multiple GoPro cameras which i believe are the king of affordable compact action cameras. the newer models can shoot decent footage at night unlike the previous models that i have. check out some of my videos to see some of the things you can do with the cameras and with editing.

http://www.youtube.com/user/whitedevil2/videos
Ride to work. Work to ride.
i make motorcycle videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/whitedevil2/videos
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09-25-2013, 08:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 09-25-2013, 09:02 PM by Gibbo.)
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RE: Recommend a Camera Please
@jmck as requested my camera mount.
I like your idea of moving the camera around to different mounting points and I watched most of your videos using the different views, I liked all of them. You're right about editing once you have the hang of it the more fun it becomes in turning something boring into something easy to view, as @bevo1981 says. @OldePhart there are a million and one types of programs and cameras, but the great leveller is $$$$$$$ and these alone will decide what you end up with. @commonground using a camera and editing is like riding your bike all it takes is practice practice practice.

My question now is: @SnaykByte are you getting an answer to your original question?


                   

Forgot one, the camera from the rear. This camera, has a laser beam for getting the angle right, remote control for turning it on/off/record/save and I can recharge the battery and still use the camera on the fly (the USB cable) which runs down the frame and under the seat and I can then plug it into my external power supply/source.

Gibbo

   
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