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On-Bike Camera Suggestions?
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    Hey folks,

    Anyone have recommendations on a relatively inexpensive on-bike camera setup? I'd like to get some of my race footage and transfer it to DVD.

    thanks!
    "fast and furry-ous"

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    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ist&sku=415076

    Danny,

    This is what I'm running along with Steve Balch #63. with a 2G SD card I can hold 4 races in HD with no problems. Battery life is the only weakside but with a generator is it really that big of a deal? I'm going to be at 2-fast if you want to check it out.

    Mike

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    Thanks Mike!

    Where do you normally mount the camera and the second lens?
    "fast and furry-ous"

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    I run a bullet camera from chasecam.com (the 520 line version). The bullet camera is powered off the bike. Then for recording I run an Aiptek MPVR (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...54190-9214538). The recorder is strapped in a camera bag attached to my front fairing stay and runs off of battery power.

    In the future I want to get the chasecam recorder but when I have $600 to spend on that instead of tires I'll go right ahead.

    For my camera location take a look at the picture in my signature at the neck area of George Washington. That little hole is where the bullet camera is located. The microphone is also located right behind that.

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    thanks Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlippis View Post
    Thanks Mike!

    Where do you normally mount the camera and the second lens?
    Here's a quick vid that I uploaded to youtube. Quality is actually better than you see here. Not sure what YouTube does that makes it worse.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN1wQ2X2i4s

    I just duct taped the bullet cam in a niche in the fairing...
    Steve Balch

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlippis View Post
    Thanks Mike!

    Where do you normally mount the camera and the second lens?
    the remote is mounted center of the windscreen on top of the gauge cluster. The camera I velcro to the left ram air tube. if you go to www.dragthatknee.com you can see the video's. If you want the true quality d/l the codec and install it and d/l the raw files that say (require Codec) these are recorded in 720P so they are HD quality stuff. for the Camera and memory I'm into it less than $400, and love the quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...ist&sku=415076

    Danny,

    This is what I'm running along with Steve Balch #63. with a 2G SD card I can hold 4 races in HD with no problems. Battery life is the only weakside but with a generator is it really that big of a deal? I'm going to be at 2-fast if you want to check it out.

    Mike
    I looked at one of those, but found the video quality pretty poor. It records in MP4 format, which is pretty lossy. The best setup is a MiniDV camcorder with a 480 line minimum bullet camera.

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    Not sure when you looked at it..but I will disagree..but to each his own. And the real question is how much do you want to spend to get video on a shitty track and hwo much risk are you willing to have and trash a $1k cam setup vs a $300 cam setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
    the remote is mounted center of the windscreen on top of the gauge cluster. The camera I velcro to the left ram air tube. if you go to www.dragthatknee.com you can see the video's. If you want the true quality d/l the codec and install it and d/l the raw files that say (require Codec) these are recorded in 720P so they are HD quality stuff. for the Camera and memory I'm into it less than $400, and love the quality.
    Are you using a different camera than the one in the link you posted? The one in the link is not HD - looks like it only does 640x480 MP4, and 720x480 is not HiDef either.


    Here's quick vid I took in Reno - Sony MiniDV w/ tank mount ~ $300. Obviously the camera gets in the way on the straights, but a quality bullet cam (Hoyt) is under $200 - so all together under $500, and waaay better quality than any MP4 harddisk recorder.


    http://www.eternaltides.com/Media/Re...eway_1_Lap.wmv <--> and this was downconverted to be under 50mb.



    Helmet/bullet cam - http://www.hoyttech.com/index.cfm?fu...Product_ID=311

    Camcorder - http://www.dbuys.com/product?40805&cart_id=23472978
    Last edited by theJrod; 05-14-2007 at 01:24 PM.

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