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for summernight. Kaiser Baas Sports camera. Mounted with cable ties to shoulder strap of backpack - working on getting the alignment right.
Heavy compression for upload purposes - raw video is cleaner.
Thank you. How good is the licence plate number readability from a raw video?
Hmm... There is no car that passes you going in the same direction in that clip to give an idea. I'm not sure I'd expect my camera to see a plate on the other side of the road but would hope it sees plates on my side of the road. Do you have a clip of a car passing you from behind?
(Sorry to be fussy).
A clarification on iPad processing of Contour Roam2 video. Using the SD adapter I can upload video directly to Photos and import to iMovie, without using any other apps. In iMovie I can edit the video, add music from iTunes and upload to Youtube or other social media (or save edited back to photos). All this after my shower on arrival at work.
I now only use Storyteller to edit camera settings.
On similar lines for the iPhone, I have had success with using an Airstash to transfer video fron the microSD card in a Contour, into the Camera Roll, where you can trim and upload to Youtube at HD. The Camera app will happily play raw 60fps footage from the Contour once it's in the Camera Roll, even though Itunes wouldn't let you sync the same thing to Videos. The Airstash app can delete files off the SD card to free up space.
The Airstash makes it possible to handle all your bike camera footage without the need to take a laptop, say when you go on holiday, or even at work if you can't use a locked down corporate PC.
I have got some little 808s now and have even bought some Tic Tac lollies thanks to Graham's idea about using the box as a water proof caseing. Just a quickie if anyone can help - how the hell do you cut the holes in the box for the lens/cords and what do you use without shattering the bloody thing. maybe i'm too ham fisted, or unco, but i keep cracking boxes. even a sharp stanley knife seems to just cause a long crack the length of the lolly box.
Any tips? thanks guys.
Dremel I'd think
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I managed to do one with a cordless drill. Start with the smallest drill bit possible (I think I started with 1.5mm) then gradually increase the hole size with progressively larger bits. The lens hole should be easy as it's just circular - the cable one, however, can be a bit fiddly. I eventually managed to do this by wiggling the spinning bit from side to side - Need to be gentle though as I broke a few before I actually got one to work. (Lucky for me my kids like Tic Tacs). I'd suggest doing the side first so that, if it does break, you haven't wasted time doing the lens hole already. The other thing I've done slightly differently is, rather than use perspex to cover the lens hole, I've used cut sections of the (broken) Tic Tac boxes - which should be OK providing the plastic is unblemished.
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Alternative to drilling is to melt plastic - I created a case last weekend & the holes were cut by heating a screwdriver tip with a cig lighter. No cracking at all.
How are you planning to waterproof the holes? I've used inner tube to cover but allow to turn on/off. Gel Grip was adhesive used for inner tube but hot glue for lens as will need easy replacement of lens at some point.
Also only need one hole for 808 #16 on switch if you use auto on setting in set up - which is way to go!
Now anyone have some new really good mounting ideas - not yet convinced by those seen so far - currently I'm using a shaped block of closed cell foam on the bars but only a 1st attempt.
Michael: I was just wondering which helmet mount you bought for your Roam2. I presume no mounting accessories come with the camera, since near the bottom of this Wiggle page for the Roam2 ( http://www.wiggle.com/contour-roam-2/ ) various extras for mounting are shown, eg: Countour flex strap at $28.50 ( http://www.wiggle.com/contour-flex-strap/ ); a helmet mount package at about $57 ( http://www.wiggle.com/contour-roam-2/ ); and a bike mount package, including handlebar mounts, at about $80 ( http://www.wiggle.com/contour-bike-mounts/ ).
It's amazing how many people smiled at me this morning (even with a guy putting on a great big cheesy grin and waving madly) simply because I have a helmet mounted camera there were so many people on the road this morning and so many waves (and cheesy grin guy) I started to look at my kit to check for holes in inappropriate areas
Don't get me wrong, it is so much nicer than getting yelled at by motorists.
Anyone else experience this?
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Harvey Norman Electus HD Camera has been in for repair for over 6 weeks and today they tell me I have a $78 store credit and to bring the accessories back.
What a piece of shite and crap service from Harvey Norman. Why should I accept a store credit after such a long time and 5 visits to find out what's going on...
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Did you go all teletubby with the GoPro? That look makes me smile, possibly quite cheesily. XP
Sorry to hear about your woes. That is poor of Hardly Normal. Maybe kick up a stink and ask for a complete refund and not store credit?
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Well the GoPro may have come in handy yesterday - the cyclist in front of me got assaulted by a passenger of a car. The incident was captured by my handlebar mounted GoPro, although the GoPro decided to change darkness filters just before the incident so the footage is in slight shadow, but the actions can be seen. I'm highly recommending cameras to anyone now after witnessing that seemingly unprovoked attack. The cyclist who was attacked said he'd been thinking about getting a camera.
I gave my details to the cyclist, got the plate number and he can do what he wants with the footage and my willingness to be a witness in any police investigation.
I'm now certain I'm going to get two more smaller cameras (the Jumbo #808s) for the rear view and for an unobtrusive helmet camera.
I'd love to buy a gopro, but for my limited use (commuting and recreational) the Jumbo 808 is an awesome camera for the price. I was extremely impressed with the footage it captured, plus it's been bounced around in it's tic-tac containers and it's still kicking.
I know the gopro would be good and I'll still buy one when I save up the dollars, but the $50odd a jumbo costs, it's a no-brainer for a commuter, in my opinion.
It's been crashed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMG7PZ4LNvw
Commuter raced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJmtfCgNRHo
on the gokart (and flew off the side pod and survived): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHxmSLOgrps
and it's been to work (looks foggy in lower res): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlyf9pOwU7c
and I have an aldi camera which looks like a newer oregon atc in an older body which is attached as a rear camera: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KXU65hqJbU
I honestly don't know why any cyclist wouldn't have one. The Jumbo #808's are dirt cheap and to be quite blunt the Contour Roam isn't exactly expensive and nor is it obtrusive as a helmet cam. Whenever I hire a car I have a cam mounted as a dashcam and from this Sunday my wife's car will have a dashcam that records whenever the ignition is on.
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