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    ghetto cameras. how do you record your rides?

    anyone too poor to buy a real camera have ghetto ways of attaching their digi's to their helmets or bikes or anything? simply curious

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    oh yeah!!! lol

    i took one of my old moto helemts, DRILLED a hole right through the top of it and stuck a bolt with a nut on it through..its GHETTO!!! will post pics later!
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    Sometimes I dangle mine from my top tube on velcro straps. Looks fast, and the camera swings wide into turns, which looks really zippy. Makes for a lot of jiggly on slickrock though. I swear I trashed my heads on that one.

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    I ziptied my olympus digi camera to my helmet (giro xen) and got some pretty good footage. Adjusting the agle is a bit difficult though, because I ziptied between two vents directly on top and it tended to point the camera too far down.

    but it definately secures teh camera, I didn't hold back too much in my riding and it was fine.

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    me trying my ghetto helmet cam w/ a digi >_>




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    is that so you can take on the fly shots?
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    I usually paint oil paintings to memorialize my rides. Not so great rides, I use acrylic.
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    my ghetto ghettoness...

    so after remembering last night about this thread, i snapped some pix of one of my old moto helmets w/ camera attached. and here they are..

    ghetto helmet cam #1
    ghetto helmet cam #2
    ghetto helmet cam holder
    ghetto bike rack / stand
    ghetto bike work station

    wow...im ghetto
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    hahaha thats so awesome! such a huge camera

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLL
    I usually paint oil paintings to memorialize my rides. Not so great rides, I use acrylic.
    Nice.

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    Uhm, OK
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    I'm thinking of getting one of these and trying it out.

    http://firevideo.net/
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    I run these cameras... just awesome... XD Go Pro Cameras makes some sweet stuff. The Digital Hero 3 is super small and light and it's all built in. Video quality is pretty decent as well.

    http://goprocamera.com/

    Here are some sample videos. Sorry about my lack of skill and headbobbing... XD
    http://www.vsocial.com/video/?d=225211
    http://www.vsocial.com/video/?d=223073

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    that fire helmet cam is exactly like my atc2k by oregon scientific, actually I think it is the exact one.

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    Pretty Easy

    Quote Originally Posted by tiniweenie06
    anyone too poor to buy a real camera have ghetto ways of attaching their digi's to their helmets or bikes or anything? simply curious
    I got a cheap digital camera, a Canon A430. The one really cool thing about it is that you can shoot a single movie as long as you have battery power and a card big enough to hold the video. The original results seemed to be about as good as one of those sport solid state cameras that go for $300. Then agian, this A430 would probably not survive any abuse on the trail for long.

    Just for kicks, I shot a movie from the paved road to the bottom of China Camp.... about 8 miles and 45 minutes of middle paced flow.

    I attached my camera to an old beater helmet with a 1/4-20 (the standard camera mount size and thread) bolt and a few washers. In the back of my mind, I was worried I would stack and end up in the ER with a 1/4-20 bolt stuck in my skull.

    Here are the results after Google de-resed it all to heck. It is also seriously long and boring. I need to learn to edit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cmktech
    that fire helmet cam is exactly like my atc2k by oregon scientific, actually I think it is the exact one.

    Thanks for the info on that, looks like I can save a few bucks by buying direct. Can you post a link to any videos you have taken so I can check out the quality? Thanks in advance.
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    I haven't ventured into video yet. I only do still pictures. I have a camera case on my camelback. The only downside was doing an endo on a local trail and landing on the camera. The upside - I got to buy a new camera.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pimpbot
    I got a cheap digital camera, a Canon A430. The one really cool thing about it is that you can shoot a single movie as long as you have battery power and a card big enough to hold the video. The original results seemed to be about as good as one of those sport solid state cameras that go for $300. Then agian, this A430 would probably not survive any abuse on the trail for long.

    I actually enjoyed the video,thanks very much.I also have the same camera so I may give it a shot on a ride.
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    I just have my old digital camera set to video mode. I have a piece of cheap stock with predrilled holes I got for $1.74 from hope depot zip-tied in there semi-permanently. The camera mounts to the front of the helmet via this piece using the standard 1/4 inch bolt like would be used for a tripod. The mount is concealed by my visor when not used for the camera. Little jiggly, but at $1.74 it is the cheapest and seems to work fairly well.

    Or check out the full-quality version at https://www.subliminalshiver.com/Sub...ller_Time.html
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    that looks so cleanly put on. barely qualifies as ghetto

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    I wonder if I'm the only one around who uses a high-definition camcorder as a helmet cam. In fact, I bought my Canon HV20 primarily to use as a helmet cam. Here's what I look like with that on my head:


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    Quote Originally Posted by erginguney
    I wonder if I'm the only one around who uses a high-definition camcorder as a helmet cam.
    No you aren't. There are a number of folks who use camcorders, SD or HD, as helmetcams.

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    I've got great results zip tying a small flexy tripod to my helmet and then screwing on an ordinary digital camera. As has been noted before, it probably wouldn't survive too much.... like hitting any branches, but the footage came out far better than my Oregon Scientific sports cam. I was so deeply disappointed with that POS. I'll convert some footage to low res. enough for Youtube and see if looks good enough to embed.

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    As promised

    Here's some footage in Rotorua with me in front and my brother following. We swapped helmets for this track, but he didn't want my sweaty bandana, so the weight of the camera made it flop around quite a lot, resulting in quite a lot of shake.

    Damn Youtube sucks out a lot of detail doesn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bshallard
    Damn Youtube sucks out a lot of detail doesn't it?
    Use vimeo... much better quality.

    But I still haven't got around on how to embed its videos here...

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    hahaha that looks so awesome. i need to post up some of my video soon :P

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    I use duct tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Use vimeo... much better quality.

    But I still haven't got around on how to embed its videos here...


    Done.



    Looks much better. Found some other fun stuff there too. Work is so quiet and boring at the moment I needed it.

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    ...best bike cam ever, taken from the surly blog
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    This one's got my vote.
    http://www.vholdr.com/shoot/camera/overview
    Just turn it on and go!

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    I found this link yesterday. It shows you how to use the handlebar reflector mount that came with your bike and turn it into a camera mount. I think I'm gonna do it.

    http://www.mtnbikeriders.com/2008/09...-camera-mount/
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    Quote Originally Posted by urinal mint
    No you aren't. There are a number of folks who use camcorders, SD or HD, as helmetcams.
    Sir Bikes A Lot uses a HD cam
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    Quote Originally Posted by subliminalshiver
    I just have my old digital camera set to video mode. I have a piece of cheap stock with predrilled holes I got for $1.74 from hope depot zip-tied in there semi-permanently. The camera mounts to the front of the helmet via this piece using the standard 1/4 inch bolt like would be used for a tripod. The mount is concealed by my visor when not used for the camera. Little jiggly, but at $1.74 it is the cheapest and seems to work fairly well.

    Or check out the full-quality version at
    interesting and simple concoction. could you show the stock without the camera mounted? i cannot make where/how the camera mounts or what the holes in the stock are for.

    i bought the flip helmet/handlebar mount but it doesn't hold my casio digital camera real tight and i get a lot of jitter when shooting on our AZ rocky trails.

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