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    Video: WA State CX Championships

    2011 WA State CX Championship race, Cat-4 35+, first lap

    My season long rival and I both had helmet cams rolling for this race, and we finished within 3 seconds of each other, there were quite a few back-and-forth trades of the lead position (between him and me, not the actual race lead) so you can see each of us at different times. Next time, I'll know to check the camera aim ahead of time (I had Ken's aimed too low) but still it's pretty cool.

    Turn the volume down, the wind noise gets kinda loud.

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    Very nice! I really like the dual-camera view.

    Was the audio from Ken's camera? It didn't sound like a ContourHD. Call me weird, but I can tell the difference between the audio of Contour and GoPro cameras, especially since I own both. His didn't sound like a GoPro either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    Very nice! I really like the dual-camera view.

    Was the audio from Ken's camera? It didn't sound like a ContourHD. Call me weird, but I can tell the difference between the audio of Contour and GoPro cameras, especially since I own both. His didn't sound like a GoPro either.
    Ken was wearing my old VholdR Twenty/20. (The predecessor to the ContourHD 720); first gen unit from the company. His audio overpowered anything from mine with the wind noise most of the time. I need to glue some windscreening foam over the mic-hole on that camera.

    I'm hoping to do a lot more filming next season, see about picking up a couple more ContourHD cams on the cheap if I can since they're replacing them with the Contour Roam. I'm also fab'ing an underseat mount for a rear-facing "chase cam".
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    Good idea! You don't want the ContourROAM. It is a dumbed-down, crippled camera with a non-removable battery and no 60fps mode.

    This is what I did to my ContourHD to reduce wind noise. It helped a little, but I still reduce the volume on descent clips so the viewer doesn't get blasted with wind noise when the video transitions from a climbing clip to a descent.

    I read that wind also enters the camera through the gaps between the front LED and the camera case, so that's the reason for the tape over the LED.


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    Quote Originally Posted by freighttraininguphill View Post
    Good idea! You don't want the ContourROAM. It is a dumbed-down, crippled camera with a non-removable battery and no 60fps mode.
    Really? I had no idea that they got rid of the removable battery! What a horrible idea. I thought all they did was integrate the on/off mode into the [rec] switch.
    I love the removable battery because I picked up a crapload of 1250Ah Nokia batteries for $5.00/ea and a wall-plug charger for under ten bucks. I keep a stash of batteries and microSD cards with my gear, and I can swap mounts to my teammates all day at a CX race and only have 2 cameras. (No need for the genuine Contour $30 battery and $30 charger when it's just a BL-5c battery.)

    I will give Contour credit on the new Flex Strap mount, though. They're what we used for the helmet mounts, and it's solid! Much better than their old Vented Helmet mount with the crummy velcro straps that never got tight enough.

    I'll look into sealing up the LED on my cams, too. Maybe I'll just dab a bit of clear silicone caulking over the hole so I can still see the LED.

    *edit*
    I can still nab a ContourHD 1080p for under $140, so I might snag a couple of them.
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    Really cool video! Man that course had some length, and a pretty awesome layout. How long (mileage wise) was a lap on that thing? Looked like a section of sand on the one part of the run. Sucked for that one dude who got bogged in it with about 15 - 20 feet to go. Nice job by the both of ya on that lap!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Really? I had no idea that they got rid of the removable battery! What a horrible idea. I thought all they did was integrate the on/off mode into the [rec] switch.
    I love the removable battery because I picked up a crapload of 1250Ah Nokia batteries for $5.00/ea and a wall-plug charger for under ten bucks. I keep a stash of batteries and microSD cards with my gear, and I can swap mounts to my teammates all day at a CX race and only have 2 cameras. (No need for the genuine Contour $30 battery and $30 charger when it's just a BL-5c battery.)

    I will give Contour credit on the new Flex Strap mount, though. They're what we used for the helmet mounts, and it's solid! Much better than their old Vented Helmet mount with the crummy velcro straps that never got tight enough.

    I'll look into sealing up the LED on my cams, too. Maybe I'll just dab a bit of clear silicone caulking over the hole so I can still see the LED.

    *edit*
    I can still nab a ContourHD 1080p for under $140, so I might snag a couple of them.
    Yup. They also removed the 848x480 60fps FastWVGA mode as well as the 720p 60fps mode. I use the FastWVGA mode because the 60fps frame rate reduces rolling shutter waviness in the picture. It also is supposed to give you the best battery life.

    I carry two spare batteries on my climbing rides. Since I record the entire ride with the helmet-mounted ContourHD, I always end up swapping batteries mid-ride. Good luck doing a long ride with a Roam.

    I tried just the electrical tape over the mic hole first, but that had a very minimal effect so I put the clear tape over the LED so I can still see it.

    I have the Flex Strap mount too. I posted a video of a ride with the camera mounted to the head tube a while back. That mounting location eliminates the side-to-side movement of the bars on climbs. Here's an older post with the video: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...1#post13490854

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