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    Camera Mounts - Tachyon XC HD

    Hi everyone,

    I recently bought a Tachyon XC HD helmet camera and I'm having some problems figuring out a good way to mount it during rides (I ride road bikes primarily). I'm looking for good ways to attach the camera to a bike helmet. It comes with a side mount but I don't really want to put permanent 3M Velcro strips on top of my vents.

    Is there a way to attach it to your shoulder or chest, or maybe the bike frame itself in a way that doesn't interfere when you're out of the saddle? I'm thinking that might be the most stable.

    I've also got the optional handlebar mount but it's pretty big and might not be a good fit. I haven't attached it to my handlebars yet.

    Thanks for any suggestions,
    neneboricua

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    I'm considering getting the Tachyon HD. Did you ever figure out a good solution?

    How's the low light performance riding at night on the road?

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    I ended up using the handlebar mount. It fit pretty well but the video is shaky when riding over rough roads.

    I also figured out how to use the helmet mount with a bike helmet. I ended up taking a velcro strap and threading it through some of the vents on the side of my helmet, then sliding the helmet mount ontop of the strap. It looks similar to how they mount the camera to ski goggles. If you tighten the velcro strap well, it's pretty secure. The only thing is that I don't like the extra weight on the side of my bike helmet for extended periods of time.

    I think the best option would be to mount it to the top of your bike helmet, if you can. My particular helmet makes that difficult but I asked Tachyon Customer Support for suggestions and they sent me links to a bunch of sample pictures they have to give people ideas.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tachyonxc/page3/
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Tac...C/254143607929

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    I mounted my Tachyon XC on top of helmet using Nite Rider light helmnt mount system.
    It has 2 fiber/nylon straps and foam on base. I bolted a Tachyon mount to the top of it and use the straps to tie thru the helmet vents. This holds tightly but I do not like helmet mount since I cannot insure the camera is pointing in right direction, and not till after filming and reviewing at home do I know if I had it right or not.
    Also I find helmont mount does add considerable weight and feels awkard on head and neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjc100 View Post
    I mounted my Tachyon XC on top of helmet using Nite Rider light helmnt mount system.
    Mind posting a pic of this? I was thinking of trying to do something like that but hadn't figured out a secure way yet.

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    Check this mount. http://content.photojojo.com/diy/att...-to-your-bike/

    I wasn't pleased with the Tachyon I bought.

    Here a video I made and how I made it using the above mount, post #1 and #8

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...pend-some-time

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    I've struggled to find a camera setup that allows to handlebar mount without suffering from camera bumping and whatnot. I have a Koadk Playsport that I attach to the bars with a JOBY GorillaPod and the results are ok, but not great. The image stabilization of the Kodak works pretty well (best on 720p @ 60fps), but not as good as I would like. I realize this is a complete impossibility, but check this out... would cure our qualms: http://gizmodo.com/#!5098255/hackmod...era-stabilizer

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    nexusonemeover,

    Use a program called the deshaker with VirtualDub to smooth out your raw video. Here a guide for using it.

    http://www.sundancemediagroup.com/ar...aker_guide.htm

    This is a before and after video I made up using the program. The right side is without. The left is with. This is done after you shoot your video.

    http://video.yahoo.com/watch/7210237/18787156

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyro View Post
    nexusonemeover,

    Use a program called the deshaker with VirtualDub to smooth out your raw video. Here a guide for using it.

    http://www.sundancemediagroup.com/ar...aker_guide.htm

    This is a before and after video I made up using the program. The right side is without. The left is with. This is done after you shoot your video.

    http://video.yahoo.com/watch/7210237/18787156
    thats pretty neat. thanks for the information... seems like it just deletes some frames and then splices back the remaining frames? :-)

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    http://www.guthspot.se/video/deshaker.htm

    Here's the creators page. Should have posted this too

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    I found Deshaker as well and it does help a lot. But if your video is really shaky, it will seem to elongate the frames because the difference between the frames in the original video is just so large. The Tachyon XC HD records HD video at 30fps. Normally that's ok, but if the video is REALLY shaky, there just isn't enough frames for deshaker to compensate for the distortion between frames. Maybe a camera that records at 60fps won't have as much trouble with extremely shaky video (like from really rough roads or mountain biking).

    If you ride over relatively smooth roads, a helmet mount while using an image stabilization program like Deshaker will work pretty well, but if you ride over very rough roads or are recording very fast paced action, I think a helmet mount will work better because your body will absorb more of the road vibration. You can then use Deshaker to make the video even better.

    neneboricua

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