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Old 03-14-09, 05:44 PM   #1
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Make Your Own Camera Mount: Post Vids as Well If You Make Any

I added a cheap little $3 camera mount from conduit electrical hanger at Home Depot. Took advantage of the strap and meter in case the cam fell off. I'm going to have to tinker with it to reduce the vibration. I also bought one to mount to the frame as well.





Here's a clip of the Fordam Road and Central Park hill and 5th Avenue. I thought I had more footage, but my battery wasn't charged when I left and I only got a little of the ride All the noise is from the meter hitting the stem
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Old 03-14-09, 06:10 PM   #2
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I watched your first vid and now i feel like im gonna throw up.

Cool idea though. I give you credit for putting it together.
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Old 03-14-09, 06:24 PM   #3
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nice work, i love seeing diy bike gadgets. however, i too felt like throwing up after watching those vids. a helmet mount or drop-down system may function better in terms of vibration.
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drop down system? what's that? I'm going to try and make a helmet mount soon, this was just a quick test to see how it ran
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yeah unless its on a track you probably want to stick to helmet cam..
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hey you have the same camera as me. you can make a cheapo wideangle for it using a waterbottle top and a peephole thing from an old door. you can also switch out the "lenses" to get bigger and smaller views. granted, until the camera gets a little steadier this will most likely make folks viewing your videos even sicker. but they're fun to mess around with anyway. heres some pics of the infernal device.
oh yeah, it helps to scrape out a bit of the plastic inside the cap so it fits snug on your camera.

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wow that's nifty. I may want to try that out! Great Idea
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i guess helmet is the way to go. i was just thinking about whether one can rig up a drop-down type of attachment that has some suspension or whatever.

that bottlecap mod seems interesting!
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I liked the moron on the 3 wheeled jackass machine taking up a whole lane trying to pump himself up the hill... the camera is a good idea though
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Nice Dom. How'd you figure out the right bolt to use to mount the camera?
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id consider covering the screw part if youre going to keep the mount on without the camera. it looks like a good start!
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Nice Dom. How'd you figure out the right bolt to use to mount the camera?
thanks. I look up tripods and it said most camera's have a 1/4" threading

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id consider covering the screw part if youre going to keep the mount on without the camera. it looks like a good start!
I don't keep it like that, i was just taking a pic to show what goes on
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What about a chest mounted cam? Would that reduce vibration and still be awesome? Might be steadier than a helmet cam, and could clip onto your mess bag with rotatable cell-phone-holder-like-thing.

Something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VHwDAYmrnc (skip to a minute in)
or this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgiCuWQet4Q (with a better angle)
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I made a little mod to help with the vibration a little (don't know if it helped much, but I tried)


Here's my 1st compilation vid of today's ride
Riding the Bronx
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Slik makes an excellent camera mount which is designed to clamp onto tubes. It is rock-solid, adusts in any direction, and will fit a wide variety of tube sizes, such as handlbars and stems, or seatposts and frame tubes. I'll post a pic of it tomorrow. I bought one at a camera store here in Tokyo, the cost was about $60.
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At Urban Outfitters, they sell a camera mount that's supposed to go on top of a 2 liter bottle. Happens to fit over a 1" steerer tube really well, if you have a bit of tube above your stem.
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Gyeswho....you're one of the best posters on BF. Keep it up bud.

Too bad I can't say the same for myself.
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I just bought one of these:

and then i just put it on my handlebar with the help of a rubber band.

http://vimeo.com/2457086 <-filmed this vid with that setup.
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my friends was selling a product similar to this, i think they are called "go-pro" helmet cams. pretty inexpensive and work well.
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thanks. I look up tripods and it said most camera's have a 1/4" threading
According to the internet, it's a 1/4"-20, so 20 threads per inch if anyone's considering making one.
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Here's my 1st compilation vid of today's ride
Riding the Bronx
Some pretty tight squeezes in the middle there.
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Hey gyeswho, when ur riding are you purposely trying to not rock the bike? Or are you just riding?

I think the vids look good. I was just thinking put them to music to ditch the wind noise, and then u did...
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Hey gyeswho, when ur riding are you purposely trying to not rock the bike? Or are you just riding?

I think the vids look good. I was just thinking put them to music to ditch the wind noise, and then u did...
Thanks. I'm just riding, no trying to keep things stable.
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my friends was selling a product similar to this, i think they are called "go-pro" helmet cams. pretty inexpensive and work well.
That's the camera I was going to buy too, but I wanted to see if this would work 1st. I think I may eventually buy it because I really like the amount of mounting options available for it and would do some pretty cool stuff with it
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Your videos would be much better if you mounted the camera to the frame instead of the bar or stem. It also helps if you have a camera with image stabilization.

Below is the Slik camera mount attached to my Gios. It adjusts to fit many sizes, so I can put in on pretty much anyplace on my bike, facing in any direction. The camera is a Samsung sports camcorder, which is small, weather resistant, and has image stabilization. I bought it for $200 when Comp USA went under.

I tried it out last week in Tokyo on my old Schwinn, but I forgot to format the memory card. The video was fine, but the audio was choppy. I'll record a couple more this week and post them.

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