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I finally have a videocam ... which way to point it?

Old 04-01-16, 12:56 PM
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FWIW, I use a motorcycle camera: https://bullethd.com/en/ that uses go-pro mounts. Handlebar vibration has not been a problem since the lens is remote and the weight is almost nothing. it's also water resistant.

Sample video here. Set YouTube to 1080p. https://youtu.be/CYi1R23x9_A
Despite the blinking headlight, the car pulled out in front of us and killed our momentum right as we were set to go up little round top...

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Old 04-01-16, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by lineinthewater View Post

I'm surprised you didn't just keep extra batteries around for the SVC200, and rotate em. Since they use that generic nokia battery, you can buy a bunch at $5 a pop.
I own the SVC200, and this is my solution. It has a very noticeable low battery warning sound, so I just keep a spare in my pocket. The included charger for mine failed, but low cost chargers are available. I use this one.

Amazon.com: Kastar BL-5C Battery (1-Pack) and intelligent mini travel Charger ( with high speed portable USB charge function) for NOKIA 1100,2112,2270,2280,2285,2300,2600,2850,3100,3105,3120,3600,3620,3650,3660,5140,6108,6280,5030,5130, 6030,6085,6086

Battery life is about 2.5 hours on the SVC200 using the highest bitrate (18 Mb) at 1080p 30fps.
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Old 04-01-16, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by dragoonO1 View Post
I own the SVC200, and this is my solution. It has a very noticeable low battery warning sound, so I just keep a spare in my pocket. The included charger for mine failed, but low cost chargers are available. I use this one.

Amazon.com: Kastar BL-5C Battery (1-Pack) and intelligent mini travel Charger ( with high speed portable USB charge function) for NOKIA 1100,2112,2270,2280,2285,2300,2600,2850,3100,3105,3120,3600,3620,3650,3660,5140,6108,6280,5030,5130, 6030,6085,6086

Battery life is about 2.5 hours on the SVC200 using the highest bitrate (18 Mb) at 1080p 30fps.
That's funny - that charger has been in my cart for months. I was meaning to get around to buying some batteries, and a charger, once I started using the camera.
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Old 04-01-16, 04:05 PM
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I was trying to mount the camera on the handlebar today (just to get things rolling), but despite having a ton of various plastic adapters/mounts, I couldn't come up with anything. I have one of those mounts where bike headlights would typically slide on and lock. Unfortunately, I don't have the mating side. Maybe my local mechanic has some front lights that don't work anymore, so I can break out the dremel and create an adapter to double-stick tape and bolt to the bottom of the camera. I'd like the quick-release option for the camera.
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Old 04-01-16, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
No, and I need to deal with that.

I did write to them and ask that they please include a tether point in future products. I don't know if they will or not.

I may just cement a tiny loop to it somewhere.
I think I just saw your youtube review - good stuff. I busted up when I saw all those lights on your bike. Before you started talking, I thought you actually rode with that many lights. lol. I totally agree about the lesser power tail lights that claim to be daytime riding. I used to use one, but after seeing it at a distance in full daylight, I quickly came to the conclusion that it was almost worthless, and that wearing more white clothing was far more effective.
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Old 04-01-16, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
No, and I need to deal with that.

I did write to them and ask that they please include a tether point in future products. I don't know if they will or not.

I may just cement a tiny loop to it somewhere.
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I was looking at it tonight, and I may have a solution. In the screw holes, on the back, you will find rubber plugs. I pulled one out, threaded a line through it, glued the rubber plug back in the screw hole, then attached a small clip to the line.


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Old 04-03-16, 07:29 AM
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I think that where you mount it and the direction the camera faces would depend on what your intended purpose is. It hasn't actually been specified, exactly. Mainly for deterrence, as visible as possible from behind. On the helmet, or sticking out obviously from the seat post or rack. Evidence in case of an incident, somewhere unobtrusive where you can set it up and forget. I'd think in front, with the idea of recording an event as you experienced it. Youtube videos for entertainment or if you have any kind of agenda, it needs to be where you can easily reach and control so on the hand, helmet or handlebars most likely. And so on, for the other purposes.
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Old 04-13-16, 04:35 PM
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I keep mine mounted on my helmet. It really stands out and everyone knows right away you are recording.
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Old 04-19-16, 07:55 PM
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Don't ride. Seriously.
You state that drivers are absolutely out of control and the police in general are clueless. No offense but only an idiot would continue to ride if he actually felt that way.
First marks for drama though lol
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Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
What planet do you live on where drivers don't do things that endanger your life? The only such place I can imagine is where there are no cars..
Here in Fairbanks, like all communities, drivers can be rude. We get the occasional honk and an arm pointing toward the separated multiuse path and once or twice a week a car passes us more closely than we'd like but we live outside town and rarely ride in town in traffic. We're not adverse to it. We've ridden through dense city traffic and are happy to ride on the shoulder on the highway in heavy traffic but locally folks are for the most part quite good. The problem, of course, is that it only takes that one person on a phone to kill you so I use a rear view mirror on my glasses and keep a pretty good eye out for traffic and ride my bike defensively, taking the lane when needed. I'm glad I don't live and ride in a busy city regularly.
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Old 04-21-16, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
I have a Contour Roam 2 on my helmet facing forward, but I plan to put one on my back pack at some point.
I need to replace the helmet cam that got trashed (in other use, not on the bike) and what I've been considering is a Contour front facing on the helmet (so I know it's getting whatever I'm looking at and another rear facing under the seat. I usually have bags of some sort on the rack for the commute, but the only time I put anything on top tall enough to block that view is a 2 gallon gas can on the ~1 mile ride to the gas station and back when it's time to mow.

And they still look at me funny for pulling up to the pumps on a bicycle.
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Old 04-22-16, 01:43 AM
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Ideally you want two cameras. The Polaroid cube is on sale for $77 right now and it works pretty good. I always have a gopro facing forward on handle bars and sometimes I add another one facing rear.
My next of kin always want me to have them so it makes the lawsuit easier
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Old 04-22-16, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bakes1 View Post
Don't ride. Seriously.
You state that drivers are absolutely out of control and the police in general are clueless. No offense but only an idiot would continue to ride if he actually felt that way.
Following two recent incidents in my area, some people (or perhaps one person with multiple id's) is calling for a ban on all bicycle traffic on a particular road. Not one of them is a cyclist, however; it's obvious from the language they use. I ride that road regularly, and don't find it dangerous. The two incidents were caused by drunk drivers, and were the first incidents in years.

I agree that if anyone thinks a particular road is too dangerous, then they shouldn't ride on it. There certainly are roads that I won't ride on.
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Mount a 360 deg camera on your helmet. Done.

https://360fly.com/
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Old 04-23-16, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by KingCat View Post
My next of kin always want me to have them so it makes the lawsuit easier
None of my kin even knows that I'm videoing my commutes, and my videoing is for my being able to make more detailed reports to law enforcement on aggressive/careless driving that truly endanger my personal safety.

Over the years that I have been videoing my commutes, my videoing has helped me make decisions that went on to improve my riding skills and situational awareness, which improved my personal safety even more.
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Old 04-23-16, 08:49 AM
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Seriously, is that all you took away from my two posts? I'm beginning to understand... ...
Watch out for the A&S crowd, they're looking to report you.
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Old 04-23-16, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by gl98115 View Post
Mount a 360 deg camera on your helmet. Done.

https://360fly.com/
Doubt it has the resolution to capture license plates.
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Old 04-23-16, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
.....Cycling in traffic has its risks but cameras are a stupid response to them....

Not from my personal experience, as I've previously stated, more detailed reports to law enforcement on aggressive/careless driving, and helping me in improving my riding skills and situational awareness.

If anything, my frustration level has diminished considerably from the times that I was not able to give detailed reports, and there were numerous times in which I did not make a report for lack of detailed information.
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Old 04-24-16, 12:29 AM
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When the police recover your body and belongings they will notify your kin about the video evidence.
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Originally Posted by KingCat View Post
When the police recover your body and belongings they will notify your kin about the video evidence.

You seem to have a strong belief in that either I or other cyclists, who video their commutes, will meet their demise while riding a bicycle.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Not from my personal experience, as I've previously stated, more detailed reports to law enforcement on aggressive/careless driving, and helping me in improving my riding skills and situational awareness.

If anything, my frustration level has diminished considerably from the times that I was not able to give detailed reports, and there were numerous times in which I did not make a report for lack of detailed information.
But in the end, a few people still do stupid things, and the effort is for naught.

My frustration levels have diminished by just letting it go, which requires less time, effort, and expense.
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But in the end, a few people still do stupid things, and the effort is for naught.

My frustration levels have diminished by just letting it go, which requires less time, effort, and expense.
Our area has a extraordinary high vehicle collision rate, and so our local law enforcement is somewhat more receptive to persons making reports about aggressive or careless driving, so why not inform them. Though I have an extremely thick skin to a number of motorists' shenanigans, I will occasionally cherry pick a few motorists that really cross my line in the sand.

I'm am not part of the "Smile and Wave" crowd.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Our area has a extraordinary high vehicle collision rate, and so our local law enforcement is somewhat more receptive to persons making reports about aggressive or careless driving, so why not inform them. Though I have an extremely thick skin to a number of motorists' shenanigans, I will occasionally cherry pick a few motorists that really cross my line in the sand.

I'm am not part of the "Smile and Wave" crowd.
Your suggestion about using it for self evaluation seems reasonable, but there's an axiom about trying to fix stupid.
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Originally Posted by kickstart View Post
Your suggestion about using it for self evaluation seems reasonable, but there's an axiom about trying to fix stupid.
Not trying to fix anything, but I am going to make law enforcement more aware of certain motorists' driving actions that are far more detrimental to my personal safety than the majority of motorists that I encounter.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Our area has a extraordinary high vehicle collision rate,
Then there's also a good chance of positive unintended consequences; you might get video of wrecks you're not involved in, and end up making some useful friends in interesting places.
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