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Helmet-Mounted Video Cameras

Postby Charles » Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:19 pm

Anyone used one when climbing or sking? I´d be grateful of a few pointers.
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Postby JanVanGenk » Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:07 pm

I have Blackeye head and helmet camera. It has a very good quality and a nice wide angle, you can really record what you see. Last winter I took 2 hours of skiing video, really cool!

Check them out here:

http://www.blackeyeusa.com

Make sure your camcorder allows video recording from the external devices (AV-in enabled).
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Postby JanVanGenk » Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:03 pm

squishy wrote:That's pretty cool, how much did the entire rig cost you? If you don't mind me asking...


I bought Blackeye Two + crash kit + shipping, in total about 250 euros. It was in January 2008. They did not have the high resolution version (540) back then. Although, Blackeye Two also gives a very high quality video. Things are cheaper now, if you check their online shop, they have a Christmas Special right now. I already had a camcorder with AV-in, so at least I did not need to buy that. My camcorder is Sony DCR-PC9E (a mini-DV), bought in 2000 at a really cosmic price... but it still works great and has all the functions one could wish.
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Postby Charles » Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:15 pm

JanVanGenk wrote:I have Blackeye head and helmet camera. It has a very good quality and a nice wide angle, you can really record what you see. Last winter I took 2 hours of skiing video, really cool!

Check them out here:

http://www.blackeyeusa.com

Make sure your camcorder allows video recording from the external devices (AV-in enabled).

Thanks for the info and the link!
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Postby Charles » Wed Dec 24, 2008 4:55 pm

phxphotog wrote:
charles wrote:
JanVanGenk wrote:I have Blackeye head and helmet camera. It has a very good quality and a nice wide angle, you can really record what you see. Last winter I took 2 hours of skiing video, really cool!

Check them out here:

http://www.blackeyeusa.com

Make sure your camcorder allows video recording from the external devices (AV-in enabled).

Thanks for the info and the link!


I'm not sure if you are looking for HD or not. Below are some links to SD video helmet cams. If you are looking for HD, be prepared to spend handsomely for any rig that you plan to use in that manner. It can be done but it will cost you.

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/shop/b ... =6&scid=14

I have used the one above on several occasions. Easy to use and you don't need a recorder. It records on an sd card. That's one less piece of gear to worry about. As with all of these cameras (reasonably priced one's anyway) quality is not the best. But for some applications, it does the job.

The one above is also water proof.... Big bonus if you ask me...... Plus, you can mount the thing to almost anything.. Trust me, darn near anything..

http://www.xtremerecall.com/Products/Xt ... ackage.htm

And this one.... You can actually rent with this company. Always a good thing to do before you lay out all that $$$$$$$

http://www.hoyttech.com/default_test2.htm

This one is also water proof. I have only used this one once. Not bad, but too many connections to worry about. It also means too many things to go wrong (bad cable or input, or the dreaded "forgot that cable syndrome").

Hope that helps. I've used many different types and styles of these small cameras, so I do have some familiarity with them. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Thanks - yes HD would be nice.
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Postby Dave Daly » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:25 pm

Got one you can use here in China Lake. In fact, I'm working on one right now. Functions not only as a video camera recording system but you can blow shit out of the sky with it as well!! :wink: 8)

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Postby HandjamMasterC » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:34 pm

Personally, I've never found helmet mounted cams to be of much use. You need someone to actually look though a viewfinder and shoot like a cameraman to get decent footage. Except maybe for some POV action footage.
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Postby JanVanGenk » Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:13 pm

HandjamMasterC wrote:Personally, I've never found helmet mounted cams to be of much use. You need someone to actually look though a viewfinder and shoot like a cameraman to get decent footage. Except maybe for some POV action footage.


Oh, you can shoot quite a decent action movie by using a head/helmet camera. That's why I like Blackeye - it's not on a top or on a side of your head/helmet, it's actually just a little bit higher than your eyes and gives a true view of what you are looking at. Eg. if shooting a ski descent, keep an eye on your mate and don't move your head too much/quickly. With some practice, it's no problem to do so (given that you can ski quite well). We filmed jumps/slalom/speed descent and the result was really nice. You have to think like a cameraman when wearing it.
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Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Thu Dec 25, 2008 8:17 pm

GoPro Helmet Hero

Waterproof to depths of 100 feet

170-degree field of view

About $190 US dollars

http://www.goprocamera.com/

The Oregon Scientific camera has a narrow field of view and I haven't found it to be of much use. I'll sell you mine for $40 if you're interested.
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Postby Charles » Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:57 am

HandjamMasterC wrote:Personally, I've never found helmet mounted cams to be of much use. You need someone to actually look though a viewfinder and shoot like a cameraman to get decent footage. Except maybe for some POV action footage.

True but the POV would be part of a general cut.
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Postby Charles » Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:05 am

phxphotog wrote:
charles wrote:
phxphotog wrote:
charles wrote:
JanVanGenk wrote:I have Blackeye head and helmet camera. It has a very good quality and a nice wide angle, you can really record what you see. Last winter I took 2 hours of skiing video, really cool!

Check them out here:

http://www.blackeyeusa.com

Make sure your camcorder allows video recording from the external devices (AV-in enabled).

Thanks for the info and the link!


I'm not sure if you are looking for HD or not. Below are some links to SD video helmet cams. If you are looking for HD, be prepared to spend handsomely for any rig that you plan to use in that manner. It can be done but it will cost you.

http://www2.oregonscientific.com/shop/b ... =6&scid=14

I have used the one above on several occasions. Easy to use and you don't need a recorder. It records on an sd card. That's one less piece of gear to worry about. As with all of these cameras (reasonably priced one's anyway) quality is not the best. But for some applications, it does the job.

The one above is also water proof.... Big bonus if you ask me...... Plus, you can mount the thing to almost anything.. Trust me, darn near anything..

http://www.xtremerecall.com/Products/Xt ... ackage.htm

And this one.... You can actually rent with this company. Always a good thing to do before you lay out all that $$$$$$$

http://www.hoyttech.com/default_test2.htm

This one is also water proof. I have only used this one once. Not bad, but too many connections to worry about. It also means too many things to go wrong (bad cable or input, or the dreaded "forgot that cable syndrome").

Hope that helps. I've used many different types and styles of these small cameras, so I do have some familiarity with them. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Thanks - yes HD would be nice.


Here it is!

There are not too many of the "self contained" packages such as this one. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find another that would fit your application needs. This is in it's first phase of delivery and I'm not sure of the availability yet. You may have to call Sony directly for more information. But this little gem has been highly desired in my field. This seems as if it would fit the bill for what you are looking for. There is quite a bit of information on this link as to the specs and other functions this little wonder can do.

Hope this helps...

http://www.sony.ca/hdv/files/Brochures/ ... HXRMC1.pdf


That looks interesting - the one to hire maybe!
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Postby mtngeek » Sun May 02, 2010 5:35 am

Sierra Ledge Rat wrote:GoPro Helmet Hero

Waterproof to depths of 100 feet

170-degree field of view

About $190 US dollars

http://www.goprocamera.com/

The Oregon Scientific camera has a narrow field of view and I haven't found it to be of much use. I'll sell you mine for $40 if you're interested.


Reviving an old thread.

Anyone have experience with the newer GoPro Hero HD cam?

A friend has one that we've used skiing a few times and it worked pretty well except for once when the case fogged and the day's footage was useless.
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