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I have been toying with purchasing a helmet cam so I can video my races and analysise where I can improve (hold the jokes fuckballs)

I know folks rock GoPro and Contour but my question is what is the easiest SW to use to edit the footage along with what Cam to get in terms of footage quality and ease of use?

I also see many diff kinds of mounts - Atop the helmet, on the side of the helmet, around the chest, etc etc

Talk to me like I am a 9 year old and learning all this from scratch

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I'm familiar with the GoPro, it has no proprietary video editing software and you grab videos off of it as if it was a harddrive. So you gotta have ur own video editing software or you can just upload un-edited videos to youtube or w/e. Footage quality is adjustable (so you can lower the quality to decrease the amount of data it uses) but I usually run at 1080p.

Regardless of which one you go with, get a memory card that is at least a "Class 6" IMO, makes transfer rates quicker and probably other stuff the techies on here know about.

Mounting is simple, I use an adhesive mount which the camera then attaches to... it attaches with those black clips. The white thing is an anti-vibration thing that fits in once it is mounted.


Then you can mount the adhesive strip (it comes with flat and curved ones) wherever you want. I've got mine safety wired ... which can be a pain.

You can also mount it with a suction cup, which is supposed to be good up until 150+ mph. And GoPro as a company makes a ridiculous number of mounts for it so you can just decide where you want it to go and figure out what mount works best.

Also, I should tell ya its waterproof with the closed back cover (it has an open one too for better sound quality) so you can go surfing or w/e with it. And they've also developed a rear facing screen if you want or even a 3D setup. If ya got questions lemme know.
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Thx Bro - I have never even considered this shit before but thought it might be good with helping me learn where I need to improve

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ive got a gopro I use mocrosofts movie maker, (free on win xp pro) its easy enough to use but i dont add transitions or music or and crap like that.

if im just using the track vids for myself i dont even bother with editing i just watch it as is and scroll to the parts i want to review.

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I think I remember you having a mac, iMovie is a pretty simple to used editing software that you should already have. I've spliced together a bunch of shots and threw music over it pretty quick.

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Yes, I am a Mac User - Never even touched iMovie but good to know

Not looking to drop music or text in but want to be able to edit out in and outs of the pit section and shit like that if the camera is a bitch to turn on and off while on the lid

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Yes, I am a Mac User - Never even touched iMovie but good to know

Not looking to drop music or text in but want to be able to edit out in and outs of the pit section and shit like that if the camera is a bitch to turn on and off while on the lid
iMovies is pretty damn awesome (for "free" vid editing software). But, keep in mind that it'll take you few hours to import the videos to it. I usually start importing the videos right before I go to bed.

As for the mounts, they are solid as fuck. The only time I had one fail, was when I was snowboarding, had it mounted on the front of the helmet, and I ended up falling on my face. Glad it did break, as it definitely cushioned the blow just a tad
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focus it on your right hand, you need to twist that back.

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focus it on your right hand, you need to twist that back.

I'll send ya my bill.
Do you even ride?

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I have found it pretty easy to start adn stop the recording on my gopro, Ive got it mounted on the left side of my helmet and once I got used to the placement of the camera had no problems hitting the buttons with a gloved hand.

Ive yet to try it out on the track, but off season gokart testing has proven successful.

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Talk to me like I am a 9 year old and learning all this from scratch
Hey there bucko, why don't we talk in my van......

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2:38 in - Is this just a "Chest Strap" mount? - I like this angle


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I have a ContourHD camera. It comes with super easy editing software(PC/MAC) which lets you clip parts out of the vid you don't want.

http://contour.com/software/easy_edit

I chose it over the GoPro for the following reasons:

-Has been on sale a few times now for $130ish
-Can rotate the lens to accommodate multiple mounting options
-Can record 720p at 60fps or 1080p at 30fps with a flick of a switch
-Easy record button ensures that you are are recording(no guess work)
-Laser pointer so you know the general angle you are recording at

I do like that the GoPro has the LCD/Battery pack and it looks like they improved a lot of the functions. The Contour review is pretty old, but you can get the general gist of it.

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camc...-35055132.html

http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camc...ag=mncol;lst;1
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Plus 1 on that. I can turn on my contour in 2 seconds and turn it off in 2 seconds. It doesn't get any easier than that.
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Plus 1 on that. I can turn on my contour in 2 seconds and turn it off in 2 seconds. It doesn't get any easier than that.
...just cant seem to point it in the correct direction . Bug and I can turn it on and off too.

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ive got a gopro I use mocrosofts movie maker, (free on win xp pro) its easy enough to use but i dont add transitions or music or and crap like that.

if im just using the track vids for myself i dont even bother with editing i just watch it as is and scroll to the parts i want to review.
can you use movie maker to trim the video down to just the good stuff so the file is not so big
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I'd go with the contour gps over the gopro. You can use your phone as a view finder and I think it's easier to use. Whenever I have to change some settings on my gopro I have to bust out the manual to see what all the codes mean. I got the gopro cuz I got it cheap, I think the contour is a better camera though.

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can you use movie maker to trim the video down to just the good stuff so the file is not so big
yep quite easily
i dont use it enough that i could describe it without doing it but it was easy to figure out from the get go

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There is a competitor to GOPRO now, shelly posted a link, I think on facebook. Their version has all the functionality of the goproHD, plus it comes with the lcd backpack and a laser aligner like the contour for $140 bucks. I have the regular gopro. I use freeware to cut out the beginning and end crap. And I invested in some movie making software (found it on a tech forum) dont remember the name right now, but it has decent effects and lets you lay music over it, even vary the volume so you can hear the music and the engine etc. Here is a link to a sample vid, I fucked up and forgot to put the little damper piece on the mount, so this one bounces a bit.......

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yep quite easily
i dont use it enough that i could describe it without doing it but it was easy to figure out from the get go
excellent advice, newer windows uses MM too, i looked at it but the editing options do not appear untill you load a video into it, and after your post i tried it and its easy, i put a fvor race up in the dirt bike thread a minute ago, YAYYYY i posted my first video, happy happy , joy joy
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Anyone have experience with the Replayxd1080p? I saw a comparison with the gopro, contour and replay and I think the replay has better quality, espcially at night. I am looking to get one for my car that I want to mount on the inside of the windshield. Only problem is that it is $299 and it doesn't come with a suction cup mount, just the adhesives. A suction cup mount is $70 and a car charger is another $70. Yikes!
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