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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-23-2004, 09:14 AM
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I was at Valley Racing talking to a guy named Bill Casper last week. I'm sure some of you know who he is. He was talking up his new business venture. The way I understand it, he's going to be mounting cameras on bikes this year for a pretty resonable fee. He said he's going to try and work with the control riders and the riders at track days so riders can learn what they did rite or wrong by using the footage caught on tape. I think it would be cool to see what I'm doing on the track from the control riders or a trailing riders point of view and compare it to the footage taken off of my bike.

Has anyone heard anything about this? Jack???????

I'm not trying to advertise for him, I just want to talk it up about this. It seems like a pretty good idea.

He did mention a certain track day organization, but I'll leave that up to him to mention.

I told him I'd talk it up on the board and see what people had to say. He also said he was going to try and work with Rick and see if he would cooperate. Bill Said he would be at RA for the CCS FUSA races.

Grover, maby you get some footage of your track school eh?

50 bucks don't sound like a bad fee to get a whole track day session on good solid digital format.

Oh yea, he also said that he was messing with different mounts. He was talking about industrial suction cups for helmet mount.

What do you guys think, is 50 bucks worth it? You have the footage for the rest of your life.

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Yeah, I saw Billy at the Rosemont show.

JMHO, You might get some track day enthusiasts to "bite" at that price point (it's a cool "vanity" item), but I think its a little expensive for racers (there are guys providing raw onboard footage for a lot less coin). Racers won't care about any added "special effects" because they're using the data as a training tool, which fails to justify the cost differential.

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Casper is a good guy!

I've had several people approach me about this type of business. It has merit and potential. A friend even spec'd a system and wrote some software for business where we could rent units. He wrote software for Keith Code's school and data loggers as well so getting additional information in the display as well.

As far as someone following you, I don't know. I don't see NESBA going for it unless they are a control rider, but who knows.

I don't think you'd get the whole day for $50. Maybe a session or two. He can't follow you the whole day.

I think a good solution would be to wire each of the control riders. Give them a camera maybe a helmet cam, maybe a front and back cam and a button to record. Pay the control riders for their time or a portion of the sales. Someone would need to edit each of tapes and seperate it out into individual riders, or sell a CD or DVD of the day. Would it be worth it? I don't know, editing would certainly take a lot of time, as does the thousands of photos I shoot each day.

It's an interesting prospect. For me, it has been just too much work for me to take on myself. If I have any hope of riding at least a little during the day, there's just no way. I'm either out on a corner shooting or sorting. But who knows, I don't know how much I'll be able to ride this year.
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I'd be interested in something that would provide a combination of first-person onboard, forward- and rearward-looking footage. (maybe a 3-way split-screen image). THAT would be REALLY helpful.

Hey, it's my fantasy.

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