A few weeks back, as a result of some MOA forum communications, I went on a quite nice ride through the Ohio Amish countryside. I made a little video of our ride. Boxergrrlie was nice enough to make the video available on the internet. The video is just a bit over 9 minutes and is around 145 MB is size.
Thus a high speed internet connection is necessary to view the video. The link is:
The astute viewer will likely note that the lead rider is on a R75/6 and the rest are on R11xxRSs.
As a result of queries from similar posts on the rounder website and the airlist I've put together some information on the equipment and software used to make the video.
I used the Helmet Camera setup from:
I use the 480 line resolution camera.
For a video recorder I purchased a relatively inexpensive digital video camera. I use a Canon ZR85 camera that sold for about $300 last year. One feature that I wish that I'd gotten was the ability to turn the camera record on and off using a remote cable. The camera came with an infra-red remote, but that's of little use when the camera is in a tankbag or fanny pack. I think that this feature is called the LANC input.
The video is transferred to a pc via a firewire cable. I use the software Studio 9 to capture the video and do the editing. Studio 9 is from Pinnacle:
I've also tried using less expensive security "bullet" or "lipstick" cameras, but these have seemed to yield less satisfactory pictures (even when advertised as having 480 line resolution). Some such security cameras are available from:
I like to have the camera and helmetcamera.com housing mounted to the left side of my helmet. The housing is mounted with industrial strength "velcro".
Quite a few of my attempts at doing videos don't work.
I made a half-hour video of a ride through the Ohio country side in Sept. After riding for about 1 minute, I decided to adjust the camera's position on my helmet. I then obtained 29 minutes of video of the nice blue sky rather than the road. I should have left well enough alone.
I also have to start the recording on the video camera and then place the camera and wires in the tank bag or fanny pack. On more than one instance I've inadvertantly hit the pause or stop button - result - no video.
Wind noise is frequently a problem. I've yet to find the optimal location for the microphone. Thus I usually decrease the motorcycle audio when I get moving and add a music track overlay. Trust me, it is really irritating to hear the wind noise.
I've tried to mount the camera to the motorcycle, i.e., handlebars and other locations. The high frequency vibrations that come through all motorcycles (BMW, HD, Ducati, Triumph) that I've tried thus far tend to adversely affect the video quality. Some damping of the high frequency vibration is needed. More experimentation is in order.