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My DVR (race Optics) has gone bad....again so I am looking. I have two bullet cams and the external mic. I am a little frustrated so I was thinking of going with something that is simple and cheap.
GoProHD? or some other DVR?
Any suggestions?
I want simple as when I ge to grid I am not thinking about the camera.

Thanks for any ideas.

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I use a GoPro for the roof mount (when some one is with me to turn it on).

However, I use a VIO camera and recorder for the in-car camera. Can't beat their recorder. Has a viewing screen and wireless remote.

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Aiptek A-HD+ or GVS.

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Mac,

I use a pair of Casio Exlim's (one forward, one rear). Cheap, excellent video and audio with built in editing. Side benefit is their use as normal cameras. They work better than my 1080i Sony hard disk video camera which costs 5 times as much.

If you go this path, get the wide angle lens.

Biggest negative? Buy a spare battery. It has no remote (simply switch it on when I get in the car). Get an 4 or 8 gig card so you don't have to download till end of the weekend.

Craig J

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Do you use the Aiptek with some sort of bullet cam, or just alone? Price doesn't seem terrible. Any sample videos from an SM?

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http://www.theflip.com/en-us/

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AG,
With the Flip HD:
Do you think the auto shut off would be a problem?
How about mounted on the main hoop, do you think it will have washout?
Do you know anybody using one?
Do you know anybody looking for bullet cams?
What's been going on with you? Racing any? Enduros were fun this past year you should have been with us.

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What software are you guys using to modify the HD videos?

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New entry in the sweepstakes:
BULLETCAM.COM

Light Heavy, you mean I have to mess with software? I really need one punch easy button or I tend to F it up.

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I use the Aiptek A-HD+. I have it wired into the car using a "frankencharger" plugged into a 12v port so I don't have to worry about the battery going dead. Here is a recent video of a test/tune lap. Yeah, I know I'm slow... [Smile]
http://vimeo.com/7656839

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I recently purchased the Aiptek A-HD+ from Amazon, 179.99. TR6, how did you mount yours at two points per GCR?

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quote:
Originally posted by MPR22:
TR6, how did you mount yours at two points per GCR?

I'm not sure I did. But I use this camera mount:
http://www.saferacer.com/chase-cam-ez-camera-mount-125-2.html?productid=1819
combined with a fabricated "L" shaped metal bracket to support it from the side. Aipteks are notorious for having a weak mounting point in the camera body so additional support is a good idea. I wanted to post a photo of it here but for some reason I guess this site doesn't allow you to post photos?

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Mac
Buy the chase cam from traqmate, best deal going. It works with data and all starts when you start logging data and stors on a card
Jim

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It would be interesting to know what actually passes that new rule where it has to be "secured" on 2 sides and neither one with plactic or elastic. I would think the L-bracket could count. Pegasus says this counts but the strap is nylon (a plastic):

http://www.pegasusautoracing.com/productdetails.asp?RecID=648

It almost seems like lanyard would count for one but maybe not.

I haven't seen many cameras with 2 tripod mounts on different sides. I was thinking about a normal camera mount plus strapping the camera to a secondary bracket.

The bullet cam makes mounting per the rules pretty simple.

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What's funny is that most cameras have plastic bodies and you're really attaching to that in the end.

Mac, I don't know the answers to most of your questions. I have seen people use either a flip or aiptek in a SM. It is supposed to be very easy to use. Has some editing features in it, plug and upload to youtube directly.

I have not had a need to buy one since my Sony MiniDV still works and I also have a GoPro Hero that I use for bike rides.

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Anyone tried the SmartyCam yet? I'm not in the market but that looked like a pretty good product.

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Mac, you can transfer and save videos easily from the Aiptek camera, but, be aware it records in the .mov format. If you are a Mac guy, you can edit them easily.
For pc's you can use windows movie maker but you have to convert them to another format. Easily done for free with http://www.any-video-converter.com/.
Good luck

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I think I am going to try Craig's Casio Exilim setup, at least one direction. (I have to find out how he mounts them.) The Bulletcam also looks like a good budget move. The Casio works cause I was looking for a camera to take stills with also that downloads easily. Not sure I need HD, but I think it is available.

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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Holloway:
Mac, you can transfer and save videos easily from the Aiptek camera, but, be aware it records in the .mov format. If you are a Mac guy, you can edit them easily.
For pc's you can use windows movie maker but you have to convert them to another format. Easily done for free with http://www.any-video-converter.com/.
Good luck

So if you change the file format from MOV with the converter, does it lose the HD quality?

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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Holloway:
Mac, you can transfer and save videos easily from the Aiptek camera, but, be aware it records in the .mov format. If you are a Mac guy, you can edit them easily.
For pc's you can use windows movie maker but you have to convert them to another format. Easily done for free with http://www.any-video-converter.com/.
Good luck

I bought Quicktime Pro for about $30. Works great and you can save the .MOV files from Aiptek into other formats as well as do editing.

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Not on my computer...haven't tried it on the LCD yet, but I will.
You could always buy imovie...

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You might be able to get away with changing the .mov to .mp4. That's what you have to do to get the files into Sony Vegas.

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