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post #1 of 8 Old 01-03-2014, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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First try with the midland XTC helmet cam (video)

This is my first drive through Lynchburg with the Midland XTC-260 Helmet cam. I have it mounted to my helmet with the supplied hardware. It also came with the handlebar mount, goggle mount and bicycle helmet mount. seems to work just as well as the Go Pro and for only $139 from Wal-Mart its much more cost effective.


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post #2 of 8 Old 01-03-2014, 03:12 PM
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Helmet Cam

Looks good from here.
Similar to my GoPro Hero 2.

Common problem with helmet mounting is the tilted horizon.
I made a template out of cardboard to get the camera angle the same whenever I use the helmet mount. I just got a chest harness from Amazon which I'm looking forward to trying.

Check out some of my videos... http://www.youtube.com/user/larry3138/videos
( Some are done with my Nikon S8000 pocket camera.)

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Larry, those vids look amazing. I'm hoping to get out more next weekend when its warmer here. I was going to ride tomorrow but its a high of 13 so ima not do that.
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Larry, those vids look amazing. I'm hoping to get out more next weekend when its warmer here. I was going to ride tomorrow but its a high of 13 so ima not do that.
I'm afraid I'm not going to be doing any bike filming until this white stuff goes away.
( Hmm ! maybe from my Kubota while plowing? )

What program are you using to edit your videos? I use CyberLink Power Director 11.

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Go Pro Camera mount.
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I'm using the standard issue movie maker. It's supposed to be almost 50 next week and yes the horizon is tilted. I'm still trying to figure out angles. I changed it up a few times while riding to see the height I liked. Now I guess I'll work on side to side.


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post #6 of 8 Old 01-04-2014, 08:58 PM
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It took me a lot of tries to get the angle adjusted for tilt. I finally put it on my helmet and stood in front of my garage to get a level horizontal in the video. That's when I made the template, so I could set it up again. Each time I would film the garage, and down load the short clip to my computer to see the results, then make adjustments. That way I could get it right without having to get all my gear on for each try.
Another problem is, when you look right or left, you have a tendency to tilt your head.
Not so much of a problem at stop signs, but if you want to film off to the side of the road, the video is tilted. It takes a lot of discipline to not look around a lot.

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Louder horns, Firstgear Onyx tail bag.
Custom Aluminum Skid Plate.
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Go Pro Camera mount.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-04-2014, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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totally agree with you. I never noticed how much I look around on a motorcycle until I rewatched this. I think its a safety issued. worried about people running lights and signs. I think my off road vids will be better. I really appreciate the tips and anymore are welcomed. I would rather learn from others experiences than from trial and error...its just faster.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-20-2014, 10:42 AM
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Well they do teach you to keep your head on a swivel... so it would make sense to stay moving.
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