: Made a road video with Go Pro HD camera
01-05-11, 09:23 PM
Today I decided to make a video to test out how the Go Pro HD camera works outside the car. I used the suction cup attachment and stuck it to the bumper. It was going ok for awhile until the end of the vid.
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Yeah, the mount fell off the bumper and I ran over it. Then another car did as well. Near the end you can see the UPS truck's back wheel get about 2 inches from the camera. This camera is damn near indestructable I'd say.
How do you guys mount this thing to the bumper? I see race cars do it, but I'm thinking they've got a better way other than the suction cup method.
01-05-11, 09:31 PM
Nice picture quality... at least the camera is still working. How long before you realized it was gone and went to pick it up?
01-05-11, 10:28 PM
No problem with a suction cup mount if you zip tie it for added security. Get a RAM mount if you want some adjustablility.
01-05-11, 10:31 PM
I'd love to see that vantage point while on the track.
Agree with Houdini ... nice picture quality.
01-05-11, 11:16 PM
i use the adhesive mount on the inside of the bumper of my miata, and i have no trouble with it falling off at 100 + mph on the track.
you can use fishing line to anchor it to the car in case it DOES fall off.
I'd love to see that vantage point while on the track.
The vantage point where he's still upright, I assume? :-)
01-06-11, 12:48 AM
I realized it was gone when I ran over it with my back tire! It felt like I fell into a 5 inch deep pothole, which I did in my previous car and broke the shock mount tower area out of the body of the car. So it was on the road for about 2 mins it took me to grab a parking spot and run down the block to get it. It's safe to say I was a bit tense when I stood on the corner of the intersection and watched the UPS truck just miss it by two inches. I figured I'd rather lose the camera than my hand if I attempted a quick grab and run.
I just looked at that RAM mount stuff that killernoodle mentioned. They've got a ton of options and look like that's the direction I will take for a replacement mount. The only thing I don't like about the Go Pro camera is you have to put it in the clear housing to attach it to anything; it has no screw mounting point integrated in its body, which is understandable because of its diminutive size. If you've never seen one, it's about 2"L x 1"W x 1"H, incredibly small.
Anyway, next time I will use the zip tie and/or fishing line method to tether it to the vehicle. I kind of did this on a whim and didn't really plan it out during a break at work.
Edit: Oh. One more thing. The picture quality is noticably worse and choppier in that video than the original file. After I cropped a bit off of the video to reduce the size and uploaded to photobucket it took a good hit in resolution. This thing actually films in 1080p too.
How big is the suction cup mount? Is it just a single suction cup or multiple? I've used suction cup mounts for my first external cam (Cone Cam) up to ~120mph, and with my current, smaller bullet cams (Chase Cams) up to ~145mph without issue. I don't think I have a good picture of either mount, but the mounts use 3 suction cups that are probably 1.5 - 2" in diameter. On occasion I've come in from a session and found that 1 of the 3 cups had lost suction, but the other two are enough to hold it in place.
I'm very impressed by the GoPro HD's video quality, but I find it disappointing that there's no provision for external audio. They've been progressively improving the built-in pinhole mic, but it's still not nearly as good as having a real mic mounted somewhere out of the direct air flow.
01-06-11, 11:39 AM
Watch out UPS truck!
01-06-11, 12:16 PM
The only thing I don't like about the Go Pro camera is you have to put it in the clear housing to attach it to anything; it has no screw mounting point integrated in its body, which is understandable because of its diminutive size. If you've never seen one, it's about 2"L x 1"W x 1"H, incredibly small.
you will like that clear housing the more you use it, because the alternative is to have rocks chip your camera lens. much cheaper to replace a pitted clear cover than an entire camera.
I have had the camera for over a year now and love it. I don't use the suction on the bumper since it is not as smooth as a body panel. i use the little mounts that use double back tape. I have used it on race cars up to 190 MPH with no problem. The suction cup is good if you use it on smooth surfaces and i always clean them first. I clean the suction cup with a hand wipe that you get at kfc or rib joints. I have taken it diving and its ok. If you get a new flat lens housing its is great in underwater quality. i use it a lot. Even in my drive to and from work. when i hook it up to my 55 in led tv it is awesome. If you have any question about it pm me and ill help you out.
I used to use the old GoPro camera to tape my buddie or me behind me, on our bikes going up palomar Mtn. We had to be within 5 ft. to get a good clear picture which was waaaaaaaay to dangerous going 70MPH+ around corners. This HD one puts the 1st herocam to shame 100%. How much did it cost ya?
Their website indicates $299, and has awesome sample video clips of skiing and such
I've used my suction cup mount on the hood of my offroad buggy without it falling off.
01-06-11, 08:29 PM
AAIIIC, the suction cup is a single cup and I'd say it's about 3 inches across.
odla, Thanks, If I have any questions I'll hit you up.
Yeah, Castro I'm in State College. It will be nuts up here in a few days when all of PSU comes back. I drive an automatic on move in days, the traffic is just awful sometimes. You are in Williamsport correct?
Holy crap that's a tough camera!
Yep I'm in the Port. We have an small sales office in State College on Calder Way since we do a lot of business with Penn State so I visit every now and then. I like it down there, plenty to look at. Seemed like it was all short shorts last summer and the return of black stretch pants and ug boots when I was there a few weeks ago. I had dinner at the restaurant on the corner where you lost the camera.
01-07-11, 11:01 AM
That was cool.:thumbsup: We need to see more & hear your maggie whine.
I would think you could mount it in the grill, out of sight.
Maybe on the roof, as an alternative to the XM antenna.
01-07-11, 04:26 PM
After I get a new mount I would like to try in the grille. I'm not sure how it'll look with the grill covering the lens though. We'll find out. I want to get a sound clip of idle and rev with kooks and borla. It seems most people have posted corsa, etc but not Borla for people to sample before they buy a catback. I'll try the waterproof door this time on the camera to cut some wind noise while I drive and perhaps when I idle.
Unfortunately the car is dirty as hell and covered with snow right now. I drove home without checking the weather and got blasted on the trip. No sense washing it yet to put the car cover back on.
Its a great camera a few of buddies have them. Awesome video.
01-08-11, 08:30 PM
This is a video a guy recorded using a go pro at a track day
01-12-11, 03:27 PM
here's my gopro vid from Monticello, front bumper inlet mount: