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Old 02-28-2013, 01:35 PM   #21
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The settings on my gopro are super-*******-wide and more-super-*******-wide. I can be close enough to another car to get reprimanded in HPDE and it still looks like you could fit 12 cars between us in the video. Colin is right, it makes for boring video. I wish I had bought something different sometimes.

There was a video posted online somewhere by a corvette guy using some little spy cameras that was great quality at about $80 apiece. It's been a year or so and I can't recall anything more. I'd check out color spy cameras.
The new hero 3 black has 3 FOVs and it includes one called narrow, only for the 1080p or 720p. If you want to shoot in 4k then you have to use ultra wide.
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I've read some reports of the phones getting super hot and going into thermal shutdown.

Have you had this experience? I've got an iPhone 5 and this is intriguing.

Are you using an external GPS plug-in? ALso what mount are you guys using.
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It is the opposite. The wide angle lens makes the video look faster.
Same trick is used in video games - when you want to make it look you're moving faster you set the camera with a wider view.
With a narrow lens that footage you watched would've looked even slower and I guess more dull to watch.
Nothing personal, but I have a hard time believing that, About a year ago, I tried to use my pns camera in car, and the gopro elsewhere. it worked alright aside from getting it to start recording, but for the brief 5 minutes or so that it worked, things appeared much faster than the same mounting spot with the gopro.
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I thought the Iphone made me look slow, then realized I was slow!
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On a gopro hero 3 silver and black edition and hero 2 in 1080p you have 3 field of view options narrow, medium, wide. On the original gopro hero IIRC you can only go to the narrow view on smaller resolutions, I believe it's at 720p or 960p. The gopro hero 3 white edition will only do medium and wide at 1080p. I had one of those cheap ebay keychain cameras but went to the gopro 2, and now the 3. I wouldn't bother with anything else now there is some other choices but you end up kicking yourself in the *** later. I had the 808 keychain camera, while it was cool and cheap. The battery life was less than 40 minutes, awkward to mount, no way to preview video, video quality was actually pretty good.

Go with the hero 2, or 3 silver or black. It's so much easier to find accessories, and it has spot metering which is great for when the camera is mounted to the rollbar. That way the camera only adjusts exposure for the center of the image, which is the track and not the interior of the car. If you get the hero 3 or 2 with wifi bacpac, you can preview your placement with an iphone or android device. Much more convienent than mounting it, shooting a test video and then unmounting and hooking it up to the computer to see what it looks like. Battery life is about an hour and a half but you can buy the extended battery bacpac or purchase spare batteries.

Here's a clip with medium fov gopro hero 2 mounted to my rollbar diagonal.


Suction cup mount to the door, medium fov

Mounted in bumper grill I think this was also medium

Just for the hell of here is the cheap ebay 808 #11 camera attached to the top bar of the rollbar with masking tape

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We've got a solution in early beta that allows DA off the MegaSquirt + video sync + overlay with GPS and Accel. It's currently working with MS2.

We've considered developing it further, but one of the holdups is we're unsure if the market is willing to pay what we would need to allow us to scrape by on it. I'm thinking retail price would be in the $500-600 range.

Is this a viable product?
It would be for me.

Assuming it would integrate nicely with the new GoPro.

I plan on going MS when I swap to an NB engine, so a few hundred more for DA would be great.
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We've used a GoPro Hero2 HD for two seasons now. In my opinion they produce quite good video, especially for the price.


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It isn't the relative speed that bothers me, it is how distant the objects in the center of the field of view appear. If I put it in the bumper mouth the car appears very fast, but it is difficult to judge how far away the car in front is, or even what it is sometimes.
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I can get a 30 min session in and re charge before the next one but keeping it plugged in would keep the phone from heating up
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Just ordered the HD3 Silver, should be here tomorrow. Got it for $230. It's not at all clear which mounts it comes with. Thanks GoPro. Hopefully something useful, they are ridiculously expensive and I don't want to drop another $30 per.
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It's not at all clear which mounts it comes with. Thanks GoPro. Hopefully something useful, they are ridiculously expensive and I don't want to drop another $30 per.
It tells you right here what it comes with.
HERO3 Silver Edition | Wi-Fi Enabled | Professional Quality HD footage
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I left my secret decoder ring on your mom's nightstand. What does "Assorted Mounts and Hardware" mean?
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It isn't the relative speed that bothers me, it is how distant the objects in the center of the field of view appear. If I put it in the bumper mouth the car appears very fast, but it is difficult to judge how far away the car in front is, or even what it is sometimes.
With the hero 2 or 3 silver or black you can set it on the narrow view.
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I left my secret decoder ring on your mom's nightstand. What does "Assorted Mounts and Hardware" mean?


Looks like 2 quick release, 2 adhesive, and whatever that other thing is. In your defense, this picture is up for ~2 seconds before it switches.
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Looks like 2 quick release, 2 adhesive, and whatever that other thing is. In your defense, this picture is up for ~2 seconds before it switches.
Yup.

Midpack, if you want a suction cup or rollbar mount you'll have to buy them separately.

The motorsports pack on the hero2 had the suction cup. I had to buy the rollbar mount.
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Got it for $230.
Mind if I Ask where you got such a good price?
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I figured as much. Really, I'm just bitching because it doesn't come with the mounts I want. I mean wtf, this is 'murica. That and their description is incredibly vague. Looked around briefly for a motorsports pack and only saw them for the HD2. Either way I'm stocked to have a real track camera that I own. Borrowed an HD2 last year but it sucks when other people's things fall off your car.

I tried the 808 "spy camera" route from a couple years ago. They are fun, unreliable and not worth the hassle. If the battery dies or SD fills up it might save the video file, or it might delete it; or just corrupt it. The charge indicators are either meaningless or just don'r indicate at all; and if you over charge the batteries then the life dramatically decreases rendering them useless. Oh and the cameras point in different directions between different fobs so you're guaranteed to not record what it's aimed at.

Bought it from an Ebay seller, it was posted on Slickdeals earlier this week.
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It is the opposite. The wide angle lens makes the video look faster.
Same trick is used in video games - when you want to make it look you're moving faster you set the camera with a wider view.
With a narrow lens that footage you watched would've looked even slower and I guess more dull to watch.
That always happens when Collin is driving that tired 1.6. haha
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Dude! It is tired... help me find a vvt engine
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Hey, those of you using Harry's Lap Timer, quick question.

How much space used to store a typical 20 minute session with video? This is making me wish I had a 32/64 iPhone 5 vs a 16.
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