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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 11th, 2010, 12:21 pm Thread Starter
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Bike mounted video cameras

I am thinking of getting one of those little video cameras to mount on my bikes but I would like to have one that does not distort the edges of the video.

I have seen some clips of folks going down the road and all the poles along the roadside look like the bow as the bike goes by, now I know the GT's are fast but not quite that fast.

The VIO POV looks nice but I have not seen any clips I can compare to very well.

What say y'all?

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I think you're going to see that bowing in almost any wide-angle video camera.

If you check this site, use the pull down under the Photo section and go back a year in the options, I've got a video called "Messing with the squids" where I use a front a rear VIO camera setup. Use the DOWNLOAD link on the VIO website and re-open it so it will appear larger on your screen. In the last few minutes, after the turn when the guy catches up to me, you can see the power line poles and see the bend near the tops near the corner of the frame. I don't think the VIO heads are much different than any other lens with regards to distortion.

There may be some software rendering programs to help correct the effect, might be called 'barrel distortion' or something like that.

The biggest issue I've had is the audio. Wind cause all sorts of issues. The newer GoPro HD seems to have that in better control than the VIO audio where the microphone is in the middle of the lead to the recorder.

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Thanks Mzck, That time I did see it at the end but to looked to be up higher in the frame than most.

I may try my mini DV cam corder and see if it does it too?

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I am thinking of getting one of those little video cameras to mount on my bikes but I would like to have one that does not distort the edges of the video.

I have seen some clips of folks going down the road and all the poles along the roadside look like the bow as the bike goes by, now I know the GT's are fast but not quite that fast.

The VIO POV looks nice but I have not seen any clips I can compare to very well.

What say y'all?
Here are some videos taken with a vio camera mounted on my K13GT. Maybe you can use them to compare.
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Thanks Gaute, I think a Std Video cam is a little better still.

I saw some bowing of poles but not not as bad as the VIO POV

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Thanks Gaute, I think a Std Video cam is a little better still.

I saw some bowing of poles but not not as bad as the VIO POV
Your welcome. FYI, the videos are taken with the VIO POV.
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I used a Nikon Cool-Pix in video mode and had decent quality. Nothing I would send in to Discovery Channel or anything though...

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Thanks Mike, did you notice how telephone poles seemed to curve when you went by them?

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Gaute, do you by chance hava a file in MPG4 (maybe 4 to 5 mb) that I can play in windows media player. I would like to see something full screen too not just the small one on youtube.

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Thanks Mike, did you notice how telephone poles seemed to curve when you went by them?
I posted the video on my website at web.me.com/mrlajoie

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