Validation Comparison of B-dub's Cup-O-Tank to My Chest Mount
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    The other thread was getting long, so I'm adding a supplement thread.



    I conducted a riding video comparison test of B-dub's Cup-O-Tank mount (hope you don't mind I named it that), and the chest mount I've been using. I rode the exact same "Admiral's Proving Grounds" route to get the best comparison results I could. Both tests are in the same video with the COT mount appearing first.





    As I'm performing these tests, I came up with another solution to a problem I had. Camera sun glare. So, I made a pair of "Sunglasses" for the camera, which helped the glare in the second chest mount test.





    BLUF: I can't see any real difference between the two.





    I made one modification to B-dub's mount, which I believe took out most of the vibration. I added 2, 3/8 inch thick rubber disks on each side of the camera mount. One inside the cup and one outside.



    Here's the test. Disclaimer: I added music to the first part because I forgot to put my camera noise reduction muffler on. Corrected on the second part.



    You might get a chuckle around the 7:10 mark. Oops, I should slow down sooner!



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv-Twj9PPkQ[/media]





    Edit 3 December 2011: Here is the same route done today with the Contour HD helmet cam a work buddy loaned me for the day, or was that year! Giggle. I will have to say, I like it.



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQbP3RWSQdo[/media]



    My loyal riding partner joined the ride as usual!



    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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    Looks good. No jerkiness at all. Nice job.
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    Good job!!! I'd say that validates the old saying that two heads are better than one! I'm going to add some rubber washers to my mount tomorrow, and go shoot some video. Thanks!
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    Not a lot of difference between the chest mount and the COT mount and I'd bet the COT is a whole lot easier to use as the camera and it's controls are where you can see them, (not to mention not having to actually wear the camera).



    Now... that Contour HD helmet cam looks like a whole different animal. More like the GoPro with a much wider field of view, not to mention also shooting HD video. Looks like the Contour (link) is a lesser priced version of the GoPro.



    Which is better? Well, have a look at this... Personally as a camera guy, I'd say the GoPro has much better color, produces a brighter and sharper image, and has a slightly wider angle lens which helps dampen the motion. But then the Contour is about $139.95 vs about $299.00 for the GoPro HD Hero.



    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXdI46EQQBo&feature=related[/media]



    Now for everything you evr wanted to know about helmet/action cams (and probably more), this site oughta help you spend your money. Helmet Cam Central. After looking at this, my personal opinion is that the GoPro 960 is a great compromise of decent video quality at a price that's not too outrageous - $179.00. (Now you know what to tell Santa you want!)



    And when you have a lot of time to spend watching some --really--cool action video clips!

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    A salute to our Admiral.......... THANKS







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    There is a write up of this in



    Motorcycle Consumer News this month.



    Like many things though I don't get the whole thing though

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    If you want to clean up the video a little more, check this out. [media]http://youtu.be/eEF2FUUnEr4[/media] I don't have PC, so can't check it out myself. Apparently iMovie 09 or newer will do the same thing for Macs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B-dub View Post
    If you want to clean up the video a little more, check this out. [media]http://youtu.be/eEF2FUUnEr4[/media] I don't have PC, so can't check it out myself. Apparently iMovie 09 or newer will do the same thing.




    Thanks for posting this information. It served as a reminder for me. I have VirtualDub downloaded on my pc, but don't really know how to use it. Not sure if the deshaker plugin in there already a filter or not. Guess I could learn how to use it. Saw some samples of the deshaker, and some of the video looked similar to the stabilization in youtube. Youtube stabilization has a strange look to it, so I don't use it.







    On another note, this Friday (I hope) I plan to test my co-workers Contour mounted on the COT I made from your design. Since the camera is not mine, the helmet mount attaches to the goggle strap. Well, I like to take my helmet off alot, and using this mount would be clumsy and awkward. If it were my camera, I'd probably permanently mount the helmet mount somehow.
    Hidden Content A ride in the woods helps me relax and release tension. The fact I'm dragging a body should be entirely irrelevant?

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