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What type of in car cameras are you using?

Most "racer specific" set ups are very expensive, but I've seen some nice "Bullet" cameras for motorcyclers that are very reasonable- $250 ish.

I'd hate to put my camera out in the open for a couple reasons, so I'd like to install a small remote lipstick type camera, and run it into my Canon...

Anyone?
 

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In the past I have run

2 color bullet cameras I picked up off ebay for 100 bucks each. They run off 12v. I did wire up a voltage regulator for both of them to get a stable 12v into the cameras. Standard radio shack stuff there.

The cameras fed into a Multiplexer. The multiplexer allows you to record 2(or more) cameras into a single recording device. Frame 1 on the recorder goes to camera 1...frame 2 goes to camera 2...Frame 3 goes to camera 1...etc. the downside is that the number of frames on either camera is reduced to 1/2. But with only 2 cameras the playback is still 90% fluid. The other drawback is that you have to feed the recorded tape back through a multiplexer to play it on a TV. other downside is that multiplexers can run from 75-1500 bucks. The model I had ran off 12v.

The output from the multiplexer then ran into an Alpine Car VCR. water/dust/vibration is better than a standard VCR.

The output is pretty cool cause you have 2 cameras you can selectively choose to view at any time during the run. The resolution isn't perfect, but it is OK.

Producing a "tape" though to share with people takes quite a bit of time and is kind of a hassle from the editing prespective.

for this reason I am going to sell the multiplexers/VCR I have and get a standard security camera switcher box. It will delay between 2 cameras and switch from one to the other say every 180 seconds...but with zero resolution loss...and feed that into a sony mini-DV recorder for better resolution.

course I'll only work on this after getting the car rebuilt...stupid trees...
John
 

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Editing DV tapes to Internet Ready .mov or .wmv

Hey all

Now that I am not working for Speed Channel anymore, I am available to take DV tapes and edit them down to viewable web based files. DVD is coming as soon as I can afford the software.

While this is a very time consuming process, not to mention the 6K in editing gear costs, I am taking on a small amount of teams/clients to handle this type service.

Please email me if you are interested, I don't have a rate yet, but I think we can work something out


Jeff @ SpecialStage.com

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We have experimented with a huge range of equipment over the years and have found a good selection of cameras and lenses through Super Circuts [supercircuts.com] They have small bullet cameras for around $ 100 and higher quality ( more resolution) cameras as well. We also have built several systems for the Speed Channel coverage using a small 12v switcher which they sell, to go between two cameras. If anyone is interested, I have two such systems built and recently refubished by Sony which I am selling. Check the classifieds.
 

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If my co-driver and I want to start taping our rallies primarily for our review, to work on crew coordination, etc, what resolution camera do you recommend? Color or monochrome? What power lense? How critical is the Lux rating? Why use a bullet camera over a C/CS? Thanks.

Ward Ogden
 
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