Thetford Forest – Tightrope

Posted: February 7, 2011 in 2011, Videos
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I have about 2 hours of raw footage to edit, export etc and it will take me quite a while so I thought I’d post up a clip of Tightrope for you to have a look at. Resolution is 720p but YouTube does not do it justice. I will put the final file(s) on Vimeo. The film was shot with the Contour 1080p using a prototype handlebar mount a mate built up for me. As you can see it is steady as a rock particularly when you consider the test rig was my rigid Swift. We rode over rougher terrain too and it showed no sign of camera wobble there either.

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  1. Ross Burton says:

    Wow, that’s from the weekend? The trails look bone dry. That’s probably one of the best videos I’ve seen of Thetford, the mount is working a treat. Maybe point it up a tiny bit, and I’m shocked it’s a rigid fork – on even a front susser that should be nice and smooth.

    Now I really want a Contour cam… and your secret mount. 🙂

  2. slowjo61 says:

    To be honest Ross, the rest of the footage is better. I’ll have it edited some time soon and then you’ll see how much better. We have a lot of refining to do on the mount as it really is ver 1.0 right now, a nice piece of machining but not very pleasing to look at. Once we have them sorted out they will be for sale though if there is a market.

  3. I’ve got a VHoldr (pre Contour, and HD) which has always impressed me with it’s image stabilising. I was an early adopter and bought mine before any of the mounts (other than the motorcycle helmet) were available – so I attached it to the headtube by wrapping the unit in foam (bike packaging) and wrapping it up with an old inner tube. I thought the results would be really jerky, but it was actually very smooth.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei5MlZZBwfI (I uploaded it with very low quality)

    I now have the proper Contour helmet mount, but was wondering why you’re making your own bar mount instead of using the Contour one?

    A side effect of my original frame mount was that the foam protected the microphone and reduced the wind noise which can be overpowering. I have now taped a small bit of foam over the microphone (permanently) – a bit like those wooly microphones you see them use on windy days.

    • slowjo61 says:

      Jamie, from all the user reports I have seen, the overall impression was that the bar mount was a bit of a waste of money. Just not secure enough to provide a steady platform. The custom one that my mate built was a response to that issue and it has resolved the issue very nicely. I warrant it will be a bit more robust too!

      I have the (vented) helmet mount but it is next to impossible to get a decent picture and footage needs a lot of editing as you don’t naturally look at the trail all the time… just some of it.

  4. And yes – having the camera lower down makes the ride look a lot faster – a big disadvantage of the helmet mount. Here’s my brother using the Contour to show off his shoulder dislocation down a quick (Austrlalian) descent. It just doesn’t look as fast as it should.

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