Solving The Problem of How to Use Our Kodak Videocam While Driving!

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Solving The Problem of How to Use Our Kodak Videocam While Driving!

Cynthia Larsen posed the question the other day as to how to use her portable camera and record while driving.  Here's her solution and based on THIS we'd say it worked pretty well!

But you can't put an engineer on a problem like that and just expect him to not come up with another solution.... so here goes:

We have a Tom Tom GPS we haven't used in a couple of years.  We'd also bought a Nav-Mat at Target or Wally World for about $15 or $20 to mount the GPS to rather than the windshield.  It has a non-skid bottom and a weighted ring around the edge that enables it to not slide around the dash, and a solid plastic sheet on the inside that the GPS mounting bracket suction cup sticks to.

Combine the GPS mount, the Nav-Mat, and Cynthia's rubber band and you've got a stable base, and even better, thanks to the pivoting GPS bracket, you can angle or tilt the camera as you need to alter your viewing angle (obviously NOT recommended while driving!).  The end solution looks like this:

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If you have the components or can get them, this should work for any of the Flipcam or Kodak portable style cameras.  We trialed it this morning and it worked well...sorry, no sample vids for public consumption yet, but we'll have some before much longer!  With the 8 GB video card we installed and set on 720p, we could record about 2 hours and pull out whatever we need from the tour!

Time to go do some driving :)
Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Jane Peters
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Um, do you have to have a civil engineering or other engineering degree for this?

Jan 29, 2011 04:08 PM #23
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Marilyn, A little character is to be expected! :)

Jane, Nope, but having an engineering background doesn't hurt :)  Bill

Jan 29, 2011 04:23 PM #24
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Kate Bourland
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Fun, I've often wondered how to do this.  I'm going to have to put this on my to do list for 2011

Jan 29, 2011 04:57 PM #25
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Kate, We're thinking it's a way to catch quite a few more viewers, and depending on how crowded your local market is, or isn't, it might be wide open to get in front and lead the way!  Enjoy :)

Jan 29, 2011 11:50 PM #26
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Emailing this to my husband as soon as I finish this comment.  Maybe he can make it work in my Jeep.  :)

Jan 30, 2011 02:50 AM #27
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Margaret, Good luck, hope it works!  Your area is a little too crowded to drive and shoot video simultaneously!  Those Maryland cops would have fun seeing how big a ticket they could write you!

Jan 30, 2011 07:41 AM #28
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Cynthia Larsen
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Alrighty then, somehow I knew I would pique the engineer in you Bill! Now all I'm worried about is the airbag sending my Flip through my window (or me). Do the AR contests come with liability insurance? The Cotati cops haven't figured out what I'm doing yet. Maybe another 20 trips around the block should do it! Talking and driving? NOT EASY!

Jan 30, 2011 01:57 PM #29
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Ssssssynthia, We'll simplify it, don't talk and drive, just record.  Set up your camera while stopped, hit record and drive.  Use your video editing software and add the audio after.  That's what I did for the video we posted this morning. 

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I can add audio later? Why didn't anyone tell me that :)

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Well now you know!  :)  Life of the video blogger should be much easier!

Jan 31, 2011 04:07 AM #32
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Donne Knudsen
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BLiz - OMG!!!  What a great invention!  I just wish I had the various componenets for it.  Definitely something that I need to look into though.  I am definitely not interested in any windshield mounts but have been looking for some kind of dashboard mount and there just really isn't any.  On another note, I also didn't know you could add audio later.  This is one of the best things about AR, learning new stuff all the time.

Jan 31, 2011 04:15 AM #33
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Donne, Just making use of what we have available :)  And this uses the windshield mount for our GPS, just with a different orientation to the non-skid ring.  Cynthia's rubber band brought it all together.  And for driving videos, or anything you're not talking in front of the camera, dubbing the audio after is the way to go!  No wind noises, no long gaps of dead air while you're thinking about what to say next, AND no distractions while driving! 

 

fyi, just searched Amazon and this might take care of the issue for most people:

http://www.amazon.com/Bracketron-UFM-200-BL-Dash-Mat-Universal-Device/dp/B00178Y1IQ/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1296494469&sr=8-19

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OMG!!! You two are the bomb!!!  This looks kind of perfect and I think it just may work!  :)

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Maybe I should have looked on Amazon first, but the video deadline was coming up fast! :)

Jan 31, 2011 04:56 AM #36
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BLiz - While I'm so not ready for any vlogging contests, one of my goals for this year was to start doing some vlogging so that is the reason for all my interests and requests from so many people (I have pestered a handful of peopl so far) about their video tour experiences and equipment.  This whole vlogging thing is a lot more complicated and technical than I initially thought but I am committed to doing some vlogging soon and accomplishing this one particular goal.

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Donne, We're learning as we go.  We've been fortunate to have few people provide us some advice.  If you go back to our first video, Tim Maitski posted a link to a YouTube tutorial he did.  We've had some others either email us or talk over the phone.  We'll get there :)

The Google results on video is MUCH better than the regular search results too, so lots of potential to leapfrog the competition.

Jan 31, 2011 05:25 AM #38
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BLiz - Thanks for finding the dash mat on Amazon, I'm going to order one. I can't tell you how many times my Son-In-Law tried to put my dash mount in the dishwasher this weekend!

Jan 31, 2011 09:52 AM #39
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Cynthia, Glad to help :)  It basically does the same job WITHOUT the rubber band!  LOL....

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You must have posted this before I browsed through WalMart looking for something that I could concoct to make it easy to shoot video while driving.  In the camera section, I was thinking "surely someone has already thought of this."  No joke.  Thanks for answering my question.

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Charita, I think it was a common need after all of us jumping into video :)  The Amazon link should give most of us what we need, although I was concerned about them going out of stock...yesterday they had 7, then 6...but this morning 23 so they must have replenished their supply!  Glad to help! 

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