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post #1 of 17 Old 07-30-2014, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Pulled the trigger on a Ghost HD camera...now what??

Ok...after going on a 6000km ride this summer and taking all of about 5 photos and having been pinched in traffic with some really close calls recently...I pulled the trigger and ordered a Drift Ghost HD camera....I am hoping I can get more and better pics/video when I am out on an adventure....and maybe a little piece of mind "just in case" while commuting to work.... regardless.... who can recommend places and ways to mount the camera...not sure if I want it on my helmet yet... and what is the standard in video editing/ still capture software?? as I am a complete dolt in this area of computing Thanks.

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The smoothest video will come from the camera mounted on your body someplace (helmet or chest mount), although it isn't horrible on your bars either. I had some luck with mine mounted on my engine guards too although some say it didn't work for them there. I have a gopro.

The helmet mount probably looks the dorkiest IMO (top or side), but it works and it films what you look at, so whatever.

If you just want it for security, add a mount to your bars and set it to forever record (if your camera has that mode), then you just hit the button if you want it to save the last hour of video or whatever.

I like the Gopro studio software because it has Proview built-in, but there are other editors out there with the Sony Vegas Pro being the top end application (so I hear). Windows Movie Maker works pretty well too, nice and simple.
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-watch other people's videos for ideas of what you like and what you don't like

- figure out at least six ways to mount the camera, and use those various mounts. More angles = more variety to the video

- try a few different editing programs. Most have free trials available for 30 days. I personally use Corel Videostudio, available for free trial download at Corel Corporation
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Top of Helmet is by far the best location as it is the most stable and the camera goes where you look. Side of the helmet is ok, but you see a limited field of view with the one side of the helmet taking up a portion of the picture. Chest mount sucks....so now we all have to see your gas tank, gauges, handlebars & windshield all the time. Bike mounts can be ok depending on vibration and a clear field of view...I have never found any spot on the bike that is better than the top of the helmet. Yes, it looks dorky, but I only GoPro off road.

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Alot of ADV guys are switching over from GoPro to the Drift. YellowHrnt demonstrated his Drift to me at the Vstrom Rally. I like it.......bullet shaped for better........ahhh..........ergos (?). He dropped his on the ground a few times to demonstrate its durability. I believe he had his mounted on the side of his hat.........

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I used a Drift Ghost camera on our recent Himalayan Motorcycle tour. I used both the helmet mount and a mount on master cylinder of the Royal Enfield. It's pretty tough; I didn't have it pushed into the bar mount far enough and it fell off while climbing one of the passes, 25-30 kmph, fell into some water and was still running when I found it!
The only thing I disliked about the helmet mount (on the side of my helmet) could see part of my face shield in the frame and the sudden movement in the video clips when I was briefly looking left or right at the scenery. The bar mount would have worked better with ram mount of some sort but I didn't have one of those available over there.
My friend used a Go Pro but we ended up using most of the video from my camera because it appeared to be clearer and had a wider angle of view. They make an adapter for the Go Pro mounting system that will enable you to mount the Drift onto the Go Pro mount which is a little more versatile. I also bought after market charger with extra batteries and a mike.
I've posted some video under the ride report section if you want to take a look.
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Great tips guys....I am hoping I can figure out a way to mount on front rt side of the fairing...not worried about looks....but definitely can't see me running with a "mohawk" on top of my bucket...but who knows.... will play and see... definitely looking forward to playing with the video software, as long as I can find something good and stupid proof to use

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a drift? stick it to your helmet, get a microphone, and start motovlogging.

I like the helmet mount. that way, if I want to film something, I just turn my head. in my setup, you can see my helmet on the left of the screen, but it does not take up that much room.

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... definitely looking forward to playing with the video software, as long as I can find something good and stupid proof to use
buying the camera and shooting footage is the easy part. Editing the video to a finished product is tedious, time consuming, computer intensive..... and utterly necessary.

I've owned action cams for 6 years now and have compiled about 2 terrabytes of video. I can tell you that the vast majority is boring run-of-the-mill stuff that is basically unwatchable. But the finished videos.... well I can enjoy those over and over because I included only the most interesting bits.

My point is that if you don't spend the time and effort to learn how to edit the video your camera purchase will ultimately result in tons of unedited video which you will quickly lose interest in.

Editing is THE most important part of the whole endeavor.
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Would be interested where you got it and how much it cost. I've wanted a gopro for a while now but just seems like a lot of money to lay out. I'd also love to see some sample videos and hear a general review when you have time.
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