Video How-To by Lucas Brunelle ďaka LuckyĒ


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Forward and Backward Camera Instruction


Try this at home and write me if you live to tell about it

1. The right camera

My forward camera is the Sony PC330; my backward camera is the Sony PC109.

The Sony PC330 offers outstanding quality and a picture comparable to a 3-chipper camera.  The Sony PC109 is a little less quality; however itís lighter and outstanding for night time video.  These cameras are bullet proof, Iíve water logged, frosted, and crashed them both.

2. Mounting the camera to your helmet

You donít want to see your $1,000 camera bouncing off the pavement (or a car) yet you donít want the securing brackets to be too heavy.

First, use the Duct Tape Method: Aim the camera about six feet above the ground with your head in a natural riding position.  Now duct tape the camera to the helmet and go for a ride with another rider to test and/or adjust the camera angle.  Mark this angle and assemble the permanent structure.

I use sheet metal covering the helmet with alloy mounting brackets.  This way youíre not screwing bolts into your helmet, using fiberglass, epoxy, or anything that will make adjusting and cleaning the helmet and assembly difficult.

This detachable assembly also allows you to adjust the angles easier than permanent mounting.  Adjustable angles are essential if you want to mount forward and backward cameras as I did Ė adjusting camera angle for different types of races is essential too.  In the city subjects are close and traffic is tight which why I use a wide angle .5 lens with zoom backed off.


Here is the helmet with both cameras mounted via sheet metal painted flat black with alloy mounting brackets secured to the sheet metal.

This mounting bracket was custom made by my friend Craig Croth and works on a wing-nut to adjust the camera angle up or down.


"Pen, Bullet, or Cigar" cameras
The only place I use these are where I would absolutely not want to place a camcorder.  For example Iíve shot some very interesting footage tying a pen camera to the fork of my bike.  Both quality and dependability are less with a bullet camera.  There are a lot more wires to worry about and the technology is not as developed since pen cameras are more of a specialty item than regular cameras.

Photos by Craig Croth

Here we have attached a bullet camera to the chain stay which shoots a very low angle.  As you can see dirt accumulates fast and vibration needs to be dampened by neoprene.


3. Take some cool footage
Mounting a camera to your helmet provides excellent video but takes a lot of practice.  Since Min DV tapes cost about $3.00 practicing is cheap and youíll learn where the camera frame is.

Two LANCs for forward and backward cameras and a level

Advanced Tricks

In a race there are times when you wish you could pause the camera such as when climbing up a hill or hammering a long straightaway.

I control my tape usage with LANCs.  I have two LANCs for each camera that I bought at Viosport (web site).

In my peripheral vision I can see which camera is paused, on or off.  A colored LED indicator lights to assist me and both cameras are controlled by a single button on each LANC.  I have installed a level to make sure I keep a level head.

I take a lens cloth with me during a race with fog and/or rain so I can wipe off the lens Ė while riding.  Wiping the lens off has allowed me to video some awesome rain riding in the city.

4. Download your video

After youíre done raging around the city itís time to download your video into a computer with a FireWire connection.


FireWire connecting camera to computer for video download

5. Editing the footage

This is where you bring songs, pictures, video, audio, and lots of other ingredients together to create a masterpiece Ė much like a paint pallet.

Adobe Premiere (web site) is my favorite because itís compatible with most programs, has every editing tool you need to put together a great video, and excellent support.  Premiere also has native MPEG1 (for web) and MPEG2 (for DVD) encoding to export videos.  Pinnacle (web site) also offers a video editing solution as does Final Cut Pro (web site) for Mac users.

6. Backup Your Data Ė Or Else
Losing data sucks, my company (web site) gets thousands of dollars for a single data restore job.  At the very least back up the project files that you created.  Since one hour of video is approximately 11GB backing up your downloaded video clips may not be practical.  If you have backups of your project files you wonít lose any of your creative work you put into the project.  A project file is very small and remembers which clips you downloaded and you can hook up the camera and just run a batch download.

Backup your project files

This is risky and the rewards are just!