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    Default Nate's Camera Setup --> Careful large pics!!!

    Finally...

    Here's a few pics of my final camera setup!

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    Its completely non-invasive for the RSC & takes about 10min to setup/remove.

    Costs:
    Camera: $260
    Assorted cables: $10
    Assorted connectors: $15

    Time:
    About 3-4hrs to make a rig up
    About 3 weeks of R&D!!!

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    good work.

    my setup comprises of a colour CCD "lipstick" camera that is only a 480line resolution. So whilst it doesnt have the full res of yours the size means it is a little more concealable.

    Things to be careful of are as follows. I ran my wiring through the engine bay just like yours - but after a session of going batsh!t i popped the hood to discover the cabling didnt survive. Luckily i wasnt running power to the camera as a portion was just a squidgy string. The heat from the radiator is phenomenal - beware.

    so mine is back hanging from the rear vision mirror whilst i re-wire the front. This time i am going to mount the camera in the tow-point and run the wire behind the headlamp and into the fender - and use header / heat wrap to protect all exposed wiring.

    Does the renault have a hole in the door hinge mount like the xsara. If so run the cable through it so it comes in the door at a lower point and is subjected to less slam stress.

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    What's going on in the background (is it near some sort of skidpan?), I'm guessing that's not your car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XsaraVTS
    good work.

    my setup comprises of a colour CCD "lipstick" camera that is only a 480line resolution. So whilst it doesnt have the full res of yours the size means it is a little more concealable.
    -Q.
    Damn thats not bad, how much? where from?
    Mine is 420TVL, payed an extra $40 to go from 380-420, but to get a high res was about $325... bit too prohibitive! plus i'll prolly get more results putting on a better lens with the money saved!

    Concealable? well i could chop the case down significantly, as its only 2 PCB's 80x80... also save on weight!!! & reduce vibrations, but hey... its working satisfactorily now!

    Never had any probs with the cabling, maybe you should go some Cat5 fire rated stuff? its warm in there, but not hot...

    You might be better of using some magnets, get some neodynium (rare earth thingy's) tape them to the cable run, & maybe glue some felt, then just run them on top of your bonnet, they'll hold easily & no heat from under the bonnet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pug307
    What's going on in the background (is it near some sort of skidpan?), I'm guessing that's not your car?
    Australian Motorkhana chamionships!
    Its a 182 supplied by Renault (press car)...

    GOOD footage!

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    I think where it is mounted is excellent for a motorkhana. Is it a bit low for the track?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    Australian Motorkhana chamionships!
    Its a 182 supplied by Renault (press car)...

    GOOD footage!
    So do we get to see some of this footage??

    Whats the purpose of this set-up?? is it just for fun - or are u using the footage for something in particular?

    have you tried mounting the camera out the side of the car, looking forwrd past the front wheel?? ive always loved that angle - get to see the suspension and steering all doing its thing - great on a nice windy road...
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    We have DVD nites with the RSC crowd...
    its taken on ALL drives...

    Low for the track? nah, it captures everything real well... plus if its higher up then it makes it feel slow...

    Side... well i MIGHT start working on a setup with Magnets, so i can literally just sit it on metal... it should be ok to 100Km/h... R&D needed!

    The footage is real large etc, i've got about 2hrs of footage so far... if you're in Syd & wanna pick up for a few $, you're more than welcome too!

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    cool clio....

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    Nate,

    did you find the lack of any car part in the footage takes away from the speed sensation? I had excatly he same location for my lipstic cam and found the footage to be... err boring for the lack of better word.
    I will attempt the sideskirt mounting as my next option.
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    Never tried mate... If you're not absolutely giving it a go then it can be a bit dull... but all you need to do is dub in "eye of the tiger" or another appropriate track & she's right...

    I'll start experimenting with magnets soon...

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    Magnets on the side of the car showing the front tyre moving would be cool

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    Well its plasitc!!! LOL...

    Maybe on the doors hmmm
    i'll need a co-pilot to do all the camera swaps!

    Gentlemen & Ladies, its all on the To do list!

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    Okies well here's the next version...

    an extra 2 cameras... one mounted behind the wheel arch (cheers for the suggestions fellas!), & one on the roof right in the middle!

    Tekkie, so when u had footage without any of the car in it, it was looking slow? hmmm

    Now i gotta get some good magnets & do some speed trials... :| nervous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate
    Now i gotta get some good magnets & do some speed trials... :| nervous!
    I've used fishing rod holders (they use suction) and had all sorts of things mounted on them (up to 4 holders with 40kg), never came loose at 100+, just have a failsafe for a camera (rope?). An idea.

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    Bumper cam looked ok, but it would be one of those, "and here is another angle" instead of the main footage.

    Tried over the shoulder camera mounting location. MUCH better than the bumper cam. Except for the damn rear view mirror getting the way of the visibility far in front of the car. Seeing the driver fuble his way through the Oran Park was much more fun than just the road shot.

    Next location I was thinking about was along the sill panel looking at the front wheel. You get to see the wheel travel and opposte lock.
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    Worked aout a good mounting system for the MX5 on the weekend. Manfrotto Super Clamp with Manfrotto 141 tripod head attached to the horizontal bar behind the seats. Angled back a bit, it will sit at about eye level. Will be buying the camera this week. Try it out in a motorkhana on Sunday.

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    Some Pro-Options (and prices).

    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/cinemasu...uccupmoun.html

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    I've had the thought of doing a setup like the above for some time.

    Can we expect a french/aussie version of the rendezvous video?

    -- DJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by XTC206
    Some Pro-Options (and prices).

    http://shop.store.yahoo.com/cinemasu...uccupmoun.html

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    Thanks for that. Mine is this one with a more adjustable head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ-Studd
    I've had the thought of doing a setup like the above for some time.

    Can we expect a french/aussie version of the rendezvous video?

    -- DJ
    Lol, do a search for "Renaultvous" its where i started!
    i dont think Frogs would encourage such behaviour!

    Allthough i'll be doing a city run, through all the big sight seeing places one week nite at about 2-3am... looks GREAT on film!

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    Well i've made a few modifications...

    I've not got a switch box mounted in the dash, which gives me a choice of 4 (up to 6, but i only currently got 3) camera's!!!

    so i can drive & change the angle between them all! Yippee!

    Waitin for some of those strong magnets to come in... i'll hook it up tomorrow & post pics, then a test toast when the magnets come!

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    Icon12 Looks Cool Guys!

    Id like tyo mount one on my GSX Roadbike, just to scare the kiddies !!
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    easily done. A bullet camera taped to a helmet, camcorder in a backpack or strapped to passenger seat, and off you go
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    alrighty!

    Here's the setup i ran with... pretty inconspicuous

    Note the switch box on the dash used to switch behind all cameras...

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