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Tarmac rally video question

Because there's never enough to do on a 4 day tarmac rally.....

we plan this year to mount video capture stuff.

But here's the challenge. A complete single unit (lens and recorder) minicam will self power down in typically 5 minutes of non-use. The remote will not kick it back into life. B3 is too cramped in the cabin to reach back to the camera and turn it on for each stage & 1 hour tape life makes recording the whole thing too hard.

Second option is to mount a remote lens unit (lipstick type) and run that into a mini DV deck, again space is too limited to mount this within reach of the silly seat.

We're not the first to face this problem. Ideas??

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Hi Brett

There is some massive info on this over on the 'Merican boards - try the track forum. Jack Olsen has thread after thread on his digital hard-drive recorder (with multiple camera angles inside and outside the car), it's hardwired and has remote control. All put together with relatively cheap parts. I think some of the camera set ups are "web quality" only, but I know some of those guys produce genuine DVD quality stuff.
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i fitted an DC to AC inverter so the camera 'thinks' its on mains power.

before a stage, you simply switch the inverter off then back on (via a dash mounted switch) which should reset your camera's internal timer (it does for a sony).

the only downside is your navigator must remember to do this AND press record on the remote...
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ps: it also means no stuffing around with batteries/chargers etc
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John - thanks for that - you're right there is a recent and detailed post from the great J. Olsen but the systems they propose are too low in resolution for my needs.

Ryan - seems poor 'ol Stuart will continue to be punished for the unfortunate 'Navigator in Space' incident......I can hear him now.."I f*** one goat"...

And it also appears that there is a confrontingly high level of videography expertise in my place of work - who'd a thunk it? The boffins advise that both hard wired power or menu option to not power down are avaialble with our cameras. But my real concern lies in mounting a kilo..ish of metal at head height (was there not a tragic event with an MX5?).

So today's plan involves an auto apperture adjusting lipstick head unit into a DC powered mini deck mounted to the rear floor and a LANC remote within reach of Stuart for start/stop. Sony are assembling this system as we speak. Are you running vid stuff this year?
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"Are you running vid stuff this year?"

yes.

will i ever watch it (more than once), convert to digital, upload to youtube etc?

no - based on experience to date


ps. the camera housings have to be pretty sturdy to pass CAMS spec
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