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Been thinking of getting a new helmet cam and I've seen/heard a ton of great things about the GoPro but I just saw this camera: http://www.vholdr.com/contourhd/overview

I've never heard of this one before. Anybody have one? Anybody know anything about this camera in general? Likes. Dislikes. How well does it work? Anything bad about it?

EDIT: I went to the "Videos" forum (dur dur). Found some stuff.
 

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well the demo video looked pretty damn good to me
also look in the videos forums there may be something there
 

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Also thinking of getting one.

On amazon you can get it for $279.99 with a $50 amazon gift card( till 6/27) making the price $230. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026P4H6K/ref=s9_simp_gw_s0_p114_t1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1Q4DWK4PQQ1FD3T7N78E&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

This unit just came out. the previous unit seems fairly nice also and can be had today for $99.99. http://www.amazon.com/VholdR-1102-Wearable-Camcorder-Black/dp/B0019Y8AAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1245812117&sr=1-1

You won't find too many reviews since this is a new unit. There are 4 reviews on amazon for this unit already and they seem very positive.

I was tempted to get the old version for a hundred bucks, but with the HD version basically being on sale for $230 I'm leaning towards going for it. Just seems like the videos will be allot nicer.

On the other hand the price of this technology is obviously dropping fast. If I can hold out for another year or two I expect I will be able to get the functions of this unit for $100 bucks or so.
 

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iSlowpoke said:
When is this thing coming out? Every place I see is pre-order...
Its out but they sell like hotcakes. So thats why amazon says pre-order..they keep selling out.
 
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Make sure you have enough computer and the proper software to handle HD before you buy an HD camera of any kind.
 

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2.66 GHZ quad core and a couple gigs memory is around the minimum recommended.

HOWEVER in reality unless you're doing very, simple edits render times will be longish as compared to editing standard def.

New thoughts are 64 bit OS (vista or windows 7), 8+ GB memory, a new "8" core (I7 platform) processor, and of course you will have to have a 64 bit editing package to take advantage of yor new spiffy compnents. Vegas Pro 9 among others will fit the bill.

Take a gander at thevideoguys latest do it yourself I7 based build.\ at around 3 grand.

I built the do it yourself 6 project a year ago at about a thou and it's based on the quad core, 2 GIG memory and normal 32 bit OS. Does great with editing DV. Blows away the off the shelf 3 year old system I did have--that took 3 or 4 hours to render about an hour project--what I have now renders about 1:1 or faster provided I dont have too many bloated effects. Step up to HD and I'm sure i'd be talking 3 to 5X project length again for render.

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I'm not much of a computer geek. Define enough computer?
 

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So is the VholdR ContourHD Camera considered the best helmet cam for the money right now? I'm in need of a quality helmet cam and I'm ready to spend some cash this month for one. if this is the best bang for the buck then I want it. Should I be looking at any other units in the $300 range?
 

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"Enough PC" is something with a fast CPU (MHz wise). The "E8xxx" series of CPUs (yes, the old ones) are where it's at for video editing. A lot of the software can't use 4 cores, and you are generally far better off with a really fast dual core with some good onboard cache; check benchmarks. From there, you just need some ram (3GB pretty much maxes out 32 bit Windows).

I rented a ContourHD out here in Whistler, the one I got was beaten up REAL bad and it worked AWESOME. Easy to use and aim, obviously robust because this one wasn't busted, and it saves in a useful format that I don't need some garbage proprietary software to use. It was real good at handling shakiness, and dealing with in-and-out of light / dark areas.

FYI: My PC is an Intel Q6600 with 4GB of RAM in Windows 32-bit ... editing is smooth, compiling clips and audio is pretty much instantaneous, and final compression is roughly realtime (4 pass, meaning it actually compresses 4x faster than realtime). Just an FYI. I am buying one, too bad I am in Canada and Amazon hates us. Edit: Oh, I forgot to mention I overclocked my RAM, but I don't think it matters (was 800, now 1333)
 

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Sounds good to me. I'm running an
Intel C2D E8600 @ 4.32GHz
8GB Geil PC8500 DDR2 1066
2x 4870 1GB cards in CrossFire
Windows Vista HP 64 bit

Yeah I'm a pc geek too....I doubt I'll have any issues.

I've decided to buy this cam. I'll try and order it next week or so.
 

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Sounds good to me. I'm running an
Intel C2D E8600 @ 4.32GHz
8GB Geil PC8500 DDR2 1066
2x 4870 1GB cards in CrossFire
Windows Vista HP 64 bit

Yeah I'm a pc geek too....I doubt I'll have any issues.

I've decided to buy this cam. I'll try and order it next week or so.
Holy balls... that should do, lol. Make me feel like a loser running my e8400 at stock clocks ;)

How much do video cards come into play with rendering? Is that all CPU? Or is a lot offloaded to the GPU, or maybe some software that does GPGPU if it is all CPU? I have video cards for gaming and am just starting to get into video stuff

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64gb supertalent SSD that I got for free and LOVE.
oh, and a few TB of other internal drives, heh.
 

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For video rendering cpu and memory are key. Video cards aren't that big of a deal as far as I know.Depending on the software 4 cores can really help and lots of memory.

Some software doesn't take advantage of quad core cpu's and having a really fast dual core is ideal in these situations.
 
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Rendering is all CPU, editing is all RAM. The more sophisticated the software, the more memory you will need.
Oh yeah, start looking at extra hard drives; especially if you are smart and back things up. Digital video takes a lot of HD space.
As far as video editing, video cards are there to work the monitors. Dual monitors are the only way to go.
 

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There have been rumours of oddloading video processing to the GPU since it's stupid fast, but nothing solid has happened. At this time, you can have a fast CPU, fast RAM, a motherboard that connects them and all the other parts can be garbage.
 

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Make sure you have enough computer and the proper software to handle HD before you buy an HD camera of any kind.
The great thing is that the camera comes with its own software. The camera is by far the best helmet camera out there. WhiteNoise - it never hurts to look but there isn't any self contained HD helmet cameras out there for around $300; at least none that I've found.
 

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I want to buy this cam this month at some point. Its mostly sold out everywhere and some places have raised the price when its in stock...I'll keep my eyes peeled for sure. I hope to grab one up in the next couple of weeks.
 

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Crap....I never thought about PC requirements although I'm not really in the market for a cam anyways. I'm going to wait it out till more companies release product. But sheesh....my PC would blow up if I tried to edit HD video. I'm too embarrassed to tell you the specs......:eek:
 
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