I had a few questions come up about my video setup… so here it is, in all its simplicity. At first it was side mounted, but this hurt my neck after several hours, so now it’s on top.
- Nvertigo-X Skydiving camera helmet with chin cup
- Canon Vixia HF200
- Kenko KGW-05 wide adapter
- Manfrotto 323 quick-change adapter
- Newton cross ring sight with Schumacher rotating clamp
- Home-made neoprene “camera condom,” from an old wetsuit hood
- Piece of gaffer’s tape over the “mode” switch so it stays on video, can’t be bumped to photo mode (which screws everything up if you don’t notice it)
- Pattex glue for the neoprene (glues neoprene like nothing else, according to some friends who SCUBA)
Photos of the new Neoprene cover with side opening. I left an open area by the lens so the Instant AF sensor can still work.
I made this side opening cover after many pain-in-the-$%# moments on the slope, when I had to completely remove the (old) cover to use the viewscreen.
- Highest quality setting, at 1920×1080 Full HD
- Shutter speed (Tv mode) 1/500 or higher (maybe 1/250 but then you get a bit more motion blur in the video)
- Optical stabilizer on, though it doesn’t help much when you are moving
- Virtualdub and Deshaker software used to stabilize clips
- Editing done with Pinnacle Studio 14 Ultimate Collection
Hope this helps some other camera-amateurs like myself! Next on my list (if I find time) is to make one of the home-made steadicams from PVC pipe, like you see in many YouTube tutorials. Not sure I’d put it on the helmet, but for handheld stuff, it might eliminate the need for the (slow, slight-quality-reducing) Deshaker step.