I spent most of a day Sunday trying to mount a video system in the car. Being in the video industry I planned the ultimate in-car video system. I have a Sony HVR Z1 U 4:4:4 1080P HD camera looking forward and a Canon XH-A1 1080i HD camera pointing aft. Using our Red ONE 4k camera seemed like overkill.
The problem is that pro- and pro-sumer cameras are large and heavy, each of the HD cams weighs something over 5 pounds and is large enough to make them all but impossible to mount safely in a car without a cage. They won't fit in the rear window becasue they are too tall. I fabed an arm the attaches between the stock head-rest mounts but found it too flexible for even a single camera. Hard braking dropped the point of aim by 6 inches. After a bunch of trial fitting and fabrication, I have decided on another, very different, path.
I gave up on the HD setup and ordered a GoPro HeroCam. $179 + free shipping. It is solid state, light-weight, comes with lots of mounting options and is designed for just this application. Plus it's in a hard plastic case to allow it to be mounted outside the car. Something quite out of the question with someone elses $5k HD cam.
I'll revisit the full 2-screen HD setup when the cage is in.
...and the Big Brown Truck just dropped off a new Nady PMC-2x Intercom so driver and passenger can chat in comfort.
Counting the days till NASA on Saturday -- lots of new things to try.
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