Jan 6, 08:11 PM by Steve | Videorama

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I get a lot of question about my videos, so I thought I would write one answer in a central location that hopefully everyone can see. I use a ContourHD (the older 720 model) video camera mounted under my stem with zip ties.

The camera takes micro SD cards, which are tiny, about the size of a fingernail. I got two 16GB cards for $50 each, and 30fps at 720p takes about 1GB per half hour. That means I could fit about 8 hours on a card, except that the battery only lasts about 3.

Once shot, I process the videos through DashWare to add the gauges and doodads. Initially everything was car-centric so I had to make my own gauges and data importer for my Garmin Edge 705 TCX files. I would love to take credit for the idea but I was inspired by “SteelerHoo” on bikeforums.net (dpouncy on youtube). Eventually they added a built-in importer for TCX files and integrated my gauges, so now the process is much easier. The hardest part is synchronizing the video and data. If you have a newer Edge, you will probably have to go through some more steps for now.

You can see all my videos on YouTube, but here is an example. One of my newer videos from Christmas in the Santa Monica Mountains, on the renowned “Rock Store” descent.

  1. ah, thanks for posting this info. Also putting the camera under your stem is a great idea to keep more room on the bars.

    joe at Jan 9, 08:30 PM

  2. thanks, good article.

    Gardener at Mar 31, 07:38 AM

  3. That is awesome! How do you keep the video so stable if it’s mounted to the stem? Doesn’t vibration from the road cause the video to be jerky?

    — Frankie at Apr 10, 12:06 AM

  4. Steve,
    I just found your video – This is Awesome !!

    Andrew Petlow at Apr 26, 11:29 AM

  5. Can you post a picture of how you’ve got the camera mounted under the stem?

    Adam Goldberg at Nov 18, 07:00 PM

  6. Do you feel like 30 fps is sufficient for the speeds of road cycling? I know there’s a lot of emphasis put on 60 fps for fast action. What are your thoughts?

    David at Dec 22, 04:39 PM

  7. Steve, just found this information. I read that you modified the software for the cycling gauges. It also looks like it will not read a WKO file. Let’s talk off line, email me please. Mike

    Mike Vella at Dec 26, 09:27 AM

  8. 1. Do you have images of your Contour mounted to the stem? 2. I like the Contour GPS, but the viewing angle is only around 130 degrees (compared with 170 for the ROAM). Am I better off with the wider angle?

    Tom Kilpatrick at Mar 16, 09:04 PM

  9. Thank you, your article helped me.

    Eric Nitler at Sep 19, 05:00 AM

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