Every once in awhile someone asks about how to mount their camera. Here is what I did. The standard tripod for cameras is a 1/4-20 thread which screws into the camera. To mount my camera I used the tripod mount threaded hole in the bottom of the camera. I simply took an extra headlight mounting clamp and placed a 1/4-20 bolt thru it. It was easy to do and works great. Here are a couple of pictures of it.
The 1/4-20 bolt has its head ground down so that it doesn’t protrude down too far and interfere with the clamp as it is placed on the tubing it mounts to.
With this clamp mount I can mount most any camera. Aiming it straight forward it does catch my right foot as I pedal … something I don’t personally like to see in videos.
Below is a video I filmed with this camera mounted as shown. I apologize for the in and out of focus going on. The camera has a feature which won’t stay turned off which automatically focuses on the face or whatever it perceives as its focal point. I turned it off before I started but it turned itself back on. I hate this camera. It is a Sony. I have a Samsung camera which I like much better but the screen display quit working on it.
Most of us will never be able to ride our tadpole trikes around the world even if we truly would like to. There are a few however who are doing this and documenting it on video and pictures so that we can be a part of it. I personally only know of a few people which I will list here. If you know of any others feel free to tell us in comments.
Cats are known to have excellent hearing. They are also known to be hunters of prey. When the Lord Jesus Christ created them He equipped them with ears designed to deal with wind. A cat’s ears have hair which helps break up and greatly diminish wind noise. Have you ever noticed how much wind noise there is as you ride your trike? Have you ever placed your hand up by your ear as you ride along and noticed that when you block the wind from going past your ear you can hear much better? If you have not done so give it a try.
BTW, they make devices to use on a helmet to block the wind from passing by your ears.
I made some which attach to my eye glass frame stems. They work pretty good but I don’t use them as they look goofy.
I have watched a lot of videos and one thing that absolutely ruins an otherwise good video is wind noise in the audio. Sometimes it is so bad that it blocks out whatever else was recorded. Just like with our ears wind passing by the microphone of a video camera is quite noticeable. Video cameras with built in microphones as well as external microphones need to have what I call a “cat ear filter” on them to act as a wind filter. You can buy these. Some work better than others. Here is one for a GoPro camera …
BTW, these filters are commonly called “dead cat filters” but I don’t like that name so I call them cat ear filters.
Years ago I decided to experiment with my video camera to see if I could come up with a good effective wind noise filter. I tried several different things. Some worked better than others.
After trying several different things I finally settled on something that has worked great. Even in strong winds it prevents most wind noise from occurring.
To start with I used a plastic eye drop medicine bottle cut to make sort of a funnel with the smaller diameter neck down over the microphone area on the camera. The bottom of the bottle is cut off to make it open. In the picture below I have drawn red lines to show where I cut the bottle. I used the section in between the red lines.
I used clear silicone to glue the bottle in place. Silicone works quite well and is fairly easy to remove if ever I want to. The bottle is filled with a man-made fiber material (pictured below) which is the stuffing from inside of a stuffed toy.
Over it at the cut off bottom of the bottle is a piece of black felt like material. Then the last piece is a tossle off of a hat. It and the black felt like piece are also siliconed onto the bottle to hold it all together.
As I stated earlier I experimented with various things including stopping with just using the black felt like piece. I was after near perfection and after adding the tossle I achieved it. Here is a video I made on a windy day. I am riding with a friend talking to him. You can hear a clicking sound coming from one of the chain tubes on my trike. I am telling my friend about it in the beginning of the video. Without the wind noise filter I doubt if you would even be able to hear what I am saying but as you can hear my voice comes thru quite well.
Here are some more homemade wind noise filter videos …
HERE are the Google search results for wind noise filters. And HERE is Amazon’s search results.
RELIVE is a neat app. I first was introduced to it watching Matt Galat’s videos. It really caught my attention but I never considered actually trying it myself. My rides are rather boring … I ride the same trails every day with very little variation. So capturing the route I ride on a video just isn’t something most people would be interested in seeing day after day. Never the less, I decided to give it a try. Relive offers both a basic free version with limited features as well as a paid version which offers some goodies not found on the basic version. I believe the paid version costs $6.99 a month and offers a 30 day free trial. One feature I like on the paid version is you can change the speed of the video. The free basic mode goes way too fast for my liking.
Free to join & use Relive
Free 3D videos of your activities
Millions of outdoor people
Track GPS with Relive app
Works with other GPS trackers
I am not much into high tech stuff. I never have been. I much prefer simplicity in my life. I prefer to avoid the challenge, frustration and aggravation that comes with this high tech world we live in. I would not even have a smartphone if it wasn’t for wanting to have weather radar with me while I am out riding. I much preferred my simple flip phone as far as a cell phone. I started out with an Android phone but last year I switched to an iPhone. It did not take very long before I regretted it and nothing has changed. I much prefer an Android. Quite frankly I don’t see what all the hype is about touting the iPhone as being superior. It doesn’t impress me any whatsoever.
Anyway, Relive is available for Apple and Android. Reading about Relive and watching YouTube videos about it one would think that it has to be used with Strava or a similar app … that Relive is not a standalone app. However, I only installed Relive and it is working fine for me. It creates videos of my rides laying them out on Google Earth just like I have seen elsewhere such as Matt Galat’s videos.
It is rather interesting to see one’s ride recorded like this. I only wish I could work with this program on my desktop computer rather than having to do everything on my smartphone. I am still in the learning process as I have only been using it for three days thus far. I just learned today that you can take pictures while out on your ride and they will appear in the Relive video right where you took them.
Here is a screenshot of a paused video showing the entire ride route:
Here is my ride laid out on a map:
I am going to try something here hoping it will work. If it does you will see my 3rd ride I have recorded with the Relive app.
And here is a YouTube video showing what the Relive video looks like:
Thru the years I have tried various ways to take video as I ride. I have mounted my camera on my trike a couple of different times but never liked the results. One thing I object to is the camera picking up road noise thru the mount I had for it. I have had the camera helmet mounted but didn’t care for that at all even though there was probably the least jarring of the camera that way. Most of the time I have just held the camera in my hand. I really don’t like doing that however. Recently I have been trying out a mount I made using the mount for a headlight. I had to modify the headlight mount in order to mount the camera. Much to my surprise it doesn’t transfer much road noise into the camera.
Where I live and ride the road and trail surfaces are fairly rough so getting jarred around is a problem I have to deal with when it comes to taking video. Much to my surprise the jarring around using this camera mount is not as bad as I expected it would be. Never the less it is still present so I am considering doing some experimentation to see if I can improve upon this.
Also I would like to be able to quickly and easily remove the camera to hand hold it should I come across something I want to catch on video which requires re-aiming the camera or even moving it following the subject matter. Also I want to be able to easily remove the camera (only) and take it with me if I should stop for lunch or shopping while out riding.
Many of us like to video tape our rides and we do so for various reasons. How do you go about it? Please tell us by leaving a comment.
I love watching Matt Galat’s videos as they are always so well done and interesting. For quite some time now he has had a drone he uses to capture video from up above. That really adds greatly to his videos in my opinion. Recently he put together a video of his ride thru Japan from back in 2017. The entire video is drone camera footage. I think it is super neat to watch. I hope you agree …
Click HERE to check out more about Matt’s world touring on his tadpole trike.
GoPro cameras are very popular and take high quality pictures and video. Many tadpole trike riders use them. GoPro has numerous accessories and mounts available. Here are three videos explaining it all.