Drift HD170 point of view camera – videos- Lee Lau

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DOUBLE HOOK AND LOOP MOUNT ACCESSORY


Let me put this in capital letters; VARIETY IN VIDEO ANGLES MAKE FOR INTERESTING VIDEO. This cheap, easy to use accessory was originally designed to be used with the VIO camera. It will let you set up any bullet-style cam on different positions on your helmet (full-face or XC) or bike frame. At a cost of $8.95 (source for buying this at the end of the article) this accessory is a very worthy and cheap addition to a videographer’s grab-bag of tricks. In a short period of time, I’ve found three worthwhile mount positions giving you different interesting POV videos (and one mount position that I thought was kind of boring but maybe you’ll like it). I’m sure it won’t be too much trouble to come up with more ideas so please feel free to shoot some ideas my way in the article’s comment field.

 

This mount is basically a flexible rubberized mount. There’s two round surfaces; one to go with a camera and one surface to attach to a round surface – like a bike frame. Velcro’ed webbing is supplied along with a buckle. The big advantage I found with this mount was:

  1. it was easy to swap the mount around on various parts of the bike and/or body. It takes less then a minute to move the mount around on your bike.
  2. it is secure because there is a lot of velcro keeping this on your bike or helmet,
  3. it is stable because you can get the mount very tight and the rubberized surfaces absorb a lot of the micro-vibration that contribute to bad video

 

SETTING UP THE DOUBLE HOOK AND LOOP MOUNT

When you buy this mount you’ll have to do some re-arranging and re-packaging so it can work with the DriftHD. Here are the instructions along with pictures.


Firstly, unwrap all the webbing. Lay the webbing on some surface. Put the camer on one of the round rubber surfaces as pictured below.

 


Wrap the long end of the webbing over the top of the camera and put it through the buckle. Cinch it firmly but not too tight (that’ll be the next step). Now pull the webbing through the other end of the buckle and cinch the webbing tight. You’ll be left with a long “tail” of webbing that flops free. The camera will now be cinched tight against the rubberized round surface of the mount


Here’s the end product ready to go on some round surface. Remember that “tail” of webbing. You loop it around something round (like a bike tube) and then secure the camera onto that round surfaced object. You’ll want to put the Vholdr-supplied hooks around the buckle so you don’t lose that camera. Note that obviously you can rotate the camera around on the rubber mount surface to get the right angles.


SOME SAMPLE “DOUBLE HOOK AND LOOP” MOUNTING OPTIONS

1. Side Helmet Mount

The Drift-supplied helmet mount is very good. But it has downsides as mentioned previously in this article. The double hook and loop mount works on all types of vented helmets . The rubberized surface grips and the webbing and velcro harness leta me tighten the mount against the helmet. Moreover the rubberized mount also compresses; all-in-all a very strong, secure mount.


Double hook and loop mount


Drift HD supplied helmet mount


Drift HD 170 POV camera – various modified helmet mount options from Lee Lau on Vimeo.


2. Top Tube Mount looking forward

This is a pretty basic mounting option that’s self-explanatory as seen from the pictures below. It’s interesting perhaps because you get to see the handlebars and bike turning. Position the mount more forward and you don’t see as much of the bike but still see the cable. It’s best used when you’re following another rider closely especially on steep trails, which this mount captures exceptionally well.


VIO mount with the Vholdr on the top tube looking forward


3 . Downtube looking down

This is a pretty cool angle that would work very well for a trail with lots of skinnies and/or air. Otherwise, on fast sections of trail you’re not going to see a lot of action and get a lot of blurred ground footage. Used sparingly you can get some cool footage of your bike’s rear shock and/or your scabby legs doing their thing.


Downtube looking down mounting option


Here is a compendium video showing the various video angles described above in use and the resulting footage

 

Drift HD 170 POV camera – various frame-mount options from Lee Lau on Vimeo.



4 Top tube looking back

This is another self-explanatory mount. Make sure you orient the Drift HD 170 so the bulk of the camera is as high as possible so the swingarm doesn’t contact the camera. You’ll hear a lot of brake and shock action.

It’s an interesting perspective seeing the suspension work. Also you get the vantage point of seeing the trailing rider. Unfortunately, on steep trails where you get behind your seat this has the tendency to become a crotch cam.

 


Double hook and loop mount on top tube looking backwards.


Drift HD 170 POV camera – rear mounted views from Lee Lau on Vimeo.

 


How to buy

Buy the Drift HD170 and the double hook and loop mount at various retailers including in either Canada or the USA ($330MSRP)

About the author: Lee Lau

Lee Lau calls North Vancouver and Whistler BC home. He's had over 15 years experience riding bikes mainly in western North America and in Europe. Unlike many people who learned to ride bikes on North Shore trails, he actually enjoys riding (and sometimes bushwhacking) uphill.


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