Robert here (aka Wiski) – just thought I’d share this short clip from a video I shot on my first track day ever last year. I’m on the wall at Texas World Speedway trying to get low enough to get as much as I can on the wall. This is not the How To video we just released yesterday. That one is only for R1Videos Insiders for the time being. It’s free, quick and easy to sign up for future videos so sign up to be an Insider here.
Anyways, I shot this video with my GoPro HD Hero2. I used the Drift external microphone to record my voice while on the bike. Oh yeah, the GoPro is mounted on my helmet upside down using my own method. You can see how we did the GoPro helmet mount in this post. So the video will give you a basic idea of the resulting video footage. However, that’s on a track – it looks better when riding in a normal riding position and not tucking in so low. I’ll post another video vlog from the normal riding position soon so you can see how that looks also.
Wiski 1st Track Day on Wall at Texas World Speedway
Here is how I mounted my GoPro HD Hero2 to my helmet for the best POV footage. I call it the “updside down left eye GoPro POV helmet mount” or UDLE (?) GoPro Helmet Mount. Whatever. Anyways, I will do a video soon to show you the steps on how this is done, but I wanted to at least get some pics up to help everyone out in the meantime. What you will see in the pictures is how I screwed up the first time and put the mount on the wrong side of the helmet. For the best POV shot you can get, put the mount on the left side of the helmet (under your left eye) which is the right side when you are looking straight at your helmet.
Once you set the mount (it’s best to let it set for 24 hours to make sure it sticks) as pictured, then you should line the top of the mount with two strips of black electrical tape. I will have to show this also because it’s simple, but you might not get it without seeing what I am talking about. Do not overlap the tape as that will be too thick – just go 1 strip thick with the strips side by side down in the mount. This will help keep your GoPro from getting those annoying vibrations.
Then you will snap in the “J hook” and attach the other pieces. Forgive me for not remembering if you need extra attachments for this job. I have 2 GoPro video cameras, so I had plenty of attachments to choose from. Follow the pics here to complete the mount.
The last step is to attache the “skeleton case” which will be mounted to your helmet upside down. This gets the eye of the GoPro closest to the center of your helmet for the best POV. Remember: you must put your GoPro in the “upside down” setting since it will be mounted upside down. This is simple to do, just follow your instructions manual.
How To Mount Drift Mic in your helmet with GoPro
Finally, if you have an external Drift condenser microphone for vlogging or capturing audio (engine noise, etc) then you can plug that into the radio shack adapter and plug that into the GoPro. I highly recommend the Drift condenser microphone with the GoPro by the way. I wrapped the Drift cord around the lining of my helmet and was able to jam the mic into the front mouth vent of the helmet (see pics). I also secured the little foam piece to the mic and the mic to the gator clip with a twisty tie (again, that’s another post to better show you how I did this – coming soon).
I hope this helps you get started if you are daring enough to look at the pics and figure it out as you go. If not, no worries, I will do a video on the steps so that you can follow along and have the best GoPro mount for your helmet!
Thr 8/15/12 update: I did a live vlog/test ride today and will post the footage here tonight so you can see the angle that my UDLE GoPro Mount captures the footage. Standby…
Here is a GoPro video editing tip: So you got the GoPro and you took it out for a couple test rides. You think everything is cool, looks pretty good right? Well, that was probably around the block in the neighborhood. Once you hit the highways and various streets and pavements, things can get a bit dicey. The camera vibrates pretty bad at higher speeds like 60-75+. Here is one tip if you are pretty big into editing like we are.
We use Adobe’s Premiere Pro CS5. You can manually edit out all the vibrations and shaking in your footage by hand (if you have the time) in several video editing programs. HOWEVER, if you have the cash (or a teacher to hook you up with the student/educator discount from Adobe) then you can get After Effects 6.0 and remove all the shaky footage in the push of a button. After Effects CS6 does all the work for you automatically so you can have smooth videos (like the somewhat misleading GoPro commercials) with the push of one button. In AE CS6 this tool is called the “Warp Stabilizer” and works like a charm. Once we spring for the update from After Effects CS5 to CS6, we will show you plenty of our new GoPro videos along with a demo on using the Warp Stabilizer. If you have anything less than CS6 and you use Adobe, have fun doing all that work by hand! :(
After many purchases and tests, I have finally figured out how to make the Drift condenser microphone work with the GoPro HD Hero2 (even though Drift tried to say that their microphone only works with the Drift camera) so you can put the mic in your helmet to Vlog your thoughts away while you ride. It’s so simple I feel like an idiot and should have known better. All you need is an adapter from RadioShack to make the 2.5mm Drift male plug into your 3.5mm GoPro female. Shop Revzilla.com for Up to 40% Off Alpinestars Gear!
To install or setup your microphone in your helmet, here are the parts you need:
Drift Innovation Drift HD External Clip Mic HDCMIC (this can be bought separately and is made for using inside your helmet) as shown here on Amazon – just click on this image below to get the exact microphone we use in our videos and vloggs. The only place we could find it so far was on Amazon.
What’s up world? Hope everyone is riding safe out there and enjoying this warmer weather!
I just wanted to let yall know that I am still testing the new GoPro HD Hero2 cameras. I missed a shipment after moving so I am still waiting on the external microphones to arrive in the mail. Once I get them and test them out, we will do a video and post on how to use a Drift (that’s the brand) condenser microphone with the GoPro camera’s external microphone port using the skeleton case. The thing is, the Drift says it’s ONLY compatible with Drift cameras. That’s not true. The problem is that the Drift uses a 2.5 male jack and the GoPro uses a 3.5 female port. So what you have to do is order a small converter wire.
However, not just any converter will do and they all look the same and are generally described the same when you shop for them online. You need one that will convert and transmit sound that is microphone compatible. Most are NOT mic compatible and only do audio sound say when you want to convert the ports for using a headset or earphones. I did find one that I believe will work, but I want to be sure and test it first. Once I do, I’ll do a video review to let everyone know how to get the best microphone (Drift) for using with your GoPro external mic port. I’ll show you the best setup for a mic in your helmet for vlogging and also how to get the best sound from your engine without the clicking and wind sounds. Trust me, I’m doing some extensive testing to show you exactly how to get out there and film and record audio straight out of the box so you don’t have to hunt all over the internet to learn how to set this all up.
More to come. Stay visible. And check back to “Get Your Fix!”
Wanted to let yall know that we have 2 new GoPro HD Hero2 cameras that we plan to shoot with for POV riding, vlogging, safety tips, back roads, track days, and hopefully random stuff we happen to catch on the cams unexpectedly. Don’t worry, we still do our normal production with our XL1s so the “How To” Videos will still remain of the same quality.
We are still getting the mounts in place on the helmet and R1, the mics set up the correct way, and the testing in so we can edit out the shakes and vibrations. We’ll also be showing you how to use the GoPro yourself along with tips and tricks we learn along the way. We will show you how to rig the mics, how to set the mounts, and tips on how to limit the vibrations. We already figured out a trick with electrical tape that secures the cam in the J-hook mount (since the GoPro “nose plug” does not work on the J-hook). Click to see our post below on How To Update the GoPro Firmware in your camera.