IN CAR CAMERA SETUP GUIDE
4Kam In Car Camera Setup Guide
In Car Camera Mounting
First things first. where should you mount the camera? Well this depends on what you are driving and what perspective you want to go for....
The most popular in car camera position is rollcage mounted, normally somewhere on the cross section of tubing behind the front seats. This will allow you a good view through the windscreen and is usually the best place to see the action. You can also mount the camera in a number of other places in car, perhaps looking backwards out of the rear window, especially amusing if you likely to be passing people (or even be passed!). The in car camera can be mounted using our camera roll cage mount.
Other positions to consider are on the dashboard pointing back at the driver and co-driver or maybe in the footwell to film your footwork on the pedals. For both of these positions we recommend the 4Kam WideBoy Camera as the wide angle lens will give a better view.
- Single Seater
If you are racing a single seater such as a Formula Ford or F3 style machine then the best place to mount the camera is on the roll hoop. This will give you an F1 style camera position showing the top of your helmet and the front of the car. The onboard camera can be mounted using our camera roll bar mount.
If you want to get creative then you can experiment mounting the camera on the front wing or back wing for some great shots. if you want more of the driver in shot then consider a rear wards facing camera mounted just infront of the cockpit or maybe a footwell mounted camera dipicting yoru dance on the pedals! For both of these camera positions we recommend the 4Kam WideBoy Camera as its wide angle lens will give the best view.
- Tin Top
Like in rallying the most popular in car camera position is rollcage mounted, normally somewhere on the cross section of tubing behind the front seat. This will allow you a good view through the windscreen and is usually the best place to see the action. You can also mount the camera in a number of other places in car, perhaps looking backwards out of the rear window to capture those racers eating your dust! The in car camera can be mounted using our camera roll cage mount.
Other positions to consider are on the dashboard pointing back at the driver or maybe in the footwell.. For both of these positions we recommend the 4Kam WideBoy Camera as the wide angle lens will give a better view.
Obviously these are just some ideas, the place the mount your in car camera depends on your exact vehicle and the view or angle you are looking for. We have a number of other camera mounts available too so we can normally cater for your required mounting position.
In Car Camera Power
Now your new in car camera is in position it will need some power. The camera comes supplied with a battery box to take 8 x AA batteries, with good batteries this should run the camera for around 8 hours.
If you are looking to upgrade from the above then you could power the camera directly from the in car using the 12v Cigar Adpater or 12v Pickup Cable. The pickup cable can be used to tap into a 12v supply anywhere in the car and will run the camera indefinitely.
If you don't fancy powering the camera from the car but want an alternative to Duracell style batteries then the mini XPower lithium battery may be ideal. Its rechargeable, smaller and lighter than the conventional batteries, has an on/off switch and will work out cheaper over a season too.
Incar Camera Recorder
The in car camera itself is only part of the equation. It acts as the 'eye' to your on-in car videos, the recording itself needs to be saved somewhere. Any device with an AV-input will work as a recorder, many camcorders offer this as well as number of digital video recorders (DVR's). The latest versions of DVR are 'solid state', these have no moving parts and are therefore much more tolerant of shocks and vibration. We offer range of solid state DVR devices ideal for use with your in car camera which can be seen here.
The recorder can be kept where ever you find easiest on in car, velcro mounted to the dash or similar is the best opton normally. If you are wanting a helmet cam perspective then always mount the recorder on your person as wiring yourself to the car is not what we recommend! The small solid state DVR's are best for this as being they can easily be slipped into your pocket or race suit.
If you are looking to purchase an all-inclusive incar camera 'kit' then check out our range of In Car Camera Action Ready Packages.
Multi Cam In Car Camera Systems
If you want to record from multiple in car cameras fitted to your race car then there are a number of options available by using a camera switch unit or picture in picture module.
2 Camera Switch Box
Simply choose between camera A or camera B. Manually pressing the switch on the switch box changes the camera being fed into the recorder. For example:
Lets say Camera A is a front view in car camera & Camera B is rear view in car camera.
You are catching the car in front and Camera A is currently selected and being recorded.......as you overtake you press the button on the switch box and hey presto you are now recording the view from Camera B where the person overtaken can be seen fuming!
Record from up to 4 in car cameras in a selection of ways.
1.Switch between the cameras manually as above or have the Quattro Processor do it for you automatically using Auto Sequence.
2. Picture in Picture processing allows 1 main camera in 'full screen' to be overlayed by and 1 or 2 other cameras offering a picture in picture recording. Very popular system for both rally and circuit racing.
3. Split Screen allows you to have all 4 cameras in view at once, 1 at in each corner of the screen. Ideal for use in training purposes.
There are a number of other options available too on the Quattro Processor but those above are our favourites.
We hope this guide has helped you understand the setup of a in car camera a little more, if you need further tips or help just drop us an email.
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