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  • When you're too broke for a helmet cam...

    ...you can use your iPhone!!! I tried an experiment today and think it turned out pretty well.

    1 iPhone + 1 smartphone holder from SmartPak, strapped to my arm and turned forward and put on video =

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZA-KBarGYx8

    It is kind of shaky - so if you get motion sick easily, I'd advise against watching it.

    So you - you disenfranchised, vet-bill-paying, saving for spring shows eventers with iPhones - you, too, can record your own riding cam footage!!! Hope you enjoy!

    [And please realize that the above is a terrible, apparently unfunny joke - I do not believe iPhone users and poverty are partners. ]
    Last edited by jackalini; Jan. 21, 2012, 08:53 AM. Reason: Clarify that I am JOKING.

  • #2
    I think an iPhone costs more than a helmet cam....
    Life doesn't have perfect footing.

    Bloggily entertain yourself with our adventures (and disasters):
    We Are Flying Solo

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      #3
      Not if you are upgrading and sign up for a 2-year contract. Well, that and I *need* a cell phone but don't need a helmet cam.

      Use what you already have, right? Just being resourceful.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jackalini View Post
        Use what you already have, right? Just being resourceful.

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        • #5
          lol I think it's clever... but at the same time, it just makes me cringe thinking about the possibility that I'd break an iphone in half if I got dumped and fell on it. I'd rather just break a helmet cam, in that case (though I would hope those are constructed differently for exactly the chance of being impacted given most people use helmet cams for "extreme" sporting things)
          “They were not sitting backwards on their horses,” he said with a sly smile. “But they had no dressage preparation..." - Bert de Nemethy

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          • #6
            I just hold it...of course, I'm just hacking around, not galloping xc.

            Toby and our New Year's Eve hack:
            http://youtu.be/hdrUuvW1OIc

            Vernon (forgive Stella of her on camera pee)
            http://youtu.be/9DlL3O-BwKI

            Amanda

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            • #7
              Yeah . . . people who own horses and iPhones are really in the poverty zone.
              Click here before you buy.

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              • #8
                For the record, mines not an iPhone (it's a Droid ), and I don't consider myself in too poor to have a helmet cam...just too lazy to sort out the one I could use. Besides, I like to share my hacks!
                Amanda

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                • #9
                  Eww, reported without clickng on links!
                  Click here before you buy.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                    Yeah . . . people who own horses and iPhones are really in the poverty zone.
                    Let me try this over once.

                    Hi - I'm Jacque, and I don't post here often, so people may not know me well. I have a silly, stupid sense of humor. Sometimes, people laugh. Sometimes they don't.

                    I hoped that the use of the would have shown that I was truly kidding in implying that an individual who events is somehow simultaneously poverty stricken but miraculously able to afford an iPhone. Epic fail here apparently.

                    What I should have said is that if you don't have the inclination to invest in a helmet cam, for $7-ish, you can still film your own riding footage.

                    Please excuse my bad humor, not meant to rile anyone!!!

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                      I just hold it...of course, I'm just hacking around, not galloping xc.

                      Toby and our New Year's Eve hack:
                      http://youtu.be/hdrUuvW1OIc

                      Vernon (forgive Stella of her on camera pee)
                      http://youtu.be/9DlL3O-BwKI

                      Love it! You are far more talented than I am in being able to hold it steady.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jackalini View Post
                        Love it! You are far more talented than I am in being able to hold it steady.
                        On Vernon it was easy-peasy. I could completely drop the reins, and he'd just bob along, happy as can be. And he was a gem to hack, unless there were cows involved. In fact, if you look close, you can see my reins swinging wildly. Toby, on the other hand, is a bit of a dare devil move to video and take pictures on...he CAN be a quite "enthusiastic". But I'm getting good at handling him and the phone (not something I should probably brag about ). There was one ride when I took a call, he spooked and bolted for a few strides (not at the call, just at life in general)...I managed to control him, hold on to the phone, AND not hang up!!! Kids, don't try that at home!
                        Amanda

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                        • #13
                          Welp, that iphone-cam was a lark ... I'd say keep saving spare change for a helmet-cam!

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                          • #14
                            I have a veho muvii helmet cam - IIRC, it was only about $50. I had to get a little creative on the helmet attachment, but otherwise it's pretty neat. Did I actually take the time to set it up at any events last year? no. I was too 'ZOMG I HAVE TO GET READY!!', having a nervous breakdown.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                              Toby and our New Year's Eve hack:
                              http://youtu.be/hdrUuvW1OIc
                              Totally agree with this videos title...that's DEFINITELY the best sound in the world.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                                I have a veho muvii helmet cam - IIRC, it was only about $50. I had to get a little creative on the helmet attachment, but otherwise it's pretty neat. Did I actually take the time to set it up at any events last year? no. I was too 'ZOMG I HAVE TO GET READY!!', having a nervous breakdown.
                                OK, but how about a review on the camera itself?? Work? Easy? Clear video? I imagine some wide elastic and velcro would do the job neatly? I've been hankering for one.

                                Someone (a male poster zomg) posted a helmet cam vid of him getting dumped in the snow off a youngster. I, too, have a youngster who is getting started this year, and want to have my own "thump! oof!" on helmet cam....

                                And OP, I got your humor .
                                COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                                • #17
                                  Except on second thought, mine would be "thump! <crack!> [censored censored]" on camera...maybe I should refrain.
                                  COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                  "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by TheJenners View Post
                                    OK, but how about a review on the camera itself?? Work? Easy? Clear video? I imagine some wide elastic and velcro would do the job neatly? I've been hankering for one.

                                    Someone (a male poster zomg) posted a helmet cam vid of him getting dumped in the snow off a youngster. I, too, have a youngster who is getting started this year, and want to have my own "thump! oof!" on helmet cam....

                                    And OP, I got your humor .
                                    Works great, it's not "HD" but its 720p or some such (plenty clear for me when I watched my test run). Even comes with a cute little waterproof case if you think you might take a header at the water complex. It comes with an elastic band and a whole box of attach-y parts, I just had to shove a cat toy between it and my helmet to get it angled down properly (yes, I'm creative). Directions on it were pretty simple, and it has USB connectors and a plug in to charge with. It records to a teeny tiny little memory card. They sell adapters in the event that you want to stick a memory card directly into your PC, versus using the USB port.

                                    If I can find it, I'll do a demo video at home this week for COTH. You never know how riveting going round-and-round the arena can be.


                                    ETA: TheJenners, this one has an option for turning off the sound.

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