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I guess this is sort of a gear question.  I have a Contour Roam HD I just started using recently ... good choice, btw, for videography-challenged folks like me!  Here's my question.  I have a Smith Variant Brim Helmet and have tried the side mount as well as the top mount.  I like the side mount better, but can't seem to find a location that doesn't have part of my helmet in the lower left hand part of the field-of-view.  Is this just the nature of the beast, or is there an easy solution?

 

Thanks.

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I had the same problem at first with my Roam.  Here's what I did:

 

Move the Roam's rotating-mount farther forward.  Just a bit though.  And move it up slightly higher on the helmet.  Then rotate the lens on the Roam until it's level (use the button and laser guide).

 

The other thing to do is change the view of view from 170 degrees to 125 degrees.  That'll narrow the frame a bit and should cut out the helmet.

 

It's a bit trial and error to get it right (fore vs aft, up vs down, rotating the camera, rotating the lens).  Those are quite a few variables.  But spend a bit of time in your living room adjusting them.  Once it's dialed, then you won't have to touch it ever again.

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Thanks for the insight.  I will play around a bit and see what works.

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I also have a contour and am considering the variant brim as my new helmet. Is there adequate room on the side for mounting the camera?
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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

I had the same problem at first with my Roam.  Here's what I did:

 

Move the Roam's rotating-mount farther forward.  Just a bit though.  And move it up slightly higher on the helmet.  Then rotate the lens on the Roam until it's level (use the button and laser guide).

 

The other thing to do is change the view of view from 170 degrees to 125 degrees.  That'll narrow the frame a bit and should cut out the helmet.

 

It's a bit trial and error to get it right (fore vs aft, up vs down, rotating the camera, rotating the lens).  Those are quite a few variables.  But spend a bit of time in your living room adjusting them.  Once it's dialed, then you won't have to touch it ever again.

I have the older Contour HD and not the Roam and find that changing the viewing option can make a big difference with the videos.  I have no issues with the helmet getting in the way, but find the "Tall" viewing option puts the tips of my skis into the videos.  Also, there are now very inexpensive bike/pipe mounts (under $10 including the shipping) sold through ebay from China.  These are great for attaching the Contour to the end of a ski pole for the up-the-chairlift shots and for filming yourself in powder. 

post #6 of 6

I put a mount on the top of My Smith variant brim and I put one on top of my wife's helmet; work great.  A friend uses on on his goggles but always has part of the goggle or  helmet in the pic.

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