Mounting HV30 in car.... pod??

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by SpitzerCR, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. SpitzerCR macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    So i have an hv30 and 50 tapes on the way to tape a road trip to california.

    We are wanting to get both myself and my friend in the shot. I also have a wide angle lense coming.

    We are driving a 350z out. I have looked at some suction cup type mounts but i also saw "the pod".

    I was thinking of the red pod and sitting it on the dash? It appears there is velcro and you can have a little adjustment. BUT is it same to use for the most part??

    Maybe some double sided tape on the bottom too??

    Thanks ahead of time for any help. I am really enjoying this community.

  2. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
  3. iPhoneNYC macrumors 6502a


    Nov 25, 2007
    After you figure out how to mount I would suggest thinking about as many different types of shots as possible. When you edit I think you will find two or three or four angles confining - so think about all angles and styles for your shooting. Have fun
  4. SpitzerCR thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    that second mount looks pretty good..

    Let me know how it is ASAP...

    The problem with the Z is the "curvature" of the windshield near the sides makes it hard to use suction cups without haveing them to much towards the center of the car.

    My HV30 should be here today. Hopefully i can get an idea of where the cam will have to sit to get us both in the shot.

    Unfortunetly i dont have the kahuna's to mount the camera on the outside for a 30 hour drive... :)
  5. Gymnut macrumors 68000


    Apr 18, 2003
  6. Freewayjim macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2008
    Metro Atlanta
    I use a Two Piece Manfrotto Tripod and it holds very well mounted on the front seat floorboard.

    I place the front leg as far up to the front as I can and place it in the hole of a piece of brick on the floorboard and with the seat as far back as possible, spread the two back legs as far back and to the side as I can (You need a tripod with three free legs to do this). If you zoom the camera all the way out and ever so slightly tilt it upwards you'll get a nice picture.

    It is very steady at freeway speeds, only if you start fast from dead stop will it tilt back some. It holds my old Sony Handycam (MiniDV) just fine, here is a sampling of the finished product.

    These videos were taken from an Acura TL and an Acura MDX.

    I've used this setup successfully since 2007 and am looking at upgrading an HV30 within the next month or so.
  7. brendanryder macrumors 6502a


    Dec 28, 2006
    ummm have you thought about storage....

    50 tapes = around 50 hours.

    50 hours of HD footage = around 30gb a tape x 50 = a minimum of 1500GB.


    but back to your topic, like said try and find as many unique angles as possible.
  8. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    ^editing HDV natively isn't 30GB/hr... it's 13GB/hr. It's 30-36GB/hr (don't remember which) for Apple Intermediate Codec.
  9. SpitzerCR thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    Most of the tapes will probably we rewound and reran if nothing good happened in that hour...

    with the wide angle lense i have found a couple places the camera can sit and get both driver and passenger in the shot.. but mounting the cam their is gonna be hard....

    Im excited about the camera but feel really "noobish" which i am.. at the moment.
  10. SpitzerCR thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
  11. RatVega macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2005
    Southern California
    "Back in the day", we made a mid-December run from Fayetteville, NC to Spokane, WA in a '69 GTO. It took just over 24 hours...

    I think you have too much tape ;)

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