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We got the VioSport package (1,2,3) with the LANC (4) controller, the rechargeable battery (5,6,7,8,9), and mounting accessories (11,12). 

The camera can be powered in a three ways: AA batteries, rechargeable battery pack, and AC power adapter.

The rechargeable battery pack is small and will power the camera for over 10 hours on a full charge.  It has a set of built-in LED power level indicators.

We found the rechargeable battery to be the best way to power the camera, but if we want to use the camera indoors the AC adapter is a handy alternative.  The AC adapter can be connected directly to the camera.  Just don't add the rectangular adaptor in the middle of the chain.

Built into the camera's power cord is the microphone.  This mic is fairly sensitive, but our experience with it is that the quality is sufficient to record a conversation, but not for music or other applications where wide dynamic range is a requirement.

We got three mounting options with our package: stationary, eyeglasses, and head/helmet. The stationary mount allows for multiple angles and adjustments. The eyeglass mount is useful for "point-of-view" (POV) applications. The head/helmet mount is useful for more extreme (POV) situations where a more secure attachment is necessary.

Since the elastic mount will allow most frames to fit, we find that we use the eyeglass mount most often.  The camera is very light, but there is still a slight weight-induced droop on the side with the camera. 

We found that tight fitting frames work far better and will not shift as much during normal walking.

The camera cable has two ends: power socket and AV plug.  This AV plug carries both the video and audio signal.  With our Canon camcorder, all that is needed is to plug this into the appropriate socket on the camcorder.

To tell the camcorder to record the signal from the external camera, we must set the camera on "VCR" mode and select "line-in" before pushing the record button. 

If everything is set up properly, the signal from the external camera will be recorded by the camcorder.



Setup Camera

By Wan Chi Lau

Why do we here at RainyDay Magazine keep trying to make our old discontinued gear work with the new technologies?  Well, we can think of plenty of reasons (too much time on our hands, not enough money, too cheap to upgrade, etc...)  However, sometimes we do it just for the fun of it :-)

The AdventureCAM project started because we needed a way to hike and shoot video footage at the same time.  We are constantly reworking this setup, but the basic configuration is pretty much the same (digital storage, remote camera, remote trigger, backpack).

In this article, we'll take a look at all of the pieces from VioSport, the various powering options, and how to mount the Adventure camera.


1. Overview

2. Camera Setup

3. Backpack Setup

4. NeurosCAM Setup

5. Cellphone Video Playback

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1. Neuros MPEG4 Recorder 2

2. Ape Case

3. Tekkeon myPowerAll




Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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