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Charles
May 9, 2004

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Toilet Rascal

Oof there was part of a ladder in the freeway yesterday but it was in easy to dodge from where I was.

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Tex Avery
Feb 13, 2012


Takes No Damage posted:

A while back I posted a clip of a mattress in the middle of the freeway, then yesterday:

I was really hoping you were going to post a clip of what I saw on 183 yesterday: a beat to poo poo old pickup truck flew past me in the far left lane doing about 80. About a half mile later, everyone in the left lane starts slamming on their brakes and coming to a dead stop. At the head of the line was the beater, living up to its appearance, with the hood smashed flat back against the windshield.

the paradigm shift
Jan 18, 2006

Savagely destroying my mind, one brain cell at a time.

I picked up the apeman c420d mainly because I had been wanting a dashcam for a while but particularly as restrictions ended I kept having people try to merge on top of me. So far pretty happy with it quality wise (mic is really poo poo though) I'm just fiddling with placement and need to install the rear camera on my next clear off day.

My largest problem is the windshield tends to reflect my dash quite a bit and while it's not affecting anything it's a little annoying. Do people tend to adjust the exposure on them before each trip?

Also it's getting sunny and hot here in Nashville so I take it off the hook and stick it in my glovebox when parked, but I'm wondering if that's going to keep being a good solution for not wanting to leave it in the sunlight as we head into the high 90 degree months. I don't have it tinted and really have never bothered with a sunshield although both probably wouldn't be a bad idea in general.

Charles
May 9, 2004

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Toilet Rascal

the paradigm shift posted:


My largest problem is the windshield tends to reflect my dash quite a bit and while it's not affecting anything it's a little annoying. Do people tend to adjust the exposure on them before each trip?

You usually use a circular polarizing filter (CPL) to deal with that.

Platystemon
Feb 13, 2012



It doesnít need to be a circular polariser.

SLRs need them because of the internal mirror.

Itís all the same to the image sensor. A linear polariser works fine.

Takes No Damage
Nov 20, 2004

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.




Grimey Drawer

the paradigm shift posted:

Also it's getting sunny and hot here in Nashville so I take it off the hook and stick it in my glovebox when parked, but I'm wondering if that's going to keep being a good solution for not wanting to leave it in the sunlight as we head into the high 90 degree months. I don't have it tinted and really have never bothered with a sunshield although both probably wouldn't be a bad idea in general.

Most dashcams are made with some heat tolerance in mind, that's why they use capacitors instead of batteries. I've never had a problem with heat for any of mine in Dallas, but I also have covered parking both at home and work so I'm only sitting out in the sun a few hours a day.

SPEAKING OF MERGING INTO YOU...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jb9WqSsm_OM

BULLETKISS
Jul 3, 2003



What do you use to trim your videos? I have a long video and tried to trim it, but it saved to windows movie player and after it was trimmed it won't play. Looking for a free program that's easy to use. It shouldn't be this difficult, but I have a windows 7 pc and google isnt helping.

Craptacular
Jul 11, 2004



Shotcut is a pretty good opensource cross-platform nonlinear editor; I've used it for a couple years now.

Nitrox
Jul 5, 2002

Slur, your fighting style is extremely problematic!

Just want to remind you that basically any camera will allow you to change the recording clip length, and I recommend you keep them at about 60 seconds. Much easier to handle/upload/edit/email.

Takes No Damage
Nov 20, 2004

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far.




Grimey Drawer

^^^
This is fair. Most cameras seem to default to 3 minutes, but at 1440/30fps that's still 600mb each file for me. Can be a pain to transfer the files around if I'm not at home.

Craptacular posted:

Shotcut is a pretty good opensource cross-platform nonlinear editor; I've used it for a couple years now.

+1, what I use as well. Still a little bit of a learning curve of course, but there are user forums and tutorials on YouTube so if all you want to do is 'fade in at x, fade out at y, output to .mp4' then it's really easy.

Takes No Damage fucked around with this message at 05:16 on May 29, 2020

totalnewbie
Nov 13, 2005

I was born and raised in China, lived in Japan, and now hold a US passport.

I am wrong in every way, all the damn time.

Ask me about my tattoos.


BULLETKISS posted:

What do you use to trim your videos? I have a long video and tried to trim it, but it saved to windows movie player and after it was trimmed it won't play. Looking for a free program that's easy to use. It shouldn't be this difficult, but I have a windows 7 pc and google isnt helping.

definitely overkill but Blackmagic is professional level (I think?) video editing software and free to use

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





Takes No Damage posted:

Most dashcams are made with some heat tolerance in mind, that's why they use capacitors instead of batteries. I've never had a problem with heat for any of mine in Dallas, but I also have covered parking both at home and work so I'm only sitting out in the sun a few hours a day.

I haven't had any specific heat related issues with a dashcam and I leave my vehicles in uncovered parking year round in AZ. My ancient G1W went flaky after a few years (constantly resetting date) but as far as I can tell that was par for the course with that camera, and it got enough heat over the years that the plastics were noticeably lighter in color than a spare I had laying around in storage.

a primate
Jun 2, 2010



Whatís the current thread consensus on a good dash cam?

I have the one in the OP but the LiPo batter ballooned and soldering in a new one didnít save it either. I checked on Amazon and there are so many legit looking ones now, I no longer know what Iím looking at.

a primate fucked around with this message at 19:50 on Jun 1, 2020

Rusty
Sep 28, 2001


Dinosaur Gum

I went for the wirecutter recommendation and it works well. I like that I can do all the settings and grab video from my phone and it's super small and goes behind my mirror. I also ended up getting it like half the price as an ebay refurb so there's that.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/.../best-dash-cam/

I see a lot of people getting the Viofo stuff though.

a primate
Jun 2, 2010



Rusty posted:

I went for the wirecutter recommendation and it works well. I like that I can do all the settings and grab video from my phone and it's super small and goes behind my mirror. I also ended up getting it like half the price as an ebay refurb so there's that.

https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/.../best-dash-cam/

I see a lot of people getting the Viofo stuff though.

Neat, I wondered whether those wedge shaped ones were any good.

Are the $50-60 ones on Amazon any good? I wasnít planning to spend over a hundred but if thatís what it takes to get a capacitor vs. a battery then welp

Iíd buy another G1W but the mount it came with never stuck to my windshield and the LiPo battery skeeves me out. Bought it from CalgaryDashCam which afaik no longer exists

Moo the cow
Apr 30, 2020



In like YI brand stuff: they get good reviews, the picture quality looks good (plenty of examples on YouTube) a d the android app seems to actually work.

IOwnCalculus
Apr 2, 2003





I wouldn't buy another G1W at this point, if for no other reason than the camera vibrates like hell on that dangly mount. I've had Aukeys in my Jeeps and I'm happy with them. (I'm pretty sure that's not the first time I've hosed up the brand, lol)

IOwnCalculus fucked around with this message at 23:28 on Jun 1, 2020

lazydog
Apr 15, 2003


I've got one of these Aukey DR02 low profile wedge shaped dashcams with capacitor
I've had it for about 2 years, and it's done fine so far with 100F+ temperatures. It doesn't have any fancy features like wifi/bluetooth transfers, so you've gotta take the camera down or take the card out to get videos off of it.

LongSack
Jan 17, 2003



Iím a fan of DodTech cams. The one I use (LS470W+) records in full Hi-Def and has excellent low light abilities. You wonít get one for under $100 though.

a primate
Jun 2, 2010



I have an old hand me down iPhone that has no memory so old fashioned SD card storage sounds great.

Thanks for all the recommendations
I think Iíll buy an Aukey

a primate fucked around with this message at 23:54 on Jun 1, 2020

Rusty
Sep 28, 2001


Dinosaur Gum

a primate posted:

I have an old hand me down iPhone that has no memory so old fashioned SD card storage sounds great.

Thanks for all the recommendations
I think Iíll buy an Aukey
The nextbase still uses flash, you just don't have to remove it to get the video off if you don't want to, you can though.

Beach Bum
Jan 13, 2010


I'm probably an outlier here, but I have been very happy with my Garmin DriveAssist 51. Then again I do a lot of delivery poo poo so my use case is slightly different that just "record what's going on".

The VIRB app absolutely sucks rear end though. Ad-hoc Wifi video transfers have a transfer rate that I could swear is from the dialup era.

Nitrox
Jul 5, 2002

Slur, your fighting style is extremely problematic!

I have bought 5 of these so far, all working like a Swiss clock. Decent video, tiny size, capacitor, WiFi connection, what what could you ask for? $55. Oh, and I use 256gig card, no problem. Oldest camera is 3 years old by now, used daily.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0773FXVK...i_ibL1EbKSVFJQE

Nocheez
Sep 5, 2000

Can you spare a little cheddar?


Nap Ghost

Nitrox posted:

I have bought 5 of these so far, all working like a Swiss clock. Decent video, tiny size, capacitor, WiFi connection, what what could you ask for? $55. Oh, and I use 256gig card, no problem. Oldest camera is 3 years old by now, used daily.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0773FXVK...i_ibL1EbKSVFJQE

Do you run one in the front and back window? Anything else you can recommend with them, or is everything out of the box good?

opengl128
Sep 16, 2010



lazydog posted:

I've got one of these Aukey DR02 low profile wedge shaped dashcams with capacitor
I've had it for about 2 years, and it's done fine so far with 100F+ temperatures. It doesn't have any fancy features like wifi/bluetooth transfers, so you've gotta take the camera down or take the card out to get videos off of it.

I'm running this one too for about a year now, no issues. I like how small it is, disappears behind my rear view mirror.

Godholio
Aug 28, 2002

Does a bear split in the woods near Zheleznogorsk?


IOwnCalculus posted:

I wouldn't buy another G1W at this point, if for no other reason than the camera vibrates like hell on that dangly mount. I've had Aukeys in my Jeeps and I'm happy with them. (I'm pretty sure that's not the first time I've hosed up the brand, lol)

I couldn't tell you the model Aukey I had in my jeep, but other than the ease of wiring it had no redeeming qualities. And it died after about two months in the Nevada heat.

Edit: This was 2016 or 17, I have no idea what they've got now. I have other Aukey electronics that I like, though.

Edit2: That DR02 looks interesting.

Godholio fucked around with this message at 22:37 on Jun 2, 2020

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Nitrox
Jul 5, 2002

Slur, your fighting style is extremely problematic!

Nocheez posted:

Do you run one in the front and back window? Anything else you can recommend with them, or is everything out of the box good?
I only run one in the front, both of my cars. Then I bought several to give away as presents, and everyone seemed too happy with them. No reported issues. My original camera got a firmware update, and I would look into that when you get yours. But I don't think it was necessary, it works right out the box. But if it's available, why not?

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