Helmet Camera Resolution

XTCyclistXTCyclist Posts: 3
edited January 2014 in Commuting general
I've just bought a lovely new Drift HD (http://www.actioncameras.co.uk/drift-hd-helmet-camera) to document my commutes and rides.

The Drift HD has the option of 720p at 60fps, but when you increase it to 1080p, the frame rate only goes at 30fps.

So my question
which resolution and frame rate combination is best for commuting: 720p at 60fps or 1080p at 30fps?

Thankyou

which resolution and frame rate combination is best for commuting? 8 votes

720p at 60fps
75% 6 votes
1080p at 30fps
25% 2 votes

Posts

  • Traditional analogue TV was only 25 frames per second so 30 seems more than ample.
  • redveeredvee Posts: 11,925
    I would opt for 1280*720 @60fps, the file size will be quite big but nowhere near as big as 1920x1080. Make a test video of both settings and see which looks best to you. I run my contour in 'Tall HD' which is 1280*960 @30fps though this will be superceded by a Virb Elite running at 1280*960 @48fps in a few days.
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  • slowbikeslowbike Posts: 8,290
    For sports or any fast moving activity you want a fast frame rate - slow frame rates will result in blurred shots.

    The fast frame rate will enable you to identify number plates of passing motorists ...

    I use a GoPro on 720x50fps - even then some of the number plates are blurred and you have to shuffle back and forth till you can make them out.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Easy enough to answer:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Tr4veller

    I have used both on my channel and you can see the difference.

    In my experience the 720/60fps is much better as the constant movement of the camera causes some blurring on the 30fps 1080 footage. The resolution on the 720p is more than good enough and the extra frame rate makes for sharper images overall
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  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    720p is fine and the higher frame rate is a bonus.
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  • 720 by 60 is my opinion to pick up details clearly.
  • Thank you all for your help and advice
  • What software do people use to edit/add captions to their videos? Anything free or does it come with your camera?
  • unixnerdunixnerd Posts: 2,864
    ffmpeg is free and good for changing video formats, reducing file sizes and adding subtitles - but you need to be a bit of a Nerd to use it.

    The video direct from most cameras is pretty low compression, good for quality but makes large files. You can transcode it into a much smaller file with very little loss of quality.
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    Specialized Roubaix SL3 Expert 2012, Cannondale CAAD5,
    Marin Mount Vision (1997), Edinburgh Country tourer, 3 cats!
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    I just Windows Movie Maker bundled with Windows 7. For the basic stuff, like transitions, captions etc it's fine.
    Chunky Cyclists need your love too! :-)
    2009 Specialized Tricross Sport
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5
    2012 Felt F65X
    Proud CX Pervert and quiet roadie. 12 mile commuter
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