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Old 12-28-2013, 10:56 PM   #29
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Movie Cancelled

So much for the AIRSTREAM CLIPPER 2013 TOUR movie.

Another disaster in my little world has happened today. Actually yesterday, but I finally today have pinpointed the culprit.

I have lost approx. 1/3 of the DVR video of our 2013 Tour with the crash of a SEAGATE 250GB EXTERNAL Hard Drive. This was purchased a couple years ago but was only ever used for this trip to download the DVR.

Because it had never been used, (I broke the seal on the box to open it on the road in Aug.) and the capacity required, I never thought I should have to back it up on another disc.

I only have the 3 videos that I uploaded to uTube to show for my efforts. Now I will have to do this trip all over again?

Any tips on reviving the SEAGATE EXPANSION PORTABLE would be appreciated. SEAGATE says it is out of warranty so no help there.
None of my computers will load it and it shows only a solid green light. It had been working until yesterday PM when it started acting up and then nothing.

Thanks for any tips.

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Old 01-06-2014, 07:41 PM   #30
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This shows some results of what held us up on day 3 of the 2013 Tour, for over 4 hours. We were not alone. Traffic was backed up into Alberta, over 100 miles from the accident scene just east of the Rogers Pass Summit.

This 2 minute segment is going thru Golden, BC, 50 some miles from the accident. The folks stopped downtown were lucky they had some services to access.
We were in the first 15 or 20 minutes of traffic released eastbound.
Nothing exciting, but I am sure it spoiled many travel plans that day.

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Old 01-06-2014, 10:53 PM   #31
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Airstream sighting on our Clipper 2013 Tour. One of only 3 sightings in 7000 miles.


http://goo.gl/maps/YiSd9


Leaving Field, BC and we spot another nice Airstream trailer unit heading west. This is Aug. 17, Sat. late afternoon. This unit must have been stopped or camped west of Lake Louise, as the through traffic was being held at the Alberta #93 Junction until the Rogers Pass was reopened. Was this you?


Look in the previous post #27 for the sighting in Northern Ontario, and our final sighting was just west of Crookston, MN, at SugerBeet Harvest time in October, but being a divided highway, the video does not show it well.

I am driving with the drivers side window open so that creates a bit extra traffic noise.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...zFUYP1upjI#t=3

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Old 01-06-2014, 11:03 PM   #32
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In looking through this thread I did not see the road DVR brand mentioned. I may have missed it.

But, for the past month I have been using a Genius DVR-FHD 590 full HD video recorder in my car. It may be the same one used for the videos in this thread, I don't know but it sounds like it has similar statistics.

I am very very impressed by mine. Excellent quality, it just turns on each time I start the car and records in 3 minute segments so you can find things. With a 32 gb micro HD card it works for about 8 hours before recording over the old data. In case of a severe bump it assumes an accident and puts the data in a special hard to erase location automatically. The picture is very stable even over bumps. Color and definition are great.

Best of all it is only $105 at Wal Mart.com. You do need to buy the micro HD card in addition, a 32 gb one is about $20. The URL of the Walmart site is:

genius dvr fhd590 vehicle recorder - Walmart.com
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Old 01-09-2014, 05:15 PM   #33
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I got my DVR off eBay direct from where they are all made. Cost was about $70 last year. It does not have the crash stop feature on it, but with a 32GB card, I would think that is not really necessary?

This is 1280HD, but I really would like to upgrade now to something of higher quality now that I have some experience with it. Higher quality would cut down the 7hr loop time, but carrying extra SD cards and changing them during rest stops mid day is quick and easy. Downloading to the portable HDD, while on the road, takes 1/2 hr or so and is usually done end of day while we shop or are having supper.

I did not do much editing while on the 2013 Tour but, with things being slower over the winter, I had edited and cataloged most of the 7000 miles and now have what is left on two HDD,s after the loss of all the Saskatchewan to NY portion of the trip with the HDD crash mentioned in above post.

Some of the DVR makers brag about the LCD screen size, but I think that is the last concern for this type of purchase. One should try to get the best quality camera one can afford.

I am pleased with the way it works without attention, other than the SD card change if you want to keep the sequence.

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Old 01-11-2014, 05:10 PM   #34
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DVR Tips

Now after my first season with the DVR I can maybe suggest some changes that I am making for the new travel season that might save others some time and grief.

I had my DVR mounted to the upper windshield drivers side, and this put the camera almost against the glass.

A few things wrong with this mount location.

1: On extreme rough road the camera would actually contact the glass and transmit quit an annoying tapping sound on the audio.

2: When it rained, the audio would again pick up the noise of the rain hitting the windshield and drowned out conversation audio.

3: When it rained, the camera was so close to the rain drops that the image was quit often distorted beyond usefulness if the video needed to be saved for any reason.

4: Again as above, if you had a bug strike, the camera and audio was so close you could see and hear the terror. Also, the image was then compromised.

5: Because of the close proximity of the glass, while driving into the sun, the image was often washed out with the reflection of the glass.

6: When cleaning the window, it was best to remove the camera mount or the sun would show how you cleaned around the mount and it showed on the video when driving into the sun.
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My solution to this problem for season two is to mount the camera back away from the windshield approx. 5 inches. I have cut up and trimmed and folded a chunk of plexi to slide into the fold of the vinyl that wraps the back of the TV cabinet on the CLIPPER. The original windshield mount now is used on the plexi. The camera lens is now shielded from the sun by the dark tint in the upper windshield and that should improve the image while driving into the sun. The camera is still out of sight to all but the operator and is easily accessed for SD Card removal while mounted, or the complete assembly can slide out by simply reversing the drivers side fan to gain assess.

This mount location should now actually give a smother ride for the camera, hopefully a better picture, (less glare) and certainly will give better audio. ( except the few times that the drivers fan is running as it is mounted just to the backside and left of the camera)

All this is untested at the moment but I have confidence year two DVR will be a considerable improvement over year one.

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I will update as I get some miles and experience with the system.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:58 PM   #35
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What is this Unidentified Flying Object?

This blurred screenshot from my DVR shows something hard to idenify. We are close to FLY's home base in Abbotsford, BC, heading east. There is a large ex. RCAF airbase close by where they held the big Abbotsford Air Show Aug. 9-11. This is 1 week later on the 17th.

What is it?

Is it a plane such as is pictured? Is it a new test vehicle from the airport? It happened fast!

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:06 AM   #36
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This is a 2 min. segment of the TCH about 15 miles east of Ignace, Ontario, eastbound for New York. Wed. Aug 21 2013. Approx. 11 AM local.

Nothing exciting other than meeting a nice AIRSTREAM trailer unit heading west.( Last 1/3 of video)

Was this anybody here????

I thought it best for all to edit our conversation as it would have been of little interest to others.

We are about 1800 miles into the 2013 Tour at this point and still running about a day behind planned schedule because of ferry holdups and highway closure due to major accident on Rogers Pass.

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Old 01-12-2014, 12:08 PM   #37
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You win the prize again Jim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, I always enjoy the journey just as much as the destination!
I actually like driving this type of country better than those long straight freeways. We took #11 down to North Bay. Have you done that route? If is a nice relaxing drive and is actually the same mileage as the 'Soo' Route. #11 has been improved a lot from the old days. I made my second trip west this route in 1964 and have made a number of trips since. Cochrane was a busy place in the past when the passenger trains were the way for tourists to travel and connect to the Polar Bear Express.
http://www.ontarionorthland.ca/index...-express-train

You get to travel past the 'Ghost' of Constance Lake.
http://goo.gl/maps/MA3xu

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I have not done #11 since the North Shore route is one of the most beautiful in the country. I am looking forward to #11 though based on what others have said about it. Particularly, Kapuskasing where, legend has it, it was once -98 degrees F . I will do it in the winter just for the adventure? No airstream. Jim
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You will have to buy a GM product Jim if you are going to Kap.
The GM COLD WEATHER TEST facility is located there.
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I have not done #11 since the North Shore route is one of the most beautiful in the country. I am looking forward to #11 though based on what others have said about it. Particularly, Kapuskasing where, legend has it, it was once -98 degrees F . I will do it in the winter just for the adventure? No airstream. Jim
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Every place you travel there is something to see if you just have time to stop. Once you are retired, there is no excuse. You will always have the time to appreciate some of the things that others have accomplished.

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Like Barry's Bay. Earlier, when we were courting, we spent some time in the area. Roy MacGregor wrote a delicious book, Life in the Bush, that brings one real close to the Algonquin Trail. It just takes time. Jim
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It sure is nice to sit at home on a quiet Friday evening and watch some of the DVR from our summer/fall trip.

http://goo.gl/maps/lKDkF

This segment is the new construction east of Golden, BC. It is a continuation of the video in post #30 above. Very good road but even this new road is falling into the 'KICKING HORSE CANYON'.

Date is Sat. Aug 17th, 2013. Nothing exiting but, if you plan on travelling this area, you may find it to be of interest.

Golden BC east on TCH - YouTube

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