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Old 06-21-2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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Clipper, DVR, Road Camera

As posted on this other thread -- http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post937700
--- I had a few years ago mounted a HP camera to take road pictures every time the brake light circuit was activated. This proved to be a very useful tool for recording where and when we traveled. On some of those long trips, there is just so much demand on your concentration for proper route decisions, that many local visual memories are lost. The ARC takes quality pictures which make wonderful visual memories when viewed at random on the screen saver over the off season.

Over the past few weeks now I have sourced and installed an DVR in the Clipper to supplement the still camera.

The new DVR will normally be run only when on the road, but will have the option of running 24/7 if the situation might demand it.

With a 32Gig Micro SD card, the HD recording time before completing the loop is approximately 7 hrs. My plan is to purchase an additional 32Gig and maybe a 16Gig for rotation and backup. I will probably write some of the quality travel time to disc as these long exploring trips are going to be fewer now as each year passes.

As I gain more experience with this DVR I will post any tips I may have on use and improvements that might be made.

Installation applies to the Clipper, but may be of value to those who own other models.

The DVR is compact and light weight and mounts on the windshield glass or any smooth surface with a quality suction cup. I have mounted mine high on the drivers side windshield close to the center divider. The ARC is mounted in the same location on the passenger side of the divider. These are basically out of sight from the seated positions as they are behind the TV cabinet.

I have added two new 12V power plugs to the front surface of the TV cabinet facing the windshield which is out of sight as it is above the tinted glass line at the top of the windshield.

The power plug for normal driving use is wired to the ignition circuit that runs to the TV cabinet and overrides the TV when the ignition circuit is activated. The second power plug is wired to the existing Winegard amplifier plug located in the front upper storage cabinet on the passenger side and is HOT all the time.

Once the DVR is plugged into the ignition circuit and is programed to your preferences, it is a non maintenance item. It turns on with the ignition and records until the ignition is shut off. If I want to monitor the parked area that we are in, I just change the power plug to the 'always hot' and the DVR will continue to record.

I hope this DVR works out to be as simple to maintain as it first appears.

I will update as I get some miles and experience with the system.

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Old 07-18-2013, 12:06 AM   #2
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Dvr

This is a sample 3 min. video of the DVR which I recently installed. The quality is not great, but for the price it looks like it will do the job of traffic monitor that it was purchased for.

I presently have it set for 3 min. duration/video segment to make it easier to download any significant event.

I just have to note the time of a sequence that I want and it makes it easy to look up and download if wanted.

This sequence is Highway 19, Nanoose Hill through Craig's Crossing, on Vancouver Island.

Nanoose Hill - Craigs Crossing July 2013 087 - YouTube

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Old 07-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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This DVR on the same trip as above, but only 2 min. in length.
Pulling the 7% Alberni 'HUMP' westbound on Highway #4, Vancouver Island.




Some more information on the location here.
British Columbia Highway 4 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 08-20-2013, 07:39 AM   #4
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Tour is going good, with the exception, we are running about a day behind planned schedule? Ferry overload wait and accident east of the Summit in Rogers have set us back over 8 hours of travel time. (oh, and another 4 hours as TGW had a winning run at the "Living SKY Casino'' so we could not go until she was broke?)

The new DVR is working well with little maintenance, but my ''ARC'' HP still cameras are maybe on their last legs. Both units are locking up after only a few captures. It has been hot and we are driving into the sun a lot on this trip trying to beat some of the heat of the later day.

I have one working again for this mornings run east of Virden.

Takes too long to upload video so this still shot will have to do!

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Old 09-13-2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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The current tour is going well with the exception of my Road Camera that had worked flawlessly for the past 4 yrs or more. My system does work occassionaly after reset, but the total number of pictures are limited compared to previous tours.

This first shot is from Thunder Bay overlooking Lake Superior on Aug. 21.

Another on TCH #11 east of Longlac, Ontario.

And deep into the OTTAWA Valley at the Madawaska River

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Old 09-13-2013, 05:57 PM   #6
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Correction on the River Crossing posted above.

The #3 picture is the MISSISSIPPI RIVER crossing, approx. 6 miles south of Arnprior and the Madawaska River. Both rivers are HYDRO producers with dams located before emptying into the Ottawa River.

http://goo.gl/maps/8Sn66

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We were having a good day until -----------------------

We had just merged onto HWY 417, east bound at Arnprior, when this new, single axle, tanker passed and returned early to the curb lane as there was traffic behind him in the fast lane.

Video shows, (at the 12 second mark) the tanker running over the mudflap with the driveside duals, and lifting it into the air. The flap was attached to the heavy metal homemade hanger that penetrated and imbedded itself in the fiberglass front cap on the CLIPPER.

I cannot see the obstacle in the video so I think it was being dragged under the tank truck and worked loose with the lateral movement from changing lanes.

This is the first real damage (sratches excluded) that the CLIPPER has experiensed. (It could have been worse!!!!!!!!!)

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We were having a good day until ----------------------- We had just merged onto HWY 417, east bound at Arnprior, when this new, single axle, tanker passed and returned early to the curb lane as there was traffic behind him in the fast lane. Video shows, (at the 12 second mark) the tanker running over the mudflap with the driveside duals, and lifting it into the air. The flap was attached to the heavy metal homemade hanger that penetrated and imbedded itself in the fiberglass front cap on the CLIPPER. I cannot see the obstacle in the video so I think it was being dragged under the tank truck and worked loose with the lateral movement from changing lanes. This is the first real damage (sratches excluded) that the CLIPPER has experiensed. (It could have been worse!!!!!!!!!) Dave
Wow, that truly sucks. Glad it didn't pop into windshield,,, still that sucks.
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We had a perfect day #46 for the fall colours in Algonquin Park as we travelled west with the morning sun on our back. The Park was very busy.

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I may have missed it in your thread, can you share the brand and source of your dvr
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It is an eBay purchase. You have many choices of quality and price there to look at.

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I may have missed it in your thread, can you share the brand and source of your dvr
Some shots from the ARC (HP fixed mounted camera http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...tml#post938938) of day # 46 in the Muskoka country north.

Note the heavy traffic we had to endure!

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Some more ARC shots of northern Ontario, Sudbury thru to the Soo, TCH17, on day #47.

We had to delay departure out of Sudbury because of heavy fog in the morning, but the sun finally broke thru.

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We crossed the Soo and travelled west on #28 on Monday, and on day #48 we passed thru Duluth and beyond to Crookston, ND.

Nothing unusual to report. Weather, roads, traffic, and information stops, were all great.

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Some ARC shots from Day #49, Wed., which saw us visting Devils Lake, and we had afternoon coffee in Rugby, ND, the geographical center of North America.

We carried on through Minot and on into Estevan, Saskatchewan to call it a day.

The weather was again great for travelling.

Its sugar beet harvest time and the CLIPPER and toad are camoflaged with a nice coating of ND field mud from the trucks hauling the harvest to the processing plants.

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