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Gear of the Week: Contour HD Helmet Cam

Gear of the Week: Contour HD Helmet Cam

[ September 24, 2010 - 5:10pm ]
Contour HD
At The Meeting in Aspen, we headed over to Buttermilk to try dirtbiking. Contour provided HD helmet cams capture footage of the action— here's what you'll get from these tiny video cameras.

We’re at The Meeting in Aspen, which is basically a good excuse for athletes, videographers, and gear companies to get together, talk about skiing, and watch the latest flicks from TGR, Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz, and more. After a tasty breakfast of coffee and croissants at the Limelight Lodge, we headed over to Buttermilk to try our skills at dirt biking. The folks at American Super Camp set us up with helmets, jerseys, boots and bikes were all available to make sure we did it right. Contour was also there, attaching helmet cams to bikers’ helmets and downloading the footage at the end of their ride.

Aaron at Contour stopped me as I was lapping the track and stuck a cam on my helmet. These cameras hold up to three hours of recorded footage, are water resistant, and have a rechargeable battery. With a quick press of a button to turn it on, he flicked it to record and let me loose. As a first-time dirtbiker, I took it easy for the first few laps. As I gained confidence, I picked up my speed and looped the track. I completely forgot about the compact, 4.3 ounce cam attached to my head. When I finished riding, Aaron snagged the cam and downloaded the twenty minutes of 1080p, high-def footage onto a tiny USB stick.

Back at the Limelight, I pulled off the content on the stick and cut it down to a few minutes of action. The footage was crisp and clear. Contour cams come with Easy Edit software so that you can clip your footage and share it with friends (you can also download it right from their site). Then, you can tag and upload your video to Contour’s online community and see what people across the country are doing. This winter season, I’ll use the cam to collect footage of powder days, cliff drops, and tree runs and post to Facebook and Twitter. My dirtbiking career was short, but here’s a look at the footage from my day. See you at The Meeting!

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