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VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle, Model 1102

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Introducing VholdR, the wearable camcorder that SHOOTS action video and SHARES it in seconds on VholdR.com. VholdR weighs just a few ounces, mounts to anything, and is armored: with its brushed aluminum body the camera works in rain, snow, and mud. Now you can record TV quality AUDIO and VIDEO from within the action, hands free.

VholdR - The easiest way to shoot and share action videos!

Features:

  • Mac And PC Compatibility
    We are now compatible with Macs including Power PC and Intel processors as well as 10.4 and 10.5 operating systems.
  • Clipping
    You can now quickly and easily cut down your files so that the best parts are made available for posting.
  • We do big, small.
    VholdR's lens is large in relation to its low-profile body, and it's the lens that makes quality footage possible. What's more, the lens and image sensor rotate independently from the camera, 192-degrees, allowing VholdR to capture a level image in any mounting scenario. Framing is accomplished utilizing twin lasers that reference what the camera sees, insuring VholdR captures what you intend.
  • Armored Video
    If Q handed James Bond a new toy, this would be it. Encased entirely in anodized aluminum, the body is splash proof, dust and dirt proof, corrosion resistant and lightweight. VholdR can resist more abuse than anything with a switch without puking up its circuitry. Our proprietary TRail™ Mount system makes sure you can attach VholdR where you need it – left side, right side, topside - anywhere, anytime.
  • On. Off. Repeat.
    Yet even more common sense: VholdR is going to be used in difficult environments, from bitter cold to jagged cliffs to rushing rapids, and don't forget a little bit of excitement, maybe even a dose of panic. In those situations, who has time to fuss with intricate switches and tiny buttons? Even with the thickest of gloves on, and in the most exciting of moments it's easy to hit the switch and get VholdR on the scene and recording.
  • Sealed Access.
    Here is VholdR's interface with the world. Protected behind a sealed door is a removable battery and micro SD card, allowing you to swap on the fly. LED lights on the top and bottom indicate both battery life and video storage: Green light means go, yellow light means heads up, and red light means get with the program. No guesswork, no missed shots, all VholdR.
  • Fine Line Processing
    What else could we have possibly packed into VholdR? The magic, of course. When issues arose between high-speed action, video quality and software-based compression, we started over. Software-based compression integrates guesswork into the action, using image probabilities in lieu of the actual image. Not us. Our Fine Line compression engine doesn't guess about anything, delivering clean lines where there are clean lines, and actual colors. The result is a sharper, faster image.

Specifications:

Audio (mic)

  • Sensitivity (0dB=1V/Pa, 1 KHz): -44±2dB
  • Direction: Omni-directional
  • Frequency Range: 100-10,000Hz

Camera

  • Sensor type: CMOS
  • Minimum illumination: 0.04 Lux @f/1.2
  • High sensitivity for low-light operation
  • Low fixed pattern noise, anti-blooming, zero smearing
  • Low power consumption

Lens

  • Type: 1/4" 4G
  • Size: 3.6mm
  • Viewing Angle: 90

Video

  • Video Processing: Fine Line™ Hardware Encoding
  • Video size pixels (lines): 640x480 (480 lines)
  • Frame rate: 30fps
  • File Type: mpeg4 (.avi)
  • Video rate: 50min/GB
  • Avg. battery life: 2 hours

Inputs/Outputs/Controls

  • Media: MicroSD (supports up to 2GB micro SD card not included)
  • Battery: Removable lithium polymer
  • Output: mini USB 2.0
  • Slide lock on-record/off-stop switch
  • Push button battery/memory life indicator

VholdR Software:

VholdR Desktop is an "easy to use" desktop software that comes FREE with your VholdR. Install the software with in minutes so you can organize, play, and upload your videos to VholdR.com and YouTube. This special tool is optional of course, but takes the steps out of shooting to sharing your videos.

  • Library
    The VholdR Library is the central hub for all the VholdR videos on your computer. Your videos instantly download from the camera to your Library so you can add titles, location, keywords, and descriptions for each of your videos. Even create new folders to organize your content by different vacations, rides, events, etc. Automatically imports videos from VholdR to the Library Add titles, locations, keywords, and descriptions for each of your videos Create new folders to keep video from your different adventures organize.
  • Play Back is the chance to watch your videos in full screen. Since we all know VholdR records at TV quality, it will fill your entire computer screen when you play the videos back. Think of it as your own VholdR Cinema, produced by you. Play Back includes controls to play, pause, stop, and RWD/FWD any video in your library.
    • Plays videos in full screen
    • Instantly click to play, pause, and change videos.
  • Click To Share
    The best part of VholdR Desktop is the click to share functions we have included. You can upload your VholdR videos automatically or manual select what makes the cut. The progress bar on the bottom tells you when the upload is complete so push upload, go get a drink, and come back in a few minutes to view your videos on VholdR.com. The Library does put a check next to any uploaded video so you never lose track.
    • Shares directly to YouTube or VholdR.com
    • Upload your videos automatically or manually in minutes
    • Progress bar lets you know when the upload is complete

Box Contents:

  • VholdR
  • VholdR Desktop Software
  • Helmet Mount
  • USB Cable
  • Battery
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 2GB Micro SD Card

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 3.74" (95mm)
  • Length: 2.09" (53mm)
  • Width: 1.34" (34mm)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 0.30 lbs (4.8oz.)
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer):
    180 Days Parts & Labor

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

To download the software and read about other new features, click HERE.

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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ContourVholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle
 
4.0

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Simple controls (16)
  • Durable (13)
  • Comfortable to operate (12)
  • Great features (12)
  • Versatile (12)

Cons

  • Poor sound (6)

Best Uses

  • Travel (10)
  • Sports (9)
  • Movies/short films (6)
  • Home movies (4)
  • Documentaries (3)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      70% 

      (7 reviews)

      One-to-three months

       

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (8), Professional (4), Casual user (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Happy with my purchase

** Setup **

I received the VholdR on a Wednesday and was going out to use it the next morning, so I spent a couple hours trying to get the...Read complete review

** Setup **

I received the VholdR on a Wednesday and was going out to use it the next morning, so I spent a couple hours trying to get the angle of the camera on the helmet correct. Since it connects to the helmet using 3M two sided tape, you only get one chance at the correct mounting angle. I used scotch tape for 'practice' filming. Word of advice, start way further back on the helmet then you would think.

I finally mounted it where it looks like it is shooting the sky, but alas, when I used it during my ride, it was still too low. It turns out that when I ride, I tilt my head down even more then what I thought I did... blocking the sun, aggressive stance, or whatever.

The VholdR is not compatible with High Capacity cards(HCSD), so don't go and purchase the 4GB HCSD microSD card thinking you can hold more video. The current 1.0 camera firmware is not compatible with this type of memory card. You want to purchase the 2GB microSD card(s). I purchased two SanDisk 2GB microSD cards that comes with the adapter for the standard SD format. Now I can use this microSD card in my digital camera too.

The VholdR camera doesn't come with any memory cards, so you will need to purchase one separately from the camera. Make sure you format the microSD card when you get it to FAT32. The VholdR website has some information on how to do this.


** Using VholdR **

I filmed at Buttercup Sand Dunes for four days. I ended up with 2.5 gigabytes of footage. After each ride, I would connect the microSD card (using the included USB 2.0 adapter) to my Notebook computer to move the files. I made sure to charge the camera between all rides, so I would not end up with a dead battery. This worked out great. I never ran out of space or had a dead battery.

I only have a few concerns with the camera so far:

1) The 'back door' as VholdR names it came open a couple times when I did not expect it too. This was when I was trying to power on the camera while wearing the helmet. Solution: I recommend powering on the camera, then putting on the helmet.

2) A couple times during our long rides, VholdR would self power down when we stopped for a break. I would not know this and it caused delays when trying to start riding again. Solution: Every time you stop, take off your helmet and power down the camera. When you are getting ready to go, power on the camera and put your helmet on. When you are ready to start filming, you can start recording immediately. This worked great when I followed this procedure.

3) If you try to power on the camera when the record button in the record position, the camera will lockup. You have to remove the battery which performs a hard reset. I did this a couple times and had to remove the battery a couple times to fix it.


** Using the Desktop software **

The included software is OK and functional. The software is slow to respond when you have 10+ video files in the default directory. You can and probably should create subdirectories under the default directory. This will help the speed of the desktop software. There is no user feedback when doing most actions in the software. ie.. You double click on a sub-folder. The user interface just sits there like you did nothing, then about 20 seconds later, it switches to the subdirectory. Again this is related to the number of videos you have in your folders. I know that Twenty20 is working on improving the software, so it should improve.

I did not buy this camera for its software, so I don't use it much.

I'm a big fan of using freeware software, so I've found some software that could be helpful to you. NOTE: Use the following software at your own risk.

1) Video Flip & Rotate - If you happen to record some movies upside down (mounting the camera upside down). You can use this software and flip it. It will also rotate your movies.

2) Video Dub - Cut your recorded video as you want. Had a part of the video that you did not like, use this software and cut it out. This software uses lossless technology to preserve the video quality.

3) Audio Dub - Have some MP3 songs that you want to use in editing your video? Use this software and trim or merge songs as you want, so when you are building your final video, your songs are ready to be included.


Search for 'DVDVideoSoft Free Studio' for the above tools. I've used 4 or 5 of their free tools and so far they have worked out great. I have not experienced any malware, viruses, spyware, or adware in their software.

To view the recorded video on your computer, you will need the latest audio/video 'drivers' called codecs. I found a great bundled set of codecs called 'ACE Mega CoDecS Pack'. Use Google to find and download it. I like the free video player that comes with it called BSPlayer. Easy to use, loads fast, and intuitive controls. Once you have the latest codecs, you should be able to view the videos correctly. No picture, but you can hear the sound is a sign that you need to update your video codecs.


** Conclusion **

I think that this is one great camera. The VholdR is a well packaged / built camera. If your looking for a helmet cam and you don't want the hassle of power wires, lanc wires, A/V wires running to a camcorder, then this is a great camera for you.

Here is one of my first recordings with the VholdR camera: http://vholdr.com/node/1464

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Would Return if I Could

I've been trying to use this product snowboarding in the backcountry for the past month. The audio is absolutely horrible. Why have audio? You put the responsibility of 'fixing' the audio on...Read complete review

I've been trying to use this product snowboarding in the backcountry for the past month. The audio is absolutely horrible. Why have audio? You put the responsibility of 'fixing' the audio on the consumer. 'Put some tape on it with foam.' That still doesn't work well. Moreover, you only provide 1 mount with the camera, that CANNOT be moved! I have to buy more, as I assume most people do. Besides these minor concerns, my biggest concern is that you can ONLY view the videos on your Vholdr software. That is a complete monopoly! None of my skiing friends have that software, nor do they want it. So, I can't really share it with them. In this day and age, I should be able to upload it to Windows Media or the likes and simply share it with friends that way. Moreover, I have to import it from the camera to the Vholdr file, which for some reason takes much longer than it should. I WOULD LOVE TO RETURN THIS PRODUCT AS I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH IT. I WILL TRY TO PUT IT ON EBAY I GUESS. I HIGHLY DOUBT I WILL USE THIS MUCH MORE. I WILL HAVE BETTER VIDEO AND AUDIO QUALITY IF I JUST MOUNTED MY DIGITAL CAMERA WITH A WATERPROOF CASE. COMPLETE WASTE OF MY MONEY!!

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2.0

Would Return if I Could

By Erich the umimpressed

from Park City, UT

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable to Operate
  • Durable
  • Simple Controls

Cons

  • Inadequate Features
  • Only 1 mount
  • Poor Battery Life
  • Poor Sound

Best Uses

    Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

    I've been trying to use this product snowboarding in the backcountry for the past month. The audio is absolutely horrible. Why have audio? You put the responsibility of 'fixing' the audio on the consumer. 'Put some tape on it with foam.' That still doesn't work well. Moreover, you only provide 1 mount with the camera, that CANNOT be moved! I have to buy more, as I assume most people do. Besides these minor concerns, my biggest concern is that you can ONLY view the videos on your Vholdr software. That is a complete monopoly! None of my skiing friends have that software, nor do they want it. So, I can't really share it with them. In this day and age, I should be able to upload it to Windows Media or the likes and simply share it with friends that way. Moreover, I have to import it from the camera to the Vholdr file, which for some reason takes much longer than it should. I WOULD LOVE TO RETURN THIS PRODUCT AS I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH IT. I WILL TRY TO PUT IT ON EBAY I GUESS. I HIGHLY DOUBT I WILL USE THIS MUCH MORE. I WILL HAVE BETTER VIDEO AND AUDIO QUALITY IF I JUST MOUNTED MY DIGITAL CAMERA WITH A WATERPROOF CASE. COMPLETE WASTE OF MY MONEY!!

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    5.0

    Great in the snow!

    By Nate

    from Anaheim, CA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Comfortable to Operate
    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Simple Controls
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • Editing
      • Home Movies
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel

      Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

      I recently got a VholdR for my birthday and couldn't be happier. This winter season I've already taken it out on several weekend snowboarding trips up in Mammoth and the VholdR has served me quite well. I use it for point-of-view footage as well as demo-style recording with my buddies.

      This camera gives you excellent video quality and is so easy to use with your gloves. Even after a few spills, the VholdR won't fog up or freeze - it's built to last. My favorite features are the dual laser pointers and the goggle mount so I can make sure I get the right shot every time I go riding. There is not wasting my battery or camera memory when I set up, which is relief from all of the other wearable camcorders on the market.

      I really don't have anything negative to say about the VholdR except that I wish they made the rotating mount like I saw on the vholdr video sharing community. It was basically a pole that orbits the rider's helmet and had a vholdr attached to the end looking back to the boarder. Great idea - I want one!

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      5.0

      Awesome Camera at a Great Price!

      By FLY HIGH

      from New York, NY

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great price
      • Great Sound
      • Simple Controls
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel

        Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

        The VholdR camera has been the best piece of video recording that I've bought! For those interested in snowboarding, mountain biking, skateboarding, ATVing, or any other action sport, this is the Video Camera for YOU!Its small and versatile, easily attachable to any helmet, jacket, or bike/ride. It can hold up to 2 gigs of memory (alot of video time). Its extremely simple to use so those who aren't as tech saavy don't have to worry. Most importantly, this camera can take one heck of a beating. Ive ridden down some ridiculous MTB trails, enduring some nasty crashes. And while I haven't always come out of these crashes in tip top shape, this camera has!The VholdR website ([@]) also has a online community for users to upload their own videos. There are some sick videos out there; if you guys want to check out the potential of this camera, definitely check out this website's forum.

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        5.0

        Works like a charm

        By Twisted Spokes

        from Barstow, CA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Comfortable to Operate
        • Durable
        • Great Features
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Size
        • Great Software
        • Great Sound
        • Great value
        • LONG battery life
        • Simple Controls
        • Versatile
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • Editing
          • Home Movies
          • POV
          • Sports videos
          • Travel

          Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

          This camera is great. Our riding club picked up a few VholdRs before our ride from Barstow to Vegas and we used the sticky mounts to attach the camera to my helmet and my friend's bike. The footage came out surprisingly good, being that I had been worried about light and vibrations. Luckily, the camera works quite well under low light situations, and the mount does a great job of limiting the vibrations it picked up from the bike. The footage from my helmet cam didn't really pick up any noticeable vibrations either. The feature that really sold me on the VholdR was the rotating lens. My helmet is completely contoured for aerodynamics, so I was able to mount it on top of my helmet instead of on the side where my face shield slides open & closed. We took turns with the cameras on the ride and came up with memories we'll never forget.Another great addition to this package was something I didn't even have to pay for, really. The software made editing our riding videos extremely easy and I was able to upload them to [...] with great ease. I can't say I'm the most adept with electronics nor am I a camcorder specialist, so the VholdR Desktop made my situation a whole lot simpler to work with. Plus, by sharing the vids online we were able to connect with other riders who use their VholdRs too!I definitely recommend the VholdR product to anyone who is interested in purchasing a handsless camera. I'd also go as far as recommending others to also purchase a few extra batteries and microSD cards if you plan on going on long rides like we do.

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          5.0

          Superb product and highly recommended!

          By Josephine Can Fly

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Comfortable to Operate
          • Durable
          • Great Battery Life
          • Great Features
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great value
          • Lightweight
          • Simple Controls
          • Sleek Design
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Editing
            • Home Movies
            • POV video
            • Sports Demos
            • Travel

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            I consider myself an "adventure enthusiast" and have always wanted to find a safe, inexpensive way to document my trail-chasing. Based on friends' recommendations I purchased my first VholdR camera back in July. Since then, I've taken my VholdR skydiving, mountain biking in Moab (UT) and hiking at Jackson Hole (WY) - and am anxiously anticipating the winter '09 snowfall so I can capture ski footage on some of my favorite mountain trails. To maximize the use of my VholdR camera, I've also acquired the Vented Helmet Mount, Flat Surface Mount and Goggle Mount because these allow me to focus on what I'm doing rather than fumbling with a shifty device.

            There are many features I love about this camera, but one of the main things is its size. Since it weighs under 5 oz, I can never tell when I'm wearing it on my helmet. The dual laser and rotating lens are also crucial features because I can tell where the camera is pointing and which angle I want to shoot at. The video resolution (640x480) is pretty impressive, and I'm also a big fan of its user-friendliness. With one on/off button and one record/stop slider, you really can't mess up - even when I'm going full speed! The memory and battery life are great and I typically carry an extra battery and memory card on hand when heading outdoors all day.

            The one feature I look forward to VholdR improving in the next model is the microphone and finding a way to reduce wind noise. I know that's a complicated issue to amend with any camcorder, so I consider it a pretty minor issue in comparison to all of the pros of the VholdR camera.

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            4.0

            Very User Friendly

            By Donny the racer

            from Massachusetts

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Family
            • Movies/Short Films
            • Sports
            • Travel

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            I use this camera in motocross races. Its an awesome new perspective and It captures some great shots!

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            4.0

            Small package with great video

            By East Coast Biker

            from Mid Atlantic - USA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Great Battery Life
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Helmet Cam
            • Sports

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            The VholdR is one of the best self-contained units I've seen on the market. The adaptability of the mounts to various items makes the camera versatile. The profile and weight are not even noticeable even after long rides. Great product IMHO.

            • How long have you owned it:
            • One-to-three months

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            4.0

            Nice little camera!

            By mxdave166

            from Worth, IL

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • Need PC to charge battery
            • Needs micro SC card

            Best Uses

            • Motocross racing
            • Mountain biking
            • Sports

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            I use this camera when I race motocross, and it is VERY durable. Easy to start/stop recording with gloves on, and easy to download and watch your videos. No wires, no fanny pack holding a separate video camera....this is a very cool little camera!

            • How long have you owned it:
            • One-to-three months

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Happy with my purchase

            By Rogue

            from Irvine, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Rugged construction
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Slow Desktop software

            Best Uses

            • Sports

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            ** Setup **

            I received the VholdR on a Wednesday and was going out to use it the next morning, so I spent a couple hours trying to get the angle of the camera on the helmet correct. Since it connects to the helmet using 3M two sided tape, you only get one chance at the correct mounting angle. I used scotch tape for 'practice' filming. Word of advice, start way further back on the helmet then you would think.

            I finally mounted it where it looks like it is shooting the sky, but alas, when I used it during my ride, it was still too low. It turns out that when I ride, I tilt my head down even more then what I thought I did... blocking the sun, aggressive stance, or whatever.

            The VholdR is not compatible with High Capacity cards(HCSD), so don't go and purchase the 4GB HCSD microSD card thinking you can hold more video. The current 1.0 camera firmware is not compatible with this type of memory card. You want to purchase the 2GB microSD card(s). I purchased two SanDisk 2GB microSD cards that comes with the adapter for the standard SD format. Now I can use this microSD card in my digital camera too.

            The VholdR camera doesn't come with any memory cards, so you will need to purchase one separately from the camera. Make sure you format the microSD card when you get it to FAT32. The VholdR website has some information on how to do this.


            ** Using VholdR **

            I filmed at Buttercup Sand Dunes for four days. I ended up with 2.5 gigabytes of footage. After each ride, I would connect the microSD card (using the included USB 2.0 adapter) to my Notebook computer to move the files. I made sure to charge the camera between all rides, so I would not end up with a dead battery. This worked out great. I never ran out of space or had a dead battery.

            I only have a few concerns with the camera so far:

            1) The 'back door' as VholdR names it came open a couple times when I did not expect it too. This was when I was trying to power on the camera while wearing the helmet. Solution: I recommend powering on the camera, then putting on the helmet.

            2) A couple times during our long rides, VholdR would self power down when we stopped for a break. I would not know this and it caused delays when trying to start riding again. Solution: Every time you stop, take off your helmet and power down the camera. When you are getting ready to go, power on the camera and put your helmet on. When you are ready to start filming, you can start recording immediately. This worked great when I followed this procedure.

            3) If you try to power on the camera when the record button in the record position, the camera will lockup. You have to remove the battery which performs a hard reset. I did this a couple times and had to remove the battery a couple times to fix it.


            ** Using the Desktop software **

            The included software is OK and functional. The software is slow to respond when you have 10+ video files in the default directory. You can and probably should create subdirectories under the default directory. This will help the speed of the desktop software. There is no user feedback when doing most actions in the software. ie.. You double click on a sub-folder. The user interface just sits there like you did nothing, then about 20 seconds later, it switches to the subdirectory. Again this is related to the number of videos you have in your folders. I know that Twenty20 is working on improving the software, so it should improve.

            I did not buy this camera for its software, so I don't use it much.

            I'm a big fan of using freeware software, so I've found some software that could be helpful to you. NOTE: Use the following software at your own risk.

            1) Video Flip & Rotate - If you happen to record some movies upside down (mounting the camera upside down). You can use this software and flip it. It will also rotate your movies.

            2) Video Dub - Cut your recorded video as you want. Had a part of the video that you did not like, use this software and cut it out. This software uses lossless technology to preserve the video quality.

            3) Audio Dub - Have some MP3 songs that you want to use in editing your video? Use this software and trim or merge songs as you want, so when you are building your final video, your songs are ready to be included.


            Search for 'DVDVideoSoft Free Studio' for the above tools. I've used 4 or 5 of their free tools and so far they have worked out great. I have not experienced any malware, viruses, spyware, or adware in their software.

            To view the recorded video on your computer, you will need the latest audio/video 'drivers' called codecs. I found a great bundled set of codecs called 'ACE Mega CoDecS Pack'. Use Google to find and download it. I like the free video player that comes with it called BSPlayer. Easy to use, loads fast, and intuitive controls. Once you have the latest codecs, you should be able to view the videos correctly. No picture, but you can hear the sound is a sign that you need to update your video codecs.


            ** Conclusion **

            I think that this is one great camera. The VholdR is a well packaged / built camera. If your looking for a helmet cam and you don't want the hassle of power wires, lanc wires, A/V wires running to a camcorder, then this is a great camera for you.

            Here is one of my first recordings with the VholdR camera: http://vholdr.com/node/1464

            Service and delivery comments:

            Shipping and delivery was prompt and accurate. I had no problems with my purchase from Abt Electronics. The package was received packed with bubble wrap and was well protected. The VholdR box itself was out of recycled paper (I think) and it ripped while opening. Not a big deal.

            • How long have you owned it:
            • A month or less

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            too infant of a stage to start recommend

            By jamie josem brown

            from colorado

            About Me Professional

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            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction
            • Low-Quality Recordings
            • not waterproof
            • Poor Sound

            Best Uses

            • Movies/Short Films
            • Special Events
            • Sports
            • Travel

            Comments about Contour VholdR Wearable Camcorder Bundle:

            I shoot action sports in colorado. received the v holder on time and the machine felt kind of flimsy espically in the back. by my mistake, I assumed the product was waterproof because almost all lipstick cams are these days. The website does not have much REAL info to tell you otherwise. The camera records at about 5 times faster than real time and the audio is real time. Contacted Vholder and they are sending another.

            • How long have you owned it:
            • A month or less

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