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Old 05-22-2018, 12:41 PM   #1
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I'm finally trying out Autocross this weekend for the first time. Ill be running my 2012 WRX hatch and I am wondering what places are best to mount cameras (for visual pleasure not learning use at this point).


I have a GoPro Hero4 black Hero 3+ and a Yi 4k+.. and waterproof shells and lots of mounts etc..


I'm thinking.. Yi 4k+ looking out from the front bumper, Hero 4 black inside the car mounted from sunroof glass, and hero3+ rear facing mounted from an unused exhaust hanger since I'm running a nameless trackpipe with single exit.


Think I can run the GoPros off the app as a remote and the Yi has good enough battery that I can start recording without rushing. I think I can manage 3 without much effort. Any opinions or guidance?
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Old 05-22-2018, 12:54 PM   #2
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What I see most commonly at events is using a suction cup to attach it to the driver side rear window (rear door). This lets you see ahead to get a general feel for the course, but also captures your head, hands, and steering wheel for analysis and education.

If you are just looking to make cool videos, you can put it behind a front wheel so you capture the wheel angle, tire flex and roll, and likely some proximity to cones. Passenger side is likely better for this as you can also use it as an educational tool. When you think you're right on top of a cone and the video shows you're 2 feet away, you know you can get closer. On top of the roof gives you the best overall view. Up high allows you to see further ahead when watching the video, so the course is a little less of a sea of cones.

Wherever you put it be sure it's above cone height so you don't lose it when you hit one.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:37 PM   #3
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Suction cup to the sunroof glass if you have one.
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Old 05-22-2018, 01:54 PM   #4
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Agree with Scooby921. Drivers rear window is the best place.

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Old 05-22-2018, 03:17 PM   #5
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Suction cup to the sunroof glass if you have one.
This works, but you'll have a pretty big blind spot from the rear view.

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Old 05-22-2018, 09:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for ideas and posting videos of them!
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Old 05-26-2018, 12:46 AM   #7
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Wow this is a great idea, thanks for posting
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:02 PM   #8
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Alrighty... I went to the event and used 2 cameras - one side mounted to rear drivers window and one using a clamp style gopro mount attached to and sitting in the exhaust exit port on the passenger side (since I have a single exit track pipe its open there)

I used the sound from the GoPro Hero 4 in the exhaust exit spot with a cheapie $10 external mic plugged in... turned out awesome IMO for sound quality..

Sample: (beware this was my first time doing AutoX and only my second or third run)
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Old 05-28-2018, 12:55 AM   #9
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I like this one for showing people what autocross is all about.

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Old 05-28-2018, 01:26 PM   #10
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For a simply getting that "race" feel from the video I have always run a solid mounted go-pro on a lip I attached to my FMIC (you can use the bumper beam if need be). The low mounting point really changes the perception of speed, and when your doing something in 2nd gear that really helps IMO. Similar to how your rear camera looks in speed over the window mount.

This view has zero benefit as a teaching tool, unlike a overview style mounting location that allows y oh to see/understand the course.

Looks like you had fun.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:17 AM   #11
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I run a NoPro, as my friends named the Swann action cam, in the lower grill opening, a Hero4 Black usually up at the top of the windshield or on the rear side window with an external mic mounted next to my rear license plate, and a Hero Session that gets moved around, sometimes inside, sometimes outside. You can see it take a rock at 30 seconds in, pass a few inches from a cone at 65mph around 1:05, then maybe within an inch a few seconds later going 50+mph. It almost get's taken out by sage brush at 1:48 and that mic plugged into the other camera lets you listen to the teeth being stripped from 2nd gear at 2:22. Needless to say, this was my most interesting run at the Lone Pine Time Trials a month ago! When I'm setting up a camera on the side of the car before an autocross event has started, I try to "borrow" a cone for a few seconds to set next to the cam to make sure it and it's mount are not going to get hit.
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:30 AM   #12
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Good grief! Almost triple digits while autocrossing is insane (says a super novice)
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I do the windshield (with track addict) and a helmet cam for driver inputs.
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:47 AM   #14
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Good grief! Almost triple digits while autocrossing is insane (says a super novice)
The Lone Pine Time Trials are a unique event. High speed in the high desert. And check out the scenery!
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:52 AM   #15
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Swann cam in the lower grill opening...
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Old 06-20-2019, 03:08 AM   #16
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Low behind the left rear wheel...

Suction cup on the windshield (Buttonwillow Raceway Kart Track)...

Drivers side rear window and helmet cam...

Suction cup mounted on the inside of the right rear window, if I remember right, I tipped the passenger seat way back...
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