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Old 12-28-2002, 03:15 AM   #1
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Default camera legality issues?


maybe a dumb question... but is it legal to video tape your run in autoX? as in use an in-camera car mount...

also, how about taking pictures [digital] of the course whilst walking it to review it before your run?

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Old 12-28-2002, 03:31 AM   #2
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I don't know the rules at all but I have seen cars with video cameras mounted on many different parts of cars.
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Old 12-28-2002, 05:40 AM   #3
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I know that you can't take a video of the course while walking it before the event, I think this would also mean you can't take pictures of it before the event either. I know at least one person that had a camera on their car during an event this year. I'm interested in doing this with my digital camera (not sure on the FPS yet though) but have other issues to deal with like space for it, etc before I get into the legalities.
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Old 12-28-2002, 02:54 PM   #4
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in out region any way

cameras are considered "lose items" even if they are hand held

to have a camers they must have a solid mount
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Old 12-28-2002, 08:14 PM   #5
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Camera has to be mounted as not to cause harm to the driver or an instructor.

I know our region doesn't allow people to ride shotgun holding the camera.

I run the headrest camera mount and it's pretty solid (for autocross). I also have one Quick Clamp and two velcro straps around it to prevent it from going anywhere and to control vibrations.
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Old 12-29-2002, 12:53 PM   #6
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It is legal as long as it is "securely mounted", in other words to the satisfaction of the people running tech.

It doesn't have to be a hard mount as long as it is secure.
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Old 12-29-2002, 08:28 PM   #7
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Default so...

video in car = legal
video walking course = not legal

what about taking still pictures of the course while walking it? anyone have a definative answer?

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Old 12-30-2002, 06:45 PM   #8
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I've never had anyone stop me from taking digital stills while walking the course. Then again, I've only done it a few times and that was in Philadelphia Region SCCA. In car video is perfectly legal as long as the camera is secured. Here is the tripod mount I ran with for a while that passed tech inspection (note the seatbelt and three bungies holding it down):

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Old 01-02-2003, 02:20 PM   #10
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FWIW, i video taped as i walked the course at Nationals in Topeka in 2001. There were some others that did the same, and it wasn't a problem. I don't think there's an official rule one way or the other, so asking first is probably good. ;]

I also use a tripod mount in the rear seat, strapped securely to the seat rails, and using the center seat belt. I also strap the camera to the tripod so that if the mount were to break somehow, the camera won't smack me in the head.
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