Innovv C3 hits CityBike on issue of Aug, 2015

Innovv C3

http://citybike.com/index-2.html

Words: Max Klein
Photos: Surj Gish
   

Bay Area traffic is horrible. With all the texting, selfies, spilled coffee, and “Lanesharing?
NOT ON MY WATCH” idiocy that takes place, I wanted a reliable “evidence collection” camera for my commute rides. I have a handful of “action cameras” that would capture the carnage and prove my light was green, but I have to remember to charge them, bring them with me, and worry about battery life / memory card capacity every ride time I ride, otherwise the whole thing is pointless.
Oh, and I have to remember to hit the record button.

I wanted to ride without having to worry about charging batteries and changing memory cards. I wanted to turn the key on and go, as if I didn’t have to record my every move, just in case.

The Innovv C3 hits on all cylinders. The system consists of a bullet lens that plugs into a separate camera box (or DVR, if you prefer) via an HDMI cable. As with other cameras, there are multiple mounting options, ranging from helmet to handlebars. A simple switch on the side allowsyou to choose between single recording, continuous recording, or flashlight. No, “flashlight” is not some new ultra-HD compression tech! it’s just a single LED flashlight.

On the DVR, there are three buttons that allow you to change recording modes, start and stop recording, and turn the unit off. Also on the DVR is a multi-color LED that indicates what mode the C3 is in!red for 1080p / 30fps, green for 720p / 60fps, orange for 3 megapixel photos. All files are
recorded onto a microSD card, which you must supply.

Innovv sent us two lenses, one with a 90-degree field of view and another with wider 120-degree coverage. Standard kits (the ones you guys are gonna go buy after
reading this) include one or the other. Also in the box are data cables, power converters
and cables (for hardwiring, like my setup), and various mounting options for the lens, including helmet and tripod screw mounts!which are very versatile for permanent mounting.

The two recording methods are pretty much what they sound like. The single recording mode will fill the card up once and stop, while the continuous recording mode will “loop,” overwriting the earliest
files when the card runs out of space. Hello dashcam.

Both lenses are waterproof!perfect for optional external mic, but it plugs into the same port that I needed for power.

Speaking of plugging things in!the camera must have a lens attached to connect to a computer and adjust settings such as file size. That’s a significant problem if you want to permanently mouth the whole shebang, which was my plan. Fortunately, I had two lenses, and only mounted one.

Video capture has been completely reliable. I start the bike, the C3 starts recording. I end up with a folder full of smallish video files, which sounds like a mess, but actually turns out to be ok. Looking for specific footage? Easy, just look for the time stamps around the time your footage would have been captured. No more scrolling through a giant video file to find three seconds of footage.

Customer support is available through email, and while there is sometimes a little lost in translation, they’re responsive and I was able to get all of my questions answered.

Although it has some connectivity limitations, these shortcomings are easy to overlook, and the C3’s excellent video quality, two-piece form factor and hardwire capability make it a perfect commuter cam. I’ll be adding one to all of my bikes.
Learn more about Innovv’s cameras, and get your own C3, at innovv.com.

Innovv C2 is flying on beach

A quick flight around Guerilla Bay on the far South coast of NSW with the zmr250, This little cam can take a beating and just keeps producing nice video.   Slope Soaring a Cloud AXN at Hope Beach in southern Tasmania,   

INNOVV C3 INSTALL ON BMW K1600

This is BMW K1600, People show how he install INNOVV C3 on it. Looks simple and cool.   Camera mounted on lower pan of oil cooler duct. I removed the plastic to make the hole. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to reinstall unless the upper fairing panels are removed. If you do this, punch a hole in the plastic in place, with a heated length of 1/4″ brass hobby tubing. This is the 90-degree lens, and it has a perfect view here, No cutoff bottom or top.  Camera cable (the shiny one) runs down to the left side pocket, so I could use the exiting USB connector for power.  I used brass tubing with a sharpened end in a drill to make a new hole in the existing cable grommet. then cut a slot to the hole. After reinstalling it, I sealed the slot with a 2-part urethane adhesive, which remains flexible. Silicone caulk would probably work as well.  I removed the pocket clip and and the lugs it was screwed to, along with the tripod mount to make a flat bottom on the recorder clip.  Recorder unit in side pocket. I shortened the power cable from 2M to about 6″, and stuck the clip to the side of the pocket with Command sticky strips, I have to unclip it to pull the micro-SD card if I want to copy the videos to my computer, or plug into it locally with the data cable and a laptop. The gray thing is my garage door transmitter.  The close look, Without the direct light, you can barely see it.    The front look, Nothing to put away when parked, and it’s always on when the bike is.   

INNOVV C3 HDMI Extension Cable

“I want to lens cable to be 3m, how to do?”
“When 3m lens cable is available?
“I want to extend lens cable to be 3m or longer, how to do?”
“Where to buy the extension cable to get lens reach 3m?”

People keep sending message asking for above, Here is the answers,

To have lens reached 3m or longer, you can buy the extension cable, which is available from below link,
http://www.usbfirewire.com/hdmi_mini_extension_cable.html

Thanks for @willy510, he found it and tested, it works well.   BTW, people may ask why we do not offer 3m lens cable which has been discussed during the development.
We have tested 3m lens cable samples, it works well and be ready to release,
Later we found 3m long for car is OK but for motorcycle, it is too long, people want C3 can be on car and motorcycle, so extension cable will be a smart solution.