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Old 01-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Stupid question but do they make a magnet mount to attach on the outside of a car like on the side fender?

I can see some creative uses for that with my Subaru buddies.
Haven't seen one but it has a standard tripod thread in the base of the camera (at least the Roam 1 does) so it could be mounted that way to a strong magnet and then just rotate the lens. Actually this is a really cool idea, if you had a magnet with a hole through it (from a rotating beacon or something) you could make the mount yourself. I've got an old Celica I may end up autocrossing. Would be great to get a roof/hood/fender view of the action.

On another note, anyone here smart enough to know if you could force Roam 2 firmware on a Roam 1 and get the 60 FPS upgrade and the mic fix all in one? Dunno what language the firmware is programmed in but I'm wondering if it's possible to trick the Roam 1 into thinking it can take the new FW. Either that or opening up the 60 FPS feature in the latest versions of the Roam 1 firmware...
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Haven't seen one but it has a standard tripod thread in the base of the camera (at least the Roam 1 does) so it could be mounted that way to a strong magnet and then just rotate the lens. Actually this is a really cool idea, if you had a magnet with a hole through it (from a rotating beacon or something) you could make the mount yourself. I've got an old Celica I may end up autocrossing. Would be great to get a roof/hood/fender view of the action.

On another note, anyone here smart enough to know if you could force Roam 2 firmware on a Roam 1 and get the 60 FPS upgrade and the mic fix all in one? Dunno what language the firmware is programmed in but I'm wondering if it's possible to trick the Roam 1 into thinking it can take the new FW. Either that or opening up the 60 FPS feature in the latest versions of the Roam 1 firmware...
i bought mine on ebay and after reading on amazon reviews some dude that flashed the ROAM 2 FW to the ROAM, i decided to try it, and it works awesome but i did got a scare after the flashing the camera wouldnt record and gave me a memory error (keeps beeping and flashing) turned out after flashing the FW you need to format the micro sd xD

but im running 720p @ 60fps with the latest contour roam 2 FW i believe its 2.16

***NOTE: Contour says this voids your warranty and could brick your camera.***

Ill copy and paste the post from amazon reviews:

"Hey friends,

I found a way to install the Roam2 Firmware to the Roam1. Now you have all Roam2 features on the old Roam1

This is how it works:

Go to the contour homepage and download the current Contour2 Firmware V2.16

Download Firmware V2.16 -> you get the file "ContourRoam2.bin"

Rename the file to "ContourRoam.bin"

Plug the ContourROAM1 camera into your computer using a USB cable. Check to see that the Record slider is not in the forward (or ON) position. Once connected, the Battery LED on the ContourROAM1 will turn red and the camera will appear as an external USB device on your computer.

On your computer, navigate to the camera which is mounted as an external storage device.

Copy the ContourROAM1.bin file that you downloaded in Step 2 to the camera's microSD card. Do not put it in any subfolders on the camera's microSD card.

On the microSD card of the camera will be a file called FW_RTC.txt. The file may be hidden and you may need to enable the ability to view hidden files in your computer's settings. Open the FW_RTC.txt file with a text editor application.

Near the top of the file is a line of text that reads `UPDATE_FW:N'. Change the `N' to a `Y' so it appears as `UPDATE_FW:Y' and save the file. This will instruct your camera to update the firmware when it next starts up.

Unplug the camera from your computer.

Press and release the Status Button. The camera will beep and the Memory and Battery LEDs will flash while the update is in progress. When the update is completed the camera will beep again and turn off.

That's it, now you have all Roam2 functions on your Roam1 including 720p with 60 FPS.

If you want, open the StoryTeller App on your PC and check if a Contour Roam2 will be recognized under "Devices".

Check some vids under youtube, username "budschidau". Have fun!

Regards from wonderful Bavaria - Prost!"
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:42 PM   #33 (permalink)
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That almost seems too easy... I'm going to try it!
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:04 PM   #34 (permalink)
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That almost seems too easy... I'm going to try it!
thats what i thought too lol, + there are no reference to this method on the internet, only reference to downgrade to the old firmware with audio issues. When my camera started giving the memory card error after the upgrade i panicked and wrote to contour:

i wrote:

"hello,

i tried to update the firmware of my camera and i flashed think the wrong firmware thinking it was a new one, because now my camera is recognized as roam 2 while its a roam and when i try to record the memory light keeps flashing. Is there a way to revert back the update??"

and they replied:

"Thank you for contacting Contour support. To attempt to revert back to your previous firmware, please first format your microSD card with your camera's format button. Then, please try following the "Installation Without Storyteller" instructions here: CONTOUR | Firmware - ContourROAM (v1.11). This may not work, however, as the it's possible that the firmware "bricked" the camera. The firmware should not attempt to install unless the actual firmware was renamed, so if your camera is reading as Roam2, you must have renamed the firmware to attempt to install it. As such, unfortunately if the camera does not revert, this is not covered by warranty.


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Old 05-30-2013, 03:07 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Not really relevant to your thread, but i love my Contour+2's





Found them to be really good, much better than the GPS model i had, and more versatile as well...

My stepson has a roam as well, but when we ride, he uses one of mine which is connected via bluetooth to my Oakley Airwaves, and i don't have to keep truning round to see him, as i can see what he sees in my goggles...
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Not really relevant to your thread, but i love my Contour+2's





Found them to be really good, much better than the GPS model i had, and more versatile as well...

My stepson has a roam as well, but when we ride, he uses one of mine which is connected via bluetooth to my Oakley Airwaves, and i don't have to keep truning round to see him, as i can see what he sees in my goggles...
thats awesome! i chose the contour ROAM 1 because of the price, i was considering a much cheaper camera but i liked it so much i bought it. I even considered the emerson camera that looks like the go pro but after reading the reviews, i quickly went with contour.
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Amazon.com: Panavise 809 Camera Window Suction-Cup Mount: Camera & Photo

This is exactly the same as the one that contour sells with the thread for use, or contour do a different one with rails which may or may not look more secure, they sell both on amazon, but i use this with no problems as do many others...
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Amazon.com: Panavise 809 Camera Window Suction-Cup Mount: Camera & Photo

This is exactly the same as the one that contour sells with the thread for use, or contour do a different one with rails which may or may not look more secure, they sell both on amazon, but i use this with no problems as do many others...
i bought one on ebay, for like 5 bucks lol, ill test it when it arrives.
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i bought mine on ebay and after reading on amazon reviews some dude that flashed the ROAM 2 FW to the ROAM, i decided to try it, and it works awesome but i did got a scare after the flashing the camera wouldnt record and gave me a memory error (keeps beeping and flashing) turned out after flashing the FW you need to format the micro sd xD
Myth confirmed! On my camera it worked exactly as you described. Put firmware on the card (root folder), renamed the file, changed UPGRADE_FW to Y, status button, format, works.

Just did a little test vid in 60 FPS and it's all good!

Now I get all the newer firmware features without losing my beloved 60 fps.

Dude you should be an honorary lifetime member!
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Myth confirmed! On my camera it worked exactly as you described. Put firmware on the card (root folder), renamed the file, changed UPGRADE_FW to Y, status button, format, works.

Just did a little test vid in 60 FPS and it's all good!

Now I get all the newer firmware features without losing my beloved 60 fps.

Dude you should be an honorary lifetime member!
Glad i could help xD

It doesn't even snow here in Puerto Rico i registered to post this, but I was shocked that this didn't spread, maybe most of the people upgraded to the roam 2? Hehe
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