Can I use this in a car, lorry, bus etc.
The RoadHawk units have been designed to operate in just about any vehicle. You can fit the DC-1 black box camera to your car in less than 5 minutes, no wiring involved.
How big is it?
Smaller than your video recorder’s remote control. It hides nicely behind a rear view mirror. In most cases you will not see it from your driving position. Dimensions 120 x 45 x 20mm
Will it work outside of the UK?
The DC-1 does not contain any map data so you can use it anywhere in the world.
The map data is pulled from Google Earth.
Can it be hard wired to my car?
Quite easily. The cable supplied with the DC-1 comes with a cigarette lighter plug which can be removed. The two wires can then be connected to 12v to 24v. A reputable vehicle electrical installer should be able to do this in less than half an hour. We also sell a hard-wiring kit for our DC-1 Dash Cameras.
How long will a 2/4/8/16/32 GB SDHC card last at each of the resolutions?
At high quality / 30 fps with audio on, a 5 minute file occupies about 62 MBytes, so a 2 GB card will last just over 2 hours = approx 1 GB per hour.
How much current does it consume when recording?
About 250 mA peak during boot-up, and about 160 mA continuous when recording. So a 12V/1.3 amp/hr sealed lead acid battery should run it for over 7 hours. Enough for a day’s outdoor activity with an 8GB card fitted.
Where is the microphone, and what will it pick up?
Built into the underside of the front of the unit, so it picks up sound reflected from the windscreen. It can record the driver’s voice, and it will pick up anyone talking to you through your window.
Audio can be disabled if required.
When the accelerometer/Emergency button triggers recording, how long does the recording last?
As long as it has been set for in the recording duration box in the config dialogue. Usually a setting of 10 seconds before and 10 seconds after is more than adequate.
In continuous recording mode, how long is the longest recorded file?
1 minute. The software allows you to select multiple files and play them back as one continuous sequence.
How often is the GPS position updated?
About once every 1.5 seconds.
Can I get another mount for my RoadHawk?
Yes, we can supply a suction cup mount for £14.95. We also have spare sticky mounts and power supply cables available now. So now you can move it from car to car if required.
What’s the Alarm for, and how does it work?
It’s the audible chime that tells you the accelerometer has triggered the recording of a new file. This interrupts normal recording and can lead to having lots of little files. If you are getting a lot of event triggers then you will need to adjust the sensitivity in the settings menu of the software.
How do I delete the files I no longer need?
With the card installed in a PC card reader, just delete them like any other file.
You can also copy the video files from the SD card and store them on your computer's hard disk.
I put a brand new card in, and it took ages to start up.
When it did, the settings were all wrong. What happened?
New cards need to have system software written to them before they can be used. This takes 15 seconds or so. The system software has default settings which may not be what you want. To update this, record at least one video file; remove the card and alter the configuration in a PC. Then when you replace the card in the RoadHawk, it will start up with your revised configuration.
How can I put a marker in a sequence of continuously-recorded files, so I can find the interesting bits easily?
Press the Emergency button on the rear of the Roadhawk dash camera. Three things will happen:
1. The file currently being recorded is immediately stopped.
2. An Emergency Event file is created containing video of the period before and after the button was pressed, and then…
3. Continuous recording resumes with a new file.
In this way, you can force a new file to be started when you want it. Handy if you don’t want the next few minutes of video to be interrupted by the break between files.
I want to swap files with a mate who also has a Roadhawk RH-1. What do I need to send?
You need to send the .ub1 files of the times/events you want to share. Because the files are each quite small, they can be attached to emails without problems.
The recipient will need to put them into a folder on their PC, taking care to modify the filenames if they conflict with any files already in that folder.
Tel: 01208 269 159
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