Below are some frame grabs of video recorded using the ATC2K.





Kurt Raihn's ATC2K site

This site was created to let others see the modifications I have done to my Oregon Scientific ATC2K waterproof action cam.

I use the ATC2K in two different modes.

1. Mounted on my wrist using the factory lens.
2. Mounted on my surfboard with a wide angle lens attached in front of the factory lens.

 

Wrist Mount
For wrist mounting I created a strap using the supplied velcro and attached it to an old shoulder support strap from a laptop carrying case. This gave the wrist mount more stability than just using the velcro. I also use an elastic elbow support between my wrist and the strap to prevent the strap from rubbing my wrist raw. See Picture 1 below.


Picture 1

Next, I attached a small piece of PVC to the side of the ATC2K using velcro and a zip-tie. Because the ATC2K does not have an LCD display, I needed to create some sort of sighting device to allow me to know if I was framing my subject. The tube works great. I just look through the tube and spot my subject and the subject is in frame. I also glued a small level to the back cover to ensure that the ATC2K is level during recording. See Picture 2 below.


Picture 2

When using the wrist mount I can easily duck-dive waves and take off without any interference from the camcorder. When recording, I just sit on my board, point and shoot.

To see some actual footage captured in this mode check out the video below.

 

Surfboard Mount
Next I outfitted my ATC2K with a wide angle lens (0.42) and attached it to my surfboard.
In order to maintain the original waterproof nature of the ATC2K I chose to simply attach an external lens to the unit. I first cut a PVC adapter that had external threads and an inside diameter equal to the ATC2K near the lens (I think it was a 1 inch PVC adapter). I the epoxied (using a 2 part epoxy) the PVC piece to the front of the ATC2K. I did have to increase the inner diameter of the PVC to allow it to fit snugly over the ATC2K. I just used a knife to shave back the inside until it fit.

Next I took a threaded PVC adapter that mates to the piece I just epoxied to the camcorder and epoxied my wide angle lens to it. I am still able to disassemble the lens so I can clean all the optics. Once the epoxied parts were cured the camcorder was ready. See Picture 3 below.


Picture 3

My criteria for mounting the ATC2K to my surfboard included the ability to change the camera position easily and provide a stable and strong support so the camcorder wouldn't shake or wobble during recording or fall off if I got worked by a wave. I decided to drill a hole in the deck of the board and epoxy a threaded plug into the hole. This would allow me to screw a piece of PVC into the plug and attach the ATC2K to the PVC using the supplied handlebar piece. See Picture 4 of plug in surfboard and Picture 5 of PVC post screwed into plug.


Picture 4


Picture 5

I then screwed the lens onto the ATC2K and attached the complete unit to the PVC post using the handlebar attachment. See Picture 6 below.


Picture 6

I then made some tests to determine the best elevation of the camcorder. I found with the lens I had and the distance to me while riding that an elevation of about 30 degrees worked best.

Check out some video below of the ATC2K with wide angle lens attached to a surfboard.

 

 

See more videos using my ATC2K at the following YouTube site.

Kurt Raihn YouTube

If you are thinking about coming to Costa Rica to surf check out the link below.

Tranquilo Costa Rica