There have been a few questions lately as to which POV camera I am using I wanted to clear those up and provide a little feedback. I am currently using the Viosport POV1 Wide Angle. More info about the camera can be found here.
The Viosport is not the perfect camera. I have had quality and exposure issues with it and it is quite expensive. One of the greatest draws for me though is the toughness of the lens and imager, as well as the low profile the camera takes up on the helmet. This might not seem like a big deal but I’m sure if I used the Go Pro I would have cleaned it off my helmet with a branch long ago. The viosport is very easy to use and its nice that it runs off of 4 AA’s, so its easy to deal with batteries. Unfortunately the remote can’t be trusted so recording needs to be turned on using the main unit. I will generally record whole runs then cut out most of it, the only downside to this is wasting batteries. The main unit is gernarally very solid and durable however there are some small parts such as the memory card cover that routinely break.
I do all of my editing on my Macbook Pro in a quicktime format using Final Cut Pro. I compress the files for internet viewing using Quicktime Pro and finally I use Vimeo to host the videos online. I still have a lot to learn about video formats and compression, its a complex world.
For better or worse I have been using the Viosport POV for over a year now and it has treated me well.
Here is the highlight reel from last season:
As Christmas approaches I see a HD camcorder in my future so I can get some higher quality footage from different angles and take FIS video beyond POV.
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