By:  Allen
December 15, 2009 2:34 pm | Category: Gear Review, Skiing, WebiGNARs

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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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  1. Harvey44
    wrote on December 15th, 2009 at 3:36 pm  

    Can’t wait to see your work with a regular camera. Seems like you can do more storytelling with the regular cam. You guys* are good storytellers … this will be icing on the cake. Excitement ahead.

    (*gals too KC).

  2. billski
    wrote on December 15th, 2009 at 4:25 pm  

    Man, that vid was awesome. I can see the FIS calendar sequel now. How’s about a calendar with an embedded video. Post it on my wall and play a different video every month!

  3. powhounddd
    wrote on December 16th, 2009 at 11:50 am  

    Just wht I want to watch while stuck indoors with a cough and a workload!
    Here’s to the next wave of gifts from Ullr.

  4. AJ Kappe
    wrote on December 16th, 2009 at 10:01 pm  

    4:00+ Best trail on the mountain, I don’t think I’ve made it to the bottom without proclaiming “That was awesome” Get at it guys, Hope to see you on the mountain.

  5. BestofShow
    wrote on December 18th, 2009 at 8:15 pm  

    Hey Allen – I have the same setup and love it. Posted the vid from the TGR mini at Magic last spring. Quick tip. Pick up some of the hand warmers that have the sticky side to them. Slap one on the side of the POV with the batteries and the life is 30-50% longer. Can’t wait to see more.

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