My BMW R1150 GSAA at Deals' Gap

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Sunday
Oct252009

Example POV.1 Video: Deal's Gap ride

I've been posting about the POV.1 camera on my R1150GS Adventure, but haven't provided any examples of video shot while riding. What better ride to capture on video than the infamous Deal's Gap (US 129) on the NC/TN border (also know as the Tail of the Dragon). If you're reading this blog, you are sure to already know about its 318 turns in 11 miles. On a quiet weekday it can be a lot of fun. On a busy weekend, there are better (safer!) roads to ride.

I had the opportunity to ride it from East to West on a somewhat quiet Monday afternoon early in October. You can see from the video that there was still a bit of traffic to content with. The POV.1 was set to record 720p at 30 frames per second (the best it will do). Enjoy!

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Sunday
Aug232009

V.I.O. POV.1 Camera - More recording time!

OK, so either I'm stupid, mistaken or both. I thought v1.2 firmware for the POV.1 video system was ALREADY supposed to support 4GB and 8GB SD Cards for extended recording times. Experience this summer shows that my SanDisk 8GB card didn't allow any more time than my 4GB card (about 76 minutes +/-). Now, mind you, that's recording at the highest resolutions and at 30 frames-per-second, but one would think double capacity would mean double recording time.

I finally spent a little time out at the V.I.O. website this morning and found that there's a v1.3 firmware that claims compatibility with these cards. I don't know how long that firmware has been available, but fifteen minutes later, I had it loaded on the POV.1 and was testing.

Wow! What an improvement!

An old 2GB card now shows 85 minutes of recording time (better than what I thought I was getting with the 4GB card I'd been using!)

The 4GB card now shows 166 minutes and my 8GB card, a lofty 334 minutes! Running in 5-minute Loop mode, I don't think I'm going to need more than just the 8GB card for a week-long trip!

V.I.O. also has a new Exposure Control Firmware release. It costs $10, but looks like it might be worth it. I'm considering it and will post here when I do.

Saturday
Aug222009

V.I.O POV.1 Camera - Change in "Mounting" Plans

If you've read my older postings on the V.I.O. POV.1 Camera, you'll see where I purchased their specialty Mount Kit and used what I called their universal mounting bracket to bolt the camera to a RAM adapter. I've shot a bit of video with this and don't really have anything to complain about - at higher engine speeds. At low RPM, the engine vibration causes to plastic of the mount to oscillate and the camera wobbles from side to side until the engine's rev'd up to over 3K.

While It the MOA Rally in Gray, TN last month, I spent some time at the booth belonging to the the guys at Adventure Designs. I happened to notice their demo bike had the POV.1 camera mounted on it using the original mount plate and hard(er) plastic camera holder. I mentioned the problem I was having and they suggested I give the original a try.

Today was a good garage day since rain was heading in, so I bolted up the original mounting plate to a RAM adapter and clipped the camera in place. The first thing I noticed is that the camera barrel wasn't held tight enough in the holder to avoid rotation. This became a head scratcher until I noticed that the plastic was molded in such a way that it looked like the camera could be secured using a pair of zip ties. Besides making sure the camera wouldn't work its way out of the mount while going down the road, it looked like the "pressure" of the tightened zip tie would also compress the plastic mounting clip just enough to keep the camera from rotating in the mount. I was right!

Here's the new mount assembled on the bike. Note the two black zip ties keeping the camera in place! Since I used a RAM adapter with the camera mounting stud, all I had to do was spin the camera mounting plate onto the threaded stud and then use a single not and bolt to eliminate the mount from loosening on the RAM adapter.

The retired mount from the "Mounting Kit" might need a new home.

When the sun comes back out, I'll have to get out and shoot some video to see how the stability of this mount has (hopefully) improved.

Saturday
Mar282009

Newest farkle project - Onboard video recording with a V.I.O. POV.1

One of my Christmas presents was this sweet POV.1 video recording system from the folks at V.I.O.

Full disclosure: I selfishly purchased this for myself from my Ebay sales windfalls. What can I say? Adding farkle is addictive and I hadn't done anything with video - yet.

Everything you think you'll need comes in this nice soft case, allowing quick deployment. The POV.1 is intended for mobile and personal use (skiing, biking, skateboarding, etc.). I intend to semi-permanently mount it on the GS.

Video files are recorded to an SD Card which can be removed from the recording unit to allow the files to be copied to your computer - or you can use the included USB cable to transfer them. I'm not sure I'll be dragging a laptop to the garage to transfer the files, but it's at least an option.

The three main components of the POV.1 include:

  • The weather-proof, rugged video recording unit with built-in LCD display and speaker
  • The wireless remote control used to start and stop recording
  • The metal encased video camera with lens cap

AA batteries and a small 1GB SD Card were included in the kit from V.I.O. I purchased mine through Adventure Designs when they were running a special that included free shipping and a 4GB SD Card.

Some initial observations:

AA battery power wasn't going to cut it when installed on the GS. Being able to power it from the bike would be necessary.

The camera mount included in the kit is probably good for some applications, but didn't seem like it would hold up to the pounding it might have to take on the GS.

The good news: Both of these issues were apparently well understood by the engineers at V.I.O. because I learned in January that a DC Power Adapter and better mounting kit were in the works. I immediately warmed up the credit card and placed my order for one of each.