I previously wrote about the two cameras, The Garmin VIRB and the GoPro Hero. I thought I might just upload a little side by side example of the differences.
So I recently got a VIRB camera. I had wanted for a helmet camera, but there are a few things up with that. One, is that this is a very heavy camera, and quite large. Mounting it to the side of the helmet makes it very noticeable in the lean due to the weight, I tried mounting it on top of the helmet, but finding an area on the helmet that stops the shake is hard. I have a Kask Mojito helmet, which has no flat areas at all. It does work, it is just quite wobbly.
The other issue I have, is that the camera over exposes quite a lot. When compared to the GoPro Hero I have mounted to the handlebars, its very noticable. I can live with that, just about. A Lot of it could be dealt with in Post Process, but there is not really a massive need. I only plan to use helmet cam when something happens, it will pretty much be throw away footage. It seems to be mostly when leaving shaded areas, and the GoPro can have issues with this too, it just seems to deal with it quicker. VIRB does overexpose consistently through the frame however.
In other ways, this is a good camera. I think I’ll be keeping it around, and find away to helmet mount it at some point.
I also got hold of a repair stand. This is a massive help when working on the bike, as having it elevated, and off the ground saves my back and makes drive chain adjustments so easy. No more tipping the bike over and working on it upside down. Probably one of the better purchases I’ve made recently..
Despite what Simon at VeloHeads says (I have no reason to doubt him, and he has been repairing bikes for god knows how long, as he likes to point out) however, I don’t like clamping the carbon seatpost, so I have to swap it out for an old aluminium one when I have it in the stand.
I’ve tried using Garmin VIRB Edit to produce an overlay on my video, to show the metrics.
Associated Ride: http://ridewithgps.com/trips/3916087
It works quite well, even if it does stretch out the editing process.
The flow is now:
- Join files if required (GoPro splits files at 1.8Gb)
- Load into VIRB, and place GPX information with the file, aligning it with an arbitrary point.
- Export file with overlay and load it into Premier Pro
- Heavy edits in Premiere Pro and AfterEffects.
Then export and do what ever needs done with the video 🙂
Simple really, a little longer work flow than I would of liked, but it works until a better solution can be found. Garmin VIRB is great considering it is a free piece of software. And I think I’m already paying enough for the right to use Adobe…