At nearly $1000 and only 1080p I’m gonna have to pass. I either have time to only quickly review data or a longer break to watch video. I don’t see the need to review both at the same time with a 1:1 overlay.
My Mychrons barely makes it thru a weekend without a glitch so I’m not so sold that this will be any less reliant.
I think that’s the main draw. From what I hear it’s very reliable and it seems they design it with the set it once and forget it philosophy. You can have it start filming anytime the kart reaches a speed threshold, for example.
Higher res is much harder on power consumption and heat generation. I’d say that drove the decision for 1080p. With how much the higher res cameras either run out of battery or overheat, having that kind of a situation would not really fly for your data logger.
I finally got around to finding a better solution for making videos out of clips. I had been making the clips, loading them into a program like hitfilm to put them together. This re-encodes the footage yet again and makes it look awful.
So I bought a program that allows you to combine them without re-encoding. The video I just posted of all the passes was made with it. Much better result.
The next thing I’d like is to be able to put title page in that doesn’t involve encoding. Gotta be a way to do that.
I have the Smarty 3 Sport and it has its pros and cons.
Pros are that it really is a set and forget. It fires up when the dash starts up and auto records/stops. File sizes are small so it’s not super critical to always wipe the SD card. Data overlay is already built into the video files so you don’t have to use RS3 to have the data.
Cons are the image quality does leave a lot to be desired. It’s good for data usage mostly, not so much for posting online. Using a circular polarizer does help a bit with it. But no where near the quality of GoPro or DJI. It also doesn’t have any form of stabilization. Using a ram mount with a rubber isolator works better than an Odenthal mount. It does cost a lot more than a GoPro. Some of the cost is justified in the sense of it works and seems to be durable. But it is a hard pill to swallow.
I honestly cant either. The image quality is too low for YouTube. You can do dashes with dashrender or racerender. It’s too expensive.
But, as a coaching tool, it’s fabulous. You don’t need high def for playback on the laptop in the trailer. What we want is the integration with race studio to be able to show video of the stuff in data. The convenience factor is great, overall.
I justified it for the simple reason that it works. I’ve had multiple GoPros (Session 5, Hero 8 Black, Hero 10 Black, etc) freeze at different parts of sessions and lose all footage from that point on. I have yet to have a single problem with the Smarty *knock on wood. It’s not designed for Youtube vlogs or artistic videos. It’s designed as a coaching tool. And it does that really well. You set it on the kart and you don’t have to mess with it (other than to pull the SD card or to change track maps). File sizes are small and include the overlay directly on the video file, so you don’t have to plug it into RS3 to merge the data and video. If you do import the file into RS3, you can look at data and video at the exact points where you had a bobble. Instead of trying to figure out what lap is what when looking at video on a GoPro. It has a high convenience fee. But it’s worth if if you want to use it as a tool, not for YouTube views.