Video footage from car
I use the following equipment for the production of my RLV's:
Camera:Canon HFS200 – normal video camera with HD
Mount:Fat Gecko Camera Mount
Software:Aunsoft Final Mate(video converter), Sony Vegas Studio, Garmin GPS software, GPS-Track-Analyse.NET, PGMF convert(freeware), RLVStudio(freeware), Deshaker3.0 for VirtualDub(freeware)
First, the camera is mounted either on a roof carrier or to the inside of the windshield.
I have made a special bracket for roof bars but prefer mounting on the inside of the windshield. It has more advantages than disadvantages, I think. One of the drawbacks is reflections from the windshield and instrument panel. These I have almost eliminated by using a piece of black insulation - the kind used for tube insulation. This is placed around the camera bottom and holds and fastened with strips. When the camera is placed on the windshield I can see the camera angle, recording time and remaining time on battery.
I use the following settings on the camera and GPS
Video format: 1920 x 1080 50i HQ
GPS is set to log with 1 or 2 sec. interval
Start recording on the GPS(make sure there is a good signal on it) and the camera - wait approx. 30 sec, then starts to run as fast as I would do, if I were on a bicycle.
Let the camera and GPS record all the time even if you must stop for red lights or other obstacles. These places can be cut out during editing - turn off the camera or GPS on the way it's easiest to start from scratch again.
After the route is the time to evaluate the recordings. I am thinking most of the camera angle and possible reflections which interfere with the end result. I have always had lots of jitter on the recordings - but that can partially be removed later.
Processing of video: If you use my method below you need a lot of HD space(at least 2TB) First I convert Canon .MTS video format to either 1400 * 720 or 1600 * 640. For this I use the excellent Aunsoft Final Mate conversion program(the guys at Aunsoft have a fantastic support also ) - conversion is stored as raw video. I have tried other programs, but they have either been too cumbersome to use or the results have been poorly. Then remove the jitter in the video with the deshaker program and store the deshaked video file(again as raw video). More info on how to use the deshaker here: http://www.guthspot.se/video/deshaker.htm
Load the GPS file into your favorite GPS editor program( I use GPS-Track-Analyse.NET). Find the start(you need to find that exact point on the video later) and end point on your route, cut and remove those sections. If needed correct any errors and possible smooth the route - save the GPS track with a new name. Load the new GPS file into RLVStudio and “Create Files” . I use the name: DK_something for the RLV’s recorded around where I live. RLVStudio generates 3 files: DK_xxxx.pgmf DK_xxxx.rlv and the DK_xxxx_ cut.txt file. The cutlist contains all info for cutting the video.
Another(newer and with more options) tool for making RLV's is "RLV-Workbench" made by Klaudiusz from http://rlv-stormarn.de/.
Edit and personalize the video in your favorite video editing program: cut out all sections as listed in the cutlist, join the rest and render a new movie. I save the file as lossless and then convert it with Aunsoft Final Mate with xvid 7500kbps codex.
Copy the files to your Fortius or TTS software and test it :)
It will often be necessary to adapt the .pgmf file to the route profile – you will know that when testing the rute on the trainer. On the TTSoftware you can use the route simulator - this avoids cycling the route many times.
If you will start to produce RLV so I am pleased to provide help and guidance if needed.