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Race Replay Capture (camera) Options

Post by PWD_addict » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:19 am

I suspect Randy can answer this best. We did our Pinewood Derby this past weekend and used RaceReplay for the first time. It was awesome--thank you very much.

However, we used a USB webcam and the pic wasn't great. I have a firewire connection on my computer but couldn't locate a videocam with firewire before our races. I've seen a Unibrain webcam (about $100) that is Firewire capable. Would that be a good option or should I find a dv recorder that has Firewire connection? Are there any that are relatively inexpensive (under $200)?

I'll be running the District races in April. This would be for that and for future Pack derbies.

Thank you,
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Re: Race Replay Capture (camera) Options

Post by gpraceman » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:52 am

FireWire video cameras do seem harder to come by these days. You might want to check out some of the newer webcams that boast 1.3 megapixels or higher.

Some of the new video cameras have a HDMI connection. I haven't yet had a chance to test one of these cameras to see if they would be compatible with the software.


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Post by msurebel » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:18 pm

Has anyone tried to use more than one camera with Replay? It would be great if you had a camera pointing down the track and one at the finish line and somehow project both images on seperate screens.

Maybe run two computers and monitors?



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Post by gpraceman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:26 pm

RaceReplay will only interface with one camera at a time, unless you have some hardware that can switch between different video sources.


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Post by gpraceman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:46 pm

An update on using an HDMI connection. I tried a couple of video cameras, but the HDMI connection does not provide a live video feed. It seems like there are some cameras out there that do provide a live video feed, I just have not got my hands on one yet to see if the software will be able to interface with it.


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Post by msurebel » Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:18 pm

Randy,

I've been looking at some of the new web cams and educating myself since the latest technology. Because of use with certain chat rooms and to minimize the demand on the cpu, some HD cams have encoding built into them in the H.264 format. Will replay allow you to utilize this format, or will it still save it to an AVI file.

Has anyone tried one of these type webcams?



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Post by gpraceman » Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:48 pm

H.264/MPEG-4 is a standard for video compression. If you have a codec installed on your computer that can do that video compression, you can use that with RaceReplay. Which codec to use can be specified in the Advanced Device setup. Video is still saved to an AVI file, but will use the specified compression filter.

If you do not already have MPEG-4 codecs installed on your computer, you can try installing them from this file:
http://grandprix-software-central.com/d ... 4_pack.exe

The specific one that I recommend is the Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2.


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