Overview of video support when using a 3rd party video recorder
The following is a block diagram of a typical set up configured to use 3rd party video:
Almost any 3rd party video recorder can be used with Race Technology’s software. To use video from a 3rd party device the video first needs to be converted to a video format that the rest of the software “understands”. This is the “VD4” format and is an enhanced version of MPEG2 as used on DVDs. The program that is used to convert the video from the source format to VD4 format is “media to VD4 convertor”.
Once the source video has been converted to VD4 format then to the rest of the software it looks just like VIDEO4 files, however there is no synchronisation information in the run file so this still has to be handled separately.
The video file can be used one of the following ways:
View the video on the PC
To simply view the video on a PC then you can use the “Video playback” software. More information on this is available here.
Generate a video only DVD
To generate a DVD without any graphics overlay the video file can be loaded into the DVD burn program. More information on this is available here.
Using the video with data for race analysis
The use the video for analysis along side race data (data-by-video analysis) the run file from the data logger and the video file can both be loaded into the analysis software. Information on how to do this is here.
Generate a video file with full graphical overlay, and optional YouTube upload
To generate a video with a graphics overlay (and optionally automatically upload the result to YouTube) firstly load the data and the video file into the analysis software as described above, and then export a video. Information on how to do this is included here. Note that the graphics overlay is designed in the VIDEO overlay configuration program; Information on how to do this is included here.
Generate a DVD of the video with full graphical overlay
To generate a DVD of video with a graphical overlay, the video file with graphics overlay is first generated using the method described above, and then this file can be loaded into the “DVD burn” program to generate a video. Information on how to do this is included here.