Don't be alarmed, you're not seeing things. Yes, we are re-running the same post. We decided to do so, because we were looking for additional feedback from you on what you currently use to create your Porsche videos. We were able to speak with the makers of a few different in-car video systems today and they all agreed to forward samples of their products for us to review. The systems should start arriving next week and we'll start posting reviews immediately.
While we're waiting, please read through the post below and let us know what you're using in your Porsche. As a reminder, if you haven't yet voted, don't forget about our current poll regarding the type of Porsche(s) you own. We'll close out the poll at the end of the week, tally the results and focus our content appropriately.
Friday's post will feature another reader's ride. In this instance the owner of a 1977 911S is looking to do some restoration and modifications and would love some input on the best bang for the buck. Next week look for a review on Kevin Gosselin's Hunt for 901 (the first work of fiction centered completely around a Porsche) and a two or three part series on Porsche etiquette/greetings.
Recently we posted about Reaching Driving Nirvana in Your Porsche. The idea was conceptualized by a friend in our ever growing Porsche network on facebook. The notion was simple, anytime in the month of August take your Porsche out for a ride on your favorite road and document the experience in order to share it with others. A lot of people participated and there are some great Porsche stories, pictures and videos as a result. Hats off to Dede for the coming up with the idea, promoting it and making it such a success amongst a diverse group of virtual friends.
As a participant in this event our eyes were opened to a great new activity (and part of the reason for today’s post) that can be enjoyed along with driving the Porsche(s); video-taping the rides, editing the footage and creating short clips of our driving experiences. Below is our FIRST attempt at creating a video:
We learned two things while making this video:
- We don’t have the proper camera equipment or software to do things correctly.
- The people that do this and do it well have a very special skill and they should be commended.
Digital Video Equipment for Motorsports
We made the little video above using an older, hand-held, Sony Cyber-shot (the model is a DSC-T1) and the standard video editing software (Windows Movie Maker) that comes with Vista. We know there must be better equipment and software specifically for automotive applications and we’d like to try some out and report back to you. So, if you have any experience, please do let us know.
Some people tape their experiences at driver’s education events, races or just for fun. Are you one of them? If so, what equipment are you using? What type of camera? How is it mounted? What are you using for software to edit?
Based on the research we've done so far, the GoPro Motorsports HERO 3 Quick Release 3MP Camcorder seems like the best bang for the buck, but we have yet to use one. Have you?
We're hoping that of the 12,000 or so people that see this post, during the month of September at least a few of you will have some video experience. Please let us know by commenting below or using the contact page.