Creating datalogging videos with HD action camera and SOLO 2
This post is a set of instructions for getting the data off the SOLO 2, analysing it, and creating a video with data overlay of speed, G-force, laptime and delta.
What you need:
- The awesome Aim Solo 2 GPS Racing Lap Timer
- A securely mounted (GoPro / Action Camera Billet mount) action camera
- A Windows Laptop with Race Studio 3 And Dashware Installed
The SOLO 2 has built-in direct WiFi so no cables or routers are required.
Get the data:
- Turn on the SOLO 2
- Launch Race Studio 3
- Press the WiFi button in the top right of the software (hover over buttons to get tooltips)
- Select the SOLO 2 from the list of WiFi connections
- After 15s the SOLO 2 will appear in the Connected devices list.
- Click on the SOLO 2 in the connected devices list and the right hand pane will populate with a list of the available downloads on the download tab.
- Use the checkboxes to select the race you are interested in and download the data from the SOLO 2 to the laptop.
- Press the Analysis button (top left) and RS2Analysis will launch and load the data you have downloaded.
- Click Map->New
- Select 4 Wheels
- Set the filename as the name of the track (eg Castle Combe)
- Press Ok
- Click View->Split times
You can now see all the split time data, best rolling and best theoretical lap times. If there are cooling down / warm-up laps you wish to discard then you can do so in the lap manager tab.
Export Data for overlay:
- File->Data Export
- Select Csv
- Select All channels and All Laptimes
- Note the location of the csv file
- Click Save and Exit
Sync data and video:
- Open Dashware
- File->New Project
- Select HD Racing template
- Drag and drop your video file
- On the project Tab press (+) add data files and select the csv exported in the last step
- Click on the synchronisation tab
- Use the slider and the arrows to position the data to the start of lap 2
- On the left hand pane use the slider to position the video to the start of lap 2
- Tick the synchronise checkbox at the bottom left of the synchronisation tab
Create the video:
- Use the little triangles to set the start and end points of the video
- Drag and drop gauges on the video to reposition them - you may wish to delete the dashware logo.
- To Add titles and credits select Project-> Edit Start Title
- Click File->Create Video
Rendering typically takes the same time as the video length. The end result will be something like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSBbgDmV7o&feature=youtu.be
Upload it to YouTube and send us a Link - we'd love to see how you get on!