I got a Shimano Sports Cam for Christmas, something I’ve been thinking about getting for a while. While the GoPro is the go to cam for many, it doesn’t sit that well on a road bike, certainly not on a helmet – you just end up looking like a Teletubby. However, I’ll go into the mounting option I used for this video another time.
Shimano haven’t yet released any software to edit the clips from their cam. This wouldn’t be an issue as I would just use Premiere Pro but that can’t overlay the data that the CM-1000 can record via its ant+ connection to my heart rate monitor (HRM) and speed/cadence sensor.
You can find a number of software programs that will overlay data, most run on a freemium basis. Garmin supply free software without any restrictions and appears to be usable with any video, from any cam, so long as it fits the video type. This is the only issue I had.
The videos will need to be converted to .mp4 from MOV, which the Shimano spits out. There are many programs that will do this for you. I used Handbrake on the Mac. This does add to the amount of time it takes to get to the final video. One other note, Virb software runs at 29.97 fps, so make sure you select this when converting to mp4, otherwise your data overlay may go out of time.
Aligning video with data
Once you have the mp4 it is simply a case of importing it (file>import – import other) and then the .fit file into the Virb software. If you are selecting the entire video with a corresponding gps file, you don’t have to think much, the software lines everything up. However, it is more likely you will select a specific part of a ride and so need to align the video with the gps data.
There are two ways in the Virb software to align, either manually or use the Activity Start time. I found the manual way easier.
You’ll need to select the GPS Sync button and then drag the film to a specific place that is recognisable from the map, like a sharp corner, junction or roundabout. Move the GPS marker until you are happy then play the film and see if the marker and film align at different places. Took me a couple of minutes, that was all.
There are a number of templates you can use for different activities. Select the Cycling templates then simply click on the template you want. You can delete any of the elements, which is useful if you don’t have a power metre but the template has an overlay for that.
You can also make your own templates by selecting gauges or graphs and dragging in individual elements. When you are finished you can save that set-up as a custom template.
So that is basically it. It’s the first time I’ve used to software and cam so I may have missed lots of tricks. If you have any tips and tricks let me know in the comments. I’d love to know more about this.
I’ll try to cover custom templates and logos in another post.