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A Note From Blake:
I have been using cameras since the early 2000’s on karts. In the last 10 years we have been using the latest cameras from GoPro, Garmin, Contour, Icon, etc. They work fine. All have their strengths and weaknesses. But let me tell you why the new Smarty Cam is the way to go. For three reasons. First and foremost the data overlay is amazing. You can see your exact lap times on the actual lap, if you have a brake senor or throttle it will light up when your on the peddle. It is the best tool I have for driver training. Now heres the next part. I have through accidents or broken mounts wrecked, 1 Garmin Virb, 1 Contour HD, GoPro 2, Gopro 3 Black, Gopro original in kart accidents. $250-$400 cameras in the garbage can. When I bought my Smarty Cam not going to lie, I was nervous having a $1000.00 camera on my kart. And sure enough it got ripped off the kart and destroyed the lens. I simply gave it to Aim support and they fixed the camera for under $50.00. It is nice to know you have the support that when a camera of this value breaks that you can get it repaired. This reason alone is why I will only use the Smarty Cam. Because trust me, the consumer action cameras are toys when compared to the Smarty Cam. Do you know how many sessions we have missed because a driver or mechanic forgot to turn the camera on. Never again will this happen. With auto start and stop it starts to record the moment the rpm hits a certain value. This feature is so nice.
SmartyCam HD has been designed for motorsports with a single purpose: providing great videos that include all the technical information that will help you improve your performance. All this in the most robust and reliable system ever.
In its new version, the electronics/mechanics have been further improved, and SmartyCam HD is now even easier to manage.
SmartyCam HD overlays all the data you need from different sources.
From GPS: track map and vehicle position, as well as speed, lap and split times.
From AiM loggers connected to your ECU: RPM, throttle, engaged gear, acceleration, temperatures, pressures and – in presence of additional sensors – also their values.
All these info will be overlayed on videos in each single point of the track.
SmartyCam HD uses the newest Race Studio 3, the powerful software which allows to configure all details of your videos and to get plenty of fun and information out of them.
You can configure your overlays in a virtually infinite variety of modes: add your logo and the track map, and choose your graphic objects from a list of pre-determined sets with same layout or even single objects from different sets. Your videos will be truly “yours” in all details, from the data to their graphic layouts.
The video of a whole session, once downloaded on your PC, can now be split – with a simple click – in individual videos of each lap: so that you can simultaneously watch two of them and check where you were faster or slower.
The same operation can be performed with any SmartyCam HD video recorded on the same track: you will be able to compare your best lap with your friends personal best!
You are on the starting grid, ready to sprint, your adrenaline reaching the climax: the last thing you can worry about is… switching on the camera. You have other things to worry about.
SmartyCam HD is aware of that.
That is why it switches on/off automatically and starts/stops recording the same way.
HD cameras competition is focused on the highest pixel number. The result is that their video files are far too large, taking too much memory.
SmartyCam HD videos have the same quality as other HD cameras but their files are smaller because the H264 compression system parameters have been optimized to a perfect balance between video quality and file size.
You can choose among three video file quality levels: one-hour recording takes 4GB (high quality), 2GB (normal) or 1,5GB (low).
Files are stored on SD cards: with current SD cards reaching 128GB capacity, you can record more than 30 hours of high-quality videos without changing the card.
Frail things have a bad time on track.
An on-board camera designed for motorsports must guarantee great resistance against the extreme working conditions typical of track racing and against the most adverse weather, such as: strong and prolonged vibrations, storms, continuous rain, and extreme high and low temperatures.
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