Garmin VIRB Elite Camera/GPS

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Emmbeedee, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Emmbeedee

    Emmbeedee Procrastinators

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  2. Mastery

    Mastery Mr. Funny Man

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    Curious whether you actually had the chance and tried this out to see if it works as advertised yet. Looking for this feature on my next cam so I can just let it run all the time, and only save the last few minutes when something interesting happens. Thanks.

    ETA: I also see that Drift came out with their newest version, the Ghost S as shown here: http://driftinnovation.com/drift-ghost-s/ Going to be tough finally deciding on which to get.
  3. Emmbeedee

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    I thought I had tested that feature. I'll give it a try tomorrow.
  4. DRTBYK

    DRTBYK All Things GPS

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    Tough choices between the Drift Ghost S and the VIRB Elite. It would have been a no-brainer for me if the VIRB had a rotating Lens. :hmmmmm :scratch
  5. Emmbeedee

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    I've found that the only place I get consistently good videos and pictures is on top of my helmet. I know it looks weird but it's a price I'm willing to pay, having seen lots of videos ruined by vibration. The VIRB has less drag than the GoPro, on the helmet, so I'm happy.

    One thing you can do with the Garmin VIRB base is rotate the camera sideways, so I see myself using this to get video and/or pictures of scenery off to the side of the road I happen to be following.

    All my GoPros are gone now. We lost one last summer off the back of the bike, and sold two in the last day.

    I don't miss them much. :)



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  6. clint64

    clint64 Been here awhile

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    I feel the same way.
  7. USAIR

    USAIR picking and riding

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    Have you tried it on a ram mount?
    Or even clipped to the hand guards?

    I used one of these very cheep much better ones out there now.
    It made the trip on my Wee Strom from KY to Ak with this clamp no problems.

    [​IMG]

    I would put on mirrors plastic engine bars and skid plates.
    Used it on this camera worked pretty good.
    Hoping for better out of the Virb.

    [​IMG]

    Fred
  8. Emmbeedee

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    I haven't tried the VIRB yet on a RAM mount but I had my GP2 on a variety of different mounts all over the bikes, and was never very happy with the results. I could clip out a bit of decent video from a day's recordings, but often what I really wanted was unusable.

    [​IMG]

    Here's an example where the video wasn't too bad. GP2 mounted on F800GS engine guards.

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/T0ZTQgTZGAE?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    And another where I was reasonably happy with the results from the GP2:

    <iframe width="640" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/jB_5-fnF5nM?rel=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    But I have hours of video I would never upload since it's too wobbly or otherwise unacceptable.
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    I think both looked good to me ...you wouldn't want to see a whole film of that but used here and there in a film would be cool.
    Liked the way you framed the BMW symbol in there too.

    Fred
  10. Emmbeedee

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    Okay, I tried out both the 5 minute and 10 minute loop feature and on the 5 minute one I only went for about 7 minutes then stopped the recording to save the previous 5, and it saved 5 files of 1 minute each and one more of about 20 seconds.

    On the 10 minute setting I went for about 1/2 an hour and it recorded 5 files of about 2 minutes each, comprised of the previous 10 minutes before I turned the video recording switch off. None of the video from before that 10 minute period was saved, which is to be expected.

    So it does seem to work.
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    That was a total fluke. But I'll take credit for it anyway. :lol3
  12. Emmbeedee

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    Nice of Garmin to add "Remote" capability to the ancient Oregon 550 so it can be used with the VIRB.
  13. Hellfish

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    Can you mix and match the dashboards? In other words, can you choose altitude, speed and temperature for motorcycle rides then use cadence, heart rate and speed while mountain biking? Being able to make custom dashboard profiles would be great but it seems like they are preset.
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    Not really sure what you're asking here. Are you saying one movie with different activity types in the same movie?

    Each video you work on in VIRB Edit has only one Dashboard style. The video can be a composite of multiple videos but it still only has one possible Dashboard. There are ways around this, of course: make multiple movies with appropriate Dashboards, export them, then create another movie by combining them in some other program.
  15. THRASHED

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    So my Virb Elite showed up yesterday. I got home late, installed the memory card and the battery and plugged it in. The charge light showed Green so I turned it on. I saw that it was a setup screen and just turned it off because I was tired. This morning I picked up the camera and turned it on. I get the Garmin logo on the screen, then it just starts this long "beep" tone. It will not stop until I pull the battery. I thought, even though the light is green, that it may have been a low battery but when I plug it into my USB to charge it, the camera turns on and starts beeping.

    I will call Garmin first thing when they open but I thought I'd try here on the off chance that you are awake and are obsessive about reading this thread.
  16. Emmbeedee

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    Maybe you should try the factory reset procedure?

    To perform a master reset:

    Ensure the device is powered off
    Press and hold Down
    Press and immediately release Power
    Wait for the message "Erase all user data?"
    Release Down
    Select Yes
    The device should now be reset to default factory settings, all user data should be removed, and the device should function as expected.
  17. THRASHED

    THRASHED Moving on Up

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    Thanks for the info, but it doesn't work. I hold down, press and release power and the Garmin logo comes on the screen but nothing else. When I release the down button the beep starts. Also, as it is starting up the green light will flash Orange for a split second. Here's what I was about to post:

    UPDATE:
    Just got off the phone with Garmin. They've never heard of this issue...go figure. They are sending me a shipping label for an exchange. What really sucks is I spend $30 for next-day shipping to get it yesterday in time for this weekend when my kids will be riding dirt bikes for the first time. I have two other possibilities: One, if it is the battery I can use the one from my Montana (I can live without it this weekend) and Two, maybe Bass Pro Shops got some in stock and I can stop by on the way out of town and swap it out.

    I did manage to get it plugged in, while holding down the MODE key and it's not beeping. My thought is that it's possible (though not probable) that the battery is completely dead. I will let it charge for a while even though the charge light is green and see what happens.

    I'm not sure the guy at Garmin really understood how disappointed I am with this situation.
  18. Emmbeedee

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    That would be the next thing to try - your Montana battery.

    I can understand how disappointed you are.
  19. Hellfish

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    I would just like to know if the dashboards are customizable. It looks like you choose from several preset ones when it comes to the info displayed. For example, I might want to display oddball information like temperature and cadence on the same dashboard.

    Thanks
  20. Emmbeedee

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    It doesn't look like you can change what information goes into whatever field is in the Dashboards at the moment. You can change the colours, but that's about it. I would imagine Garmin's going to be making more changes to VIRB Edit in the future. It's fairly basic right now.

    I wouldn't even mind buying a "Plus" version of VE with more capabilities, if that became available.