Drift Ghost-S has a 20 minute recording bug (still)

In the first part of this year Innovation released a firmware update for their newest (and my chosen action cam) Drift Ghost-S. One of the listed bug fixes was to resolve an issue with recording stopping after 20 minutes.

Last week I lent the camera to a friend to record his laps at Big Dog, a mountain bike race held in Brighton. he said there was confusion due to the camera routinely beeping around the 45 minute course – he thought it had stopped recording.

I’ve noticed this once or twice but when I’ve got home found I have all the footage but it is a number of files. I had thought this was because my glove may have been bumping the remote wristwatch stopping and starting it but on further investigation I have found this is not the case.

There is still a bug in the Drift Ghost-S, and possibly throughout the range which relates to the formatting of the memory card as Fat32. The file system can only create a file with a maximum size of 4GB. This was one of the main reasons for Microsoft developing NTFS which gave more control.

It would seem this is not a problem which can ever be resolved by the team at Drift Innovation, I’m currently waiting for some response from their technical team regarding the problem. However, part of the fix is to ensure that sufficient buffering is done so that when the file reaches the limit point recorded stops/starts and yes this means another file, but you should not lose any recorded events.

Suzuki GSX-R600 2014 Review

The 2014 Suzuki GSXR600 courtesy of Laguna Motorcycles

Today was another dream day. Back in the late 90s Suzuki released a ground breaking machine. The GSX-R600 had a revolutionary look. The bike which was given the nickname the SRAD (from its innovative Suzuki Ram Air Direct system) was a huge success with it’s radical styling and aggressive nature.It was my dream machine.

Thanks to Mark and the team at Laguna Motorcylces in Maidstone, Kent I got to test ride the latest 2014 model.

I’ve been on the look for my next ride for a few months now. Last month I took a day out to give the latest incarnation of the Triumph Daytona 675 a run and left the saddle somewhat bemused. The Daytona is an interesting bike. It’s got a jet engine inside it, plenty of torque but it’s just not for me. It’s really stiff all over, the rear-sets are severely high and the ergonomics are curious. The Triumph Daytona 675 has been designed for the track pure and simple. The fact they’ve created the R version just to upgrade the shock sets is completely pointless.

In contrast, the Suzuki GSX-R600 is a bike that has been designed and redesigned over and over to the point of what I am going to risk saying, perfection. Suzuki have acknowledged that people buy bikes for the road. The ratio of road to race circuits throughout the world is heavily swayed in the favour of roads – that’s what a bike needs to be good on.

Where I found the seating position on the Daytona to be a battle, the GSX-R600 instantly felt comfortable. Riding position meant that it felt as if the usual pressure you expect from a superbike – on the wrists – was instead being channelled through my hips, I don’t know how it just was and that meant flexible elbows, and no pressure being put through the bars.

After a casual run from Maidstone to Tonbridge I made the wise decision to go meet up with my old man and get him to put me, and the GSX-R600 through its paces on some more technical and, knowing my dad, goat-tracks.

Unfortunately, I completely forgot to put a microphone into my backpack as such the video doesn’t include a good commentary or engine notes, but it’s still worth a look to see how smooth the ride is.

What Suzuki have done with the latest incarnation of the GSX-R600 is re-imagine that stylish superbike of the 90s. The back that everyone loved has long been forgotten and yes, perhaps that rounded dolphin nose was looking a little untidy but that can all be forgiven.

The Gixxer ass looks killer with the indicators now brought up into a single rear unit under the seat like a flared cobra. Even with the European law on rear hangers it doesn’t look bent out of shape, in-fact I probably wouldn’t bother with a tail tidy.

The front also has some smartening up with the indicators built into the mirrors and a subtle amendment to the nose cone that continues to move it further away from the mantis face of the YZF-R6.

The ride was very comfortable. After an hour of mixed country lane and street riding with a smidgen of dual carriageway I didn’t feel tired, uncomfortable or like my wrists were about to be torn off.

Nothing on the ride got out of hand, power is readily available everywhere and stopping power appeared responsive – despite the fact that the GSXR still doesn’t have ABS on any model.

British Superbikes Round 1, 2014

All little boys like big noises and fast rubber
All little boys like big noises and fast rubber

A horrific day of extreme downpours meant that the Sunday qualifying for the first round of the 2014 British Superbike season was left with a somewhat miserable grid at Brands Hatch. Luckily for us, the sun broke through on Monday morning as we took a ride from Brighton to Kent for race day. Continue reading British Superbikes Round 1, 2014

More lessons with the Drift Ghost-S

Today I went out on a bloody amazing ride with the Kent Advanced Motorcycle Group (KAMG). It’s the first time I’ve been out with them since i was doing my advanced rider training with them back in 2012.

I went out today with some updated settings on the Drift Ghost S. I wanted to sort out two things. Firstly, shooting at 24fps to see whether it made it smoother viewing but still at 1080p for best quality. The second thing I changed was the FOV, or field of view setting to 90 degrees.

This as it turns out is a huge huge mistake. Continue reading More lessons with the Drift Ghost-S

Emotional Slow Tea

Another experiment with the Drift Ghost S, this time I have shot at 720p at 120fps. A new project was created in Final Cut Pro X (which I am starting to like even though the controls look and feel like they lac control) at 30fps. I’ve then slowed the clip down to 25% and done a bit of colour grading.

Exported out and then transcoded with Media Encoder using the Youtube 720p 25fps default setting.

Music by Talk Less Say More.

Drift Ghost-S and Final Cut Pro X

Sunburnt. This is an image capture from the Drift Ghost-S
Sunburnt. This is an image capture from the Drift Ghost-S

The second video from our trip to Avoriaz and learning about shooting with the Drift Ghost S and editing with NLE’s.

The main thing that has become apparent from this latter footage is rolling shutter and exposure issues. I think I’ve figured out how to combat this in these situations, it is just a shame that we didn’t have a computer to playback footage whilst we were away to learn from what we shot each day and know what makes good footage and what settings to use. Continue reading Drift Ghost-S and Final Cut Pro X

Drift Ghost-S and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

It's a bit flat around the village of Avoriaz
It’s a bit flat around the village of Avoriaz

This weekend I spent some time learning how to produce video with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. In particular, developing a good workflow, basic structure of a film project and how to work with footage taken off the Drift Ghost S which I but just a few days prior to a trip snowboarding in Avoriaz last month. Here’s what I’ve learnt. Continue reading Drift Ghost-S and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

Lo-fi camera pole with Gorillapod

Second test video with the Drift Ghost-S. I wanted to experiment with a few things after giving the helmet mount a bash.

I wanted to see how it handles auto ISO when you’re in hard sunlight and today is certainly the day for it. It’s pretty good in fairness. You’ll see there is obvious shadowing in the foreground when the sun is directly behind me and in line of sight of the lens. When I move the pole up, the overall exposure of the shot is more balanced.

The second is experimenting with using a Gorilla Pod as a pole. This was just an idea I had after seeing the XSories Big Deluxe Tripod which is essentially a padded Gorilla Pod.

My Gorilla Pod is just short of 200mm, just 80 shy of the Xsories, but it’s clear for ergonomics (i.e. not having to have your arm up too high) that 80mm makes a difference, but it doesn’t detract from the fact that the Gorilla Pod will serve as a very good makeshift camera pole. We’ll see how it fairs on the snow next week.

First video with the Drift Ghost-S

Here we go. In preparation for a week out in Avoriaz, I picked up a new Ghost Drift S by innovation. I’ve spent so long debating the do I don’t I, that I decided to screw the go pro route and go Drift.

Here’s the first test, wrong bike maybe but I filmed my ride to work this morning using the helmet mount which I’ve attached to my Snowboard helmet.

Video shot at 1080p 60fps. Continue reading First video with the Drift Ghost-S