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To ensure the best quality of your videos, please take the time to set up (Step 1) and mount (Step 2) your camera properly. Then start and periodically check the recording process (Step 3). After the video(s) is recorded, process it into a meaningful size and format (Step 4). In the Upload page, describe the video and match it to the map (Step 5). Finally, submit your video record (Step 6), and edit it any time later (Step 7).

1. Camera setup

- Ensure your memory card has sufficient space for the planned route to record (table in Section 6).

- Choose appropriate video settings, such as resolution, fps, audio on/off (you can remove audio stream later, during video processing step).

2. Camera mounting

- Clean the inside and the outside of the windshield area, where your camera objective will be looking through.

- Clean the camera lens.

- Mount the camera so that no shaking or vibrations will loosen it during recording. Power cable should not obstruct camera view field, and should not interfere with the camera controls.

- Position your vehicle (car, motorcycle, bike...) in straight vertical position, on a flat horizontal ground.

- Attach the camera to the vehicle (windshield, handlebars, ...).

- Position camera as high as possible. Set its view field so that the front of the vehicle (e.g. hood, wheel) is not visible on the screen. Then let the camera find its horizontal position by moving it gently left to right, while the joint is loose. Carefully check corners of the camera view field on the screen. If vehicle parts are visible (dashboard, hood, wheel...), adjust the camera so it has an unobstructed view.

3. Video recording

- Start recording when your trip starts; make sure the camera is focused on the outside objects, not on the windshield.

- Periodically check if the recording is still in progress.

- Many cameras will stop recording after about 40min, or when the file size reaches 4GB. This is the limitation of the FAT32 disk format. Use NTFS or other formats, if possible. If not, arrange a way to remind yourself to start recording a new file, after recording stops.

4. Video processing

- You will probably need to join and/or cut out some parts to produce a meaningful video record from one point of interest to another. You can use video processing software such as Windows Movie Maker, Free Make Video Converter. etc.

- If your video is shaky, use video stabilization software to stabilize the picture.

- If you don't want to share the audio, you can exclude the audio stream.

- Videos will likely be recorded in a larger .AVI, .MOV or other format. Convert them into a smaller .mp4 format (.mp4, .MOV supported only).

5. Video mapping

Video mapping is done in the OutMapper's Upload page.

5.1. Video section

- Select a video file, enter a title, description, and select appropriate thumbnail image.

- Limit the size of your video file to 2GB. Uploading files larger than 2GB can cause issues.

5.2 Map section

- Select Start and Finish points by typing Start and Finish addresses, or by drawing a marker on the map.

- Define trip route from Google directions, GPS file, or by drawing a route of your trip.

- Perform calculation with selected time step (default is 1s). If GPS file is used, it should yield exact match of a video to the map (with correct speed along the route). In other cases, it will yield an approximate match, with a constant average speed on the whole route.

- Insert matching points to better match video to the map. Match video to the map in several steps:

(i) Switch to the Satellite map view to better identify reference (matching) points on the map, that you will recognize in the video as well (intersections, side roads, turns, bridges, or other points of interest near the road).

(ii) Play the video and identify matching points, where your speed was changed. Doing these points first will make it easier to match the remaining of the video to the map.

(iii) When video reaches a selected matching point, click inside the 'Video: Time' field in the table, to enter the video time. Play the video back or forward (or click on route polyline), to position the locator on the corresponding map point. Then click inside the 'Map: LatLng' field inside the table. This will enter exact latitude and longitude from the map.

This way you matched one video point to the map. You can do the same for as many points as you wish, and then click recalculate, or recalculate right away. OutMapper will exactly match all entered video points to the map. Between those points, it will assume a constant speed.

(iv) Play the video and skip to various map locations to check mapping quality. Add new points until you are satisfied with the quality of the mapping. The more points are inserted, constant speed intervals will be smaller and video to map match will be better.

6. Uploading

6.1. Data and image upload

- Submit your data and the image by clicking on the Submit button.

- Monitor progress and success of your submission. If both data and thumbnail image are submitted succesfully, a new tab will open for a FTP video upload session.

6.2. Video upload

Uploading large video files is best done through a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) session. It can be done from OutMapper's new tab, which opens after a successful data and image submission. Or, it can be done separately, from a FTP client software.

6.2.1. Browser or FTP Client setup

(i) Internet Explorer

- No additional setup needed.

(ii) Chrome

- Go to chrome.google.com Webstore, Extensions, Find Extensions.

- Inside the search box type in 'FTP'.

- Choose FTPFree (or other extension), install it, and restart the browser.

(iii) Mozilla Firefox

- Go to Tools->Add-ons.

- Inside the Search bar type 'FTP'.

- Choose FireFTP, install it, and restart the browser.

(iv) FileZilla Client

- Download and install Filezilla Client.

- Setup the FTP Connection using your OutMapper username in a form: username@dockmapper.com and your OutMapper password; for the host use: ftp.dockmapper.com.

- Video tutorial: FileZilla FTP Client - Setup/Install/Use.

6.2.2. File upload

(i) Internet Explorer

- After a new tab opens, log into a FTP session, using your OutMapper username in a form: username@dockmapper.com and your OutMapper password.

- When connected to the server, press Alt, click View, and then click Open FTP Site in File Explorer.

- Windows Explorer will open your server folder in the right hand panel.

- Login once again, and then simply drag and drop local video file into the right Windows Explorer panel of your FTP session.

- YouTube tutorial: How To upload files via FTP using Internet Explorer -- IE.

- Note: Resume upload is not supported.

(ii) Chrome

- After a new tab opens, log into a FTP session, using your OutMapper username in a form: username@dockmapper.com and your OutMapper password.

- Click on the FTPFree icon in the top right corner of your browser.

- Login once again, and then use FTPFree interface to select and upload video file.

- Note: Resume upload is not supported in FTPFree. Also, upload file size limit is 512MB.

(iii) Mozilla Firefox

- After a new tab opens, log into a FTP session, using your OutMapper username in a form: username@dockmapper.com and your OutMapper password.

- Right click inside the tab and select 'View this page in FireFTP'.

- Login once again, and then use FireFTP interface to select and upload video file.

- YouTube tutorial: How to Upload to FTP in Firefox.

- Note: Upload resume IS supported.

(iv) FileZilla Client

- Log into a FTP session, using your OutMapper username in a form: username@dockmapper.com and your OutMapper password (or use the connection you already made). For the host use: ftp.dockmapper.com.

- Use FileZilla interface to select and upload video file.

- YouTube tutorial: FileZilla FTP Client - Setup/Install/Use.

6.3. Video sizes, recording and upload times

Examples of different video formates, sizes, qualities and upload times are shown in the table.

4GB is often an upper file size limit (for FAT32); 30GB can be considered a safe usable space of a 32GB memory card.

Video (640x480, 4:3, 30fps)
Distance travelled (km) at travel speed
Internet upload time (min) at upload speed
.AVI (GB) Duration (min) .MP4 (GB) 40 km/h 80 km/h 100 km/h 1 Mbs 5 Mbs 10 Mbs
4 41 0.534 27.3 54.7 68.3 71.2 14.2 7.1
30 300 4.005 200 400 500 534.0 106.8 53.4
Video (1920x1080, 16:9, 30fps)
Distance travelled (km) at travel speed
Internet upload time (min) at upload speed
.MOV (GB) Duration (min) .MP4 (GB) 40 km/h 80 km/h 100 km/h 1 Mbs 5 Mbs 10 Mbs
4 45 1.54 30.0 60.0 75.0 205.3 41.1 20.5
30 337.5 11.55 225.0 450.0 562.5 1540.0 308.0 154.0

7. Editing

- Edit your submission by selecting submitted video, to change any field (e.g. insert additional points to improve the quality of matching).

- Submit changes to the server, with or without a changed video.