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By: Tim Donaldson

V.I.O.

V.I.O. POV.1 – Share the Experience!
“Capturing Hands-Free, Point of View, Video Action”


POV. 1 Video System


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Have you ever wished you could share that gnarly trail, sand dune, jump, crash, or ATV experience with someone or had the means to truly have a hands-free video camera system that produced quality images for lasting memories? Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful, Hatfield-McCoy Trails. The scenery was epic, and the wildlife was ubiquitous. It was one of those trips where, upon returning home, you want to “talk nineteen to the dozen” about everything that happened, but nobody listens because you only ramble senselessly.

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and with the V.I.O. POV.1 point-of-view video camera by your side, you can stop the blabbering and mind-numbing chatter. Friends and family will be able to share memorable events like they were actually experiencing it themselves. The POV.1 is a fully integrated, point-of-view (POV) video system that’s waterproof, dustproof, and shock-resistant. The system includes a mountable camera head, built-in video recorder, wireless remote, and software for managing your point-of-view videos. It is perfect for capturing video action for ATV enthusiasts.

For me, the memorable experience occurred as we were blazing through the Pinnacle Creek Trail System. Jumping into the middle of the trail, without a care in the world, was a buck in rut that was heatedly staggering after a doe. Although not as awe inspiring as filming myself hanging from the handlebars while performing a nacflip like Caleb Moore, we fortunately had the slim, Wide-Angled Camera Head of the POV.1 mounted to the frame of our Kawasaki Teryx to snag the “affair.” All it took was a simple click on the POV.1 Recorder with LCD Display to obtain the video images. It was great sharing the experience, on video, with everyone at the end of the day.

Including the true account just mentioned, ATVSource.com has had plenty of opportunities to really put this unit to the test. It has been used on countless video shoots in the dirtiest, dustiest, and wettest of conditions. The camera has even been placed on the underside of a machine, capturing video action of a working suspension. You can only guess where the rocks went. Even in these extreme conditions, the camera worked perfectly and produced high-quality images. My colleague, CJ Rena Johnson, had this to say about the V.I.O. POV.1, “I was impressed with how clearly it records, even in changing light and with that amount of vibration going on. I know from using my other cameras that those things are not easy feats, but it seemed to do a great job with it.”

The wearable video camera records with 720 x 480 pixel resolution at 30fps. Coming standard with the camera is a modular mounting system which provides camera stability while attached to helmets or other high impact gear. The user interface employs easy-to-use, single-handled controls and provides a LCD screen that proves to be very useful, especially during camera mounting setup. Recording in MPEG4–Windows XP, Vista, or Mac computers can be used to view the videos which are saved on the standard-sized 1GB or optional 2GB SD cards. V.I.O. also offers a downloadable firmware upgrade to maximize recording capabilities to 4GB and 8GB SDHC. Once the videos are recorded, the V.I.O.’s POV Manager Software allows users to view, edit, and share videos with friends and family via a POV Library and Storyboard windows.

Overall, we are very satisfied with the performance of the V.I.O. POV.1, as we should. Retailing at $699.95, this is a professional-grade camera. Compared to other “cheaper” POV cameras, the POV.1 really offers a host of enhanced features over the competitors–LCD display, robust structure, ease of use, high-quality images, large storage capacity, and software editing and sharing capabilities. If quality is in your budget, the POV.1 should be the camera of choice. V.I.O. has met the needs of military, law enforcement, tactical, and industrial professionals with their various products, so we are sure they have the merit to meet the needs of ATV enthusiasts with the POV.1. We just hope that the adventures you share are with your own personal V.I.O., not with the ones recorded from the latest episodes of COPS.

For more information about the V.I.O. POV.1, current product details, pricing, and other V.I.O. products–visit www.vio-pov.com.

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