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Virb Edit Software, huge disappointment

Old 04-04-15, 08:23 AM
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Virb Edit Software, huge disappointment

Playing around with my Virb Basic and trying to watch my ride videos and syncing with my GPS data from my Garmin 810 has been quite a disappointment due to the choppy video playback on both my macbook and my PC. Both of which have specs beyond what Garmin recommends for their Virb Edit software. Also a bit challenging to get the video and GPS data to sync properly, especially if you're combining several video clips.

Watching the original video files are smooth and without issues, but the minute I use the 26 minute clips (for some reason the Virb breaks longer rides down into 26 minute snipets) regardless of whether I add GPS data or not, the video playback is horrible. It s choppy like it's skipping frames. This happens regardless of what setting I'm recording video on (Economy, 30fps, 60fps, wide, zoom, etc). Then you can't even export a 27 minute long video because there's a 4GB limit. The one I tried to export to mp4 was 3.8 and after almost getting there (a 40 minute process by the way) it finally gives an error and doesn't export it. Ughh. Garmin, why why why do you suck so much at software development?

Another really annoying issue is that using my macbook, I can add any song I have in iTunes. However, using my PC, it doesn't allow me to add any of them, in fact, they don't even show up in my music folders. On my PC the songs are Mpeg 4 files I think and I'm assuming the genius software developers at Gramin (sarc.) only allow for mp3 files.

When I buy a Garmin product, I have to remember that it will never work as promised. Love their hardware, hate their software. I'd call customer service but I don't feel like wasting time having someone tell me "Do you have the latest update, turn off and restart your computer, etc etc etc) Been there done that.

Anyone else having such a wonderful experience with Virb Edit? Got any solutions to fix the choppy playback?
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Gus90, Try out Dashware, now that they are owned by GoPro the latest version of Dashware is available for free. It has much better syncing capabilities than Virb Edit. Also make sure, at least on your PC, that your video codecs are up to date. Two of the easier codec packs to install are Shark007 and CCCP Codec pack (google them). With Dashware as long as the .mp4 files are on your PC you can import them as audio tracks.

With respect to the 4GB limit, unless you are making a feature film, cut down the video. With all due respect, no one but you and any loved ones you force to watch them, will want to watch a 27 minute + video of your ride. Break it out to the highlights, then make a second pass and only select highlights of the highlights. Remember human attention spans are so short that advertisements are only 15-30 seconds long.
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Try out Dashware, now that they are owned by GoPro the latest version of Dashware is available for free.
Thank you! Dashware is here; the download is here.
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Originally Posted by Gus90
Playing around with my Virb Basic and trying to watch my ride videos and syncing with my GPS data from my Garmin 810 has been quite a disappointment due to the choppy video playback on both my macbook and my PC. Both of which have specs beyond what Garmin recommends for their Virb Edit software. Also a bit challenging to get the video and GPS data to sync properly, especially if you're combining several video clips.

Watching the original video files are smooth and without issues, but the minute I use the 26 minute clips (for some reason the Virb breaks longer rides down into 26 minute snipets) regardless of whether I add GPS data or not, the video playback is horrible. It s choppy like it's skipping frames. This happens regardless of what setting I'm recording video on (Economy, 30fps, 60fps, wide, zoom, etc). Then you can't even export a 27 minute long video because there's a 4GB limit. The one I tried to export to mp4 was 3.8 and after almost getting there (a 40 minute process by the way) it finally gives an error and doesn't export it. Ughh. Garmin, why why why do you suck so much at software development?

Another really annoying issue is that using my macbook, I can add any song I have in iTunes. However, using my PC, it doesn't allow me to add any of them, in fact, they don't even show up in my music folders. On my PC the songs are Mpeg 4 files I think and I'm assuming the genius software developers at Gramin (sarc.) only allow for mp3 files.

When I buy a Garmin product, I have to remember that it will never work as promised. Love their hardware, hate their software. I'd call customer service but I don't feel like wasting time having someone tell me "Do you have the latest update, turn off and restart your computer, etc etc etc) Been there done that.

Anyone else having such a wonderful experience with Virb Edit? Got any solutions to fix the choppy playback?
I'll try Dashware, thank you. As for the length of the film, it's payback for all the slide shows they made me watch as a child. LOL, just kidding.
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Originally Posted by Gus90
Playing around with my Virb Basic and trying to watch my ride videos and syncing with my GPS data from my Garmin 810 has been quite a disappointment due to the choppy video playback on both my macbook and my PC. Both of which have specs beyond what Garmin recommends for their Virb Edit software. Also a bit challenging to get the video and GPS data to sync properly, especially if you're combining several video clips.

Watching the original video files are smooth and without issues, but the minute I use the 26 minute clips (for some reason the Virb breaks longer rides down into 26 minute snipets) regardless of whether I add GPS data or not, the video playback is horrible. It s choppy like it's skipping frames. This happens regardless of what setting I'm recording video on (Economy, 30fps, 60fps, wide, zoom, etc). Then you can't even export a 27 minute long video because there's a 4GB limit. The one I tried to export to mp4 was 3.8 and after almost getting there (a 40 minute process by the way) it finally gives an error and doesn't export it. Ughh. Garmin, why why why do you suck so much at software development?

Another really annoying issue is that using my macbook, I can add any song I have in iTunes. However, using my PC, it doesn't allow me to add any of them, in fact, they don't even show up in my music folders. On my PC the songs are Mpeg 4 files I think and I'm assuming the genius software developers at Gramin (sarc.) only allow for mp3 files.

When I buy a Garmin product, I have to remember that it will never work as promised. Love their hardware, hate their software. I'd call customer service but I don't feel like wasting time having someone tell me "Do you have the latest update, turn off and restart your computer, etc etc etc) Been there done that.

Anyone else having such a wonderful experience with Virb Edit? Got any solutions to fix the choppy playback?

What I can't stand about Virb Edit is it won't do split screen..
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