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Welcome to the site where I document my adventures with driving related video gear and technology. Track days or just driving around.

Track data overlay application: RaceRender 3

Track data overlay application: RaceRender 3

[Editor Note: If you're curious how I secure the Garmin VIRB in the car - you can buy the same mount here on Amazon. Great product, I think I own 5 of them :) ]

Looking for a way to get some mileage out of an older in car camera and OBD reader? Here's a stand alone application that takes the video from a wide array of cameras with built in sensors (such as GPS) and overlays other "channels" of information - which are either directly measured (such with an OBD device) or derived from other data (ex: acceleration is a derivation of distance / time).

I downloaded the free version of RaceRender 3 and began experimenting with it. Right away, I felt like I had been transported back in time to a Win95 application look & feel - purposeful but nothing fancy. There are tools to synchronize the video and data files automatically. The documentation was available but not exactly comprehensive; for example, there was a long list of devices supported but virtually none of them had any specific instructions on how to use with the app. Hey, I get it, their focus is on supporting and developing the mobile applications that they also provide. 

RaceRender 3 makes it easy to add or remove data channels and their corresponding rendering (see what I did there?) on the overlay. Since I have experience using a similar piece of software with my cycling data and VIRB, I know that the actual process of joining the video and data overlays to churn out the final product can be quite involved. Ok for occasional use but real track rats will tire of it quickly and I'd recommend a more integrated camera, HW, and SW package...future reviews will cover this space.

Essential OBDII reader: all your data are belong to us!

Essential OBDII reader: all your data are belong to us!

In-car video on a budget: Garmin VIRB

In-car video on a budget: Garmin VIRB