Choosing Your Taping Device – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Choosing Your Taping Device

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  • Sandy Boyko says:

    So Sarah – I recall you posting (somewhere?) that you were recently experimenting with a new Android device…………..what did you get, do you like it, is it easy to use????

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab A. I was shocked at the affordability, so that’s awesome. I haven’t used it much, I still default to my ipad for most tasks, I guess I’ll have to force myself to use it for periods of time. I find it more difficult that an iPad (of course I’m accustomed to my iPad). And I do find it to be noticeably slower to respond to taps and touches.

  • Barbara Lewis says:

    My I Pad is about 10 years old. Will it serve?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I would just try it! It is possible that some of the apps listed won’t work. I know that older phones can’t upgrade to the latest IOS, and some of the apps require certain IOS levels.

      I would certainly try it though.

  • Dee says:

    Hi Sarah, just curious…do you use a remote for your iPhone when videotaping or do you just start the phone and go to wherever you are going to start the course?? If you do use a remote, can you recommend? Thanks!

  • sharon says:

    I have a Gopro, but I don’t know how to send it’s videos to my phone, which is an android. I have used the gopro at Agility trials with some success, but find it inconvenient to download the videos to my computer. I have had the most luck by removing the memory card and using an adapter to let the computer read the card. Getting to the card requires taking the camera out of it’s mount. I have found that he best setting for Gopro with the least distortion is the “linear” setting.

    I have switched to my Cannon camcorder at home for the ease of getting to the memory card, but it really isn’t wide angle enough to use on an entire field.

    I have also tried my android phone, which also is not wide angle enough to get the whole field and I don’t have a mount that fits well enough to use it with my tripod. My phone is a Galaxy 8+ which is just slightly too wide for the phone mount I bought for it. Then the phone mount fell apart. I can take the videos easily enough and their quality is fairly good on a small screen. I have shared them easily to face book messenger directly from the phone.

    I would really like to be able to look at the videos in slow motion, but haven’t figured out if, or how I can get coach’s eye on my phone or computer.

  • Collene says:

    The last time I tried to video myself I had a very old iPhone with almost no storage space left. This made video-ing a very distracting process since I was constantly having to manage it to turn it on/off or I would run out of space. I have a newer Android phone now with about 80 GB of space so maybe that would be less of a problem?

    Please discuss how you implement videoing with whatever device you choose:

    1) For example, do you just set it up and go for 1/2 hour and then look at the runs? Or stop and look after a mistake? Combo?

    2) Do you trim the video immediately in the field to only save small portions you might want to review later again on a bigger screen? How do you manage having ALL this video???!!!

    3) Is cloud storage necessary for in the field? This would probably NOT be an option for me to use while doing video because of data limits and lack of wifi access on the training grounds. I could see doing a transfer of videos off the phone to the cloud when I got home to free up space, tho

    4) Is it necessary to shoot video in slo-mo to be able to see it that way later? I notice slo-mo REALLY eats up storage space.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I set up the camera don’t hit record. Get my dog. Hit record. Work. Stop recording. It’s rarely longer than 10 mins before I take a break and stop recording. I give my dog water and a chance to cool down before working again.

      I might review the video at that point or I might not. I rarely trim it then as I keep all video, both for myself and for use in courses. However, if I know there is a lot of dead time, for instance, I hit record and then my dog decided he needed to go to the bathroom first, I occasionally do trim right then and delete the larger file.

      I usually know if we’ve done well or not before I review at this point. Though I do make sure and review before I move any obstacles In the field so I have a chance to work it again based on the video.

      I don’t used cloud storage for my video other than as a staging area to move a particular video to my iPhone or iPad. Cloud storage takes quite a while to upload and I find it impractical as a storage solution for ALL my video.

      Every few weeks I back up all my photos and video from my phone/iPad to my desktop computer. My desktop is my permanent storage for my video files and over the years I have added hard drives. I currently use a 3 terabyte drive. But, of course, I shoot way more video than the average person and save it for way longer. You could decide to throw away your classroom submissions once you’ve uploaded them to YouTube and sent them to your instructor.

      You absolutely do NOT need to shoot your video in slow motion mode to be able to review it in slow motion. It does eat up space and is completely unnecessary for the purposes of sharing and review your video. Video is usually shot at 30 frames per second. That means you have 30 slices of time you can view for every second. That is more than enough to review your timing, position, footwork, dog’s reactions. Slow motion video is capture at 120 or even (recently) 240 frames per second. So there are a lot more slices of time. Your dog will look less blurry in each frame of slow motion. It could be better for capturing still images from video. And MAYBE I would use it if I find I can’t see my dog’s feet well enough for running contacts training at 30 FPS.

      So functionally it is unnecessary. But for the occasional video, if you want to post a cool shot of your dog, you might use it.


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