1 (edited by Got_VTEC? 2017-03-20 12:42 PM)

Topic: Onboard Video Streaming

Hello everyone!

This may be a pipe dream but:

We're going into our third season and looking to add some kind of on board video streaming to be able to watch the action in the pits.  This looks to be significantly easier said than done(expensive/complicated).  It looks like there are a few different approaches to take:  Some kind of an actual video transmitter, like the FPV systems used on drones; or streaming to your cell phone and utilizing cellular data.  Being that none of us on the team has an unlimited cellular data plan, that approach seems a bit unrealistic (although maybe in the long run its the cheaper option).

We currently just use a GoPro and record video to be able to be viewed after the race.  I'm looking into different FPV type transmitter set ups that can broadcast directly from a GoPro, and then could be streamed to a laptop in the pits.  I understand this isn't the simplest idea with all the obstructions, etc at a race track.

I'm curious if anyone has tried out any of these systems before, or has any knowledge or experience streaming GoPro or other live footage to the pits?

Thanks for the help!

-Team Del Sol Train

Re: Onboard Video Streaming

Got_VTEC? wrote:

Hello everyone!

This may be a pipe dream but:

We're going into our third season and looking to add some kind of on board video streaming to be able to watch the action in the pits.  This looks to be significantly easier said than done(expensive/complicated).  It looks like there are a few different approaches to take:  Some kind of an actual video transmitter, like the FPV systems used on drones; or streaming to your cell phone and utilizing cellular data.  Being that none of us on the team has an unlimited cellular data plan, that approach seems a bit unrealistic (although maybe in the long run its the cheaper option).

We currently just use a GoPro and record video to be able to be viewed after the race.  I'm looking into different FPV type transmitter set ups that can broadcast directly from a GoPro, and then could be streamed to a laptop in the pits.  I understand this isn't the simplest idea with all the obstructions, etc at a race track.

I'm curious if anyone has tried out any of these systems before, or has any knowledge or experience streaming GoPro or other live footage to the pits?

Thanks for the help!

-Team Del Sol Train

I think some folks have used this service to stream from their phone.
If you have the dataplan I guess it's interesting to have your pit crew watch your mistakes on the track as you are making them.

https://live.racecast.me/

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Re: Onboard Video Streaming

If you look over at Chump forum there is a complete How To  on it. There is a lot of information on what works and what did not.Just cut and paste it to this post.
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Re: Onboard Video Streaming

The Race cast setup works very well.  I drove with a team using it a couple times.. The last time i used it (last spring i think), we setup my laptop on trackside wifi and had the in-car stream playing on a 36" flat screen TV.  It was very cool.

This weekend at sonoma, you will be able to see for yourself. Several teams will be broadcasting using the race cast setup, and if you visit their website on saturday/sunday you will be able to watch the race live!  Lemons Judge Eric Rood will even be providing some track-side commentary.

Julian.Cordle@racerconnect.com is a fellow lemons racer and is the Race cast ops manager.. he can help you get all setup.  There are also a few threads on this forum about it.

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Re: Onboard Video Streaming

We have talked about doing this, but since we only seem to race at Gingerman and Autobahn the lack of track wi-fi has kept us from setting it up.  Somehow standing around a cell phone doesn't seem appealing, when we can walk to the hill at Gingerman or deck at Autobahn and watch it better at this point.

I want this to change, and would love to setup for this... but we need track wi-fi to have a laptop / streaming stick setup with a TV to make it worth it I feel.  Unfortunately none of our wives come to the race, and they aren't going to watch it at home either... and our friends are at the track with us racing!

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Another glowing recommendation for RaceCast.me

I drove for a team in January that used a GoPro and LiveShell setup. It immediately uploaded all ~8 hours of the race to RaceCast's cloud server in real time and allows us to replay the footage whenever we want. No more fumbling around with full-up SD cards at pit stops and then later uploading everything to YouTube.

In regards to standing around and watching the replay from your phone... look at buying a Mifi router for <$50 and get a pre-paid data only plan from AT&T or Verizon for another $50. The streaming will use ~1G / hour, so if yo plan accordingly you should be fine.

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Re: Onboard Video Streaming

rlhammon wrote:

We have talked about doing this, but since we only seem to race at Gingerman and Autobahn the lack of track wi-fi has kept us from setting it up.  Somehow standing around a cell phone doesn't seem appealing, when we can walk to the hill at Gingerman or deck at Autobahn and watch it better at this point.

I want this to change, and would love to setup for this... but we need track wi-fi to have a laptop / streaming stick setup with a TV to make it worth it I feel.  Unfortunately none of our wives come to the race, and they aren't going to watch it at home either... and our friends are at the track with us racing!

You could do it the dumb way. Cellphone, Airplay to apple TV connected to TV monitor.

Also I'm sure Gingerman or Autobahn would be happy if someone came in and offered to install a robust Wi-Fi system that coveres the entire paddock and track surface for them for free and maintained it themselves.

If you REALY want it to change wink

You could also just tether your laptop to your phone.

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