That seems like a nice, simple solution to your application. I love solutions like that. Everything is off-the-shelf. Easy to buy, easy to use, easy to maintain. Excellent for field work.
I think I understand how to solve my GPS-time question:
- my video location is stationary, so I don't need to "track" it's location
- the experiment, 2-5 miles away is moving and I have to keep my camera pointed at them.
- they also keep track of what they're doing (GPS location, time, maneuvers, etc), independent from me.
- so, I need to time-tag each of my video frames in a way that allows an analyst to correlate my video with some event in the experiment.
- the simple solution is to get a GPS-to-SMPTE time code generator and connect that timecode signal to my (proposed) XL H1s camera.
In my 2nd post, I identified the next, downstream-processing questions:
- since the experiment is moving, I have to keep the camera pointed at them.
- that means that I have to monitor the video, while I also record the video.
- the video camera is about 100 ft away from my operations setup, so I can't use the view finder, and I can't use tapes in the camera (it's too tough to get to the camera every hour or two).
- I'm thinking that I can record the firewire MPEG-2 signal to a Firestore disk (this recorder would be in my operations setup... with firewire extender for the 100 ft cable length).
- now, I need a way to monitor the video, while I record. I don't know what other video outputs are active when the firewire output is active. I'm hoping that someone that owns an XL H1s can answer this question. Or, maybe someone can point me to the info (I've only found an 18 page blurb on the camera, not a full manual).