V1 Golf – Importing & Exporting Videos

The V1 Golf application for the iPad/iPhone is a great application for recording your golf swing and sharing it with your pro for long distance lessons. From within the application, you can take a video of your swing and email it directly to your pro. The main drawback is the limited frame rate of the iPad video.

Importing Video into V1 Golf

When the email is sent from V1 Golf, it is sent as an mov file attachment. It would be nice for the person receiving the video to get it back into V1 Golf so that you can use the V1 tools to mark up the video or do a side-by-side comparison.

One method of doing this is to use the free V1 Golf locker to store any video. Video’s can be stored there directly from V1 Golf on the iPhone or iPad.

If the video is in an email attachment or another location on your PC, you can use the free basic version of the V1 Home application to put the video in your locker. Instructions for doing this can be found here.

Using V1 Home to Import an MOV File

I downloaded the V1 Home 2.0 software and was issued a free basic key. I also downloaded the K1 Codec pack that was recommended at install time. You will also need to install the Combined Community Codec Pac.

– Save the MOV file that was sent to you from V1 Golf via email to a location on your hard drive
– Start V1 Golf Home
– Click on the folder icon and open the MOV file that you saved from the email
– Use V1 Golf Home to make any comments or mark ups if you want to do them here
– Choose the menu item File > Send to the Academy (it will prompt you for the login information to your locker)

The video will now be available via your Academy locker on your iPad or iPhone.

iPad Outlining Apps

I’ve been looking for a good outlining app for the iPad and thought I’d document what I found here. I’ve used SoundNote which lets you record audio and take notes at the same time (Evernote also has this feature), iBrainstorm, Evernote and the standard Apple Notes applications. I’ve also heard really good things about Note Taker HD. They all have their uses but if you want to outline a subject, none of them are really setup for that.

For me, efficient hierarchical list keeping with a good interface and presentation is the primary requirement. It would be nice to sync this between devices or at least store the document on DropBox.

There are a number of mind mapping apps for the iPad which I won’t attempt to review here but iThoughtsHD seems to be the leading one in that category. There are also numerous ToDo app solutions which sometimes providing outlining features. I’m a big fan of ToodleDo which provides a cloud solution that integrates iOS and Android devices aswell as a good web interface.

Outliner for iPad by CarbonFin is $4.99 and receives a 4+ rating on the iTunes store with 199 ratings.

This looks like the most mature (if you can say that for a platform that’s only a year old) of the outlining apps I’ve run across. It includes the ability to create outlines as tasks or lists and if you mark an outline as a task, it creates a checkbox next to each item to track it’s completion. There’s a cloud function called Outliner Online that allows you to sync your outlines and to share them with other users. A quick features summary with screen shots can be found at the CarbonFin website.

Simple Outliner has both a free and $2.99 version which have a total of 296 and 48 ratings respectively but the ratings are around 3.

The combined reviews for the free and paid version of this app are mixed at best. Numerous comments about the user interface being difficult to use.

Lists is $0.99 and appears to be a new app with only a few ratings. I’m not crazy about the layout – too much whitespace so you can’t see as many lines per screen and one of the three reviewers also commented on this. The developers website says that version 2 will provide synchronization between devices.

Based on this, I’m going to give Outliner for iPad a try.

My RSS Feeds

Since I bought an iPad I’m using Google Reader and tracking more RSS feeds/blogs since it’s such a convenient device for consuming information on the web.

I’m a big fan of the iPad Reeder application which syncs with your existing Google Reader account including tracking what you’ve already read and starred. Reeder is $4.99.

There are many iPad RSS/News readers available both paid and free. TCGeeks has a good review of what’s available.

Here are the categorized RSS feeds/blogs I follow using Google Reader and Reeder for the iPad: