Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, September 21, 2003



I spent some time this morning drinking a good cup of coffee and reading some of the articles Johan Ivarsson wrote. The idea was to write a bit about Ivarsson's thoughts.

Then I bumped into a Swedish web page full of short video clips of orienteers in the forest. If you've been reading this page for a long time, you might remember that I'm interested in watching orienteers in the forest. So, instead of Ivarsson's thoughts, I'll write a bit about "VideoPunch."

What is VideoPunch?

VideoPunch is a very simple and cheap system for capturing video clips of orienteers punching in the forest. Basically it involves putting a lap top with a web cam out in the forest, then synchronizing the video clips with data from electronic punching. You end up with a result list that has links to short video clips of the runners punching at a specific control.

I'm not sure it is useful, but it is kind of cool.

Check out the VideoPunch results from this weekend's Swedish short champs.

Click on Mattias Karlsson (IK Hakarpspojkarna) to see a World Champ making a tiny boom. Joergen Olsson (Pan Kristianstad) seems to be reading his clue sheet just before he punches. Peter Jacobsson (OK Ravinen), with his feet flaring out and his knees knocking, must have the oddest running style for an elite athlete. Elin Dahlsted (Leksands OK) booms a couple of seconds. My former clubmate Tina Junegard (OK Ravinen) is just a step or two behind Emma Engstrand. But, Tina isn't just hanging Engstrand, you can see that she's checking her map on the way out. For a contrast, watch the guy who is following Hakan Ohlund (IK Hakarpspojkarna). Ohlund's shadow doesn't even glance at the map.

More info about the system is at VideoPunch.

posted by Michael | 7:29 PM


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