Importing Garmin VIRB’s flight data to CloudAhoy

VIRBGarmin’s VIRB video camera is gaining popularity among pilots. VIRB also captures the flight’s GPS data, and that data can be imported to CloudAhoy for further debrief.

James Papafagos is using VIRB with CloudAhoy, and he was kind enough to write the bulk of today’s post. The stage is yours, James:

Uploading a .gpx file from your Garmin VIRB to CloudAhoy.

Connect your VIRB to your PC / MAC via USB and open the USB drive that should now be available.

Open the “Garmin” directory then open the “GPX” folder. You will see file named “Track_2014-9-23 145854.gpx” (for example)

It helps to have the directory view that shows the date modified so you can locate your specific flight if you have many recorded.

You can upload this file to CloudAhoy now by clicking “flight import”.

But… you probably have a flight longer than 20 min or so and have 2, 3 ,4 video clips and for each clip.. the VIRB created a new .GPX file. NOW WHAT?

If using a MAC, download the light version of Adze form http://kobotsw.com
You will use this to import your multiple .gpx files into one, and then upload that combines file to CloudAhoy.

Run Adze, just drag and drop all the .GPX files for your flight

VIRB 1

Select all the tracks by clicking on the first track, hold down shift and click on the last track

VIRB 2Detail

With theses tracks selected, click on the “glue” icon (or press “command – M”)

VIRB 3Detail

VIRB 4Detail

You will now have ONE track that contains all the data from the multiple tracks you started out with.

Now, go to File, Save As.  to save the new file.  This file can now be uploaded to CloudAhoy!

Thank you James!

As always, any feedback is most welcomed.


3 comments on “Importing Garmin VIRB’s flight data to CloudAhoy

  1. And if you don’t use a MAC?

    I’ve tried literally a half dozen merge utilities under Windows, and even hand edited files together (which is tedious and a pain, but it works … kind of … with some glitch areas).

    Sorry – but the inability of cloudAhoy to import or merge multiple GPX files for a flight is rapidly becoming a deal breaker for me.

    Which is a pity: I like the site a good deal, I WANT to upgrade to professional, I WANT to use it to debrief mt flights and share them – but if I can’t use it, that point is moot.

  2. Good morning,

    I am trying to find an example of the VIRB gpx file formatting as I am trying to convert code from another GPS unit to work in VIRB Edit.

    I am hoping that someone with a VIRB camera would be able to email me a short gpx file so that I know what it should look like.

    Have a great day!
    -Danno

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