A119 Firmware

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Hi, I've been off this forum for awhile and just now noticed that there's a newer firmware for my A119 V1 (4.0) than what I had before (3.9). I see that there's an option now in the latest firmware to record in TS format instead of MP4 and will change to use TS based on the recommendations from earlier posts in this thread. I understand the drawback of using TS is that there's currently no known software (or it's very hard to find) to use the GPS data on the TS files (I have the V1 GPS mount). So a program like Dashcam Viewer would not be able to use the GPS data from the TS files to show the route being driven on a map.

I just want to confirm if this GPS limitation with the TS format also means that the GPS coordinates would not be visible anymore when playing back the TS files on a program like VLC. I know with my MP4 files recorded on the A119, I could see the GPS coordinates, along with other information like speed and timestamp, burned into the video when playing back the files using VLC. Does using TS mean that I won't be able to see the GPS coordinates and speed when playing back files? What about the timestamp? I know I can test this all out later, but want to know what to expect.

Also, since I've been having power connection problems with the GPS mount recently (well known problem with V1 models), I'm wondering if there's any point to feeding power thru the GPS mount anymore if I'm going to be recording using the TS format (as opposed to feeding power directly to the dashcam to avoid the power connection problem). If I can still get GPS coordinates to be visible when playing back the video, then I'll continue to try to feed power to the GPS mount and use the zip tie/foam workarounds to have a better connection.
To answer your original question, yes you will still see the timestamp, coordinates and speed in the video while playing in VLC or other video players. That data is "burned"into the video so any viewer can see it.
 

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To answer your original question, yes you will still see the timestamp, coordinates and speed in the video while playing in VLC or other video players. That data is "burned"into the video so any viewer can see it.
Thanks for confirming. I also confirmed the same after I got a chance to upgrade the firmware and test. So for me, it's still worth it to use the GPS mount if the GPS data can at least be seen in the video.

I wonder why was TS file support only added recently (last year) in the firmware. I think most dashcams don't have TS support. I can understand that more consumer focused dashcams sold in retail stores would only support MP4 to keep things simple for the average consumer who is familiar with MP4 but not TS. But why wouldn't Viofo have added TS support in the original or earlier firmware if it's very beneficial? Was there some technical difficulty that was only recently overcome?
 

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