My set up: Bag, Tripod, Base (orange), Camera, Cords, Armband, and Tag (white)
I will start with an overview of how I use it. This may or may not be the best way, so if there is a better combination of settings please let me know. I am not going to go over the entire set up, because it will take awhile and there are other video/instructions online so JFGI.
There are three basic settings that have options within each one and I use green green orange. The first green (Tilt Settings) means it is in "Surf & Turf" mode. I chose this, because it can still move up and down, but also allows for a relatively tight frame. The second green (Trajectory Settings) means it has a one second trajectory. I haven't ever changed this one, because in the dressage ring I shouldn't ever lose signal. If I try this for cross country I would probably switch it for one of the others. The final setting is set to orange (Camera Settings), which means the zoom is as tight as it goes.
The camera I use with the system is a Sony HDR-CX 405. I absolutely adore this video camera. It is small, lightweight, and works really well. If you have ever watched my youtube videos, they were done with this camera. There may be a few cell phone videos mixed in there, but anything from a clinic or a show they are with this camera. I have also pulled quite a few pictures from videos and they have been excellent. Camera=Love
Now for the more interesting stuff. Things I love about this system. I can film myself with it. I can do it on my own time and I don't have to beg/bribe people to film me. This is huge for me. Also, because it tracks, I am able to get better video that with fence posts. I think this has played a huge part in the progress I have made with Stinker. The video quality has allowed D to be able to see what is going on and give me fixes.
Stinker waiting....and waiting...
The drawbacks to the system. The set up time (which this has actually been beneficial for teaching Stinker patience) is a pain in the butt. I turn on the tag as soon as I leave the barn, because it needs a 8 minute warm up time that must be outside. I then walk up to the dressage arena which takes a few minutes. I set the tag on a fence post, set up the tripod with the soloshot and the camera. I then usually go make sure all of the boards are set up around the arena, because the horses are assholes and knock them out. Sometimes, I play on Facebook while I wait. When the tag is warmed up, you have to walk it around which typically takes 1-2 minutes. I tend to be generous with this step, because I think it helps to walk farther (no actual evidence to support that theory). You still aren't totally set up. There are two more steps which take 3ish minutes. All of this set up makes it impossible to do this in a rush. Because of this, I am pretty much limited to using it on the weekends. I have done a few mornings, but asshole horses knocked it over and I really don't want a draft horse to walk on said system (it isn't cheap).
Screenshot from a SoloShot Video
Next up, is the system is limited. You can't set it up too close to the ring otherwise your tag gets too close to the base and that makes things act squirrely. You also can not use in indoors. This is not a big deal for me, because our winter is a joke. While the tag is waterproof, the base is not, so you can't use it when it is raining or super damp. Additionally, I have had a few problems with the link up either not working correctly the first time (I follow the instructions to the letter) or the link up losing in the middle of the ride. There is nothing more frustrating than going to watch your ride and all you have is a view of the sky or the ground.
With all of that being said they are coming out with a SoloShot3 that seems to be fixing the biggest drawbacks. It has an adapter that lets you use in indoors and it also is suppose to eliminate the wacko set up steps that drive me insane. While, there are things I don't love about this system, I would buy it again because I do think it is a good product. If I was made of money I would have gone ahead and upgraded to the SoloShot3. Sadly that is not the case. If you are wanting to get a system to film yourself while riding I would recommend you look at the SoloShot systems. There are others out there, but when I was buying I couldn't find enough information on them and went with the more well known company.
SoloShot Video (you can see the white tag on my left arm)