Audio/video notes

Making memorable notes is one of the main pleasures of traveling. For Android only.

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Making memorable notes is one of the main pleasures of traveling. With OsmAnd Audio/video notes plugin, you can add media right to the map to watch it later. Want your pictures to be added to the locations they were made at? Easy. Need a comfortable video recorder? No problem. Want to make an audio note and link it to the location? Problem solved.

Audio video notes intro

Enable / Disable Plugin

Before starting to use or not option for making your notes on the map you need to Enable / Disable plugin:

Android: Menu → Plugins → Audio/video notes

Audio video plugin Android

Plugin settings

User can set any parameters for media files in Settings menu of the Plugin.

Android: Menu → Plugins → Audio/video notes → Settings

Photo notes:

Audio video plugin settings Photo Android

  • Use system app - use or not system application for photos.
  • Camera picture size- set camera picture size.
  • Camera focus type - set focus mode: Focus is set to infinity, Autofocus, The camera continuously tries to focus.
  • Camera shutter sound - switch on/off camera shutter sound.

Audio notes:

Audio video plugin settings Audio Android

  • Audio output format - select audio output format: Default or ACC.
  • Audio bitrate- select audio bitrate: Default, 16kbps, 32 kbps... 128 kbps.

Video notes:

Audio video plugin settings Video Android

  • Use system app - use or not system recorder for video.
  • Video output quality- select video quality.
  • Recorder split- choose option: Rewrite clips when used space exceeds the storage size.
  • Clip length- set upper time limit for recorded clips.
  • Storage size- set amount of space that can be occupied by all recorded clips.

Action button:

Audio video plugin settings Action Android

  • The way to your media notes in OsmAnd menu: click to 'A/V notes' opening menu.
  • Reset plugin settings to default - tapping discards all your changes.
  • Copy from another profile - tapping for copy plugin settings from another profile.

Audio/video notes Plugin stores media files in a format:

{SHORTLINK_LOCATION}_Description.{avi,mp3,jpg} where SHORTLINK_LOCATION is encoded latitude/longitude according to specification https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Shortlink.

Add note on the map

For viewing your notes on the map you can switch on the Recording layer in Configure map menu.

There are two ways how to add your notes on the map:

By Widget

The Audio-video notes widget is a clickable widget. It changes its state according to settings chosen in the Configure screen menu .

To make audio, video, photo notes user have to choose the needed option by clicking on the widget.

If 'On request' option is selected user will see three options to choose:

  • Take an audio note
  • Take a video note
  • Take a photo

Audio video plugin widget Android

When the 'Take an audio / video note' option is selected, the user can start doing audio or video recording. To stop recording the user has to click on the widget or the button 'Stop' at the bottom of the screen. User can optionally show or hide the  video screen view by clicking the relevant button in the bottom-left corner.

Audio video plugin Take a video note

When the 'Take a photo' option is selected, the user can take a picture.

All audio, video files and photos will be in the Menu → My Places → tab A/V notes . User can sort files by type/data, share and delete them.

By Map Context menu

User can add a note in chosen point on the map. Just make long tap on the map and choose special Actions on Map Context menu:

  • Take an audio note - makes a audio note on selected point (creates new point on the overlay with audio icon).
  • Take a video note - makes a video note on selected point (creates new point on the overlay with video icon).
  • Take a photo - makes a photo point on the map.

Audio video plugin  Context menu take a note

Actions with notes

All notes keep in My places menu. User can make needed actions with notes in My places menu or in Map Context menu.

My places menu

All user notes keep in My places menu. It's a list with all your notes.

Menu → My Places → A/V notes

Audio video plugin My places menu

Clicking to chosen point opens Map Context menu of this note.

Audio video plugin My places menu Context

Clicking to ⁝ opens additional menu of chosen note:

Menu → My Places → A/V notes -> ⁝ of chosen note

Audio video plugin My places menu actions

  • name of a note - show the name of chosen a/v note.
  • Watch / Play - play your audio / video note, or show photo note.
  • Share - share chosen note.
  • Show on map - show chosen note on the map and open Map Context menu.
  • Rename - rename chosen point.
  • Delete - delete chosen point.

At the bottom of the screen are three Actions buttons:

Audio video plugin My places menu Three actions

  • Sort - sort your notes list by type or by date.
  • Share - choose notes from the list and share its. You can choose a/v notes in GPX file too.
  • Delete - choose notes from the list and delete its. You can choose a/v notes in GPX file too.

Actions in Map Context menu

Short tap on a/v note on the map or in My places menu opens Map Context menu.

In this menu user can see Details of chosen note and make Actions (Delete, Play, Show) with chosen note.

Audio video plugin Context menu

Add notes to your GPX track

You can use this plugin while recording the GPX track. This way, all your notes will be added to the track as waypoints automatically.

Audio video plugin to Track

When viewing the track, you'll see exactly what was recorded where.

Audio video plugin to Track view

To view everything later, you can export the track together with all the media and see them in the JOSM editor. Please note that you'll need to put the media in the corresponding folder (you'll know which one if you click on a video note and see the message about a missing file. Just put it in the indicated folder).

Audio video notes in Josm

So there you have it: your personal notes linked to the map and stored in one place. Document your adventures!

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