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I have two geeky passions while driving: recording GPX data to upload to OSM as well as recording on board videos like this one. Since these kind of videos are sort of boring for others to watch I was wondering if maybe there's an application out there to convert the track data into a video which I could then overlay over my original recording showing real time stuff like time of day, speed, elevation, etc. Basically a HUD. If there was a way to show part of the map I'm driving through that would be dreamy.

Do you know of such a piece of software?

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This isn't an advert, just a satisfied user's report. If you have an Android device and a OBD II dongle that plugs into modern cars (>= 2001 for petrol, >= 2004 for diesels, in Europe), you can use Android Torque ( to record tracks, video, and all the diagnostics your car emits. – MerseyViking Mar 12 '12 at 11:44
Acting as a fruity logo fanboy I will note there are similar apps for iOs. But I think the question was how you can process existing video (from onboard camera) with GPX data to obtain videos with HUD and map data. – Vlad Mar 12 '12 at 12:21
Perhaps just make a mashup of google maps and youtube? – Matthew Snape Mar 12 '12 at 12:31
@MatthewSnape: like this – Vlad Mar 12 '12 at 12:36
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ActionCam is a nice visualization tool. You can used this and a desktop video recording tool as a workaround.

I also came across MPGHead Video Data Merger but it only works with TrackVision CSV data. Oh, and there's TrackVision ;) And DashWare which gets lots of praise online and can do this.

There are also several online sharing services which will let you combine video and GPS data, such as:

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Thank you for your excellent response. DashWare seems to hit the sweetspot for me. Now I'm pondering a purchase... – kitsched Mar 13 '12 at 8:52
As the author of the MPGHead Video Data Merger, I appreciate the traffic. Although I've not worked on the app in a long (long) time, the concept of my tool still works for what OP is asking... you'd just need to understand the GPX format (which is easy:…) and use that vs. my data source. – Sean May 15 '12 at 1:15

gpsbabel could be used to produce .srt subtitles for your video from .gpx (or any other supported) track file. Then you can play video with subtitles to get HUD

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There's also desktop client solution (although commercial) for GPS-enabled videos and imagery acquisition, storing and publishing: GeoView

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