1. Place Pivo at X
Pivo works best when it can track the full shape of your horse at an even distance all around. X is the best position to place Pivo at for optimal performance. If you're tracking with Pivo in an open field, the middle of the space will be ideal.
When placing Pivo at the side, we recommend keeping a distance in the following conditions:
- 2 meters in walk
- 3 meters in trot
- 5 meters in canter
2. 10% Rule
In order for Pivo to pick up on your horse, it should be at least 10% of the screen. That being said, the quality of Tracking depends on factors such as lighting, distance, speed of movement, your smartphone camera specifications as well as the size of the object in the screen.
3. Stand Out!
We want to see you, and Pivo also wants to see you! Help Pivo distinguish your horse from the background by using some brightly colored horse gear.
Note: The gear should be in contrast to your horse and the background if your horse is a similar shade to your background.
- If your horse is light and the background is light, use dark gear.
- If your horse is dark and the background is dark, use light gear.
4. Set up Your Smartphone
The best camera position for recording Horse Tracking with your Pivo is in landscape mode with the back camera (back cameras often have higher quality than front cameras). To ensure a better tracking quality, Horse Tracking feature only works with the back camera.
5. Type of Smartphone
The Pod and apps are compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones which meet the minimum configuration requirements:
- iPhone 7 or above with iOS 12.0 or higher
- Premium Android phones from 2017 and later with Android version 8.0 or higher
That being said, the more recent the smartphone, the higher the camera quality is likely to be. The higher the camera quality, the easier it will be for Pivo to track you.
Please check out full list of compatible smartphones for tracking here.
If your phone is not on the list, please ask our Official Horse Community.
6. Action Cameras
For some variety in footage, action cameras are a great option to use with Pivo. While Pivo is tracking your horse with Horse Tracking on your smartphone, you can be filming with the action camera attached to the Action Mount for wider lens capabilities. Click here for How to Get Started with the Action Mount.
7. Working Pivo Remotely
Once you've set up your Pivo to AI Horse Tracking, you can take photos and start recording videos remotely with a few options.
Smart Capture: You can take photos remotely using the Smart Capture - Gesture mode . If you're looking to take pictures with your Pivo while you're on your horse, but don't have a remote control handy, you can simply clap from your position and Pivo will register the noise and take your picture for you. If you're using a Bluetooth headset and are further away, you can clap and the sound will be registered by Pivo through your Bluetooth headset. Pivo will then take your picture and the countdown sound will play in your headset so you know the exact time to strike a perfect pose!
Alternatively, you can also choose to take photos remotely using the Action Capture mode under Smart Capture. Simply tap on the Capture button, do your thing and Pivo will capture it. Find out more about Action Capture here.
Remote Control: You can completely control your Pivo using the included remote control. Follow the instructions in the pictures below for how to use your remote control with Pivo with Tracking on or off.
Tips & Tricks: Mode Settings
1. On-Screen Position
Use Left Position (if you are moving from left to right) or Right Position (if you are moving from right to left) in Landscape mode for better tracking when you're wanting to move at a faster pace.
With Auto-Alignment, Pivo will automatically adjust the alignment of the tracking target on the screen to ensure that the target is always centered. When the target is moving towards the left, the Pivo Pod App will automatically adjust the alignment to Right to ensure the target is centered. When the target is moving towards the right, the Pivo Pod App will automatically adjust the alignment to Right to ensure the target is centered.
2. Tracking Speed
Set your Pivo at slow if you're looking to move at a chill pace, or at Fast or Frenzy (only available with Pod Silver) if you're looking to move at a faster pace.
3. Predictive Follow
If you're looking to ride at a fast pace, turn on Predictive Follow so that even if you ride out of frame beyond the rotation speed of your Pivo (10 seconds per rotation for Pod Red and 4 seconds per rotation for Pod Silver), Pivo will track you in the direction you're going for 40 more degrees.
4. Target Exposure
If you're riding in an area with uneven lighting, or in the morning or afternoon where the sun is brighter on one side of the screen, we recommend turning Target Exposure on. With Target Exposure on, your horse will be evenly exposed no matter whether the background gets darker or lighter, and Pivo will be able to track your horse easier.
5. Auto Zoom
Auto Zoom is a super cool feature that allows Pivo to automatically zoom in and out on the tracking target in Smart Tracking. When you move far away, Pivo will automatically zoom in to make sure you stay at least 10% of the frame in order to continue tracking you at a far distance. Please turn on Auto Zoom in order to track your horse at further distances.