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Contour Intros Viewfinder App for Video Cam

App lets smart phone to act as a live viewfinder for ContourGPS video camera

Contour's ConnectView card, a free app and Bluetooth technology make your video camera phone that much smarter.
Contour's ConnectView card, a free app and Bluetooth technology make your video camera and phone that much smarter.

As we reported back in January, the folks at Contour, the hands-free video camera company, were working on a killer app to allow your smart phone to work as a viewfinder for their cameras.

Now the company has announced that its Viewfinder App for iPhone and iPod touch is available. So no more frustration with setting up your helmet cam and then going for a sweet ride only to replay the video to find blue sky, blurry trail or nothing.

Inserting the company’s new ConnectView card into a ContourGPS camera allows an iPhone or iPod to connect via Bluetooth. Once the connection is established, the free Viewfinder App enables iPhone or iPod touch to act as a live viewfinder.

The ConnectView card is compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPod touch (third and fourth generation).

“This changes the game in hands-free video,” said Contour CEO Marc Barros. “With this solution, we’ve overcome the limitation of a video camera lacking a wireless screen. Now when your camera is mounted you can actually look at a screen to line up your shot and change your settings in real time. Hands-free video just got a lot more hands-free.”

To use the new feature, ContourGPS video camera users must:

•                Update the firmware on their ContourGPS camera.

•                Purchase the Contour ConnectView card ($29.99 MSRP) from

•                Download the free Viewfinder App from the App Store.

The Contour Viewfinder App is available for free from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at

For complete instructions and additional information, visit

The ContourGPS camera lets users record, post, and share their video while tracking their path, speed, and elevation on a map — all at the same time.