The problems of videography complexity has come up previously. The more things you have to do to get video, the more complex the gear, the more there will be a problem. Such was the hunt last night.
My regular scope is being upgraded and so I had been using a borrowed Pulsar Apex XD50 and last night I was using my Photon XT. I had hunted with it several times, but had not shot anything with it. I had charged the UNV MDVR, checked the charge, and installed it on the rifle. I did not do a system check once installed and that was my downfall.
Hog came in, sensed something wasn't right after sniffing in 4 directions (security check), and then headed back out in a different direction. I was trying to get the MDVR running when he took off. He's trotting and explicatives were flowing from my mouth as I had to change windows, open the new window, and get the rifle up, still trying to get the MDVR to come on.
I shot the hog after he stopped to do another security check...about 50 yards from where he checked 4 directions.
He went down and shuffled for a bit and then got his hind legs up and started driving away, his front legs not working. Another shot to the neck ended all activity.
So what went wrong on the recording. I fiddled with the wires and everything else, checking connections and such. Turns out I had a repeat problem that I thought I had addressed. The MDVR has a neat little "lock" sliding switch that will not allow the unit to come on if in LOCK position. If you aren't careful, you can lock it by accident. So I put a piece of duct tape over it to keep it from moving after this happened early last year. Well apparently the tape had slid a bit, the switch had been moved just a bit, and the lock had been engaged.
It is amazing what can go wrong. I have forgotten my SD card, had a cable not be plugged in, had the LOCK engage inadvertently, had the battery compartment on the scope come open (stops the recording and use of scope, LOL), dead battery in MDVR, etc.
MOST of these problems can be addressed successfully by doing due diligence to make sure everything is properly set up before you start hunting and rechecked when you get into the stand. Sometimes, however, things just go wrong.
Photon XT Digital Sight
Colt AR15 Monolithic 5.56
SSA loaded Barnes TSX 70 gr. ammo