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Run Series 7 is here!

Posted by Chris Galipo on December 01, 2015 (0 Comments)
Virtual Active Run Series 7 invites you to explore Northern France and much more. Come run in the sun on the golden sands of Waikiki Beach in Oahu, up Mt. Haleakala in Maui, or even up to a mountaintop swamp in Kauai. You can also explore the rugged coast and rustic charm of Northern France, and finally, join us on one of our favorite runs along the Embarcadero up to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Run Series 7 is offered as basic workouts, where you enjoy the scenery at your own pace, and is available as HD or SD downloads.

Virtual Active Hike Series 6

Posted by Chris Galipo on June 23, 2015 (0 Comments)
Virtual Active Hike Series 6 invites you to explore the Hawaiian Islands and much more. Come trek the ridges of the spectacular "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" in Kauai. Explore the martian landscapes of the Sliding Sands Trail in Maui. Find your way through caves and lava tubes on Hawaii's Big Island. But that's not all, Hike Series 6 also takes you to more places in Taiwan, such as the famous Bao'an Temple in Taipei. After all the island hopping, come hike through the Forests of Costa Rica in this jungle-centric counterpart to our Central American series.
Hike Series 6 is offered as basic workouts, where you enjoy the scenery at your own pace, and is available as HD or SD downloads.

Virtual Active Run Series 6

Posted by Chris Galipo on January 30, 2015 (0 Comments)
Virtual Active Run Series 6 has arrived! We invite you to run under the blue skies of Paris, France. Tour the sweeping coastline of Central California as you discover Big Sur. Explore the romantic barrios of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jog the volcanic terrain of Hawaii's Big Island, and come witness the ornate temples and misty mountains of Taiwan in a 50-minute, long form run through our first Asian destination. Run Series 6 is offered as basic workouts, where you enjoy the scenery at your own pace, and is available as HD or SD downloads.

Virtual Active Run and Hike Series 5

Posted by Chris Galipo on November 11, 2014 (0 Comments)
  Here in time for a Pre-Holiday workout, Virtual Active is pleased to announce the release of Run and Hike Series 5.
Tour the Tropics of Panama and Costa Rica, witness the remote beauty of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina with this 5-part Run and Hike Series.
The Hike Series is full of wildlife; you'll take an exhibition to Isla Magdalena in Chile to hang out with colonies of penguins, and in Costa Rica you'll discover lazy sloths and luscious waterfalls. In the Run Series, you'll run through the canopy of cloud forests in Costa Rica and down the Amador Causeway of Panama City. In both, an adventure awaits for you in the Miraflores Locks of the famous Panama Canal, and atop one of the few glaciers on Earth still growing: the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.
   
  Please take note: to get videos to you faster, we've released Series 5 as a basic (non-instructed) download only. Feel free to turn on your favorite tunes, because we've also decided to release Series 5 without music, only the rich soundscapes of the world abroad.

Jumping Rope

Posted by Larissa Mills on December 23, 2013 (0 Comments)

 

 

Jumping rope benefits include: weight loss, increased cardiovascular fitness, and muscle tone. So boost your heart, legs, and health while wearing our VA T-shirt use "HOLIDAYFITNESS" at check out. bit.ly/1c2Z0xp

Coming Attractions

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on November 25, 2013 (0 Comments)

Have a look at some of the new titles debuting over the next few weeks, as well as some of the titles we're prepping for 2014.

 

 

Behind the Scenes Preview of Our New Series

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on November 04, 2013 (0 Comments)

New Virtual Active Run, Hike, and Bike series are on the way soon, and many of the new titles are from our Western Canada production. Check out this Behind the Scenes preview.

Happy Birthday Yosemite National Park

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on October 01, 2013 (0 Comments)
Yosemite is 123 years old today, and thanks to the government shutdown, it's getting the day off. In the meantime, you can still visit Yosemite or any of the U.S. National Parks we've filmed virtually, at 25 percent off using the discount code: USPARKS
Check out the list of applicable titles, including segments in Acadia, Arches, Badlands, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion National Park.

HD Downloads Available Now

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on April 25, 2013 (0 Comments)

720p HD downloads are now available for all of our RUN, HIKE, and ICG:World Tour videos. The 1280 x 720 files are more than three times the resolution of our current files, for a crisper, more immersive VA experience. This is the Virtual Active your high definition television has been waiting for.


HD Downloads FAQ

Why are HD downloads better than the regular downloads?
- The substantially higher resolution files will look much cleaner, crisper, and more beautiful on your high definition TV, iPad, or laptop. For a highly visual program like VA, this improves the experience tremendously.

Do they look better than DVD?
- Yes, much better.  They don't, however, offer some of the options available on DVD, such as the ability to stop the music and listen to only the ambient sounds. If these options are important to you, you might want to stick with DVD for now.

Why didn't you offer HD downloads in the first place?
- When we first offered downloads we wanted them to be compatible with video iPods, and this limited our resolution and file size considerably. We also wanted to make sure downloads happened as quickly as possible, and HD files are twice the size of the SD files, and take much longer to download. However, broadband connections are improving, and we thought now was the time to make HD files available. The quality difference is worth the wait.

Why 720p?  Why not 1080p?
- As indicated above, file size and download times are major considerations, and we feel that 720 files strike the right balance between quality and files size. We're sure you'll see the difference between 360p and 720p files, the difference between 720 and 1080 is less obvious.

Are there any downsides to HD?
- As noted above, the download times will be twice as long for each file. This also means they will fill up your device (iPad, laptop hard-drive, etc.) much faster. If you have limited file storage or slow internet, you may want to stick with SD files for now.

I like Compass and Connect18, will these ever be available in HD?
Possibly, if enough people request them.

Virtual Active Hike Series 3

Posted by Ruben Grijalva on December 31, 2012 (0 Comments)


Just in time to help with your New Year's resolution, Virtual Active Hike Series 3 has arrived.  Towering peaks, pristine lakes, and ancient forests distinguish this five-part hiking series that explores the Pacific Rim. You’ll walk the cinematic landscapes of New Zealand’s North and South Islands, follow the azure waters of California’s Central Coast, trek the rocky peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Trinity mountain ranges, and enjoy breathtaking tree top views of British Columbia. On the guided hikes, you’ll be joined by Johnny Pearman, who will serve as your tour guide and trainer. On the basic hikes, you can enjoy the scenery on your own.

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