Why does everyone point their camera at the ground? I stopped watching after about 30 seconds of jiggly handlebar footage.
Thanks for the comment. My son and I are completely new to the process and trying to figure out what works best. I prefer the chest mount as it gives more of the riders perspective over just the trail view from the helmet or handlebar mounts. I like the wide angle mode, but he preferred this setup better. We definitely need to take more time on the rides to swap out angles, camera modes, and views to make more interesting footage in the end.
But hey, we are having some fun so that's all that matters...
Some suggestions: you need to mix in other types of shots and/or stills. The video could use some titles.
Also, if you use the chest mount of the GoPro, I find it gets a better angle if I turn the whole thing upside down. That way, it can aim a little higher and see the horizon (thus avoiding getting everybody that watches so sick).
Lastly, try some shots when you are not in back. It'd be nice to see the trail w/o the bike in the way some of the time.
Thanks for all the great advice LeeMan, much appreciated.
I used VideoPad for the editing. Pretty simple to use for a non-techy guy like me..lol. Still a bunch of cool features that I have not used yet and for a $70 software package, it seems to work pretty well.
Now that I have done my first videos, I can definitely see where we need more variations of shots, angles, captions, etc...
Here is another that I loaded up to Youtube. Similar, but some with a few different angles and shots. Flagline, Whoops, and a little Phils trail.
Yes, I see there are different types of shots mixed in. Very nice, but not quite there, cinematically, IMHO.
Suggestion: buy or borrow your favorite mountain bike video, but watch the cinematography closely. For a given sequence (like riding down some trail), you need to intermix what *appears* to be the same sequence, but from different angels. For example, you see it from the rider's view, then flash to a view from the side of the trail showing the rider, then back to the rider's view, etc.
Don't get me wrong -- you don't have to do any of those things. But I detect a spark of artist in you. I'm kind of a fan of cinamatography, so I try to observe it all the time. When my wife is enjoying some movie I'll say "can you image where the camera had to be for this shot?". I suspect she's not amused.
Interesting you posted the MBO video, I just watched it yesterday.
I totally understand what you are suggesting, now we just need to get out and make it happen. Our Alpine video has a little near the end of me riding a section with numerous angles (until I got tired of climbing the hill for the 4th time...lol).