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    Good job! My final Utah video: the eponymous Slickrock Swamp Trail

    This is a classic ride at the entrance to Zion National Park. It has sage flats, beautiful views of Zion, fun singletrack, nice cacti, and of course a cattail swamp in the middle of a beautiful slickrock, all above the town of Rockville. Enjoy.

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    very nice video..i love the camera angles

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    Excellent video! How you get your camera so stable?

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    Awesome video man!

    Though I honestly liked the music better, who was that?

    Is that your wife that rides with you? I gotta get my wife to watch her ride, she'd really inspire her.

    Great job all around, I really enjoyed it!

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    WOW!!! That is an awesome video!! Loved everything about it.
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    Great!

    One of the best videos I've seen in a loooong time! Nice filming, editing, riding and scenery. And thanks for posting good quality.

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    I really enjoyed that. Thanks for sharing.
    btw. How did you achieve that camera angle that appeared to be on board but shot from higher than a helmet mount ?

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    It's all done with one GoPro HD, and I stop periodically to move it around. I have a GoPro seatpost/handlebar mount for some of the seatpost shots. I have a GoPro Chesty that I added a fiberglass rod to so that the mount would not bounce so much. The rod is zip-tied to the plastic plate in front and then it goes up the left shoulder strap and is attached there too. The dumb design aspect to the Chesty is that it does little to stop the plastic plate from tilting up and down on your chest when going over bumps. The rod stops a lot of this movement. For the odd angles on the bike I use a RAM clamp mount. You can get some ideas in this thread. I use a GoPro tripod adapter, and put it on a RAM camera head.

    For the "helicopter" or skimming-the-ground shots I mount the camera on an extension. It's either a stick a pick up along the trail, or if I have planned ahead I use a telescoping ski pole. Obviously this requires you to hand-hold the camera and ride one-handed, so you only get the weird angles when the trail is pretty smooth or on climbs. Aiming the camera is a bit general, but with a 170 degree field of view, it's hard to miss. The panning-then-following behind shots are done using the technique mentioned above while stationary, and then following the riders either on foot for a short distance, or on my bike. You need a cooperative riding partner since all this requires regular stops and moving the camera around on the bike. Some of the stability is inherent in using a sort of boom with an inertial mass on the end, and the rest of the smooth movement comes from Apple's iMovie '09 built in stabilization feature. It tends to soften the focus a bit, but the stabilizing results can be impressive.

    My wife is an awesome rider and humors my little side interests like video and photography.
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    Yout video is top notch.. very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    It's all done with one GoPro HD, and I stop periodically to move it around. I have a GoPro seatpost/handlebar mount for some of the seatpost shots. I have a GoPro Chesty that I added a fiberglass rod to so that the mount would not bounce so much. The rod is zip-tied to the plastic plate in front and then it goes up the left shoulder strap and is attached there too. The dumb design aspect to the Chesty is that it does little to stop the plastic plate from tilting up and down on your chest when going over bumps. The rod stops a lot of this movement. For the odd angles on the bike I use a RAM clamp mount. You can get some ideas in this thread. I use a GoPro tripod adapter, and put it on a RAM camera head.

    For the "helicopter" or skimming-the-ground shots I mount the camera on an extension. It's either a stick a pick up along the trail, or if I have planned ahead I use a telescoping ski pole. Obviously this requires you to hand-hold the camera and ride one-handed, so you only get the weird angles when the trail is pretty smooth or on climbs. Aiming the camera is a bit general, but with a 170 degree field of view, it's hard to miss. The panning-then-following behind shots are done using the technique mentioned above while stationary, and then following the riders either on foot for a short distance, or on my bike. You need a cooperative riding partner since all this requires regular stops and moving the camera around on the bike, but my wife tends to humor me. Some of the stability is inherent in using a sort of boom with an inertial mass on the end, and the rest of the smooth movement comes from iMovie's built in stabilization feature. It tends to soften the focus a bit, but the stabilizing results can be impressive.

    My wife is an awesome rider and humors my little side interests like video and photography.
    Thanks for sharing, I aspire to make something of that quality some day. Awesome

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    Standing ovation from my cubicle

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    Great, innovative video!

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    One of the best vids I've seen on here - well done! Thanks for sharing.

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    Like I said before this guy is a film maker! Its his job I will not believe otherwise! LOL joking dude you have some skills!

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    Sorry, I missed this earlier.

    Quote Originally Posted by monty797
    Though I honestly liked the music better, who was that?
    It's "Knocked Up" by Kings of Leon. Glad you liked it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    I have a GoPro Chesty that I added a fiberglass rod to so that the mount would not bounce so much. The rod is zip-tied to the plastic plate in front and then it goes up the left shoulder strap and is attached there too. The dumb design aspect to the Chesty is that it does little to stop the plastic plate from tilting up and down on your chest when going over bumps. The rod stops a lot of this movement. )
    Do you have a picture of this setup w/ the rod?
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    Very, very nice thank you for sharing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pspwesty
    Do you have a picture of this setup w/ the rod?
    Repost this question late next week. I would be happy to take a pic of my setup but I am on the road for a while and I will forget.

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    Sweet vid & great job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    Sorry, I missed this earlier.


    It's "Knocked Up" by Kings of Leon. Glad you liked it.

    Thanks man, I've heard of them but never really listened to em. Good to know!

    And I was just kidding, that video footage is fantastic.

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    Added to favorites on youtube... I watched it 3 times so far...I love it. I will be in fruita and moab at the end of May and these videos and pics just keep me motivated looking forward bto the trip.
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    Thanks for showing us the way.

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    If you want to see it in HD, I put it on Vimeo. Follow the link, make sure the HD is enabled, and watch it full screen. The quality is good, but still a noticeable cut below the original I'm afraid.

    Link---->
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    It looks great! A lot better than YouTube.

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    Inspiring film making tscheesy!! My imoviesHD (from'06) dosn't have the stabilization feature, gonna have to upgrade one of these days! Rather spend the $ on finishing my pretty blue Fatback right now ( and maybe another Tachyon ). Any chance on getting you guys down to the OR dunes w/ the FB's this year? Solo in the wide open dunes is awesome for sure.... but multiple FB's w/ multiple cams running would be epic! And, as you probly know, if your partners are also into filming, messin' around with the cams is all good. But if they're not, It's a tough go. Keep up the good work!

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    Mad props Mate. I'll be in that part of Utah next week, now I'm inspired to find that trail.
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    Great video. Thanks for posting.

    I have a newbie question. I hear alot about different types of Mountain Bikes. Some are labeled cross country, some all mountain, downhill etc.......What type of riding would this be classified as?

    Could a XC bike handle this type of riding?

    I apologize if these are dumb questions but I am new to the sport and trying to decipher all the classifications.

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    This would be considered an advanced cross country trail, or an "all mountain" ride. There is enough chunk that a full suspension bike with 4" front and back would do fine, but it's more fun with 5-6". An XC bike could handle the trail with no problems under an experienced rider. The slickrock is relatively smooth but the wash bottoms are a bit ledgey/bouldery.

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    WOW! That was an awesome video! The camera angles were amazing!

    It's videos like this that demonstrate why I riding out west Moab or Sedona is one of the things I want to do before I die! Thank you for the inspiration!
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    Awesome job on the video! Great is all ways. Nice rides too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pspwesty
    Do you have a picture of this setup w/ the rod?
    Here you go:






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    Amazing video, extremely good effort.

    By the way, what knee guards are those -the ones your wife used?

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    Well deserved bump

    I've watched this and your other videos many times. They inspire me to keep on riding. Your videos have set a new standard of quality, and people who have missed them should take a look. I'd recommend viewing the higher quality posts on Vimeo:

    Great filming, editing, riding, scenery, and music choices. And Barney is pretty hot

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    ^^^^^ +1 - well deserved bump. As I sit here looking out the window at what has been a very rainy, wet 2 weeks of weather, trails WAY too muddy to ride....why, why, why don't I live someplace where I could ride trails like that???

    Great video, nice trails...jealous.

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    I didn't know there was a video forum here on mtbr..

    what a nice flow. Your planning was wonderful, well done. Thx
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    Real inspiring stuff there tscheezy.

    That just makes me want to get out on my bike.

    Hope you don't mind but i posted a link up on a UK forum so a few more people could see it.

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    One of the best videos i've seen in a long time
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    amazing vid I love the quality and unique angles
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    this just made my week. A great reminder of all the reasons we love riding. Awesome work!
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