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    Top MTB Videos - Part II

    Two years ago (man, time flies!) I started this thread called "GALLERY: Top MTB Videos". I figured it was time to update it---in the hopes that there have been a new crop of great MTB videos. I've posted some of what I think are the best from the last thread below.

    What makes a great MTB video? Perhaps it's easier to say what is NOT a great video: nothin' but bike or helmet-mounted GoPro footage! There are 10,000,000 vids out there people have shot with bike-mounted GoPros...and sorry, but they all look the same.

    One thing you'll notice in the videos below---by far the best scenes come from STATIONARY cameras sitting along side the trail. Most people aren't willing to do this because, well...it's a lot of work and people wanna ride. But hey, if you want to make GREAT vids, this is what you have to do.

    Also note the use of really unique, interesting subject compositions and camera angles, The videos below are old...but they're still some of the best I've seen anywhere.

    If you know of more great MTB videos that are not nothin' but bike-mounted GoPro footage, post 'em here!

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    Local trails ala cx on Vimeo

    This is possibly my all-time favorite video. The composition of each shot, the camera angles, and the overall flow of the piece are brilliant. Even cooler is that the guy is riding a CX bike. This is the textbook folks---learn from it!

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    Turner dw 5 Spot from Philip Tschersich on Vimeo.



    Turner dw 5 Spot on Vimeo

    Another classic from MTBR's tscheezy. His innovative use of zipline-mounted GoPro, pole-mounted GoPro, and the famous whirligig helmet-mounted GoPro are all awesome (and no doubt inspired many other people to do the same).

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...v=X4YLl4SurFU#!

    One of the hallmarks of a great MTB video is that the camera isn't on the riders 100% of the time. Note in this great vid how we see and enjoy the local scenery. When the rider goes by, note how the camera lingers on the scenery and doesn't hyperactively cut to the next rider shot the split-second he's out-of-frame. Also note the beautiful use of a slider for the camera (the slow tracking shots). These sliders aren't expensive now.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...v=4Ax0ROw-EgY#!

    This video is a perfect demonstration of the "Don't put the camera on the bike or your helmet, stupid!" principle. It shows what awesome shots (and what great perspective) you can get with a stationary camera along the trail. The use of jump-cuts at the opening (as the rider is walking back up the trail) is great, and all the creative ways they use the landscape to frame the riders is excellent.

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...v=PJPcDbZf7zI#!

    This video is a bit heavy on effects, but they're generally used in an interesting and tasteful way (with the exception of the kaleidescope effect---we could do without that one, LOL). Lots of creative camera angles here---I especially like the overhead-looking-down angle, which we rarely see. Nice use of jump-dissolves in the same shot, and great use of slow pans as the rider goes by. Most importantly, this vid shows that you CAN use bike-mounted GoPro footage...as long as you don't go overboard with it. Here, we see just enough of it to get a taste of the speed and flow...but then we cut away from it before we get sick of it.

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    Know any other great MTB videos? Post links below!

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    cool video ,thank you ,summer is coming soon!!

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    Aerial footage of Tapia Canyon, CA riders

    Here's is a video I shot using my RC Hexacopter following riders down singletrack trail named Kona, in Tapia Canyon in Castaic, CA. Actually, this trail is Carl's trail that is the bottom end of Kona.

    Hmm. It won't let me post the links since I'm new to this forum.
    Search camerajumper1 on YouTube to get my channel and view the Tapia Canyon video.

    Thx

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    Sweet videos.

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    Here you go Camerajumper. You've got a pretty cool thing going with that rig.

    FPV MTB in Tapia Canyon - YouTube

    I'm surprised how long you followed those guys without loosing signal to the drone. It would look better the lower the elevation, but then the risks skyrocket too.

    Are you in the Valencia area, based on your other vids?

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    And for keeping on topic with this thread, I always come back to this as one of the benchmarks of shooting and editing. There's nothing too outlandish at any point, but it's a solid rhythm of changing shots. They go through every shot in the book - pans, tracks, near, far, depthed, etc, and it's just super clean. There's also tasteful use of slo-mo, which is something that is often overdone. Plus they did in in the holy grail of diffuse lighting - fog! Everything looks so vibrant.




    And that direction change at 1:15 That's superhuman riding.

    But these days, with the affordability of video SLR's and editing software, it's so easy to watch exquisitely made videos all day long. The bar has really be set high in amateur video production.

    Edit - uh oh...were you looking exclusively for stationary camera videos made by the riders themselves? If you were, then I totally screwed the pooch with my post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SWriverstone View Post
    nothin' but bike or helmet-mounted GoPro footage!

    There are 10,000,000 vids out there people have shot with bike-mounted GoPros

    If you know of more great MTB videos that are not nothin' but bike-mounted GoPro footage, post 'em here!

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    You do know, don't you, that there are other bike mounted cameras besides GoPro. Contour and Drift being the next two biggest ones. Can we play or is this for the clunky square boxes only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    You do know, don't you, that there are other bike mounted cameras besides GoPro. Contour and Drift being the next two biggest ones. Can we play or is this for the clunky square boxes only?
    You seem to be hung up on the form factor of your favorite camera regardless of the simple fact that it cannot capture the same quality video that those "chunky square boxes" can.

    What rational person gives a sh|t about how the camera looks vs. the quality of the captured video?

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    I can't neg you twice so we'll just have to disagree.

    Quote Originally Posted by testing1.2.3. View Post
    You seem to be hung up on the form factor of your favorite camera regardless of the simple fact that it cannot capture the same quality video that those "chunky square boxes" can.

    What rational person gives a sh|t about how the camera looks vs. the quality of the captured video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by testing1.2.3. View Post
    You seem to be hung up on the form factor of your favorite camera regardless of the simple fact that it cannot capture the same quality video that those "chunky square boxes" can.

    What rational person gives a sh|t about how the camera looks vs. the quality of the captured video?
    Wow, are you short sighted. You seem to be hung up on being a fanboi.

    It's not about how it looks - I could care less how it looks. It's about how it works. How it works OVERALL. I grant that the HD3 has the best video. But the Contour can be mounted anywhere and for those of us without 4K or 2.7K TVs, does perfectly fine 1080p video.

    The clunky square boxes stick out from virtually anywhere, threatening to grab branches, people or whatever. Other than the chesty mount, that thing just can't be conveniently mounted many places. And - my personal opinion here only - the chesty mount videos look weird; like ET is the rider with those long skinny arms produced by the wide FOV lens (which Contour and Drift would also do in the same mounting position).

    And uploading the video to YouTube or Vmeo renders the HD3's advantage moot until they will store and replay at the higher resolutions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zuarte View Post
    Here you go Camerajumper. You've got a pretty cool thing going with that rig.



    I'm surprised how long you followed those guys without loosing signal to the drone. It would look better the lower the elevation, but then the risks skyrocket too.

    Are you in the Valencia area, based on your other vids?

    I live in Santa Clarita and I will be flying out there again. I will be dropping down in altitude for closer shots, but that was just my first few flights out there. Once, I get to learn where the taller trees are I'll be much lower.
    As far as losing radio signal, I could have gone a bit further but I was more concerned about my live video feed dropping out as they went around a bend.
    I'll be doing some video for a MTB magazine soon, hopefully.

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    IMO the videos shown in the thread below have a very good balance of POV and off the bike scenes making them very entertaining to watch:

    Ancient Lakes Washington

    Congratulations to the authors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh View Post
    Wow, are you short sighted. You seem to be hung up on being a fanboi.

    It's not about how it looks - I could care less how it looks. . But the Contour can be mounted anywhere and for those of us without 4K or 2.7K TVs, does perfectly fine 1080p video.

    The clunky square boxes stick out from virtually anywhere, threatening to grab branches, people or whatever. Other than the chesty mount, that thing just can't be conveniently mounted many places. And - my personal opinion here only - the chesty mount videos look weird; like ET is the rider with those long skinny arms produced by the wide FOV lens (which Contour and Drift would also do in the same mounting position).

    And uploading the video to YouTube or Vmeo renders the HD3's advantage moot until they will store and replay at the higher resolutions.

    god bless chesty mount

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    Good bike, i like)

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    about a year or so ago someone put a great video on here filmed out at Gooseberry Mesa. Great mix of video and excellent, professional level photography. The author pulled it down after getting hammered by tons of folks who protested he and his buddies pushing boulders down into the canyon. I wish I had that video though, it was one of the best videos I've seen on this site. No, I'm not pro-boulder rolling, just enjoyed his video. Anyone remember that video or remember who the author was? I'd like to see it again.

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