Many have asked about video techniques for better motorbike vids, here are our tips collected from other videographers and what we've worked out so far ourselves. All footage shot with my GoPro camera. This focuses on dirt bike motovlogs and enduro vids - it looks at lighting, video editing, editing software, camera equipment, mounts, lighting and Gopro specifics. Get into our website here: http://crosstrainingenduro.com/
Had a lot of questions about filming, Gopro cameras and video editing over the past year. There are guys putting out way better
vids than us in terms of camera quality, filming technique, editing and the actual riding, BUT I reckon we've hit on a pretty
good mix of techniques to make reasonably good quality vids on a budget, without wasting valuable riding time.
Lighting: Cameras hate dealing with contrast so filming under trees with all those shadows isn't idea. the best lighting is an
overcast day, or very early in the morning or late in the afternoon. the next best is simply in direct sunlight and no shadows
from overhead trees. however, good quality cameras like the gopro black will cope with shadows quite well.
Keep it smooth: bouncing jarring footage ain't much fun after a few seconds. a helmet mount is the smoothest of all as your legs
and body act as extra suspension. when filming i focus on keeping the helmet steady and really absorbing the impacts with my
legs, and strangely enough often ride better as a result. side and top helmet mounts tend to be dangerous, i opt for the much safer
chinbar mount. going for the widest angle lens possible smooths things out too.
if holding the camera to film someone else, use triangles which are the most stable shape. for example, hold the camera with two hands
which forms a kind of triangle. tuck your elbows in against your body, another kind of triangle. hold your breathe and move the camera
smoothly as you follow the bike. don't walk or move your feet, just twist your body to follow the action.
for the ultimate in smooth footage, where possible lean against your bike or a tree, or even hold the camera against a tree.
Different angles: that wide camera angle smooths things out, but you need to get in very close to catch the action. Mix the camera
angles up for interest. Five minutes of helmet cam footage gets boring. Jump off your bike a few times and do some hand filming, as
showing a different angle occasionally makes the vid way more interesting. Cameras are well known for making steep bits look flat.
do some hand filming from the side to show the steepness. We covered a pile of different angles to use in this vid.
Film short bits: One style of filming is just leave the camera on, but editing two hours of footage is tedious. We tend to film in five
to 10 second bursts of just the interesting stuff. You might miss someone's crash, but the editing is so much easier when you get home.
TELLING THE STORY
Unless you are a top rider, your footage will be pretty boring if there's no attached story.
Got a story to tell?: an example, if one of the has a big crash, you might call the vid "Ted's big stack" so the vid finishes with
that, and everything leads up to that. Or it might be a goal of attempting a hill climb nobody has made.
Narrating: one thing i like about the proshot chinbar mount is you can talk while you ride. otherwise, you can just use your gopro
to record your voice then drop that into your video editing.
Write your story: most of us don't like the sound of our own voice, so another option is to just type messages across the screen.
Remember writing stories or assignements at school? Try the same thing for your story... an introduction, the main body, and a conclusion.
Cameras: A decent camera helps. Sony and Contour put out quite good cameras but the Gopro is generally considered best of them all, and has plenty
of attachments and accessories. They also have their budget model now which provides better bang for your buck than the cheap chinese options.
Always have your name and phone number somewhere on the camera or case if it falls off. I always tether the camera to the helmet.
A bit of foam is handy for holding across the microphone in windy conditions.
Generally i leave the camera on 1080p and 30 frames per second, and only choose slow motion for something special as otherwise the video
files get too big and i chew through batteries fast.
Other stuff: What else? Spare batteries. For more info on mounts, see our other vid.
Editing software: There are heaps of editing software packages out there. it's not for beginners but i use sony vegas because its cheap but has almost everything the expensive professional programs do.