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This is my first real edit of HD footage and I'm pretty stoked about the video quality and how well it comes out on YouTube. I shot all of this with my Go Pro HD using the chesty, handlebar mount, and a gorilla tripod. The editing was done on Sony Vegas Studio HD Platinum 10.0. The music is one of my favorite tunes by the Black Crowes.
Hope you like it, any comments or criticisms would be greatly appreciated. :thumbsup:

 

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I liked it. That said, one of the most overused camera mounts imho is the chest. It produces some of the shakiest footage possible. It can produce some very cool perspectives, but it often (mostly?) just results in earthquakevision. The fast, smooth bit at the end through the sage was lovely and good use of the chesty footage as were some clips early on. Some of the chunk was sort of unpleasantly bouncy for the viewer though and it made me skip ahead in the vid a few times. I liked the snow scenes a lot and the area was well displayed and made me want to ride there. Some sun would have been awesome, although I hardly expect you to control that. :) I really liked the pull or push zoom (Ken Burns effect) of the static off-bike shots. That was a nice way to break up the long chesty scenes. I'm not sold on the grip view, but I always admire experimentation anyway. I certainly know it is really hard to get real variety when you are the only person on the ride and can't 'direct' the filming of others. Overall I think it could have been a 3 minute vid and would not have sacrificed much in the way of story telling or miss conveying what the area is like, and you could have cut all the chesty stuff in half. The end brought no real sense of closure, but I guess that's a quibble. I thought the music was quite good and fit the mood of the scenes well. Overall a solid effort. :)
 

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I think tscheezy's analysis is pretty good.

You put in a lot of work the different camera views and have some good editing. I prefer the chest angle you had around 5:20 [I really like that part.] rather then the more overhead view you had earlier in the video. For the earlier chest parts it looks like you were trying to show some of the more technical parts of the trail. If this what you were trying to do I would experiment with the mounting locations. Perhaps on the frame?

I like chest perspective views. That being said they can be shaky, but I don't think it's too bad if it's brief. To me it helps show the roughness of that part of the trail. (I would make sure your chest harness is fairly snug.)

There were some slower parts which I think could be cut down.

Overall, I think it's a good video. I'm looking forward to seeing some more. :thumbsup:
 

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Thanks a lot guys! That is a lot of very good input. A couple of weeks ago when the weather was a little warmer (muddy) the equestrians were out there in the dozens and post-holed the crap out of the whole area. That is where the majority of the heavy shake is coming from and is hidden by the snow. That last shot (5:20+) is an area where the horses didn't make it but had the same setup on my DIY chest mount. My average speeds were down 2+ mph b/c it was so rough out there. Hopefully this year I will get more small group ride video's to help break things up a bit. I think the helmet mount is more stable but is kinda boring if there is no one in front.
The handlebar shot did a good job of showing how steep it is if you get off trail, but a little goes a long way so that is why there is only a couple of measures with it.
I am glad there is a forum like this. I really get a kick out of putting shots together and setting it to some of my favorite music. Watching what some of you do is like watching someone easily clean a section of trail that I struggle with. Gives inspiration and makes me want to ride more, which is what it is all about. Am I right?
 

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Fullsailbiker said:
I am glad there is a forum like this. I really get a kick out of putting shots together and setting it to some of my favorite music. Watching what some of you do is like watching someone easily clean a section of trail that I struggle with. Gives inspiration and makes me want to ride more, which is what it is all about. Am I right?
I'm with you. MTBR is a cool site and I love watching videos people put together. It's very inspirational. (I need to figure out a good video editing program.)

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A couple of weeks ago when the weather was a little warmer (muddy) the equestrians were out there in the dozens and post-holed the crap out of the whole area. That is where the majority of the heavy shake is coming from and is hidden by the snow.
I was wondering why it was so rough. I figured there were a lot of big rocks or something under the snow. My sister-in-law is an equestrian and she swears bikes tear up the trails more then horses. :rolleyes:
 

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Btw, I'm jealous of you guys that get to ride in the snow. It looks like a lot of fun.
I wouldn't mind if it never snowed here again, you can come and have all of it you want. :thumbsup: If I skied or had a snowmobile I may have different thoughts. Between the snow and the trail post-holed by horses, my avg speed was down by quite a bit from last spring. It really kinda sucks, although it would have been muddy out there if it didn't have a blanket of snow. :skep:
 

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I haven't done much with the camera on the mtn bike, but done a lot with my motorcycle.
When you are sitting at any time, you will get the bouncing, shakiness no matter the camera location. Therefore, any chance to stand will calm the camera. I really liked it. Very good effort. Thankx
 

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push / pull zoom?

tscheezy said:
I really liked the pull or push zoom (Ken Burns effect) of the static off-bike shots. That was a nice way to break up the long chesty scenes.
Pardon my ignorance but is this a feature of the camera or the editing software? It's soooo cool! :cool:
 

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Pardon my ignorance but is this a feature of the camera or the editing software? It's soooo cool! :cool:
It is a pan and crop feature on Sony Vegas Studio Platinum. Glad you liked it, I thought it was pretty cool too when I saw that others had done with it. There are a lot of things you can do with it and then there is overly stuff. I look forward to experimenting on that with the next video...if the trails will just dry out a little bit. I also figured out how to get rid of most of the vertical shake out of my chesty mount since that one too. I forgot a key part of my DIY chesty. :)
 
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