Before camera mounts came around, cyclists and bikers had a difficult time capturing those unique and amazing moments of the ride. They would often come back to very disappointing footage that did little to show what they experienced while riding. Today, the Gopro mount is the ultimate solution to capturing elusive moments and riding footage that no other camera angle can. Whether you are a film maker or simply a bicycle enthusiast, you can use camera mounts on your bicycle or body to get one of a kind footage angles. Here are some tips you can use:
- What causes bad footage?
Before you learn how to get it right, it is important to know where many people go wrong when creating cycling footage. There has been an explosion of the number of POV biking videos but many of them are quite unimpressive for two main reasons. The camera angle does not change leaving a single boring perspective while the shots are very shaky. This coupled with poor editing leads to low quality films that hardly get any traction online.
- Setting up the camera right
Set up is the most important part of using camera mounts. While riding on a less than smooth surface, there is a lot of vibration that leads to shaky and noisy footage. You need to have secure mounting to avoid this. Use a camera that comes with a variety of mounts and mounting accessories, such as ball joints and straps to keep the camera in place. If you do not want to lose the camera all together, you should consider getting help securing the camera on the bicycle.
Another important aspect of set up is getting the camera angle right. Using the wide or super wide setting on the camera can lead to a bit of quality loss but enables you to capture a wider view of the ride than simply the tip of your bicycle tire.
- Avoid running out of power
If you are planning to spend the entire day or a couple of days filming, you should carry extra batteries or take a car charger to avoid running out of power. You might miss out on some amazing shots if you do.
- Helmet cams
The default position for mounting helmet cams is often on top of the helmet facing backwards or forward. If you want to create an interesting video of your biking experience, this may be your worst choice. However, if you are shooting a chase scene with another biker in front or behind you then this is the best position.
- Chest mount position
This is the best mounting position if you really want to show your riding experience in your footage. It gives amazing angles of how you manipulate the bicycle handles to steer the terrain, braking and shifting gears because of the close-up view of all objects in the frame. It creates very interesting footage of the ride especially if no other riders are present.
Visit http://www.barflybike.com for an assortment of gopro mount options for your bike.
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