We all like to revisit the best moment of our lives. The same goes with cycling when you are on a tour and encounter a magical spell, you would like to capture those magical moments and revisit them anytime you like or share them with your fans to make them realize how cool cycling is.
But most cycling enthusiasts can’t capture the best moment of cycling despite having all the tools and equipment onboard. This guide is going to help those capture the lively moments of magical encounters in the best way possible.
Make your gears always ready:
The camera is the first gear and the most important tool that makes or breaks your cool bike capturing experience. As you would be capturing moments on a bicycle, you require an action camera, GoPro Action cameras are the best, you can use any of them that suits you the most. Get waterproof jackets to help with the camera, mostly the action cameras in themselves are waterproof.
More than just having a camera, the more important is making the camera accessible. For making a film or capturing a video on the bike, you should make your life easy by having the camera closer to you. For that, you can have a handlebar bag and get your camera and other stuff such as an SD card reader, extra lenses, spare battery, ready so that you could get things rolled smoothly.
For the camera, I would like to add more that make it minimal without compromising on the quality. Go with a lightweight high-quality camera that could capture Ultra HD images without any blurry experience.
Get A tripod:
I would highly recommend using a tripod for various reasons. The first thing is, it makes your filming experience steady. Yes, for some the weight could be a problem, but you can find a very lightweight and thin tripod that helps you take timelapse shots.
It helps you make memories in front of the camera; you can also capture steady pictures and make a film of the scenery. For me, I make time lapses, to help capture all the things I do on the trails or during the camping to make my fans easily get engaged.
Back up your footage:
For biking, those who hit the trails know how hard it is to make the footage stored and kept them safe for the weeks or sometimes months-long trips. For me, I try to take more than one hard drive, it could be one SD card, 2 external Hard drives, USB adapter to let me share the footage or film from one drive to the other drive without any big trouble.
If the internet connectivity is available, you enable cloud storage sync. For me this is the best option, as it makes me store the videos in the cloud so if I drop any of the bags or lose any of the drive or SD card, I have still my footage stored in a safe place, where I could access anytime, I like.
Plan the shots from different angles:
I would highly recommend you to have a plan before you just go and randomly capture the films. At least write down ten shots that you want to capture from different angles, try to explain the angles too. The more you plan, the better product would come surfaced.
I always try to shoot three angles of one scene or film a shot three ways. Having more than one shot for one scene actually helps you in editing. For instance, if you are interested in making cooking in the camp captured, rather than just taking and grabbing one shot, you can make a beginning, middle, and end shot, or you can say a wide, medium, or tight shot.
For a cool bike filming experience without voice, no way. You get to record the voice with the actions too. Well, I am not saying you need to put a detailed commentary, you just speak when required. You can put audio later when you reach your destination in the evening in an isolated environment without any background noise using the audio recorder.
During The Shot:
You should start shooting the film in a public place, not outside your house.
About the best camera position, I would say, it is the top of your head. The top of the head is the most stable position, suffers less mechanical shake.
I always love to record my audio too. I hire a dedicated audio recorder or microphone, but in windy environments, it makes it hard to record without background windy noises. For that, I mentioned I like to add voice notes during the editing of my audio records.
Most people like to capture their face, I find it annoying, and it never looks good to record your face from the handle of the bike, it always looks big and annoying. If you have to record something, it should be your bike, and sometimes your face when it is important.
If there is something worth your attention in the surrounding during your biking, be sure to stop and point those things out of the camera so that those watching the video could better learn about the sensation or scenery making you stop at that point.
If there is a nice landmark, spend some time there, learn the history of that, and try to provide your viewers that information to educate them, it really enhances your audience. Try to take some great pictures of yourself during the ride, it would be helpful for adding as the thumbnail.
After the video:
It is not just the making cool biking film that helps you go viral on social media and YouTube; you have to be a good editor to get things rolled. If you don’t have premium video editing software, go with DaVinci Resolve, it is a free video editing software that provides professional-grade editing and color grading.
To film a cool bike tour, you require different skillsets adhered. From capturing the videos to taking the right shots at the right angles, and editing them, you will have to dedicate yourself to the project. If you follow the mentioned tips and tricks, I am sure you will be able to pull out a great film of your bike tour.