Your Ride Videos

Ever filmed one of your rides, family get togethers or other great moment caught on film, saved that footage on your computer and then….. never to be seen again. It’s a common scenario, but there are some easy steps you can take to turn that raw footage and turn it into something you can enjoy on your home TV in your living room or share online with family and friends.

To demonstrate the process, this is just how we make our films at the TCC that we use for our web home page and our YouTube channel. There are a few steps, but they are pretty easy once you get your head around the workflow. I’m not a professional videographer or editor and you don’t need to be either. It’s just about enjoying the process, capturing the smiles and helping to promote our sport. It’s much easier than you think, and once you get over that initial first project it can be addictive.

Workflow

So my workflow is as follows:

  1. Record video
  2. Transfer video to home PC
  3. Import video into Premiere Pro
  4. Preview the video while playing different music to see what music suits 
  5. Import and embed music track to the project timeline (Audio track 1)
  6. Grab shortened cuts of video clips and embed into project timeline
  7. Review, adjust, refine and drink more coffee.
  8. Export video to a YouTube friendly compressed format
  9. Upload to your nominated YouTube account.
  10. Watch your video on your Smart TV, phone, tablet or computer.

Time:

  • 20 mins – 3 hours to record video depending on what I’m shooting and how much gas bagging.
  • Editing – About 2 hours

Equipment

This is just what I use and there is much better equipment out there, but just want to show that you can use to get started. .

GoPro Camera

I use an older GoPro Hero 3+ and I film on 1920 x 1080 resolution which is full high definition and should be your minimum standard of filming. If you film on 720 it will just look awful on a home TV but OK on a mobile device like your phone.

Now the latest series (released Sep 2016) from GoPro is 5, and what I would now recommend for convenience, price and helmut mounting is the GoPro Hero 5 Session.  They have two versions of this (Hero 5 Session and Hero Session). There are some major improvements in the latest 5 version and if budget allows I would get this one. The hero 5 Black (which is a larger camera) will be a better camera, but for what we are doing, the 5 Session will be ample. Here is a comparison from the GoPro site of all the features, but some of the main features that I like are:

  • Full HD video – 1080p (but now can shoot 4k if you like)
  • Waterproof
  • Voice controlled (new)
  • Video Stabilization (new)
  • Small enough to mount under visor
  • Easy enough for your kids to shoot video.

iPhone 5

If I need to record an interview with  someone about a training session or club event. Once again it’s just what I have on me and your latest phones will record much better audio than this older phone. You can probably use the Session, just adjust the lens so you don’t get that fisheye up close.

Adobe Premiere Pro (part of Creative Cloud CC subscription)

GoPro does have free software which you can use to edit your software. Same with Apple’s iMovie, and both programmes are getting better with each update. My personal preference is Premiere Pro because I use the Adobe CC suite of applications at home and at work (I’m a web developer). It gives you more options with filters and adjustments, but you do have a monthly subscription ($57/ month for the complete Adobe CC).

So if your getting started, try the free GoPro (Windows/Mac) or iMovie (Mac) editing softwares. 

Export Video & YouTube

Ok so once you have completed your film, it’s time to export it to a file format that can be shared on other devices. The easiest way to share your video to your own Smart TV or share with your friends via your Facebook or other online applications is to create a free YouTube account and store your videos there. By storing it with YouTube they have the necessary web servers to allow the video to be viewed quickly and easily.

Workflow:

  • Create or use your existing Google Account (free)
  • Create a free YouTube account using your Google account to sign in.
  • Upload your video and share

Videos can be big in file size and may need different qualities depending on which devices are watching them i.e. a mobile phone will need lower resolution than your large home TV. And then there’s the question of how you share your video with friends who don’t have access to your files? This is where YouTube comes in. Basically by uploading your video to a YouTube account that you create, it will do all the file storage and conversions necessary to allow it to be displayed anywhere you like.

You can hide videos from public view, keep then available to friends who have a hidden link, or make them public to share with the world. The choice is yours. YouTube also has a bunch of free music you can add to your video or else you can use your favourite track. Just be aware that if you use your favourite song from ABBA, YouTube may place one of those 5 second adds at the start of your video (that’s why you can use the music).

Export settings for Video 

Different editing software will have different settings, but I use the following at the moment for Premiere Pro which seem to be pretty good:

  • H.264  Format
  • 1920×1080 resolution
  • 25 fps
  • VBR – 2 passes
  • Target bit rate 10 Mbps
  • Max bit rate 12 Mbps
  • Maximum Render Quality
  • AAC Audio Format
  • 48000 Hz Sample Rate
  • Stereo
  • Bitrate 320 kbps

Watching your video on your TV
(Smart TV, Apple TV or Chrome Cast.)

Ok so once you’ve uploaded your video to YouTube, you can now access it from your Smart TV or older TV with an Apple TV or Google Chrome Cast. If you’ve bought a TV in the last 5 years, you probably have a Smart TV. This simply means that it has inbuilt apps. In this case we want the YouTube app, in which you can sign into with your newly created YouTube account and channel. This is how you can access your videos from your TV without having to go to your office to watch on your computer. It’s also a great way to view all your YouTube subscriptions videos of the things you enjoy.

If you have an older tv that doesn’t have the YouTube app on it, you can buy and plug into your TV an Apple TV or Google Chrome Cast device. These will give you the ability to add the YouTube app to your TV plus many other apps such as Netflix/Stan. 

You will need internet connection to your TV or Apple TV/Chrome Cast, and the faster the better. Plug your modem directly into your TV/AppleTV/Chrome Cast rather than wi-fi if you can, as it will be much quicker and give you better playback quality. You’ll need at least 8-10 Mbps to get the best quality of video playback and you can do a test from Speedtest. If you don’t get these speeds, YouTube will just adjust the quality accordingly. So instead of HD (high definition) you may only get SD (standard definition). It depends on your ISP (internet service provider), the plan, how far your home is from the exchange. If you have NBN, none of this will be an issue.

Mounting of Cameras During Events

Rules may have changed and I will defer to more senior club officials within the Australian Trials community but so long as the helmet structural integrity has not been compromised you should be fine to wear your camera and mount during an event. There was a banning in Europe by FIM because some bright spark thought it would be a good idea to mount their camera with teck screws into their helmet  GoPro mounts use 3M adhesive tape instead. Always check with your club. Social rides it shouldn’t be an issue.

Other Resources

Barry Morris up in S.E. Queensland has a great YouTube channel which he graciously allows us to link to his training videos on our web site. One of his videos provides some excellent advice about filming and mounting your cameras. Check it out.

About the author: Mick Maddy

Joined the club in mid 2015 with the aim of improving my technical riding for my enduro riding out bush. I find the trials riding has been brilliant for that.