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post #1 of 10 Old Jun 27th, 2012, 1:07 pm Thread Starter
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My First Bike Video - Route 555 Ohio

Thanks to some suggestions by people on this forum, I made as point of riding Ohio Route 555 in southeastern Ohio on my way out west earlier in June. The road did not disappoint. 60+ miles of sublime and virtually continuous twisties through beautiful countryside. No traffic.

I also got a chance to try out my new GoPro HD camera, and took lots of raw footage on the trip. This is my first attempt to create a coherent short video using the IMovie program on my Mac.

Just under four minutes following another rider I came across:


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Nice Video. My only comment would be to remove the "Natural" wind & bike sounds IF you are going to add music. Use Music or just the "Natural" sound not both. JM2C

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Homer Simpsonesque mega DROOOOOOL!

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Great video. How did you mount the camera?

About three years ago I suggested a club ride on a 4th of July weekend starting in Zanesville ending at the Ohio River. Howard from the greater Columbus area joined about 8 riders for a great ride to the south.

We had such a good ride and for those who had the time we rode it north rather than taking the slab home!

The Triple Nickle of Ohio

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Looks good. I like the reflection on the bike. Got to love those GoPro cameras.

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... About three years ago I suggested a club ride on a 4th of July weekend starting in Zanesville, ending at the Ohio River. Howard from the greater Columbus area joined about 8 riders for a great ride to the south.

We had such a good ride and for those who had the time we rode it north rather than taking the slab home! ...
Why, yes I did tag along for that ride. I couldn't keep up with you Clevelanders but we all had fun. It's quite the road, and it's just a few minutes from my house! There are many such roads in southeast Ohio, although I don't think any have as many curves/mile and as many TIGHT curves as 555.

Nice video! I like the reflection, too - gives the whole thing a cool quality.

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Nice Video. My only comment would be to remove the "Natural" wind & bike sounds IF you are going to add music. Use Music or just the "Natural" sound not both. JM2C
+1 the wind noise is always distracting...
Great music choice though! Usually best to only to leave the "natural" sounds in if its high speed revving in tight corners and pegs scrapes... adds to the sense of speed.. you can always fade between the cruisy bits with music and the tank-slapping corners with engine revs.
The roads look much like some of our south coast NSW roads.. only much better surface! Beautiful day for it.

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Re: My First Bike Video - Route 555 Ohio

Thanks for the feedback.

Question: How do you suppress the "natural sounds?" as suggested by a few of you.

Answer to Mounting question:

I mounted the camera on a relatively flat surface of the "silver Plastic" near the cylinder head. Later on the ride I tried mounting on the lower windshield, on the front of the side mirror, on the side of the pannier, and on the trunk facing backwards to film my buddies.

All of these mounting locations work well and give a varied perspective to the video.

I worried at first about the reliability of the suction cup mount but it seems to be rock solid.

I am thinking of buying a second "waterproof case" and drilling out plastic covering the USB port. then I can power the unit off the engine and not sweat battery life.

I am just learning how to use IMovie but already dome film students are telling me to move up to FinalCut Pro for editing software - we will see, one step at a time.

I got some spectacular raw footage riding the Chief Joseph Trail and Beartooth later in the trip, but need a concept before I edit. I would like to do voiceovers to narrate what is happening and and where, maybe throw in a map, etc.

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Thanks for the feedback.
Question: How do you suppress the "natural sounds?" as suggested by a few of you.
Rob, in an editing program you'll find the image and audio tracks are separated... usually there will be a function (button, slider, command, etc) that either allows you to either mute or vary the audio levels. You can kill off the live audio by muting it, then add a separate audio track (music/voiceover) to fit your action at full volume. You can switch between the 2 (or more) tracks, or have them overlaying each other if you want to maintain some of the original audio at any point.
In iMovie it looks like you select the 2nd last centre button (speaker icon) and use that to alter the volume in the pop-up window. I don't know if iMovie allows you to add additional tracks, it probably does somehow by looking at the controls in that pop-up panel.

If you're on a Macbook, iMovie is a good start since its free, but I never got the hang of it. FCPro 7 is a reasonably expensive "Pro" app but very good, used extensively at my work. Apple, in their wisdom, got rid of it a year ago and created Final Cut X (10) @ $300.00, a souped up version of iMovie.... the pro's whined loudly and Apple are relicensing FCP7 for existing users, since X just wasn't mature enough. I think you could only get X nowadays.

Another freebie (for windows) is Lightworks which can be upgraded to "pro" very cheaply... haven't looked at it much but its a bit of a weird one to me.

I bought into Sony Vegas a few years back (Windows) not too pricey and does all I'll ever need for home editing.. but there's also a "Pro" version of that too.
And then there's Avid (Mac/Linux)... no need to go there.. purely pro.
I think Adobe Premiere is coming along too...haven't used it, part of the Adobe creative suite.... not cheap.

With editing you get what you pay for... but prices have dropped enormously so if you favour Mac, then probably jump straight to FCX if you really want to play.
But there's lots a talented person can do with iMovie... here's one of my colleagues (an animation director) Youtube channel of ride movies, all this on iMovie on a laptop.

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Re: My First Bike Video - Route 555 Ohio

The "Triple-Nickel"!! That is one nice stretch of road. Just have to watch out for the gravel in the corners where the unpaved roads/driveways tie in.

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