The camera choice
- GoPro 8 Black: https://gopro.com/en/fr/shop/cameras/hero8-black/CHDHX-801-master.html
- GoPro 9 Black: https://gopro.com/en/fr/shop/cameras/hero9-black/CHDHX-901-master.html
Once you have chosen your camera, you can test the different features it offers, depending on the routes you take.
But one thing is certain, the most important element for making a quality video, which is STABILISATION, will be there!
The choice of your GPS
Another very important element in making your motion videos to be as realistic as possible, is the choice of your GPS.
Indeed, even if you have a quality GoPro camera, which includes a GPS sensor, it is preferable to record your journey via a watch or other GPS meter. We can recommend the Garmin brand which is very accurate.
You can also use an application such as Strava, which will also be quite accurate.
Beware, if your route is in a wood, in the mountains or in steep places, the GPS can sometimes be inaccurate.
The camera mount
As a general rule, it is better to have a clear view without other cyclists in front of you, without the handlebar or the front wheel.
- For video makers who film exclusively on the road: the best set-up is to put the camera under the speedometer. Don't hesitate to get this accessory or one similar to it: https://www.alltricks.fr/F-41479-accessoires-electronique/P-163191-support_compteur_rotor_garmin_et_gopro_noir
- For video makers who film on mountain bikes: if the camera is perfectly stabilised, you will hardly feel any movement on the ground. You can then use the above-mentioned setup. You can also attach your camera to your helmet, but make sure it is well fixed to avoid shaking and damaging the camera. Finally, the chest mount can also be used, but it is very important to raise the camera high enough to allow the user to have a good view.
It should be noted that during a MTB ride, it is better to film in dry conditions to avoid any mud or water spots obstructing the camera's lens.
- For video makers who film while running or walking: it will be very difficult to have a perfectly stabilised video without an external stabiliser. Indeed, the swinging movements are very important and therefore the stabilisation of the camera alone is often insufficient. You can then get this kind of stabiliser to make perfectly stabilised videos: https://www.lacameraembarquee.fr/516-stabilisateurs-pour-gopro
Choosing the route and the time to record your video
Tastes and colours are not debatable, but one thing is certain, we all appreciate routes with beautiful scenery.
Sometimes we may have the best camera, but live in an area where the scenery is not great, in which case we should really prefer rides in good sunshine and with as few city crossings as possible and therefore as few stops as possible.
Important: when you travel or go on holiday, don't forget your camera to capture and share your best experiences.
The length of your video
Again, there is something for everyone. You can propose videos from 25 minutes to 1.5 hours in length. You can also propose longer videos and then divide them into different sections to allow users to enjoy the different difficulties or landscapes of your courses.
However, it is important to know that on average, our users train for 40 minutes per session.
The title of your video
Before uploading your ride, it is very important to have a think about the title you are going to give it. Indeed, it is essential to make a potential user want to train on your video.
You can for example add emoticons (sun, mountain, bike, flowers, smileys, ...). One important thing, make sure that everyone understands your title.
The cover image of your video
Like the title, the cover image of your video is very important. By default, it will be the first image of your video. You can then look for an image in your video that will motivate the user to train on your course.
To do this it is very simple, just click (at the right moment) on the camera located at the top right of your video.
In summary: the 7 points to remember
- Have a good quality camera with excellent stabilisation
- Ensure a good GPS reception
- Record during a beautiful weather
- With any interruption
- Make your video at least 25 minutes long
- Add a catchy title
- Have a good cover image