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How to GoPro like a pro - getting epic MTB video

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How to GoPro like a pro - getting epic MTB video

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I would estimate that more than half of all mountain bikers own some sort of action camera, with which they hope to share their experiences with. These cameras can be used not only for first person footage, but also for filming others. Since action cameras are small, durable, and have wide angle lenses, they’re ideal for capturing anything in your immediate vicinity.

It’s widely known that mounting an action camera on your helmet will give you the most stable footage. Your head acts as a stabilizer and makes the footage more watchable. With the right angle, you can get part of your front wheel and handlebars in the picture as a frame of reference. Action cameras like GoPro can feel super heavy on your head though, so I recommend using one of these frames paired with a lens protector.

While the helmet is probably the easiest and most stable mounting spot, the chest is the most immersive. By putting the viewer behind the handlebars, the video becomes a little more captivating. The problem with chest mounts though is that they’re ridiculously uncomfortable and make you sweat profusely. Mess up the angle, and you'll get a nice shot of your top tube for the duration of your ride. So a chest mount is something I would only use temporarily, but not all day long.

Mounting an action camera to your bike is the most comfortable option, and works great as a secondary angle. Although mounting a forward facing camera to your handlebars looks terrible, I find that it actually works great facing backwards. I wouldn’t want to watch a whole video like this, but it’s an interesting angle for short clips.

Get one of these seat rail adapters, and you can get a rear view or capture your friends. The video is surprisingly stable and watchable, especially on a full suspension bike, so lately I’ve been getting a second angle this way with my Hero 3 Silver.

These are angles that you can get with any action camera, but if you want to take things a step further you can add a stabilizer. These will usually be referred to as wearable gimbals. Typically wearable gimbals come in single, double, and triple axis variations, with each axis improving the video and increasing the cost. Here’s my Feiyu WG-Lite, which is a single axis gimbal that costs well below $100. It’s very well built, and actually has an awesome carrying case which I use for all my other stuff. The problem is that a single axis gimbal doesn’t make that big of a difference when worn on the rider. On the helmet it provides a slight improvement, but on the chest I don’t think it improves anything at all. On the seat rails, the results are noticeably better, so I’ll be using this method in future videos.

If you’re okay with dropping about $300, you can get a triple axis wearable gimbal. You’ll need to be okay with also putting this investment at risk out on the trails. I can tell you from experience though that this is a risk with fruitful rewards. Just look at how the footage looks mounted to your helmet. Of course, it’s insanely uncomfortable to ride like this for long periods of time. Mounting the gimbal on your chest is a little more tolerable, and gives an awesome point of view.

I think one of the greatest benefits of a triple axis gimbal is the footage you can get of other riders. Following someone with helmet-mounted gimbal can make your footage look like it was shot with a drone. You can also just hold it and use it like a normal camera. My Z1 Rider-M comes with a really useful handle that I use for almost every video. With a little practice you can get epic shots, even on foot. Combined with a high end GoPro, you’ll be spending around $700, but the results speak for themselves.

I also want to show you one other option, just because it’s so cool. Domingo has a handheld gimbal camera made by DJI called the OSMO. It uses a built in 4K camera, and a really solid smartphone mount. Here’s Domingo running behind me with his. At a hair over $500, this is a great option for a compact camera to film action sports with. The only downsides are poor battery life and terrible sound quality. Here’s what it sounds like with the built in mic. Of course, you can get extra batteries, and connect an external mic to solve these issues, and even after buying those extras you just can’t get footage like this for any cheaper.

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Super Simple GoPro Setup with Amazing Results || BEST MTB SETTINGS

Ever wondered what my GoPro settings are for recording POV Mountain bike footage? You might be surprised just how simple and easy this set up will make getting good GoPro POV footage is. I will show how I mount the GoPro to my Chin Bar, What video settings I use, my audio hacks for reducing wind noise, how I color grade my footage, and how I export GoPro videos for YouTube so the MTB footage doesn't look like crap.

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BEST GOPRO HERO 7 SETUP FOR MTB!! - No gimbals required!

Everything you need to know about the GoPro hero 7 Hypersmooth stabilization for Mountain biking. This is a mountain biker's review of GoPro's Hypersmooth Stabilization and the Hero 7 audio why I think you no longer need a gimbal for stable mountain bike footage. Personally, I think the GoPro Hero 7 black Hyper smooth EIS Stabilization is an absolute game changer for us MTB bikers. From here on out, I'll be using Chin mounted GoPro for riding at mountain bike parks, and the chest mounted GoPro set up for trail riding.


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GoPro Athlete Tips and Tricks: Mountain Biking with Aaron Chase (Ep 1)

GoPro Athlete: Aaron Chase
Vertical: Mountain Biking
Topics: Chest Mount, Roll Bar Mount, POV Shooting Modes

Howdy curious and eager GoPro Fans!

In this installment of GoPro's Athlete Tips and Tricks we go to the crispy cool airs of British Columbia with GoPro Athlete and virtuoso mountain biker, Aaron Chase. Here, Aaron delivers a wealth of knowledge on how to properly mount and use the Chest Mount Harness and the Roll Bar Mount and gives insight onto his favorite shooting modes with his HERO3 Black Edition. Go ahead, hit the play button and learn firsthand from a pro!

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As always, happy capturing!

You might see examples of extreme use in this video. Please take appropriate precautions to ensure your own safety, the safety of those around you, and to protect your GoPro camera.
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Handlebar / Seatpost Pole Mount on Bicycle / MTB - GoPro Tip #230 | MicBergsma

This video will show you how to mount your gopro on a handlebar or seat post pole on a bike.
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GoPro: HERO4 Session Field Guide - Making a GoPro Edit

Athletes: Kurt Sorge, Geoff Gulevich
Topics: Video Modes, Low Profile Frame, Vertical Mounting Buckle, Standard Frame, Ball Joint Buckle, The Strap, GoPro App, GoPro Studio, Smart Remote
Vertical: Mountain Bike

In this episode of the GoPro Field Guide, we join Kurt Sorge and Geoff Gulevich on the trails in Vancouver to see the different angles and modes they like to use to make a killer mountain bike edit. Using a combination of POV and non-POV angles, they capture truly amazing content of their trail ride - and use GoPro Studio to edit all of it into a finished video.

As always, happy capturing!

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GoPro Athlete Tips and Tricks: Mountain Biking with Mike Montgomery (Ep 18)

Athlete: Mike Montgomery
Vertical: Mountain Biking
Topics: Protune Shooting Modes, Roll Bar Mount, Handlebar/Seatpost/Pole Mount, Blackout Housing

In episode 19 of GoPro's Athlete Tips and Tricks series, Mike Montgomery meets up with us at the GoPro Mountain Games to share his tips for mounting cameras on a mountain bike and helmet. He shows us how to use the Blackout Housing with a variety of mounts to capture different perspectives while riding on the trails. Mike also shares his favorite video mode for POV cams -- 1440/48 in Protune with ISO 400.

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One more thing before you go! Dig deeper into this Athlete Tips and Tricks series on YouTube to learn from the best on how to maximize your GoPro cameras and products.

As always, happy capturing!

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Best Camera Position on Chesty for Cycle Riding - GoPro Tip #315 | MicBergsma

In this video I will show you how to position the chesty mount for your GoPro when you are cycling. All types of cycling.. such as a bicycle, motorcycle, scooter. anything with two wheels.
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GoPro Bike Mounts: Capture the Action with Martin Dorey



Getting that unique view is always a goal of good photography and video. Martin Dorey shows some mounts that attach to a GoPro that can really change the way we look at a bike ride in the park.

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3 Ways to Stabilize Shaky GoPro or Travel Videos

Have shaky footages ever frustrated you when you tried to make an awesome travel video or outdoor sports video? Today we’ll introduce 3 ways to stabilize shaky footages so you can create professional looking videos.

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No. 1 Gimbal stabilizer

Other than a quality camera, there’re a growing number of hardware accessories you can try. When you shoot videos with a cell phone or GoPro while you’re walking or panning, shaky footages are inevitable. In this case, a gimbal stabilizer can minimize the shakiness. In addition, some top cameras come with stabilization mode, so remember to check and turn it on if yours has it.

No. 2 With Filmora Video Editor

With Filmora action cam mode, fixing shaky footages is as easy as 1 click. If you haven’t got it yet, click and download a free trial of Filmora.

Then, open it and select Action Cam Tool. In this simple interface, you can import your footages to Filmora, and select Fix. Then, simply check Stabilization and drag to adjust the intensity level. You can also view the effect in preview window on the right and determine the proper adjust level. Note that in stabilization mode, your footage will be cropped a little bit, and cropped area will expand as you increase the intensity level.
Now, let’s see how stabilization in Filmora makes a difference.


No.3 With Youtube Video Editor
If you’re a youtuber, you can stabilize the video on your Youtube as well. Just upload your video to Youtube, and in Creator studio, choose video manger and select to edit your video. In the playback page, select enhancement. In this basic online editor, you can simply check Stabilize, and it will fix your shakiness right away. However, Youtube video editor does not allow you to adjust intensity level and it will compress your outcome video to some degree, so your Youtube video may not be in the same quality before you upload it.

Alright, so these are 3 simple ways to stabilize your shaky video, if you’d like easy yet powerful stabilization feature along with stunning video effects, just visit and download Filmora free trial. Thanks for watching and remember to subscribe for more interesting tips and tricks about video making.
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GoPro Hero 6 My Top 5 MTB Mounts | Comparison & Fps + GoPro Settings 4K 60Fps

I show you my Top 5 Mounts for mtb, in principle for fixed mount use 4k30fps for maximum detail, while on mount in movement use 2k60fps, for example the Helmet Side Mount.


GoPro Hero 6 Protune Setting:
Resolut. : 2K 60Fps/4K 30Fps
EIS: ON
Fov: SuperView
Shutter: Auto or 1/960 - 1/480
Iso Max: 100
Ev Comp: 0
Color: Flat
Sharp: Medium
WB: 5000k
Audio: Stereo Only + WindSlayer

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Cheap camera gear for mountain bike videos

This is the first of a series of videos about making videos. We'll go over everything I use to make my YouTube videos on a shoestring budget, including camera gear, accessories, and software.

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In this video we go over my camera gear. The Samsung NX300 is a mirrorless detachable lens camera, which basically means it's a cheap version of an SLR. The primary purpose of this camera is to take pictures, but I use it for video because it happens to look really nice. At 60 frames per second at 1080P, I can actually get some damn good footage from this.

The cheapest GoPro Hero made still has a really nice picture. At 30 frames per second at 1080P, it's not the slow motion workhorse that the more expensive versions are, but it still has a nice wide angle lens and crisp video. I use this as a B camera for getting a shot at a different angle.

The iPhone 6+ (and many other cameras from both Apple and Android) is capable of some really good video. The iPhone can shoot at 240 frames per second at 720P, which is good enough for doing super slow mo shots in YouTube videos. For normal cinematography, the iPhone has 60 frames per second at 1080P, which is also not to shabby.
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GoPro HD: Handlebar Seatpost Mount Tutorial

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Chest vs Head Mounting: GoPro Mounting Tips & Tricks

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In this video I go through what I like and don't like about the GoPro Head Mount and Chest Mount. Along with some video that shows what I am talking about. Chest Vs Head/Helmet Mounting can I pick a winner? No, they are both a great way to go but there are some things about each that are really good. You will have to watch to find out.

How to Stabilize Shaky GoPro Hero4 Footage in Adobe Premiere Pro CC Tutorial

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Gopro Chest Mount Review!

Today, I will be unboxing, and demonstrating the use of the GoPro Chesty chest mount for the GoPro Action Camera on some mountain bike trails, as well as a side by side comparison to a more budget related version of a similar action camera chest mount that I have been using for a couple years. Below are the Amazon Links to order both of the chest mounts, as well as the GoPro Hero 7 Black Action Camera. Please subscribe, share, and tap the bell icon if you haven't! Its Free!










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5 Nifty GoPro 8 Black Hacks (in under 3 minutes!)

I made this short video to help new GoPro 8 Black owners benefit from seeing a few tricks I have learnt from using these great little action cameras over the years. Some of these will be applicable to earlier models as well!

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GoPro Athlete Tips and Tricks: Helmet Mounting and GoPro App with Tom Wallisch (Ep 4)

Athlete: Tom Wallisch
Vertical: Skiing
Topics: Helmet Mount, GoPro App, 1440p48

In episode 5 of GoPro's Athlete Tips and Tricks series, we mingle with Freestyle Skiing and rail-sliding legend, Tom Wallisch. Between runs at X-Games, Tom sheds light on how to properly mount a Curved Adhesive mount to a helmet. After, he demonstrates how he uses the GoPro App to frame perfect shots. This video is littered with fantastic POV shredding on the X-Games Aspen course. Turn up the volume, hit that HD button and enjoy!

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As always, happy capturing!

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Wearable DSLR with Stabilizer - MTB Trail Session

This is the Zhiyun Crane-M:
So I got the name of the product wrong in the video, it's actually the Crane-M. Believe it or not, but this makes a difference, as the Crane (without the M) is a different product. The link above is correct now.

By now, most of you guys know what a wearable gimbal is. It’s an electronic stabilizer that holds a GoPro, and gives you really smooth footage. They’re great for first person video, but arguably even better for filming other riders. A shot of someone riding in front of you could look almost like it was filmed with a drone.

One limitation of wearable gimbals is that they only hold action cameras, which have tiny lenses and tiny sensors. I got to thinking; what if I could stabilize a big old camera and ride around with it? That could be the ultimate follow cam.

Introducing the Seth’s Bike Hacks 4000 chest mounted Digital Single Lens Mirrorless Stabilizer Rig. This is a combination of several GoPro brackets, an expensive handheld stabilizer, and one late night in my office. So, basically a whole bunch of stuff being used improperly.

Of course, the heart of this operation is the stabilizer, which is the Zhiyun Crane. I convinced Zhiyun to send me one of these in exchange for some screen time, but I’m not sure this is what they had in mind.

Almost immediately I noticed that the stabilizer was designed to turn very slowly. It’s also extremely heavy, and very easy to hit on the handlebars when leaning forwards. So, the plan was to follow Zach carefully and try not to destroy all my stuff.

At the time of filming we didn’t realize how bad the wind noise would be with the camera’s internal microphone. Looking back it makes sense.

Between the delay in steering and the bulkiness of the rig, it was starting to look like this was a bad idea. After a while though I started to get the hang of riding with it. Staying on smoother trails helped too.

So although we got a few cool looking shots, I’m sorry to say that the Seth’s Bike Hacks 4000 is not the future of advanced follow cam technology. No, it’s probably better to use this handheld stabilizer the way it was designed—that is handheld.

So, a lot of you guys are going to get what you’ve been asking for. Some video clips of me sessioning crap around the trails.

First we tried this gap from the lip of this tabletop. I guess the landing area is supposed to be a berm for bypassing the jump. I didn’t throw my weight right on the first try.

It would have been nice to have some clouds, but I’m still pretty happy with this shot.

Now it’s worth noting that Florida mountain bike trails are often a mix of manmade jumps, wooden features, and remnants of failed public works projects. This can be a negative or a positive depending on your riding style. That explains this patch of concrete, which gave a pretty nice kick. It even looked possible to 360.

Not the nicest 360’s ever, but the videography looked awesome.

Next we went to this narrow wooden camel hump thing.

Yeah I cased it a little bit, but whatever, I’ll take it. As a test run with my new toy I’d say it was highly successful. So I hope you guys enjoyed this video even though we didn’t accomplish what we originally set out to do.

This Crane really was a pleasure to use, so I’m leaving a link to it in the description. What do you guys think? Would you like to see more planned shots and sessions on trail features? Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.

How I Get Smooth Video - Z1 Rider-M Gimbal for GoPro Review

*Update* I have links to the new apps and everything below. I've been happily using this gimbal for every shoot I do now.

Some of you have been asking about how I'm getting such smooth videography all of the sudden. The answer is, I'm using a gimbal.

This battery powered device uses a computer chip and a gyroscope to keep itself level with the horizon. It holds your GoPro and gives you really steady video, even if you’re running or jumping around with it.

The super sweet shots we got in the commuter video were filmed on Domingo’s camera, which has a gimbal built in. In today’s video, we’ll take a look at my new gimbal, which was sent to me by Zhiyun Tech to use and review. I assume they didn’t send this to me out of the goodness of their hearts, they want a review out of it. So here goes, starting with the downsides.

1. It advertises having an app, but then the instructions tell you to download it from their website. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that would require having a jailbroken iPhone or a rooted android. Most of us are accustomed to getting apps from the app store or Google play store, and there’s no app to be found in either one. Supposedly all of the functions the app offers can be achieved other ways, so I guess I can live without it.
2. Also, the batteries get charged in an external device, so you need to mess with this cover and pop each one out to recharge them. It would be nicer to have a battery pack of some kind, instead of fumbling with these on the mountain bike trails.
3. Lastly, the only way to attach your go pro to this gimbal is without the protective housing. This normally wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s called the “rider” m which I assume implies you can mount it to a helmet or a bike. In fact, it comes with this adapter that fits go pro brackets. Given the things I do, it might be a better idea to use it handheld.

So with those points out of the way, let’s talk about what I like about the Rider M.

1. This freaking thing works great. Here’s me running behind emily at Oleta river state park. She looks like a badass. I’ve noticed that some other gimbals have a tendency to fritz out if you hold or twist them the wrong way, but this thing seems to stay level no matter what I do to it.
2. The unit itself is also really well constructed. It’s completely made of metal, and has a high quality feel to it.
3. It’s simple. You just turn it on and then use this other button to change modes. I haven’t tried calibrating it or using any of the more advanced functions, but honestly I haven’t needed to.
4. Also unlike some other gimbals, the motor is completely silent, so I can great audio without clicking and buzzing noises coming through on the video. This is huge since I like to pick up the sounds from the bike and nature whenever possible.
5. The batteries also last a real long time, and it came with extras just in case. So although they’re slightly annoying to change, I don’t need change them very often, in fact they outlast my GoPro.
6. I also like the fact that it comes with a really well made telescoping handle. I usually mount my phone to it and use the GoPro app to see what’s going on, although I guess their app is supposed to do that too.

So taking everything into consideration, I really do love the Rider M, and I promise I’m not just saying that because it was sent to me for free. I had been looking into getting a gimbal, and the rider M is everything I had hoped for. It’s too early to say how to stands up to daily use, but it’s well constructed and hasn’t given me any trouble yet. So if you’re looking for a well built, quiet, reliable gimbal, then you may want to see what Zhiyun Tech has to offer. It was really cool of them to send this to me, and after only a few shoots it’s become an essential piece of camera equipment for me.

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