Cyclists from professional athletes to weekend hobbyists are jumping on the video wagon, and for good reason. Videos are not only the most engaging content on social media today, they’re also a great way to share your experiences with family and friends. There are plenty of great, portable cameras on the market now, and tons of video inspiration at your fingertips on YouTube and Vimeo, among other video sites. We’ll review your options, our favorite inspiration and give you some tips on how to film your next bicycle adventure.
As far as cameras go, there couldn’t be a better time to buy. Today, “portable camera” is often synonymous with the popular GoPro brand, made famous by pro athletes and spread worldwide by amateur adventurers with a knack for videography. The GoPro Hero4 tops our list. The quality and availability of accessories is unparalleled. Xiaomi‘s Yi Action Camera, which recently launched sales on Amazon, offers similar specs at a slightly lower price point. Some cameras, like the TomTom Bandit, come with built-in sensors that can record location and speed. If you’re an all-season rider, you may consider a camera that is waterproof without any additional case, like the Garmin Virb XE. Whatever you choose, do note that half the fun in taking the video is editing it into an awesome series of clips.
From crazy mountain biking backflips to city tours, the inspiration is endless. Take note of the different placements of the cameras and the shots those placements are able to capture. What angles do you like best? Consider what mounts might be required to get that angle.
A handlebar mount is the most common place to put a camera, but you might also consider filming riders behind you with a seat post mount, or getting your working legs in the shot with a hub mount. Beware that a hub mount won’t be ideal if you’re riding on trails with a lot of plant growth or rocks.
Your body is also a canvas when it comes to camera placement. Chests mounts are increasingly popular because they are stable and give viewers a true point-of-view. Many chest mounts will come with an adjustable piece so you can remember to get some of your face in the footage too by angling the camera upwards. Unlike a helmet-mount, a chest mount will keep a relatively similar angle throughout your ride, where as your head is constantly shifting from side to side when looking at traffic and scenery.
Though you may not realize, your everyday ride is riddled with awesome views: mountains, rivers, homes, hills, sunrises, sunsets and much more. Just make sure getting the shot doesn’t stop you from having an awesome time and living in the moment! Get creative and we can’t wait to see your ride.