Want to know how to make a motorcycle ride video? Don’t know where to start? In this how to guide, we cover the basics on what you need to go from the track, to the editing room.
1. Choosing the right Action Sport Camera
First thing you are going to need is a camera (lets assume the bike is already bought and paid for). There are lots of cameras on the market but the main thing you need to consider is how it will handle vibration. The two big names out there right now for action sport filming are GoPro and Contour. A personal favorite would be the GoPro HD HERO, check out the video below to see it in action.
2. Best Camera Mounting Position
Holding on to a video camera while you ride is not exactly the safest method of filming a bike ride. Luckily there are lots of different options for you to mount that camera.
- Helmet Camera Mounts
- Handle Bar Camera Mounts
- Tank Camera Mount
You may want to use a combination of the methods listed or come up with your own mount to get a crazy angle on your shot. A good mount for getting the point of view shot (POV) is the tank mounted camera. Watch this video to see how a tank mounted camera will give you a great video from the riders perspective.
3. Editing the footage
Professional video editing software are chock-full of awesome features, but they come with a high price tag. Here are two free options that will let you do tons with your video footage.
Microsoft Movie Maker
- This one comes pre-installed on newer versions of windows and lets you do almost all the things that a paid software can.
- For the Mac users out there this is the next best thing to Movie Maker.
For the camera you are going to want to find a good action sport brand that has great vibration control, we picked the GoPro HD HERO. When going for a first person perspective shots we recommend going for a helmet mount or a tank camera mount. To edit all your video together, skip the expensive stuff and start simple with the already installed Microsoft Movie Maker.