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Old 03-16-2015, 11:40 AM   #1
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Music in videos

I love watching motorcycle videos - especially the GoPro ones that give a rider's view of the action. It's like getting to ride just about any variety of bike in all kinds of exotic places without ever leaving my house. My pet peeve is why so many people who post these have to include cheesy music that totally drowns out the ambient sounds. The sound of the engine and any other outside noises are all the music I need to hear to enjoy the ride, so why cancel that out?
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:49 AM   #2
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I love watching motorcycle videos - especially the GoPro ones that give a rider's view of the action. It's like getting to ride just about any variety of bike in all kinds of exotic places without ever leaving my house. My pet peeve is why so many people who post these have to include cheesy music that totally drowns out the ambient sounds. The sound of the engine and any other outside noises are all the music I need to hear to enjoy the ride, so why cancel that out?
I like the music - better that than sitting there going "change gear!! change gear!!"
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Old 03-16-2015, 12:24 PM   #3
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My personal experience with GoPro footage is that very little intelligible sound is captured with the waterproof case on, and with it off all you hear is horrible wind noise.
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:31 PM   #4
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My personal experience with GoPro footage is that very little intelligible sound is captured with the waterproof case on, and with it off all you hear is horrible wind noise.
Was about to respond with the same answer.

With the gopro case on I get a rattle.

Without the case, the wind takes over above 45mph.

So my normal route is to add in some music to cover up the awful wind noise.

I'm going to tinker with an external mic a bit more this year. Thinking of routing it into the helmet to add a wind buffer. so then all you hear is my heavy breathing from overexerting myself.
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:50 PM   #5
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I love watching motorcycle videos - especially the GoPro ones that give a rider's view of the action. It's like getting to ride just about any variety of bike in all kinds of exotic places without ever leaving my house. My pet peeve is why so many people who post these have to include cheesy music that totally drowns out the ambient sounds. The sound of the engine and any other outside noises are all the music I need to hear to enjoy the ride, so why cancel that out?
You're very much in the minority. Most people don't wanna listen to the crappy, tinny audio recorded by cheap action cams.
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Old 03-16-2015, 06:33 PM   #6
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I've never used a GoPro personally so I can see how the music makes sense if the alternative is just wind noise or crappy audio. I've heard some that really reproduce the exhaust note and engine sounds beautifully, though. Perhaps placement of the microphone is the key.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:08 PM   #7
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I like to hear the motor, even if the sound quality is poor. 9 times out of 10 I don't care for the music so I just turn the sound off.

I think some people are trying to be artistic, so I don't want to criticize.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:29 AM   #8
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I prefer the music. Makes the audio less boring and monotone.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:30 AM   #9
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As was said, sound recording is poor. In addition, most people are emotionally touched by music. Imagine a movie without the big orchestral sound. The right music timed right can multiply the experience.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:36 AM   #10
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The right music timed right can multiply the experience.
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Old 03-17-2015, 10:12 AM   #11
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I actually feel bad for that guys bike if that's how he is burning the crap out of the clutch to get over a small rock...

and yes the sound from a GoPro is usually appalling unless the camera has been very carefully placed for that specific application and even then you have to use the right case.

there are more options these days but the GoPro is all about image quality and durability first....

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Old 03-17-2015, 11:40 AM   #12
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One of my favorite videos is one a buddy of mine took on a ride to the coast...

oh sure, the scenery is great, but I was in front of him and all you can really hear is the musical notes of 4 pipes as I flog the CB550 =)

I love my BMW700, but the exhaust is not nearly as inspiring.
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:03 PM   #13
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I like the music if done well. I'd rather hear no music at all than crappy music (very subjective) or good music with crappy quality.

I'd love to see videos with good, real time onboard sounds of the bike, but I've never found a video that comes close to achieving that.
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I'd love to see videos with good, real time onboard sounds of the bike, but I've never found a video that comes close to achieving that.
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:54 PM   #15
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For good engine/exhaust sound you need an external mic. Some put them in backpacks, some inside the jacket, I have a small bag stuffed with wool that is attached to the side of the bike above the exhaust. Works pretty well, although my mic is not even very good. Then you have to sync audio and video, which can be quite some work if you start/stop the video a couple of times. Result is zero wind noise and good exhaust sound.

But even then I prefer music, with a bit of exhaust sound below it. Good music makes the atmosphere, without it almost all videos longer than 10 seconds become very boring very quickly. But good music that fits the atmosphere AND you are allowed to use license free is hard to find.
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