here's some of the stuff we've picked up over the past few years but still got a lot to learn, so very keen to hear from others. updated this list with tips from others in this thread. ZOOM IN ON THE BIKE our first vids had the bike way off in the distance, you could barely see it! nowadays we try to have the bike at least half filling the frame, if not completely. with the gopro, this usually means riding really close to other bikes because of the wide angle lens. with the movie camera, just zooming in. MINIMIZE CAMERA SHAKE on board footage often looks terrible because the bike is getting bucked around so much. helmet cam mounts are the most stable but can still be too jarring to watch... try absorbing the shocks more with your legs while the camera is on. when doing hand held camera work, triangulate! hold the video camera with two hands and tuck your elbows into your body... your arms and body form triangles that anchor the camera firmly to reduce shaking. don't ever swing the camera around fast, you need to pan slowly and smoothly if taking in the scenery. USE 'SUPERVIEW' ON THE GOPRO 3+ & 4 MODELS TO REDUCE CAMERA SHAKE it films in 4:3 aspect which uses the entire sensor of the gopro and captures a 'taller' image. it then stretches the edges of the image to become wide screen e.g. the standard 16:9 aspect. makes the footage much smoother, camera angle isn't so critical, and gets the bars in view nicely. but the guys in front look smaller, uses more battery and it's not so good for handfilming because it distorts the sides of the image. more info in this post. BE VICIOUS AND GET RID OF MOST OF THE FOOTAGE early on we felt every second of footage was precious but the vids were largely boring and way too long (for others at least), nowadays we edit out about 80% of it so we are just left with the interesting bits. this wouldn't apply to vids just for your own viewing of course, or where you are showing others a complete section of track etc. otherwise, get vicious in editing! deliberately try to remove as much as you can and only leave bits in that are just too good to throw out. AVOID LONG TAKES most tv shows and movies only have takes of about two to four seconds before they change camera angle. we gradually learned to do this as well, and try to keep each take under five seconds. dropping in still photos seemed to help too. if you've got reasonably advanced software you can use zoom or movement on the still photos to give a sense of action. say you have only four bits of raw video footage that are quite long, try chopping most of it into five to ten second pieces then just jumble them all up. VARY THE SPEED we drop in bits of slow motion here and there, sometimes we'll speed things up, other times it might be a combination - say, speeding the bike up toward the corner, then slow motion through the corner, then speed up again on the exit. one of the guys below suggested not doing consecutive slow motion segments though, keep it mixed. AVOID LONG BORING INTROS.... YAWN we started with these long intros e.g. title, driving out to the riding area, kitting up, etc. but realized when we watch youtube clips if they don't grab us within five seconds we usually don't bother. so nowadays we just jump straight into it, figuring you've only got five seconds for the short attention spans of anyone under 45 years of age nowadays.... even experienced videographers often get this wrong and have all sorts of long shots of logos and headings at the beginning. double yawn. INTERESTING ANGLES we used to just leave the gopro camera mounted to the one spot and film all day - ho hum. now we vary it throughout the day. top of helmet, side of helmet, handlebar, the side of our boots, swingarm, bottom of the bashplate... on hill climbs, get someone to stand there and so some static filming to mix in with all the helmet cam footage. see our video below showing examples of different angles. AVOID MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF RAW FOOTAGE TO EDIT used to come home with about two hours of footage and it would take all day to edit it down to three minutes. now we try to be very selective and only film stuff that we think is worth keeping. much easier to edit 30 mins of raw footage down to 3 minutes! we also keep each take short now, maybe five to 20 seconds long max. editing is much easier than if you have to trawl through a 10 minute long clip just to find that one water crossing or jump! TELL A STORY WITH YOUR VIDEO If your camera records audio well, try narrating while filming (assuming you are off the bike and helmet off ). Or add narration afterwards, even the very basic video editing programs usually let you plug a microphone into your PC to record comments during the video editing. Narration, titles or some on location sound make any vid more interesting. Based on a tip from Motoriley below, he has a link to his vids for examples). NARRATION fits in with the above. we all hate the sound of our own voice on film, but here and there ask other riders in the group a question, or say something while filming. or get ambitious and add it in afterwards. the gopros actually record very good audio if you put a bit of foam over them to avoid that breathy spitting sound on the letter "p". examples below. if you really don't want to talk, just put some text in here and there that tells a bit of a story through the video. HUMOR riding is fun, so personally i think plenty of humor is a good move. it is a cultural thing though... i've noticed the australian piss-take sometimes doesn't go down well in other countries. VIDEO LENGTH if you want people to watch your vids the whole way through, you probably won't want them much longer than two minutes. four minutes is generally seen as the upper limit for youtube vids, and only if they are interesting and well done. CHOICE OF MUSIC & AUDIO ISSUES put in whatever you want if it's just for you, or you and your mates. but if you want others to watch your stuff, don't just slap in your favourite tracks especially if they are metal, dub step, or something fairly narrow in appeal. it might sound boring, but if you've got good quality footage and a good story to tell, you can just use muted background type music as as free music loops. a small but vocal minority don't want any music at all, but they usually seem to not mind a subdued backing track. my personal favorite is 'drums and bass' in the background... not obtrusive and you can hear voices and bikes clearly. here is a good source of free music, just remember to acknowledge the artists: free music archive - drums and bass the majority of viewers want to hear the bikes, preferably at least as loud as the backing music if possible. watch any video where it's just the music and no bike audio and you'll see what we mean. especially if it's music you don't like. wind can play havoc with audio if the camera is out of its case. a bit of foam over the mike will stop that roar caused by wind. CUSTOM MOUNTS VARY THE ANGLES Gopro cameras and the like have various mounts, but you can always mess around with homemade mounts for more angles, although it pays to have a safety cable tying your camera on in case of it falling off. We've messed around with the "bootcam" mentioned below, and putting the Gopro on a long stick so we could film riders looking down from ten feet or so. Varying the camera angles a lot during a clip seems to make it more interesting too, especially when our riding skills arent really impressing anyone. YOUTUBE ADS some guys want to build up an audience to then let youtube plaster ads all over their vids and try to make some money... almost impossible to do this as you really need hundreds of thousands of views on each video to even start a part time income. frankly i don't even bother sitting through a 15 second ad to watch a video. if you want to make money i'd suggest getting an outside sponsor and don't let youtube vandalise your vids for almost nothing in return. QUALITY OF THE CAMERAS? you don't necessarily need good cameras. someone applying all the above tips could still stitch together very appealing vids even if using crappy $50 helmet cams. but generally you'll want some decent cameras like the gopro or contour so that high definition viewing is a pleasant experience. handycams are quite good nowadays, we bought a new canon legria for only $220 that has a great zoom for long shots and does a good job although obviously not broadcast quality. GOPRO SETTINGS everyone has their preferred settings, these are my suggestions if you are just starting out. unless you want small file sizes, i'd suggest 1080p resolution for the best detail and it will still look good in a few years time when the resolution goes even higher. i use the "wide" angle setting as it gets more of the scenery and looks less bounced around. the down side is other bikes only have to be a few metres away and they start looking small, so you need to be close to the action when filming! i just use 30 frames per second to keep the file sizes reasonably small, but otherwise 60 fps is handy to allow some slow motion here and there. some say they get better picture quality from 60fps but i haven't personally noticed this. VIDEO EXAMPLES as mentioned earlier, none of us are experts but have tried to put the above stuff into practice and here are some samples.... a vid that has done the rounds quite a bit. a mix up of photos, text, gopro footage, handycam footage and narration. a video with narration for trials australia. so keen to learn more from anyone who really knows what they are doing with video cameras, or just any tips or things you've discovered.