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Drakhen99

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Man, wish I'd read some of these earlier, but I'll toss my limited knowledge into the ring!

1. Try out different editing software packages. I started with VSDC, then moved to HitFilm Express, and then found DaVinci Resolve ... Resolve is AWESOME! Sure, it'll crash occasionally, but I've been using it for months now and it's gotten to the point where my editing is much better and easier.

2. Don't post it all to YouTube. Some of your videos just won't be up to your standards, whether it be the location or the talking. Don't fret.

3. Do some scripting or rehearsals prior to hitting record. Or, record multiple takes. I'll usually do 2-4 takes of a given topic, because my speech gets more refined as the takes go. Sometimes the 1st take is the best, sometimes the 3rd, and sometimes the footage from one take is good but the audio from another is good, and if it's an off-bike shot (like a bike walkaround), you can mix & match in the editor.

4. Practice, practice, practice.

5. Get a GoPro Smart Remote, if you're using a GoPro. I generally know which road I want to record on for a given video, so I'll fire up the GoPro and when I get close, or see something interesting on the way, I'll hit record for that section. Without a power pack, this almost doubles battery life.

6. Carry spare batteries.

7. Think of creative ways to get the shot you're looking for. I wanted to do a "setup your gear" video, and I thought it would be really neat to have one of my videos playing on a cardboard placard I was holding, so I spent about 8 hours in the editor to figure out how to do that - and it turned out fantastic!

8. Do an audio test before leaving. The GoPro Hero 8 will not record audio if it's not 100% seated into the Media Mod. This caught me out a couple of times. Now I do a 3-second audio test, view it, and then hit the road. Saves me time & trouble.

-John
 

Drakhen99

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I like the way you think! With my new mic setup, I can be more emotive (is that even a word?), and thus more entertaining (in my own head).

Now just trying to figure out how to drive more traffic my way on YT. My sub count is just about static at this point.

-John
 

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My tip would be cut, cut and cut!
Don't treat your raw footage like a precious thing, don't be afraid to cut. Sometimes taking a short break between shooting and editing can help give you a better perspective on what should be dumped on the cutting room floor.

Super long shots of rolling down a mundane road will not hold an audience. So cut, cut, cut. Cut all but the nicest/most interesting of shots, splice in different shots, shots on and off bike. Sure, there are exceptions: super silky smooth shots of beautiful scenery, a good voice over that takes focus (so boring footage is just a backdrop) or a longer piece of action unfolding (e.g. moto race).

Be critical, cut it all down. Shoot much, present little. Few people have the talent to produce super long 'directors cut' vids that hold attention.
On a recent video, I cut 314Gb of 1080p footage from 10 days down to a 20 min video! Even then stats from my YT analytics on those who watched the entire video are low...
 

Drakhen99

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I agree! I kept about 5-10% of the footage I actually shoot (5 hour ride became 15 mins). Currently, I'm starting and stopping recording via gopro remote. With that method, out of 2 hour ride I'll have about 20-30 mins of footage, and of that, maybe 10 minutes makes it into the final cut.

I've still got a few vlogs I'm cutting down from October, and it's amazing how much I've grown as a vlogger in the last 45-60 days! So much footage hitting the digital cutting room floor!

-John
 

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My tip would be cut, cut and cut!
Don't treat your raw footage like a precious thing, don't be afraid to cut. Sometimes taking a short break between shooting and editing can help give you a better perspective on what should be dumped on the cutting room floor.
Also a short break between the rendering and rewatching can give you a good perspective.
Quite often the first rendered endvlog doesn't end up on youtube because with the fresh mind i spot an error/mistake or want to alter the flow of a section ;)
 
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jaimieNL

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I agree! I kept about 5-10% of the footage I actually shoot (5 hour ride became 15 mins). Currently, I'm starting and stopping recording via gopro remote. With that method, out of 2 hour ride I'll have about 20-30 mins of footage, and of that, maybe 10 minutes makes it into the final cut.

I've still got a few vlogs I'm cutting down from October, and it's amazing how much I've grown as a vlogger in the last 45-60 days! So much footage hitting the digital cutting room floor!

-John
can the remote trigger two cameras at once?
 

Drakhen99

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Actually, the old remote could control up to 50 cameras at once, but the new one is only capable of controlling 5.

I can confirm that the new remote CAN control a Hero 8 and Hero 9 simultaneously, at least in my testing. I have yet to use it in the field, however.

Also, even though I shot some footage as a test, I haven't checked to see how close to synced up they are. If you have to do ANY multicam syncing manually (setting in/out points or lining things up), then that negates it as an efficiency, in my opinion.

-John