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Drakhen99

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Hi, thanks for the warm welcome!

I ride a 2019 HD Street Glide Special. I enjoy cigars and good whisky (the former with the bike, the latter without), and generally anything motorcycle-related.

I'm here to get help and tips to start my moto vlog journey. I wear a half helmet, so audio is a tricky one. So far, I see @tmagness has a similar ride and I'm going to try some of his setup to improve my audio quality.
 
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Drakhen99

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Sorry for the delay - I just saw this notification!

Here you go - 2019 FLHXS. I really wanted one in 2015, but we were just growing our family (my wife got pregnant), so I held off (reluctantly) for a year, and then the local dealer's saleslady pissed off my wife (we were gonna get TWO Harleys at once but she wouldn't talk about finding my wife's bike for her), so my wife said NO to spending Harley money, and I got a 2016 Kawi Vulcan Vaquero instead. 2 years later I wrecked that bike and never felt comfy on it again, so after 1.5yrs of trying, I threw in the towel and turned to my wife one night and said, "You know, I think I'm gonna go look at and buy a Street Glide." Surprisingly, she said sure, and went with me. Long story longer, I got this bike, and love it!

From left to right: 1979 Kawi KZ650SR, 2005 Kawi Vulcan 800 Classic (bobbed), 2013 HD Sportster 1200 Custom, 2019 HD Street Glide Special.
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-John
 

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Sorry for the delay - I just saw this notification!

Here you go - 2019 FLHXS. I really wanted one in 2015, but we were just growing our family (my wife got pregnant), so I held off (reluctantly) for a year, and then the local dealer's saleslady pissed off my wife (we were gonna get TWO Harleys at once but she wouldn't talk about finding my wife's bike for her), so my wife said NO to spending Harley money, and I got a 2016 Kawi Vulcan Vaquero instead. 2 years later I wrecked that bike and never felt comfy on it again, so after 1.5yrs of trying, I threw in the towel and turned to my wife one night and said, "You know, I think I'm gonna go look at and buy a Street Glide." Surprisingly, she said sure, and went with me. Long story longer, I got this bike, and love it!

From left to right: 1979 Kawi KZ650SR, 2005 Kawi Vulcan 800 Classic (bobbed), 2013 HD Sportster 1200 Custom, 2019 HD Street Glide Special.
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-John

Nice! Those are some sweet looking bikes.:)
 

Drakhen99

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Thanks - the KZ runs when it wants, sometimes pisses fuel or oil on the ground (currently it has a valve cover leak on both sides, and it might be getting worse - oops). The Vulcan is OK to ride but not for long distances, but it was my first bike. The Sporty has some go-fast goodies on it, so she's quick, but too loud for my ears (even with plugs in). The Glide is my daily rider :) Hence why I'm taking so much time to try and get the audio right.

If I can't get the audio right, I'll end up doing clip videos from my rides (mainly the corners and scenery) with music and some voiceovers over it. Not ideal, I know.

Last night I downloaded Davinci Resolve and got up and running in that ... it offers some things (namely, performance) over HitFilm Express, which just can't be ignored.

I wonder what y'all use to edit your videos?

-John
 
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2014 Harley Davidson (FLHTK) Ultra Limited
Thanks - the KZ runs when it wants, sometimes pisses fuel or oil on the ground (currently it has a valve cover leak on both sides, and it might be getting worse - oops). The Vulcan is OK to ride but not for long distances, but it was my first bike. The Sporty has some go-fast goodies on it, so she's quick, but too loud for my ears (even with plugs in). The Glide is my daily rider :) Hence why I'm taking so much time to try and get the audio right.

If I can't get the audio right, I'll end up doing clip videos from my rides (mainly the corners and scenery) with music and some voiceovers over it. Not ideal, I know.

Last night I downloaded Davinci Resolve and got up and running in that ... it offers some things (namely, performance) over HitFilm Express, which just can't be ignored.

I wonder what y'all use to edit your videos?

-John
I was using Adobe Premiere but have switched to Cyberlink Powerdirector
 
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Lovely collection of bikes there.
I use Filmora Wondershare 9, it is not overly expensive and it is very simple to use yet has 99% of the features a motovlogger will need.
 

Drakhen99

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Thanks guys - good info. At this point, I've gotten everything to work in Resolve that I wanted (so far), and the experience with that editor is quite good. I am currently rendering a test video to play with the settings... and my first test did not go well. Over 8gb for <7m of video. I changed some settings and instead of doing a "quick export", I am doing a full render to see the results.

If I can, I'd rather spend my money on cameras, mounts, and mics, rather than the editing software, just my personal preference.

-John
 
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Drakhen99

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OK, now I'm playing around with Titles and transitions, and I got my file size down. For those who didn't ask, I went into the Render settings in "Delivery" mode, and changed the bitrate to a max of 30,000. That nets a 7 or 10 minute video to less than 1.5gb in size.

BTW, I really like Resolve. I can do quick edits in "Cut" mode and then switch to "Edit" for more detailed or complex things - that's pretty cool.

-John
 
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OK, now I'm playing around with Titles and transitions, and I got my file size down. For those who didn't ask, I went into the Render settings in "Delivery" mode, and changed the bitrate to a max of 30,000. That nets a 7 or 10 minute video to less than 1.5gb in size.

BTW, I really like Resolve. I can do quick edits in "Cut" mode and then switch to "Edit" for more detailed or complex things - that's pretty cool.

-John
The current GoPro Hero 8 does 1080 at 60,000 and I render the footage from my 360 cameras at 100,000. I can't keep old footage long else my hard drives would fill in no time
 

Drakhen99

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2019 Harley Street Glide Special, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic (bobber), 1979 Kawasaki KZ650SR
The current GoPro Hero 8 does 1080 at 60,000 and I render the footage from my 360 cameras at 100,000. I can't keep old footage long else my hard drives would fill in no time
That GoPro bitrate is some good info, thanks! I'll be socking that away in my notes. I agree, it'll fill a hard disk in no time!

My laptop (which I am currently typing on LOL) is only 3 years old, but the last couple of days it's had trouble waking up (must be getting older, like me!), so I'm shopping new laptops, but I ordered a 4TB external hard drive for backing up all our family's files and video from my new obsession hobby of moto vlogging.

-John
 
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