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San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:59 pm

This weekend's camping marked another great year of the San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival with the MECCA Mt. Bike Club of Emery County, Utah. This is the first video for Grand Adventure, a new YouTube channel that I'm launching that will feature RV-centric outdoor travel, activities, gear and more. Check out the video, check out the channel and please subscribe! Next up: a wind noise-canceling mic. :wink:

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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby jasoncapecod » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:05 am

Marc the vid looks great.
I know a couple of guys that make MTB vids , one guy has almost a half million subscribers..
His big mantra is, tell a story and keep it short. You want them to watch it to the end..Better to have people say they want more , rather then that's too long..

Also they use furry mic covers to kill the wind noise..
https://www.amazon.com/Micover-Stickove ... B006IWYH4Y
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:35 am

Yeah, that fur-covered mic arrives tomorrow.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby lono » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:15 am

Congratulations Marc on your new enterprise, Grand Adventure is a great title.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:20 am

"Enterprise" may be too big a term, for there's no monetization at the moment. YouTube requires a modest subscriber base to monetize a channel, and even then the returns are paltry until your subscriber base is quite large. Grand Adventure I'm doing primarily for fun, and as there's a good possibility that I'll be traveling around the Southwest with my RV for the next couple of months until ski season starts, I wanted an outlet for my travel video.

So Grand Adventure is pretty much just a hobby right now. FTO is my enterprise, and I need to resume news publication very shortly now that the days are getting cooler.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Tony Crocker » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:17 pm

I suspected weather might not be cooperative for biking when today's paper showed high 47, low 44 with .86 precipitation yesterday in SLC. Sure enough, http://wasatchweatherweenies.blogspot.c ... unday.html

Is anyone (BobbyD??) planning to score rare new snow September turns? 15 inches, not too different from October 7, 2011 when I seized a similar opportunity at Mammoth. viewtopic.php?t=9784
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Marc_C » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:18 pm

Admin wrote:Yeah, that fur-covered mic arrives tomorrow.

Suggestions.....
You might consider close-miking your interview subjects - their audio level is really low. Options:
1. wireless mike on the subject
2. boom mike (which implies you might need a sound person)
3. up close with a hand mike - a-la person on the street interview
4. up the levels in post

Also, consider hovering the drone a little above ground level instead of placing the cam on the ground for the stationary rider shots.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby EMSC » Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:38 pm

Admin wrote:that fur-covered mic arrives tomorrow.


For anyone randomly reading, (I'll assume Marc knows) that the above item is officially known as a "deadcat" in the video industry. And they work shockingly well. Hope that's a solid quality Rode directional mic you're getting. Audio quality is key for videography. Ironically if you've got a great story and decent audio quality, the video quality is not nearly as critical as you'd think...

Looking forward to seeing more footage.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:36 pm

For the moment, I just picked up a close-range lapel mic with windscreen material. I'll see how that goes first. For the moment, a Rode was out of the question as I've already busted the budget several times over.

The original wasn't too bad, but YouTube's audio normalization algorithm made it far worse. I made another copy and used Audacity to normalize the audio and then I put the audio back in the video, and that sounded a lot better. Unfortunately, the original video was already public and YouTube doesn't allow you to overwrite a video, they create a whole new URL with each upload.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:11 am

Marc_C wrote:Also, consider hovering the drone a little above ground level instead of placing the cam on the ground for the stationary rider shots.


Forgot to mention, that shot (the first one one was from the drone, the second ground-level shot was purposeful and from my phone) was entirely accidental. However, I rather liked the effect so I used it.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Marc_C » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:12 am

Admin wrote:The original wasn't too bad, but YouTube's audio normalization algorithm made it far worse. I made another copy and used Audacity to normalize the audio and then I put the audio back in the video, and that sounded a lot better. Unfortunately, the original video was already public and YouTube doesn't allow you to overwrite a video, they create a whole new URL with each upload.

Having never tried putting up a video on YT, I had no idea it does any of that. Like almost any other bit of automation, audio normalization can be good or bad. I can't think of a good reason for not allowing overwrites.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby Admin » Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:29 am

EMSC wrote:
Admin wrote:that fur-covered mic arrives tomorrow.


For anyone randomly reading, (I'll assume Marc knows) that the above item is officially known as a "deadcat" in the video industry. And they work shockingly well. Hope that's a solid quality Rode directional mic you're getting.


Alright, I found an inexpensive way to "go Rode" for now while still shooting in 4K:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018K ... UTF8&psc=1

And yeah, it comes with a deadcat. We'll see how that works out.
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Re: San Rafael Swell Mountain Bike Festival

Postby EMSC » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:00 pm

Curious to see how good the audio is from that version. Certainly should be much better than no dedicated microphone at all.

Most I know doing YT that have a Rode use the Rode Videomic Pro. Not crazy expensive, but not cheap for just a mic either...
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