Here’s the plan for kick-ass sports videos:
- GoPro 3 Silver, chest mount, a bike
- Shoot 1080p with ProTune
- Video editing on Linux is lost cause, Windows all the way–
- Join .mp4s into a single .mkv using Avidemux, no quality loss here!
- Stabilize with VirtualDub / Deshaker
- Bring into Vegas, chop into interesting bits and the rest, then remove the rest
- Add music track
- Move interesting bits around and tweak boundaries to semi-match beats
- Brightness, levels, color correction, sharpness
- Remove most of the wind noise with EQ
- Bring volume up wherever I say anything, so there’s chance of hearing it
- Render and youtube
I’ll be trying out other mounting options. Even after stabilization there’s plenty of jerkiness. There’s huge DIY hacking potential in how one mounts a GoPro.
I probably overdid colors a bit. And, come spring, there will be more interesting places to ride. Exciting times ahead!
Q: Why GoPro and not, say, Sony Action Cam?
A: Bitrate and flat color profile (ProTune). Sony’s in-camera stabilization is Very Nice, though.
A: Shaky cycling videos need tons of bitrate. Also, sky is not blown out and can be fixed later
A: It’s slow as cow, but it’s good.
Q: Why stabilize all the footage and not just the fragments I’ll need?
A: Simplifies workflow, instead of fiddling with each separate clip I start with a single stabilized file