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Old 03-01-2011, 12:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Boring off road videos. Zzzzzzzzz.......

I should probably post this at a movie editing forum but maybe someone here knows. Have you ever filmed through your windshield your off road trip, thought you got some great video, and when you play it back that section that made you almost piss your pants looked like nothing special? It seems like no matter how steep you are going or how treacherous the terraine, the camera doesn't convey it when you play it back.

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So are you wondering how to fix this problem?
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My limited 4wd video viewing experience leads me to believe that the most entertaining videos are the ones of people doing really stupid things very badly. The other videos, to me, beg the question would you rather watch videos of someone else out on the trail or be out on the trail yourself? just my two cents...
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You're right... Steep bits never look steep on film.
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So are you wondering how to fix this problem?
I guess not...

I think the reason they like to make videos is so that they can watch and show other people videos of themselves riding off-road. That's why I like to, anyway... lol.
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Isn't that why they invented the saying " You had to be there "
Keep filming so u can look back at what u did "...in the day"
Get the greasy side up for good pix.
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Yes! .
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Have you tried attaching a camera to the outside... like on the driver's door, down low (as long as you're not driving through 3ft of water

Or attach the camera to yourshoulder to give more of a driver's perspective?
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Have you tried attaching a camera to the outside... like on the driver's door, down low (as long as you're not driving through 3ft of water

Or attach the camera to yourshoulder to give more of a driver's perspective?
No, but I have a weather/water resistant camera that I could attach to the outside of the Sammy. Perhaps attach it under the front bumper? May be going out in a couple weeks and will give it a shot. Might look cool going a bit under water too.
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You're on the right track. Getting good shots are like half of it. Without going into the reasons and theory for all of this, some simple things to try are: holding the camera at an angle, holding the camera down low to the ground, shooting with something partially blocking the extreme foreground (and out of focus so you can't even tell really what it is, doesn't matter), and try using the rule of thirds some. (Divide the viewfinder into three sections by putting an imaginary line 1/3 and 2/3 of the way across, and put your subject right on the line, you can do this horizontally and vertically.)
At least half of it though comes from editing well. Look at things you see on TV to see how they are edited. Most of the time they won't stay on a single camera shot for longer than like 5 seconds before they cut away. Sounds goofy at first but watch any kind of powersports on TV and you'll see. Even if you cut to another shot, then come right back to the orginal, that'll work. Here is an example of a video I edited for some people I know, they gave me nothing in the way of good footage so I just did the best I could with editing. It's not great by any means, but even still, there was a big difference between the finished video and the raw footage.

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