At one point during your BMX career, you’re going to have to get your skills on video. Sometimes sponsors ask for them, other times competition judges or trainers require them. Actually, a video recording usually works pretty well when convincing sponsors to support you. Chances are, the evaluation will depend on the results captured on said video.
Of course, it’s not just about showing off your skills on the bike, you’ll also have to work on the quality of your footage. That aspect is just as important as the tricks shown on camera. A good execution from the rider is, of course, the most crucial factor, however, a video needs to be dynamic, entertaining and informative.
How Can You Capture Stunning Tricks on Video?
Well, the best way to get good at something is practice; do it at every opportunity you’ve got. Practice makes perfect – that needs to be your personal mantra. The more comfortable you feel during a trick, the easier it will be for you to later replicated in front of a camera. So, whatever you want to do for your video, make sure to practice it beforehand as many times as you need to feel comfortable.
Location, Location, Location
Most people shoot with a smartphone or a GoPro, which means they can’t zoom in on the action. That might sound like a bad thing, but it’s actually pretty great because it forces them to get as close to the action as possible, and the results are pretty great. The closer you are, the better quality you’ll have. So keep that in mind even if your device allows you to zoom in.
Try to choose a location that will let you get close without putting yourself in danger. You want to be able to get a clear recording of the tricks you’re performing without injuring anyone involved. Think and analyze what’s the most important thing you’re recording, and when you answer that, you’ll know when and where to position yourself during the shooting – you don’t want to be too far or too close, that’s why the following tip is crucial for the success of your video.
If you’re recording your friends and they do tricks whenever they feel like, it is very likely that you lose the momentum for not being prepared. If you want to get a professional result, you’re going to have to plan ahead instead of just going with the flow. Before you start recording, figure out what to do and where, that way you’re going to have a better chance of capturing the perfect trick.
The most convenient thing to do is to discuss all the tricks that are going to be done. Both the person doing the trick and the person recording, need to be on the same page. Furthermore, figure out how many takes you’re going to have to make, and any angles you want to capture the tricks from. Think of the editing process at this stage so that you shoot everything that you’ll eventually need.
Get the Right Equipment
A shaky hand will yield shaky footage. That doesn’t work at all, it makes people dizzy so spectators lose interest. Besides, it will be hard for them to figure out the trick, or really see your technique. And, of course, it looks completely unprofessional.
For this kind of video, you want a steady camera. If you’re serious about your BMX career, invest on a tripod, don’t even think about it. You’ll be using it every time you shoot a video, and on your way to becoming a pro, you’re going to have to shoot a lot of videos. If you don’t want to make the investment just yet, use anything you can get your hands on, a tree, a bench, even the floor! This video will show you some tripod hacks.
Protip: A sock full of beans can help make the camera steady when the camera needs to be on the floor or some stable surface. If none of this is available, spread your legs to the width of your shoulders and put the camera as close to your body as possible, this will add steadiness to your takes.