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help me explain by making video of trip

I have many friends who just don't get what my adventures are about. They all kinda glaze over when I try and explain and say where? how? and so on.

My plan is to try and explain by means of a video of our next trip, my wife and I that is.

I have one of those small bullet waterproof HD 1080 DV cameras which does make good video recordings. The sound is no good and mounted on the bike or helmet it will only show boring road journeys which I hate to see. It's just not interesting enough for me let alone "non believers " Some footage will be useful obviously and can be cherry picked . Its there so may as well use it.

To capture the other stuff I need to get a hand held cam with a screen so I can see what I'm shooting. Also add audio description where required. Now this is where it gets complex for me. Never messed with all this stuff. Tech stuff does not scare me, but I am fully aware of the problems of compatibility between various equipment and the fight that usually follows to get it all to do what you want. Bearing in mind I have this cheap bullet DV cam and need some hand held device, the end result will need to be messed around with, using video software.

What software is going to give the least trouble for me using two DV cams?
I am hoping that all I need to do to make it easy to start with is buy another HD 1080 DV cam ( hand held). Is this enough to make editing straight forward or is it far more complex. ?
Or is this trouble in the making and better to use one cam for everything?

All the edit stuff will be done at home on a PC on our return. The video thing can not take over the trip and become a PITA but it would be nice to have a go.
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Get yourself off to the Adventure Travel Film Festival...
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Any cheap hd camera will do the job Ed March shot his whole dvd on a Lumix camera with hd video , the main issue you will face is shooting techniques , learn the basics and stick to them , the most important rule is a still camera , not shaking in your hand or zooming in and out, panning in any direction needs a very steady hand or some extra equipment . If you have a spare few quid get on Mr Vinces film course , its not the be all and end all but he will drill the basics into you and from that base you can make a good film .
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It sound's like you have the same set up as me. I do a lot of filming. Never will win an Oscar. It's in the editing that you get to change the footage you have made. Every one I have done, I alway's think I could have done better.


I use Micro Soft Movie Maker That come's free with the computer. Not too bad.


Don't go out and buy an editing program. If you can't use Movie Make. You woun't manage a brought suite. After that it's just practice with what you have. Go out on a ride round local. Then play with what you have. If it's just a 20 minute film. It's enough so you can go over it again and again. Getting it better each time. When I do mine, I get my girl friend who live's with me to look at them. She can tell what need's changing.
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If you want your video to tell a story of your trip, a bit of planning your clips will be needed, a video of just the road ahead shot from your helmet or bike will soon bore your audience. So lots of clips of the the scenery, villages and the bikes plus a bit of commentary or voice over, a few selfies to the camera at various points of interest all adds to the mix. Remember the audio, as it is essential to a good video, if your talking, get the cam in as close as you can, this helps isolate the voice from the background noise, better still get a tie-clip Mic and plug it into your cam (if you can). I use a gopro hero 3 to good effect, stick it on a monopod and it's good for walking around with, mostly people don't even notice you filming and the audio is not to bad with the open back housing (no mic input though) it can also be mounted just about anywhere you fancy from a tripod to a suction cup.
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there are some really good video's on u tube!

The commentary is excellent too! and some of the are captioned.

also some of the overland travel blogs are well written!

boilsoft make some nice easy to use software too!
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I got it !!!

I found what I needed to make it all fall into place windows movie maker ! It's perfect for me to get started. Now I think I can explain this adventure stuff to my friends.

Had a play with some video footage from a short trip to Croatia last year, there were lots of short clips as it was unplanned. But I can see, with careful thought of what to shoot it can tell a good story. Cant wait for next trip to try it out.

I can see lots of late nights with this.

you can have a laugh at my expense by viewing my first effort > www.timag.co.uk/vid/croatia.wmv
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