Mucha Man wrote:I liked it but too long, not enough variation. A minute of riding would have been better.
If you want to go longer maybe use text to break up the scenes: The Climb: The Plateau; The Stop; etc. Give some purpose to the ride, even a made up one, or some kind of narrative. The ride can be an example of a classic Taiwan mountain ride; this ride came after a long spell of rainy weather. Or use text to describe what we are seeing: name the mountains, the villages, the vegetation. Etc.
If you want some interaction when you stop just record that with your cell phone. The quality will be fine for what you are doing.
It might be nice to also cut up the time sequence a bit. Have the voices from the cafe stop come in at the moment of the ride they are describing, then quickly splice to you guys talking at the cafe.
As for the camera audio, just mute it completely (as in don't even turn it on when you are cycling) if you are using a music soundtrack. Or figure out the sound envelope tool on your software.
Thanks Mucha, I agree with your all comments, especially that it's too long, I'm working at getting better at editing out long boring parts of people's butts. It's a little tough when 90 minutes of footage has to be cut down to 3-6 minutes, but I think adding in some variety and text/captions would definitely make a 6 min long video more enjoyable. I now have to find a fellow cyclist that is willing to get in front of the camera, which won't be easy to convince them.
I really try to make it as if there's a chronological order or story, but there really isn't much dialogue in my videos to express that. The main issue for that is, the camera is mounted on the bike and must be taken out of the waterproof case for any kind of interaction with the group. I will highly consider this since, as you mentioned, is something missing.
As for splicing audio/video. I wish I was using good software to do that. You can probably tell that I'm just using crappy Windows Movie Maker to easily split and cut the videos and add music. I'm not proud of it, but the user interface on it is fool proof.
I think I will consider buying a HTC RE, it's so much more handy to take out of my back pocket in the middle of the ride and take pics or a quick video. Taking out my cell phone, unlocking and finally getting to the camera, can be dangerous if road conditions all of a sudden change.