Recording the perfect ride
We’d love to include your rides in FulGaz. You don’t need a big custom setup like our own “James Cameron” rig you can see above. you can do it on equipment borrowed from a friend (or even from us in some cases). The process is pretty simple:
- Record your ride
- Share your video files via Dropbox, Google drive or a USB drive
- We stabilise your video and smooth the GPS,
- Ride it in FulGaz!
Get help and advice
Once you get the hang of it, recording rides is fun. If you need help there are plenty of people in the FulGaz film crew facebook group who can help you We also give a free six month subscription to all contributors.
The first thing you’ll need is a GoPro or something similar.
- GoPro Hero 4 and 5, all editions
- Replay XD Prime X
- Sony white action cams (the black ones suffer terribly from vibration issues)
- Garmin Virb
- Best budget choice is the Olfi
Mounting your camera properly is more important than the quality of the camera itself. A top of the range camera wobbling and vibrating around will produce an inferior result to a cheap camera that’s been mounted well. It might seem counter intuitive, be the more solid the camera mount, the better the end result. Anything that absorbs vibration usually results in the camera rocking up and down after the initial shock has passed. Here’s a video of some of the footage we took before we got it right and some tips on how to mount your camera.
For best results, we recommend K-Edge mounts
Regardless of your camera, aim for a frame rate of 50 to 60 frames per second (FPS). This makes a big difference to the smoothness of the final video and helps prevent the dreaded Jello or “rolling shutter” effect, where the image is distorted and wobbly.
- 60 frames per second (FPS) or as close to it as you can get on your camera
- Choose the widest field of view available
- 1080p is ideal, 720p is OK if it’s all you have available at 60FPS
- Turn image stabilisation on if your camera has it
GPS Device choice and settings
Every video needs GPS data recorded at the same time. GPS bike computers or watches that use barometric pressure to measure altitude tend to be the best for this. If you don’t have a Garmin or another GPS bike computer, the Strava app on your phone will usually do a good enough job. If you are using a Garmin, please follow these simple rules, it makes a big difference.
- Turn off auto pause
- Turn off smart recording (We want data every second, smart recording uses variable recording intervals)
Choosing where to ride
Don’t pick an urban route unless it’s a high profile race course. We’re looking for rides from 20 minutes to 1 hour in duration, or loops from 10 minutes upwards. The most popular routes are the lumpy rides with plenty of changes in gradient, race courses and rides in groups.
- Try not to stop
- Obey the road rules
- Stay in the saddle as much as possible
Recording your rides
It’s vitally important that we can sync your GPS data with your video. If they’re out by more than about a second, things feel out of time and wrong. Quite simply, and the “magic” is gone.
- Make sure all batteries are fully charged!
- Start your camera before you start your bike computer
- Provide a visual clue that you’re starting your computer (waving in front of the camera works well)
- Provide a visual clue that the ride has finished
- Stop your bike computer or app
- Stop your camera
Sharing your ride files
You can share your files with us via Dropbox, Google Drive or any similar service, you’ll just need to email us to tell us where you shared the files.
Alternatively you can use our Google Drive account or send us a USB stick or hard drive and we will refund the cost.