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Old 2017-09-25, 07:14 PM   #1
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Short film

https://youtu.be/PRWH0HBcz1w

My first attempt at editing a film of a unicycle ride. Lots went wrong, including the wheel getting so clogged up with clay that it wouldn't turn, and the camera battery giving out before I'd filmed everything I wanted to. I arrived home filthy.
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Old 2017-09-28, 08:39 PM   #2
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I enjoyed watching that. It's fascinating to me how much different our typical unicycle rides might be, the different terrain, surfaces etc in different places, even though when we talk about it we tend to assume we're all doing pretty much the same thing.

And having thought about making a video or two like this at times, and not having a handy sidekick who could be pressed into assisting, it seemed like I'd mainly be dismounting and remounting, walking back and forth, resetting the tripod, trying to guess where to aim the camera, etc. The actual experience would be quite a bit different from the relaxed, casual ride I'd want the final edit to portray. I had a sense that you were up to a lot of that when the camera wasn't running too.
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Old 2017-09-30, 10:10 AM   #3
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Those spam 'bots are getting more clever. Scary.

Fun video that is! All shot by yourself?
The amount of sticky mud is insane!
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Old 2017-09-30, 12:27 PM   #4
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Those spam 'bots are getting more clever. Scary.

Fun video that is! All shot by yourself?
The amount of sticky mud is insane!
I don't understand your comment about the "spam bots".

Yes, I shot it all myself using a cheap camera and a lightweight tripod - sometimes using the tripod as a selfie stick. Not the most exciting film compared to KH doing north shore, but an interesting exercise for me.
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Old 2017-09-30, 09:11 PM   #5
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Nice video! Filming by yourself is quite the exercise, eh? I'll leave a few comments here that I hope you'll take as constructive criticism.

1. I feel like a broken record, but this forum has sections, and there is one for videos, so use that, please. The structure this forum provides is great, it keeps it from being a cluttered mess like the unicycle chat facebook group.

2. To keep people watching and make the video "round" it needs continuity of sorts. The easiest way to achieve this is (suitable!) music, I enjoy videos that keep the original sound too, but they are harder to edit. You did very well in the first part, but after the shot of the muddy tire (pretty interesting issue btw) it felt very random.
A clear intro and ending is always good too. I feel like you missed some opportunities on the intro, you could have had something like the trunk opening and you taking the uni out as an intro, with the battery running out you couldn't do much for the ending obviously.

3. Maybe you were restricted by the camera you had available, but anything narrower than 16:9 is outdated.

4. This one is on your unicycling: You seem to twist a lot. Tighten up that core, you are wasting energy. Maybe that's something that will come with time, but just try and be more stable.
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Old 2017-09-30, 09:19 PM   #6
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I don't understand your comment about the "spam bots".
There was a comment just above mine (deleted since) that was clearly from a robot - with a link to their website selling god knows what rubbish.

The video appears to show you doing a loop around a familiar environment. Did you film it chronologically?
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Old 2017-10-01, 07:25 AM   #7
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Nice video! Filming by yourself is quite the exercise, eh? I'll leave a few comments here that I hope you'll take as constructive criticism.

1. I feel like a broken record, but this forum has sections, and there is one for videos, so use that, please. The structure this forum provides is great, it keeps it from being a cluttered mess like the unicycle chat facebook group.


4. This one is on your unicycling: You seem to twist a lot. Tighten up that core, you are wasting energy. Maybe that's something that will come with time, but just try and be more stable.
Thank you for your advice. After 15 years as a regular in the forum and well over 6,500 posts, this was my first attempt at a video and I put it on the wrong page. My wrist is well and truly slapped.

At 54 years old, in my 30th year of riding, I am unlikely to make major changes to my riding style. I'm good for 20 miles without a dismount, but if I'm wasting energy as you suggest, that's good for keeping my weight down.
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The video appears to show you doing a loop around a familiar environment. Did you film it chronologically?
Pretty much. I have a cheap old camera that has a very basic movie facility. I recorded the sections separately then trimmed and linked them. The film would have been better if the battery had lasted longer as I would have used more, but shorter, clips, and it would have shown the whole ride.
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After 15 years as a regular in the forum and well over 6,500 posts, this was my first attempt at a video and I put it on the wrong page. My wrist is well and truly slapped.
I didn't mind it being here, I rarely venture off the main section of the forum and wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Also, the forum is not so busy at the moment (is everyone gone to FaceBok?), so it brings new posts.


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Pretty much. I have a cheap old camera that has a very basic movie facility. I recorded the sections separately then trimmed and linked them. The film would have been better if the battery had lasted longer as I would have used more, but shorter, clips, and it would have shown the whole ride.
The editor in me wandered if you filmed both directions at each spot, or if you actually went chronological and set the camera twice as you were coming back to the same locations. Thanks!
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I didn't mind it being here, I rarely venture off the main section of the forum and wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Also, the forum is not so busy at the moment (is everyone gone to FaceBok?), so it brings new posts.



The editor in me wandered if you filmed both directions at each spot, or if you actually went chronological and set the camera twice as you were coming back to the same locations. Thanks!
There are only two parts of the film that are me riding at exactly the same spot. I cheated and filmed myself riding out from and back to the camera when I was on the tarmac section. I then included the "back" bit towards the end of the film. Other than that, each shot is of me riding at a different place, although it is not the most exciting location, it's the best I have locally now that I live on the border of Lincolnshire and Notts.

For each section, I either set up the camera and rode away from it, then collected the camera afterwards, or I went ahead, set up the camera, then rode towards it. I have not re-ridden any section to get a better shot the second time.

I know it was someone else who mentioned it, not you, but there are three reasons why I didn't put a music backing:

1) I ride in the countryside partly to enjoy the environment: the laughter of magpies, the chuckling of the green woodpecker, the cries of the gulls,the songs of the birds in the hedgerows, the whoosh of the windmills' sails, the distant sound of kids on trailbikes. It's all part of the riding experience. Why obscure that with a backing track? If anyone prefers music, they can turn the sound off and play their own music!

2) My taste in music is not very mainstream. 1950s rockabilly, Motörhead, English folk music.

3) About 50% of the non-racist, non-sexist, non-political comments under any YouTube video are criticism of the choice of music.
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Well now that you record yourself, I've also finally managed to record me. Though my ride isn't as fancy as yours through the mud. I just rode on the cycle path and I could finally test out the selfie stick, which I bought a few months ago.
https://youtu.be/J8B5wlXDJLY
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Well now that you record yourself, I've also finally managed to record me. Though my ride isn't as fancy as yours through the mud. I just rode on the cycle path and I could finally test out the selfie stick, which I bought a few months ago.
https://youtu.be/J8B5wlXDJLY
But there's loads of mud off to the side... go on... you know you want to.
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But there's loads of mud off to the side... go on... you know you want to.
Sure I ride there too, but didn't want to while filming. Then I would look very very focused and serious.
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Then I would look very very focused and serious.
And that would never do.
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Greatly enjoyed the video Mikefule. Thanks.
lol, I guess most, if not all, will disagree with me, but when I hear a lot of music while watching these unicycling videos, I mute the sound. Maybe it's my age, but music blasting from the speakers isn't what I'm interested in. However, I generally do like the nature sounds or if the rider is explaining what is going on.
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