HOW TO USE A SPORTS ACTION CAMERA ?

The action camera, or action cam, has become a MUST-HAVE piece of equipment for your sporting experiences!

No ride, downhill mountain biking session or hike would be complete without a camera to record this unique moment! But what's the best way to use an action camera to improve the quality of your films? Here are a few simple rules to help you get started!

RULE NO. 1: FOR STABLE PICTURES, ENSURE THAT YOUR ACTION CAMERA IS FIRMLY ATTACHED

Action cameras are sold with a series of compatible accessories enabling you to attach them to all of your equipment. With helmets or head mounts, handlebar mounts, chest belts or telescoping poles, there’s something for every taste and every sport! They serve a variety of purposes: enabling the camera to film in the thick of the action, to obtain unusual shots, and finally to stabilise the camera during all the excitement.

RULE NO. 2: CONSIDER CHANGING THE LOCATION OF YOUR CAMERA

If you place an action camera on your helmet for the whole trip, this can easily get a bit monotonous, especially if you’re planning to share the footage with your friends and family.

Changing the location of your camera on the frame, handlebars or helmet (if we take the example of a bike trip) is the best way to obtain several camera angles and to make your film more interesting.

 

RULE NO. 3: TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THE RESOLUTION OF YOUR ACTION CAM

Intended for fast-moving sports, action cameras are designed to be turned on with a single movement. If your camera includes this option, change from a resolution of 30 frames per second to one of 60 frames per second before attempting a spectacular pass or executing a particularly interesting manoeuvre.

The human eye won't spot the difference at normal speed, but the speed of 60 frames per second will enable you to produce slow motion sequences when editing your film.

 

RULE NO. 4: CONNECT YOUR SPORTS CAMERA TO A DEVICE AND SHARE YOUR IMAGES

Action cameras generally have a Wi-Fi feature enabling you to connect them to a smart phone to watch your images in real time. This is a great way to check what you're filming before you get going . . . Or simply to control your camera remotely if you are planning to attach it to your helmet for example.

If your action camera has a built-in screen, you can view the film immediately afterwards.

 

RULE NO. 5: FILM YOUR SESSION & MUCH MORE

Very often, people want to film all of their activities. But once you get to the crucial editing stage you’ll find yourself looking at a series of images which all look alike. With this in mind, consider filming before, during & after your sports activities! Finally, why not obtain free editing software, which is usually simple to use and will enable you to make your videos much more dynamic and enjoyable to watch!

You are now ready! 

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