If you’ve watched any of the Virtual Active running or cycling videos you can’t help but wonder how they are able to shoot such stable images, over very rocky or bumpy terrain. The video below gives away some of their secrets 🙂
Near the end they show the car mount they use, the camera man actually sitting on the front. There’s a very good reason for this. Cyclists, as they enter a turn, will turn their head to look though/around the corner. Road videos shot with a fixed camera (on the hood of the vehicle) pan across the corner unnaturally as the car makes the turn.
You may have watched a virtual ride video where you are climbing a mountain. As the video moves through a switchback, a fixed camera ends up looking directly into the mountain, instead of up the road. With the cameraman sitting up front he can turn the camera, so the shot follows the turn, just like you would on your bike.
At around the 2:13 point you can see the sophisticated remote control system they developed to allow the producer to “turn” the camera using a game controller.
Subtle detail but it makes an enormous difference in whether you are truly engaged with the video or just distracted by it.