Adobe Premier and Three GoPro Cameras: Racing and Filming the Tuesday Night Words Criterium

Adobe Premier and Three GoPro Cameras: Racing and Filming the Tuesday Night Words Criterium

Last Tuesday night I jumped into the Cat 1/2/3 Tuesday Night Criterium at the MN State Fair and used three GoPro cameras to cover the action. Did it take more energy to race or to produce this video? It was close, but similar to racing, efficiency will come with time in video production. Here is a quick breakdown of steps that took this from idea to YouTube. Mount three GoPro cameras in places where they will tell a story. I had two GoPro Hero4 Sessions on my bike using a handlebar mount and saddle mount and one GoPro Hero4 Black mounted to a light pole using a Pedco Ultra II tripod mount. Film the race. I shot everything in Protunes since I edit the color in post using Adobe Premier CC. Drag all of the video files and my Garmin FIT file into a common file on my hard drive. Produce my data overlay in Garmin’s Virb Edit program. I find it easier to produce it on a blue screen and bring it into Premier as a separate layer to give me more control over quality. Rename all of the files in the common folder so I can stay organized. Import all of the video files into Adobe Premier CC. Drag the racing videos onto individual tracks and sync and nest the footage. Thanks to the Race Official’s whistle, this part is pretty easy. Correct the color manually and then apply a color LUT from Ground Control. This is why I shoot in Protunes, but I’m still not that great at achieving the best look. This is by far the most difficult...
Ken Woods Memorial Road Race: Koen’s First Official Race

Ken Woods Memorial Road Race: Koen’s First Official Race

The 2016 Ken Woods Memorial Road Race in Cannon Falls, MN on Saturday was Koen’s first USA Cycling sanctioned road race. At 10 years old, Koen has been riding his bike with me for the last 5 years and he has also competed in a couple of time trials, duathalons, and family fun races. However, this was the first race that felt like the “real deal.” He had a timing chip strapped around his ankle, two numbers pinned to the back of his jersey, and a group of kids his own age who he would be competing against head-to-head. This would also be his first race for the NorthStar Development Team.  Koen and his best friend Cole arrived at the race course shortly after I finished racing in the morning wave of Ken Woods. I could tell immediately that he was inside of his own head as nerves were clearly present. Koen has gotten better over the years, but he still puts an immense amount of pressure on himself in all areas of his life. It’s really hard to know what he is thinking before a big event. As all three of us warmed up, I tried to keep the atmosphere light and give the kids as much advice as I thought would be helpful. We rolled down the finishing hill to give both boys an idea of what they will face during the last two miles of the race. Both of them did great, but I could tell that they were thinking about how this would feel after racing for 12 miles. After the warm-up and course preview, we loaded...
First Crit of the Year (Tuesday Night Worlds at the Fair) 4/12/2016

First Crit of the Year (Tuesday Night Worlds at the Fair) 4/12/2016

It doesn’t matter how old I get or how long I have been racing my bike, the first crit of the year always brings butterflies. Did I put in enough training over the winter? What new riders are going to show up and really make it hurt? Am I going to stay off the ground? Tuesday night worlds at the Fair is a series of races in Minnesota that occurs every Tuesday evening, surprisingly, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It’s nothing too exciting, but it is a great way to tune up the race legs for more important weekend races later in the season. Having just been fitted on my new Specialized Allez Sprint X2 with at BG Fit less than a week ago, I wasn’t feeling 100% comfortable on the bike yet. So far I love the way that it rides and handles, but it just takes a little time for it to feel like an extension of your body. Our race was the last of the evening in the Cat 1/2/3 Field. There were roughly 64 riders and we kept it pretty hot for the first few laps. My legs felt good and I was confident moving around the field. It’s amazing how quickly it all comes back. With Sprint Points on the line every four laps, I decided to go at the first opportunity. With a race like this it’s all about dosing your efforts and I was happy to grab a point for fourth over the line without having to kill myself. However, on the lap proceeding the sprint, I hit a pothole and my seat...

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