Eh I was in your position last year and let me tell you. As said filming is a PITA.. Its a lot more complicated than turning it on and point and shoot. There is also a lot of things that people dont talk about.. Secrets and stuff. You just have to learn them through experience.
First thing you need is a camera. GoPro is by far the easiest camera to use. Its charge, buy a mount and go shoot. Cannon and Sony are go to as far as HD. They have a lot more settings and are more complicated. Which is good but can be overwhelming. Its good to have both types of cameras but its not always in the budget.
Second thing your going to need is a computer. This is kind of one of the things that most people dont talk about. You have to have somewhat of a higher end computer to run these editing programs. Nothing insane but definitely nicer than your average walmart crap.
Third thing your going to need is a editing program. These are not cheap. If you want your videos to look like the pros your going to have to shell over some cash. Most professional editing programs are around 400 to a 1000 dollars. Not only are these programs very expensive but they can be very complicated... Taking months to really learn what every feature does. My main advice is dont try and reinvent the wheel. Look on youtube for tutorials on how stuff is done. Its saves time and headaches.
Fourth thing your going to need is something to carry all your equipment in. Some people use a backpack some people have camera bags... Trust me when I say video equipment is cumbersome and getting that shit lugged around the mountain without damaging it or getting it wet or without losing shit is pretty hard. Staying organized is really key. Camera in the pocket = stupid.
Fifth thing is angles and lines. Shooting good film just takes practice. Thats all there is to it. If you dont have any experience you wont shoot good shots. You have to know how far away your camera is from the rider. Get to close and it looks shitty get to far and your an inch tall and cant see wtf is going on. Find that perfect medium. If you dont have experience then go down to the local skate park and get some. Any rider wants to be filmed.. Guarantee it.
Everything pretty much boils down to experience. Youll never do good if you dont try.
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