I regularly get questions on the Suspension Traveler YouTube channel regarding the camera setup I use. Like most people, I don’t have the attention span to watch shaky, horrible-sounding POV videos. And I’m trying to do my part in improving the quality and creating true-to-life experiences.
So, here are the gear and accessories that I use to make quality mountain bike POV content. If you are interested in capturing professional-looking POV footage, two tips are important to take away: The camera angle and the camera settings are the biggest difference makers.
If you have additional questions about my gear, please reach out. I have been fine-tuning this setup over the years of using action cams and I have found that this works best for what I do. It may be overkill for some, but the end result is worth the effort in my opinion.
After direct comparisons using some of the best action cams, found these cameras to be the best for what I need. In this post, I use affiliate links. This is a great way to support my efforts if you find this information valuable. It costs you nothing extra but helps me continue to make MTB content.
Have fun filming your own rides!
After filming hundreds of MTB POV videos for my channel, this is the setup I’ve decided on and currently use.
For the best point of view on a bike, there are two angles for POV that I prefer.
The gimbal is a game changer and while being harder to ride with, produces the most cinematic results (in my opinion).
The nuts and bolts that make things run smoothly behind the scenes. Mountain biking is really hard on gear and having quality accessories keeps the camera rolling. Read why I chose these Gopro accessories here.
ND Filters and specific settings allow me to capture cinematic shots with that sweet, sweet motion blur. Fun for nerds like me, and optional for most.
I’ve had the best, most reliable results with SanDisk SD cards over the years. There’s a reason GoPros ship with this brand of cards. Bad memory is the #1 reason for freezing and file corruption.
Drone shots elevate (pun definitely intended) any film. This little guy packs a big punch for its transportable size.
Back up everything, then back it up again. I use a Western Digital HDD for traveling and storing projects.
To get the best result you can, editing is a critical part of the game. It doesn’t take much tho. A little color grading and interesting cuts go a long way for a nice MTB video. When I use sound effects or music, I get it from Epidemic Sound.
Color Grading for Action Cam Videos
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