Setting-up Your Vlog

Setting-up Your Vlog

If you’re into dirt biking or trekking cross country riding an atv then motovlogging is an awesome idea.  Motovlogging is simply recording a video blog while on the back of your motorcycle you get to take with you everyone who reads or watches your vlog.  Setting-up your vlog requires a pretty decent investment in equipment, so let’s breakdown the equipment you’re going to need.

The Gear

To get started you’re going to need at least three things, the camera, the mount and a microphone.  Let’s have a look at them individually to see the range of choices available.

The Camera

The camera is central to motovlogging and a good quality camera gives your viewers the best experience, with the most detail of you adventure.  Good image quality and high resolution is a given but that’s not all you need in a camera.  You need a camera that will give you a wide field of view, it will record what’s in front of you and the scenery off to the sides.

You need an external mic instead of the one that’s built in, the built in mic will be drowned out by the noise of wind.  Make sure your camera has a mic connector that’s in a location that is easily connected to your helmet.  Last but not least your camera needs to be easily mountable to your helmet or to your motorcycle.

The Microphone

If you’re a regular rider then you already know all about wind noise, trying to use a microphone in the midst of all that wind and noise means getting the right  mic.  An external microphone will filter out the noise and give you crystal clear voice recording.

Your camera needs to have an external microphone, that allows your audio and video to be in perfect sync.  If your camera is missing the mic outlet then you will need a lapel mic that records to an sd card. This also means syncing the audio and video in post production.

The Mount

The camera mount is the last thing you will need to start motovlogging.  There are a couple of different places that you can put the camera, but the most common is on top of your helmet.  It gives you a great view and it makes it easy to connect the mic to the camera.  If not on the helmet then the next popular spot is in the front of your bike, it works the same as a dash camera.  Before you buy your camera makes sure that there are mounts available for it.

Now you have all the gear for setting up your vlog.

Here is a video showing you how to set them all up.

ATV or Dirt Bike

ATV or Dirt Bike

Both ATVs and dirt bikes are ridden by off road enthusiasts and motovloggers, but there is an endless debate about which is better.  There are perks to both but which one you end up buying will largely depend on your experience, along with where and how you plan on using them.  Here are the different factors to look at when trying to choose between an ATV or dirt bike for your next off road ride.

Speed

Hands down the dirt bike is faster than an ATV.  It’s lighter weight and this is what dirt bikes were designed for, going fast off road.  A dirt bike is more maneuverable and you can get through narrower trails and a dirt bike turns corners faster than an ATV.  If the track you’re racing on has a lot of hills a dirt bike will handle the hills much better.

Safety

This one is iffy, both can be dangerous if not ridden properly.  ATVs have four wheels making them more stable. ATVs are easier to learn to drive than a dirt bike, in fact there are models available for children.

Dirt bikes are much lighter and easier to lift off of you if you wipe out on a corner.  Whereas the ATV is much heavier but it’s more stable going around a corner. In this case the ATV probably wins.

Versatility

In this case the ATV kick the dirt bike into oblivion.  Dirt bikes essentially serve one purpose, to get you from point A to point B.  Granted you will have a ton of fun doing just that.  Not only that but you can get there fast and most of the time you can take the most direct route without worrying about narrow trails or hills or anything like that.  At the end of the day the dirt bike, while fun to ride doesn’t serve any other purpose.

ATVs on the other hand can be a mini pick up truck.  It really is a whole lot more than a recreational vehicle.  They are used for practical purposes in a whole bunch of different settings.  Emergency services use them, lifeguards, farmers use them to get around along with a bunch of other -industries just for getting around.  You can hook a trailer up to the back to tow whatever gear you need.

So, ATC or dirt bike really depends on what you want to do with it. Both are a whole heap of off road fun, but the dirt bike is built for speed and jumps.  Your ATV on the other hand is safer, easier to ride and more practical.  So you choose, because we can’t.