A Word of Sound Advice
Most of what we’ve touched on so far has been visually based – it’s film not radio after all. Before we dive back in, it’s worth pointing out that one thing people tend to forget about during editing is the sound. After all when you’re riding, sound is one of the more important senses of the experience – from icy turns to your friends whooping and hollering. It’s part of why we all love snowboarding, but it’s easily forgotten. Therefore it’s just as essential to get the sound right in an edit as the angles or timings in a shot.
Unless you’ve invested in a decent quality microphone for your camera rig, chances are that what you’re working with won’t all be gold, but most editing software allows you to be selective in what makes it into the final version.
I find that GoPro edits especially tend to ignore sound. There’s a lot of clicking and rattling noise that comes with having it mounted in a plastic case on the end of a pole and it sounds awful. So why not just mute it all, unless there’s a specific noise you want to capture, like the ‘ding’ as someone lands on a rail or some cheering when they ride away.
Wind noise can be a problem. You can find some filters to cut it down, but sometimes it can work by emphasising speed on say the steep run out from a drop or on the way into a big kicker. Do what you want with it, but make sure you’re at least thinking about sound whilst you’re editing.