Earlier this year we announced plans to start incorporating videos into Ran When Parked. We’re not switching to video-only, we’re leaving that to the pros like WasabiCars, but we think that a short film can nicely complement an article in the right situation. With that in mind, we purchased a really basic GoPro camera to mess around with but we didn’t get the opportunity to use it until about a week ago.
Although we’ve been taking pictures for over 15 years, we’ve never worked with film before and the whole process of shooting and editing is entirely new to us. Where to begin? Well, we simply mounted the camera on the roof of our 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D and turned it on while we were driving around the countryside to find a late-1960s Fiat 850 Coupe that we spotted behind a farm about a year ago. The video was about nine minutes long but we used fast-motion to condense it down to a little under a minute and a half. You can view the finished product in all its glory below – mind you, this is our first-ever video.
This is where we’d like to get your input. The GoPro didn’t capture the sound of the 300’s five-cylinder diesel, only wind noise is audible. Moving forward, should we invest in a microphone or simply add music to the video? And, generally speaking, what kind of videos would you like to see on Ran When Parked?