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Open mic: What kind of videos would you like to see on Ran When Parked?

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?

10 thoughts on “Open mic: What kind of videos would you like to see on Ran When Parked?

  1. I admire your willingness to shoot video, but you’ve got a lot of great content that is perfectly well represented by the photos you take.

    However if you want to do video, and do it right, you’re going to need a lot more than a GoPro. It all starts to get rather expensive. If you’re determined to go in that direction you’ll need a DSLR, a separate mic (at the source) and a tripod as bare necessities. Oh and never record GoPro audio. It’s just not worth it.

    As to what I’d like to see? We more of the same. Bring us around some of these field finds, tell us a story of some decrepit abandoned vehicle, interview its owners. You’re both journalists right? I’m sure you know a good story when you see one and you’ve probably watched more than your share of videos too…

    Shoot me a line if you’d like more detail. I’m happy to help. Cheers!

    • Hey, thanks for your input. I actually tried shooting with my Nikon DSLR but a GoPro seems like it’s more practical in some situations. In others it’s kind of a pain since you can’t zoom and, like you mentioned, the sound quality is very bad. I’ll look into making a movie of sorts that combines both DSLR and GoPro footage, that could be interesting.

  2. I put videos up on my blog occasionally, usually only to accompany a series of technical posts though. I just use my mobile phone which does the trick most of the time. I found the same issue as you with recording on the outside of the vehicle and instead I use a mount on the inside of the windscreen which in a Series Land Rover still manages to pickup the engine noise quite well.

    My main issue was vibration so I invested in a rather expensive RAM mounting system and further modified that so that now even the phone records pretty decent footage from inside the Land Rover despite the hasrhness of the vehicles environment, lack of suspension and vibrations from the diesel.

    This post shows the difference a quality mount can make (the rough section of road towards the end really highlights the quality damping of the mount I now use)

    and a couple of driving videos can be found here: (you’ll need to view older posts to see some longer driving videos)

    I would definately prefer the natural sounds of the vehicle and its engine rather than music however to be honest I think driving videos get boring after a while. I would rather see video reviews of the cars showing the insides in particular with some commentary from you about the vehicle in question.

    Obviously the quality of my footage is poor compared to what you can record on a go-pro as it is all shot on a Nokia Lumia mobile phone but I think you can get a feel for the difference the engine sound make to these videos, it bring them to life 🙂

    Best of luck!


    • Hey, you hit the nail on the head; the videos bring the cars to life. I don’t want the video to be the main story, I’ll be perfectly honest and say that I don’t particularly like video, but it does add an extra dimension to an article in the right situation – seeing a car move, hearing the engine, etc.

      Driving videos do get a little boring, I think the key is to shoot different angles on roads where the background is interesting. With the 300D video I didn’t bother since I was just testing out how a GoPro works, how to edit a video and so forth. I’ll keep playing around with the camera for a bit and see what comes of it.

      The RAM mounting system is impressive, wow, judging by the roads you’d think the camera would be all over the place.

      Your engine sounds nice and strong after the rebuilt, bytheway, good job on that.

      • Thanks, yes the engine sounds and runs great now 🙂 It is the one area where the videos really work, you just can’t over as easily to people how little or how much smoke an engine produces or what it sounds like just from the written word. Obviously modern cars have too much soundproofing to be able to use the cameras microphone in-car but with classic cars that isn’t a problem, as you’ll have heard from my videos – engine perfectly audible! 😉

  3. Either a great piece of conceptual art or an awful business! The Go-Pro eans that the referral point is static, giving the impression that the whole world moves around it. Eeerie. Best to invest in a dashcam, not? No music background please. You won’t get away with just letting the camera run, too. You may have to edit. Telling a story on video is a difficult thing to do. Not sure you want to do this. Maybe try to rethink why and when you want to tell a video story and how you want to do this, what you want to show. How about a voice over?

    • I was against background music from the beginning – I personally think it’s tacky.

      As for what I want to show, another commenter hit the nail on the head: The point is really to bring these cars to life. The video won’t be the main story, it’ll simply complement it.

      As for editing it, I have an idea in mind for a short film that I need to shoot with my Renault 4 F4. It’s basically essentially a series of different shots (both inside and outside the car) so it’d be a lot more advanced that the one I shot with the 300D. I’ll give it a whirl when the 4 is back on four wheels, we’ll see what comes of it.

      Thanks for your input, bytheway.

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