Filming your kitesurf session can have many advantages. You can check your style, where you have to work on, how far you’ve come or make a sick compilation and show it to your family, friends and the rest of the world! If you’re lucky you have your personal videographer.. but most times you have to shoot the footage yourself. Using an actioncam is a great way to do this!
So what are actioncams? For short: Like the name says a video camera for action. They are small, most times, with a case, waterproof and can take a hit. You can place actioncams on (sport)equipment by using different mounts. The best-known actioncams are probably the Go Pro’s, though there are also many other great and most times cheaper, action cams.
In the settings of the cam you can choose from a lot of options and every setting has a pro & a con. Do you know the best settings for kitesurfing? I’ve been using actioncams for 2 years now and I’ve finally found my favorite settings. Let’s talk about the basics & the best basic settings for your cam during a kitesurf session.
Screens and images are made out of pixels (little dots in color). Resolution = pixels in width x pixels in height. For example, Full HD has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 which are 2.239.488.000 pixels. The more pixels you have the more detailed, but also bigger your file will be.
Most actioncams have the option for filming in a resolution of 4k, which is pretty freaking awesome. So 4k is the choice, right? Yeah.. But unless you are planning to play the footage on 4k screens… It will be pretty useless & taking up unnecessary space on the SD card, the same space you could use for other awesome action shots! Btw: Multiple tests have proven that most people won’t be able to notice the difference between a 4k screen and a Full HD screen on first sight. That being said I choose to film in a resolution from Full HD up to 2.7k.
Some newer cheaper camera’s are claiming to film in 2.7k & 4k. But in most cases the 2.7k & 4k will be made digitally and therefore fake.
Videos exist out of a lot of pictures. If you pause your video you will see one picture. This picture is called a frame and FPS means Frames Per Second. Most actioncams are standard set to 24 or 30 FPS. This means the camera will shoot 24 (or 30) frames (pictures) per second to make your video.
Ok, so why would you change it? Well, there is a lot happening when kitesurfing. For a better view or just a very sick effect we like to slow things down, a lot. I mean, come on, that jump looks so much better slowed down. Yeah. We. Love. Slow-mos. Unfortunately, a slow-mo won’t look any good if it’s filmed in 24 or 30 FPS. Let’s say we want to slow our footage with 50%… Suddenly your 24 or 30 frames per second footage will change to a 12 or 15 frames per second and that isn’t looking smooth.. So if we want to edit slow-mos in our footage we have to crank up those FPS settings. The most common for kitesurfing will be 60 to 90 FPS, which I also like to use. Roughly said, 60 FPS can be beautifully slowed down to 50% and 90 FPS to 30%. Again, the more FPS you choose the higher the file size will be.
So for short: Resolution Full HD up to 2.7K & FPS 60 up to 90.