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Video editor manual

2016-11-10

1. General information

Bkool video route editor is a software product which will let you fully revise your recordings, edit any stops or any GPS signal losses, assure that the slopes are correct, eliminate parts of the video, etc. It will guide you through all the steps. Pay attention to the tooltips included, as they will help you understand all the options available.

As soon as you finish revising your video route, you will be able to upload it to bkool.com with your username and password. The file won’t be published immediately, as it goes through an approval process, so please be patient.

Once your video route is available at bkool.com, all subscribed users will be able to “ride” it and rate it. By rating videos, we want to recognize and spotlight the best recorded and profiled videos. You can upload as many video routes as you want. Please note that if you don’t have a subscription you will only be able to create a session of your last video route uploaded.

All you need to produce your own video routes is a camera and a GPS.

Formats. The compatible video formats are MOV, MP4 and FLV. The GPS formats accepted are GPX and NMEA.

Camera and GPS. If your camera does not have a built-in GPS you will need one to record the route data at the same time as you record the video. Remember to start and stop both devices at the same time. If you have a GPS camera, recording and editing is going to be easier for you. If you only have a video file and no GPS data, it is still possible to manually create the route on the map using the Bkool video route editor.

2. How to record your video routes

2.1 Before you start recording videos

After you have become familiar with your camera, design a route map to record it non-stop. Please bear in mind that you should try not to stop while recording, or you will have to cut those stops out in the video using the editor.

Confirm that the GPS has detected a signal before you start recording, and if you are using a separate GPS remember to start and stop both devices at the same time.

Finally, do not worry about the sound being recorded, as we remove the audio during the processing of your video file.

2.2 Recording your videos

There are different ways to record video routes. If you place your camera on a car or a motorbike you will get a high-quality video. If you place your camera on your bicycle, you might get a cool video, but it is not advisable due to the fact that you will get too much shaking and jittering. If you place your camera on a helmet or chest mount, you will have to deal with different problems, such as head movements interfering with the recording, or parts of your bike appearing in the footage.

Below we give you some advice about recording videos using a car or a motorbike and also about the recommended driving speed while recording.

2.2.1 Using a car.

Pros: it is easy to set up the camera mount and the recording will be very stable. In addition, you will be able to easily charge the camera battery.

Cons: you must drive slowly, which could cause trouble with other drivers. It's more difficult to connect the camera to the power supply, as the cable must be longer and the recording point is lower than the cyclist's eyes would be.

Tips:

  • Attach the mount to the outside of the upper part of the windshield (centered) or on the hood.
  • At a height and position where it does not have any part of the car in sight.
  • Make a short recording in order make sure that it does not capture any parts of the vehicle, and that the image is level with the horizon in the center of the screen.
  • Connect the camera to the car power supply, if necessary. Depending on the length of the video recording, the battery could run out.

2.2.2 Using a motorbike.

Pros: it is easier to drive slowly and the camera's movements on a motorbike are more similar to a cyclist’s.

Cons: a motorbike may not be as readily available as a car. There is no universal mount that fits every motorbike. The mount has to be adapted to a particular brand and model fairing, and should not be attached to the handlebars.

Tips:

  • The mount must be placed on a protruding and flat surface of the motorbike. An option is to use Velcro for the mount that ensures stability and prevents vibration, but a bolt mounting is even better, and recommended.
  • Do not attach the camera to the handlebars, front fork, mudguard or any other free, moving parts of the bike.
  • The camera must follow the movements of the motorbike’s main body, so attaching it to the fairing is the best option.
  • A handlebar mount should be considered only if there is no fairing, in which case a centered position will yield better results.

2.2.3 Tips regarding driving speed while recording.

  • Drive as close to a standard cycling speed as possible. Max +/- 10%.
  • Be careful, especially when driving uphill. Start lowering the speed gradually when the slope begins. The ideal speed for the uphill is approximately the following: 35 km/h for 2-3%, 28-30 km/h for 4-5-6%, 22-25 km/h for 7-8-9%, and 18 km/h for +10%.
  • It may be useful to have a sign on the back of the car telling people behind that there is a video recording in progress, so that they will understand why you are driving so slowly.
  • If possible, try to complete the entire trip without stopping. Every time you stop the video pauses and you will need to edit that part later on. Try to avoid traffic, red lights, and the like if possible.
3. How to edit your video routes

3.0 Download the editor.

Once you have recorded your route, it is time to use the Bkool video route editor. Download it from here and install it on your PC.

3.1 If your camera has a built-in GPS (Garmin Virb, Contour +, etc.).

Select New Project and give it a name and description. You can do this later on, or change it if necessary.

If you have connected the camera or inserted the card, it will come up on the screen. Locate the recording and select it. If your camera does not appear on the screen, search the files by clicking on Local storage.

The editor will show you the information, duration and size of the video. It will also look for the GPS data.

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After clicking on Continue it will inform you of the differences between the data recorded on the GPS and the duration of the video, if any. If the difference is a few seconds, click Continue; if it is more than that you'll need to find out why.

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At this point you have the option of cutting out parts of your route by clicking on Trim route. For more information see the Section If you want to delete parts of your video route. If you don't want to cut your route, click on Continue and perform the steps described in the section Adjusting Slopes and Routes.

3.2 Adjusting Slopes and Routes.

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The data obtained via GPS sometimes contains errors, especially with reference to elevation readings. It is here where you will spend the most time to obtain a session as close to reality as possible. Although an adjustment is made automatically, you may have to check and correct some sections.

Before proceeding with the adjustment make sure that the GPS track follows the recorded route and there are no positioning errors. Move, delete or add points, if necessary, using the options that appear below the map.

Check that the video is synchronized with the GPS track. If it is not you can move the camera icon to carry out the adjustment between what you see in the video and the view on the map. If the view from Google Street View is available in that area you will be able to make the adjustment with greater precision by clicking on the cyclist icon appearing in the upper-right corner of the map.

In the event there are sudden changes of elevation, a blue circle will appear in the Data tab (located under the video controls) indicating the number of changes. If you click on the circle you will be taken to where the first change occurs.

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If you wish to correct the first sudden change, click on the button (located under the video) in order to initiate section selection, and hit it again when you wish to finalize that selection. If the calculated average of the section (shown in this window ) is not correct, enter the slope you consider correct and click on the button just to the right to apply the change. You can also vary the slope, obtaining the altimetry data provided by Google by pressing on the button with the "g" . Complete the previous step as many times as necessary.

Take care to save the project every so often.

Once you have deleted the sudden changes and adjusted the profile, save and click on Post. Introduce your email and password at bkool.com and the upload process will begin.

3.3. If your camera does not have a built-in GPS, but you have the GPS track separately.

Select New Project and give it a name.

Locate the video file, click on Continue and select the GPS data file. At this point you have the option of cutting out parts of your route by clicking on Trim route. For more information see the section If you want to delete parts of your video route. If you don't want to cut your route, click on Continue and perform the steps described in the Adjusting Slopes and Routes section.

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3.4. If your camera doesn’t have a built-in GPS, and you don't have the GPS track either.

If you have a recording, but do not have the GPS data corresponding to it, or it contains a lot of errors, you can trace the route on the map yourself.

Select New Project and give it a name and description. You can do this later on, or change it if necessary.

Select the video file and click on Continue. Next you can cut parts of your video by clicking on Trim video. For more information see the section If you want to delete parts of your video route. If you don't want to cut the video, click on Continue, thereby skipping the selection of a GPS file. On the map there will appear a small screen for you to enter the start and the end of the recording. If you find it easier you can enter just the beginning and add the end later.

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To follow the layout of the roads, select the 2nd icon under the map and go along marking the points along the route.

The synchronization between the track and the video will be done automatically, taking into account the duration of the video. Since the recording speed may not be uniform, you may have to make some adjustments by moving the camera icon, which will appear on the map.

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If necessary, once you have the route mapped out and synchronized, adjusts the slopes as described in the Adjusting Slopes and Routes section.

3.5 If you want to delete parts of your video route.

You may need to delete parts of your route where you had to stop (when starting recording, when finishing, or at a traffic light).

To do this, once you've selected the video and GPS file, click Trim route and you will get the screen you see below. Select the parts of the video route you wish to delete using the parentheses buttons (the selected parts will change color). Once you have finished the selection, click on Trim.

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Be patient during editing. This process requires a lot of resources and may take several minutes. We recommend that you close other programs in order to speed up the process.

Once the trimming process is done Adjusting Slopes and Routes will appear on the screen, through which you can start to edit your route, if necessary.

3.6 Uploading and posting your video routes.

Before posting your video route, check the Restrictions on content and use; they are important, as your video could be barred.

Save the project and work as many days as you want on it. When you have finished click on Post, enter your username and password (the same one you have on the website), and the uploading process will begin at bkool.com. Once completed your video route enters a validation process that can take a few days, so be patient.

You can check on the status of your video here, a few minutes after you have uploaded it.

4. Conditions of service.

The Bkool video route editor, as well as its use, and the posting of videos by users are governed by Bkool's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use (http://www.bkool.com/content/en/bkool-help/legal-notice/).

4.1. Restrictions on content and use.

The violation of any of these rules shall invalidate your video and bar it from being accepted.

  • bkool.com does not allow the publication of pornographic or sexual content.
  • We do not permit the publication of videos with content featuring illegal conduct or activities. For example, discrimination against persons, in any way; the abuse or mistreatment of animals; or the consumption of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any other controlled or restricted use substances.
  • Explicit or senseless violence is not allowed. If someone is assaulted, attacked, or humiliated on your video, do not post it.
  • bkool.com is not a site intended for the publication of shocking images. Do not post videos of disturbing accidents, dead bodies or anything of the kind for the purpose of causing astonishment or revulsion.
  • Respect copyrights. Upload only videos created by you or videos you have a right to use. This means that you must not upload videos that you have not created, or use content in your videos whose copyrights belong to another person (such as music tracks, snippets of programs protected by copyrights), or videos created by other users, without their necessary authorization.
  • Videos recorded by users may not include advertising. Any video containing unauthorized advertising will be considered invalid.
  • Any video featuring excessive images of the cyclist or parts of the car, motorcycle or bike that was used for recording will be rejected. Videos that are blurry, skewed, or feature clearly unsatisfactory focus angles will also be considered invalid.
  • Avoid the excessive use of logos or text in the videos that you record, as these could constitute grounds for their invalidation.

4.2. Rights you grant Bkool under license.

By uploading or publishing content on Bkool, you are granting it:

  1. worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free and transferable (with right to sublicense) license to use, reproduce, distribute, make derivative works of, display and execute the Content in connection with the provision of Services and the functioning of the Service and activity of Bkool, including, without limitation, for the purposes of the promotion and the redistribution of all or part of the Service (and its derivative works) in any format and through any communication channel;
  2. in favor of each user of the Service, a worldwide, non-exclusive and royalty-free license to access that Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce and execute said content, as permitted by the functionality of the Service and pursuant to the Bkool Terms of Use.

If you have any questions email us at info@bkool.com