Agreed. I just purchased the new GoPro2 and the camera is very cool. I shot some video this past week with the camera on my head (POV) and mounted on the end of the spinnaker pole. I'll post to YTube once I've had a chance to edit and set it to music.
Joined: Wed May 19, 2010 10:06 am Posts: 33 Location: Costa Rica
I've been filming with my GoPro quite a bit; on cars, boats, etc. Anyways whatever stupid crazy idea we've come up with we've attached the camera to it. Down here were the water is warm and the humidity is high the anti fog inserts are a must. All the video is filmed in R1 except for shots filmed from another boat using a regular point and shoot camera. R1 is fine for internet and films at 60 frames per second (instead of 30).
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Here are some places and ways to easily mount a GoPro camera.
• On the anti-pitchpole hydrofoils using a flat adhesive mount glued to the outside. Extensions might be need depending on the side the camera is mounted on due to the plastic screw heads hitting the hulls but remember the camera has a built-in fisheye lens so line up the mast with the middle of the camera and that should get you the entire boat.
• On top of a helmet (I use an old skateboard helmet for its simple shape, bike helmets are too curvy) using a curved adhesive mount. Your head is quite steady and will give you good shots.
• On the baby bob on top of the mast using a curved adhesive mount. A novelty shot mostly but if you lean it enough you can get some horizon shots. Remember the mast rotates, I forgot that so even though I got some ok shots the camera is not lengthwise with the boat. Turn the boat on its side, place the camera and set it to film and either have a large memory card or use R1.
• On the hiking stick or steering using a GoPro roll cage mount. (No good footage there yet).
Remeber those adhesive mounts use industrial strength glue so once you set them you gotta leave them in place. I've heard you can remove them with a hair dryer but I have never really tried it.
GoPro also sells a floating rear door that makes the whole camera float in case it falls off but its never been a problem here.
btm0905 - I also think that mounting the GoPro camera to the bridle shackles is the best way to capture the whole boat. It shoots at 170° so you can capture people trapped out on both sides of the boat. I've shot 3 videos and also several pictures where I set the camera to shoot a picture every 60 seconds. Just remember to be sure the bottom of the camera is extended out away from the bridles so that the camera is angled straight back toward the boat. I secure the top of the camera case with a thin wire to the 10 hole adjuster. If you're not going to add music to your video it's best to pad everything and tape all connections in order to cut down on that rattling noise. This was my first video and I didn't pad nor tape anything. This camera is perfect for sailing, but I've also used it for biking and skiing. There's a good reason why this camera is called the GoPro HERO. Richard
Joined: Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:14 pm Posts: 63 Location: Fort Myers, FL
Just bought a gopro hero 2. The quality and versatility is amazing! However, the fish eye wide angle lens makes all underwater shots appear out of focus. As I had intended to use the camera while scuba diving, i was a little disappointed. It was still worth the money, but everyone should be aware of this.