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Title: GoPro
Post by: rudyy on October 26, 2013, 08:04 AM
I am thinking about getting a GoPro camera or something similar and have it head mounted for capturing myself flying a kite.  What I am worrying is the video will keep shaking while I am doing tricks and it will become difficult to watch.

Does anyone have any experience with it?

Rudy


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: mikeb on October 26, 2013, 08:41 AM
Just bing "Go Pro head mounted video", you'll find all kinds videos with it mounted on peoples heads. If you like what you see, you answered your own question. I don't care for the fisheye look of the videos myself.


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: PeteW on October 26, 2013, 09:01 AM
The following video is shot with head mounted GoPro.
You should fly on short lines because due to wide field of view kite might look very small.
Decide for you self ;-)
There are more similar videos in my youtube profile if you are interested ;-)

R-Sky Nirvana at Sunset, Plovdiv (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8PxPZ7i_I8#ws)


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: thief on October 26, 2013, 11:23 AM
I use a  Drift Innovation 1080 Stealth...but..i do not wear it when flying...instead i mount it on a monopod out between me and the kite.....works great....
the Twig Pod: http://shop.alitedesigns.com/twig-pod-kit.html (http://shop.alitedesigns.com/twig-pod-kit.html)


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: ko on October 26, 2013, 05:05 PM
Now I can fly with the runs (aztec 2 step) in the dark THANK YOU ROB!!
I doubt anyone is going to want to watch it though


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: zippy8 on October 26, 2013, 05:19 PM
What I am worrying is the video will keep shaking while I am doing tricks and it will become difficult to watch.
Any body mounted camera, GoPro or otherwise, is going to be moving around a lot when flying. I've tried both head and chest mounts and.... no. For me it produces something quite difficult to watch for long periods. And no amount of stabilising post-production trickery will eliminate this. There are some VF entries that illustrate this.

Quote from: mikeb
I don't care for the fisheye look of the videos myself.
With GoPro's Hero3 you now get a choice of views for most modes so you can choose to remove the fisheye.

However, the GoPro is a useful and tough camera. Get a small tripod for kite videos though.

Mike.


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: boomertype on October 26, 2013, 05:41 PM
What I am worrying is the video will keep shaking while I am doing tricks and it will become difficult to watch.

Quote from: mikeb
I don't care for the fisheye look of the videos myself.
With GoPro's Hero3 you now get a choice of views for most modes so you can choose to remove the fisheye.


Same is true for the GoPro Hero2


Title: Re: GoPro
Post by: tpatter on October 26, 2013, 05:50 PM
Here is a video I did as a test by strapping a smallish camcorder onto a bicycle helmet and filming with that.   

http://youtu.be/3sD1BpDlGqQ (http://youtu.be/3sD1BpDlGqQ)

In the end, I decided that, while tripod filming is a PITA, the results are pretty good for close up stuff where you don't care about in-frame and also work when you get used to flying in frame.

I think the body mount works ok, but when you add in fisheye, Blair witch movement, and also head rotation, it's almost equally difficult to get the video that you want.

Tom