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Old 02-08-2011, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'm heading up to New Hampshire with some friends this weekend and we wanted to film some of the day because we're gonna try some new stuff (mini pipe, park etc...) and wanted to watch our spills at the end of the day. I'm planning on borrowing my bro's Flip mino. I was wondering if any of you have used this and if so, how you strapped it to your helmet or preferably hand?

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i use a kodak playsport for all my filming...similar in size to the flip. by far the best thing i ever did was find a wide angle lens for the playsport. without it the field of view is super tiny. i have a strap on mine so when using it by hand i can't lose it. just recently i made a pole mount and the footage with that is awesome! i zip tied the arm of a gorrila pod onto a trekking pole, then i attached some intense 3m velcro (the plastic kind for holding big mirrors and stuff) onto the camera and the gorilla arm. this set up allows me to easily and quickly remove the camera, adjust length, and with the gorilla arm i can flip it around, move it, and rotate it easily. i still use the strap on the camera to attach it to the pole just in case. here's my first run with the pole mount...holds up pretty good. i'll get some pics up shortly.

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Wow the playsport doesn't seem bad at all for the price. 720p 60fps just like the GoPro HD. Sounds nice. Anyone have experience with both and see how they compare?
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i was debating between the GoPro and the kodak...obviously i chose the kodak. my good friend has the gopro and both are great cameras. whats nice about the gopro is the mounting options...far superior to the kodak. i've used the gopro helmet mount and its nice to hit record and forget that you're wearing it. however, i'm not a huge fan of helmet mount footage.

the kodak has the added bonus of the lcd screen so you can record and watch. i hate filming with the gopro and not knowing if the footage is any good until you get back to your computer. gopro is $300 bucks. i payed $110 for the playsport and $16 for a wide angle lens (MUST HAVE!!!) i think the gopro is great, but just way overpriced.
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Where did you get the wide angle? It's like $50 most places I've searched so far.
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I was looking into the go-pro but I just couldn't justice the money for the use I would get out of it. I might consider the kodak for next season though. I think for this weekend I'm gonna use your velcro idea. I'm curious how you attached it to the camera in a way that it doesn't flop around while your moving. Thanks for the input

ps: the quality of the video was great. The fall looked sweet from the end of the pole too!

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I was looking into the go-pro but I just couldn't justice the money for the use I would get out of it. I might consider the kodak for next season though. I think for this weekend I'm gonna use your velcro idea. I'm curious how you attached it to the camera in a way that it doesn't flop around while your moving. Thanks for the input

ps: the quality of the video was great. The fall looked sweet from the end of the pole too!
here's a pic of my pole mount, before i attached the velcro. the "arm" is able to pivot, rotate, move, etc. i attached the velcro to the flat part and my camera attaches there. camera doesn't move at all, unless i want it too. i think the video clearly illustrates that.



the quality is really good for a 100 bucks. better without the fisheye, but still not bad. that was a really dark overcast day. when its bluebird, the video quality looks much better.
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[QUOTE/]here's a pic of my pole mount, before i attached the velcro. the "arm" is able to pivot, rotate, move, etc. i attached the velcro to the flat part and my camera attaches there. camera doesn't move at all, unless i want it too. i think the video clearly illustrates that.



the quality is really good for a 100 bucks. better without the fisheye, but still not bad. that was a really dark overcast day. when its bluebird, the video quality looks much better.[/QUOTE]

If you don't mind I'd like to borrow your idea but instead of a pole attach it to my forward upper arm for a point of view shot that's more accessible than a helmet cam.
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go for it. i was getting decent results just holding the cam, but its super super shaky. the weight/length of the pole really help to alleviate some of the vibrations.
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