Attaching a GoPro
2nd January 2015 at 5:35pm #1217
I’ve seen various videos taken on OK DInghies with GoPros attached. The best videos seemed to be from Nick Craig’s boat in one event, with the camera mounted on a frame out above and beyond the transom. Apart from that position, is there any consensus view on where’s the best place to mount a camera?
I want to capture some view of where I’m going, what I’m doing, and to have a camera to capture any racing rules incidents. Having sailed with a GPS for a while it was a great training tool and I hope the GoPro will help.
I’m imagining that mounting on the tiller, as high as I can get, is a good starting point. Any thoughts?
H2nd January 2015 at 7:01pm #7962leechParticipant
From what I remember the one nick had at the winters was a bracket a bit like these but with a gopro :2nd January 2015 at 9:21pm #7963
Yep. People seem to make custom mounts for classes like Laser, FInn, Oppie, etc. I haven’t seen one to fit directly onto an OK Dinghy. Have I just missed it? That’d definitely be the best, I think.
This looks practical – as an attachment to the tiller. http://www.ram-mount.co.uk/handlebar-mount-with-1-ball-custom-gopro%C3%82%C2%AE-hero-adapter-p-1887-c-360_168.html?sesid=up957lqndol4s41otn03ep22d7 Get the GoPro about 6-8 inches over the rear deck.
H9th March 2015 at 8:02pm #7964
Finally tried out the new GoPro attachment point and wanted to feed back how it worked.
I have a glued mount on the rear quarter with this extension on top https://iokda.wordpress.com/#jp-carousel-3165
You can see the results here. https://iokda.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/testing-testing-plus-a-new-old-sail/
I suspect that the best solution in the end of the day will be a u-bolt mount on the tiller with that extension on top. It’ll be a central view and the tiller movement is only an issue in tacks, and even then you can still see what’s happening.
Of course if you can get your hands on the fancy mounts that Nick Craig uses, those are better. But this’ll have to do for normal people..
H13th March 2015 at 8:15am #7965davecooperParticipant
Nice video, Hugh! I think that was a total eclipse 3 minutes in, wasn’t it? I used to cruise to Dun Laighaire pretty often in the 70s, so it was good to see the old place again – doesn’t seem to have changed that much! (still a bugger to spell, tho :oops: )
Dave23rd March 2015 at 11:13am #7966
Tried a little extra height on the mounting and pointed the camera upwards more, to see the rig better.
It makes the picture more fish-eyed for some reason, but the rig is much more in view.
We got a mounting kit to put the camera onto the tiller, but need one more piece before it’ll work. Meantime this isn’t at all bad!
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