Which POV camera angle do you like better?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Guy Jinbaiquerre, Apr 23, 2012.

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Head mount or chest mount for GoPro?

  1. Head mount

  2. Chest mount

  3. You suck

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  1. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    Here's the GoPro on top of my helmet:

    <object height="315" width="560"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/bCfTXmj6mvk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" height="315" width="560"></object>


    And here it is using the GoPro chest mount:

    <object height="315" width="560"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/lg1oQuBvD_k?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" height="315" width="560"></object>

    I think the chest mount is more interesting because it shows more of my bike in the frame -- but the Zumo blocks the view. So I'm thinking of moving the Zumo to a mount on the handlebars, just to get a better view for the GoPro with the chest mount.

    Whaddya you think? :ear
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  2. mellowdave

    mellowdave Красное октябрь

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    the chest mount is better for porn, but I think the helmet mount gives a cooler perspective on motorcycle rides.
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  3. Casejeep

    Casejeep Been here awhile

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    I like the chest mount because i like that there is something in the foreground. when its on the helmet all you see is the trail and that gets boring.
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  4. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    you have to buy the motorsport version, with the suction cup.
    then you have:

    on tank, any angle (actually high enough to go over the gps and still protected in the windshield, and easy to operate with one hand while riding, and you can check the dam red led to be sure.

    on windshield, any angle including rear view with self in it

    on fairing (I love the lower left angle showing the suspension), but the rear view side is neat too!

    on rear fairing, showing my foot shifting, keep in mind this is a very wide angle cam, so you still see the road.

    My hard cases are pretty glossy, I will certainly try, or stick one of these sticky mount.

    In all cases, the sound of the engine is better, instead of wind noise taking over after 20mph.

    Really, get the suction cup (and there are not vibration in the video, it is stiff enough).
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  5. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    I like helmet mount done on the side and low (like off your jaw bone)--gives better perspective showing some of the bike controls and a more perceived eye-level view. The helmet top views just seem too high to me. JMO
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  6. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Great post. I just got my 'outdoor edition' GoPro yesterday and I was wondering the same things. Problem for me is I usually wear a flip-up helmet which nixes the idea of putting the camera on top.
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  7. Bullwinkle58

    Bullwinkle58 Adventurer

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    Top of the helmet.
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  8. STUFF2C

    STUFF2C We Ain't Left Yet!!

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    mount it on the rear
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  9. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    head mount
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  10. BeeMaa

    BeeMaa Hack Pilot

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    This is a good idea.
    Another one is a shoulder mount.
    Don't know how you would do it, but it would off set the camera enough to loose the Zumo from the main picture.
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  11. Guy Jinbaiquerre

    Guy Jinbaiquerre Monorail Conductor

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    The first video in this thread was shot from the top of a flip-up helmet. You just have to make sure the camera is far back enough that it doesn't get hit when you flip up.
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  12. thetable

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    I find the best mount is the mount that isn't in the same place the whole time. Unless it's one hell of a road, or you're following some incredible riders, the single viewpoint makes any video nearly unwatchable after just a few minutes. Ever notice how there are no TV shows or movies that are shot from just one camera angle. Move the camera around, shoot from interesting angles, splice it all together. Hell, there are some angles you can just throw in there from other times, nobody will know the difference.

    I normally like the chest mount, but with the GPS so nicely centered in the frame and the windscreen distortion, it eats up nearly all the action.
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  13. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Moto Fotografist

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    When you get around to assembly-edit of your video production, it's more interesting for folks "that were not there" , if the video camera angle changes once in awhile. So the answer to your question would be, mix it up once in awhile.

    Footage all obtained from the same camera poz gets old. Swap it around, all good.
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  14. theWolfTamer

    theWolfTamer Lupie on a Mission

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    All of them. The more angles you can get make the video more interesting.
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  15. coupe1942

    coupe1942 Been here awhile

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    The chesty makes me feel like I have a man-bra on, as in Seinfeld. With a HERO 960, which does not have the LCD backpak on it, you have to learn to guess at the field of vision for the GoPro camera. You can waste a lot of video if the chesty has the camera where it chops off the heads or feet of your pictures. Still, every mount has a unique purpose. I love my aluminum bar and articulating arm mount for a lot of shots; especially because the fat guy don't get cut out of the shot with the wide angle lens. :-)

    Here is a clip with it that I did earlier today. Just a brief neighborhood ride to test it for stability. My dogs, Dusty and Murph, love to woof at everything as we ride. :-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BREdzRdeEyo
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  16. coupe1942

    coupe1942 Been here awhile

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    Here is a clip using a suction cup mount setup to show my dog, Murphy, and how he rides in my hack. I really like the mount and it is easy enough to apply or remove it, as I wish. I can easily change the angle of shots with it. I keep a tether strap on it though, as I have never fully trusted suction mounts all that much. It makes for some great still photos from the video, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1emoMw5c3Qo
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  17. thetable

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    I had my doubts about the suction cup mount early on too, but I've found that as long as it's on a good clean smooth surface, it will stay. I actually trust it more suctioned on the bike somewhere, than floating around in one of my bags.
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  18. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Armchair Adventurer

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    Use the top of the helmet mount it allows for capturing action all around what ever direction you look it does get some looks when
    I'm doing tourist in a town, like Martin the Martian has arrived.

    Maybe I'm the last on to know this but if you set the Go Pro for one button operation it makes videoing while on the move a lot easier and less likely to not capture what you want.
    The one button option is when you press power on video starts in my set up.
    You can set up for any f the other capture function to start also..
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  19. fbj913

    fbj913 On the Beemer Kool-Aid

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    head always stays stable and most of the time level...
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  20. dddd

    dddd Been here awhile

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    this is a secondary problem, as I need to have pictures on poweron, not video, but I do want video too sometimes on boot. I just have to plan ahead and reprogram. no big deal.

    the primary problem is the auto power off which is very required if you want to last a day. and since the non video modes dont have the red led on, you can barely tell if it is on while contording on the seat in a convex mirror, with bugs splaches on the ldc...
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