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Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-09-2012, 11:51 AM Reply   
Anyone know if the roll bar mount will work on a wakeboard tower? I'm got an 08 SAN 220. Boat is in storage so don't have diameter of the tower handy.

Any other places you would mount the GoPro to record people wakeboarding other than on the person wakeboarding?
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-09-2012, 11:56 AM Reply   
I know its going to come up...but video shot from the boat is not great bc you cant zoom in.
Old    Nauti 210 (brett33)      Join Date: Apr 2011       08-09-2012, 11:59 AM Reply   
rope mount
http://www.wakeworld.com/forum/showthread.php?t=789200
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-09-2012, 3:09 PM Reply   
I'm not too concerned with getting perfect video. Just want to be able to record what I'm doing right/wrong to help me progress... Can't be that bad right?
Old    Bob Wood (lakeskater)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-09-2012, 5:28 PM Reply   
You will barely be able to see the rider. Heres a screenshot of GoPro video. The camera is mounted backwards on the drivers helmet and 60 feet from the rider.

I think the best way to shoot with a GoPro is from a towable tube using a GoPole, with the tube's rope about 7 feet shorter than the rider's.
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Old    Tom (boardjnky4)      Join Date: Dec 2011       08-09-2012, 5:48 PM Reply   
I use go pro from my boat on the ski pylon. Works good for monitoring your riding.
Old     (AndrewC)      Join Date: Jan 2011       08-09-2012, 6:55 PM Reply   
The go pro 2 has a narrow field if view option and works fine from the tower. I have a 07 SAN 220 but do not use the roll bar mount. Instead I use the suction cap mount just in front of the tow point. The bar is about 3-4" flat across the top which works well
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-09-2012, 8:49 PM Reply   
That pic right there is good enough for me to see the form of a rider when hitting the wake. AndrewC, I hadn't thought of mounting it there. I will definitely try that out as soon as the suction mount comes in the mail.
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-09-2012, 8:50 PM Reply   
For the record, can't do the tube thing when it's just my wife and I. It's always one person riding and one person driving so no option for having a camera man/woman...
Old    Bob Wood (lakeskater)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-09-2012, 9:44 PM Reply   
Using the suction cup mount and setting the FOV to narrow will probably be the best way to go. If it's too narrow and you ride out of frame on the flats you can try 127 degrees in 1080p and that will enlarge your image a little. To compare, the picture above is 170 wide angle, the picture below is 127.
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Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-10-2012, 1:49 PM Reply   
Another question. Any ideas on how to improve video in low light conditions? My test video last night was really grainy. Is this normal? 720p 60fps setting and 1080p 30fps setting did the same.
Old    LR3w8kbrdr            08-10-2012, 1:52 PM Reply   
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Another question. Any ideas on how to improve video in low light conditions? My test video last night was really grainy. Is this normal? 720p 60fps setting and 1080p 30fps setting did the same.
Do you have gopro or gopro2?
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-10-2012, 2:18 PM Reply   
GoPro 2
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       08-12-2012, 9:41 AM Reply   
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Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
The go pro 2 has a narrow field if view option and works fine from the tower. I have a 07 SAN 220 but do not use the roll bar mount. Instead I use the suction cap mount just in front of the tow point. The bar is about 3-4" flat across the top which works well
I tried this yesterday but it didn't work. The suction cup mount ended up falling off. I don't think it's wide enough. I ended up mounting it on the windshield pointing backwards. It works somewhat. I wish with that view I wouldn't get the driver in the FOV as well but oh well. At least from there I don't have to get up to start/stop the recording.
Old    Bob Wood (lakeskater)      Join Date: Sep 2009       08-12-2012, 10:46 AM Reply   
Maybe the adhesive flat surface mount will work. Or the large flat mount that the GoPro is shipped on could be ziptied to the tower.
Old    Hey, You scratched my anchor! (bftskir)      Join Date: Jan 2004       10-11-2012, 4:11 PM Reply   
The rollbar mount will work on a round tube tower. Yes you can see enough to see mistakes etc, is it ideal? no.

Here is barefooting longline this is using a suction cup mount off the back of the boat. Narrow setting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwJNNlrQtd0
Old    Ryan Bedford (annq42)      Join Date: Mar 2006       10-22-2012, 4:53 PM Reply   
You can get a good shot from the boat... but I will say its not as good as you hope... Here is a shot from the boat, then a tube. On the tube they have it on a pole with a float attached. I think you will agree while both are cool, the tube is a much better shot of the rider.







Old    Jon Doe (Kane)      Join Date: Mar 2010       10-27-2012, 3:31 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by lakeskater View Post
Maybe the adhesive flat surface mount will work. Or the large flat mount that the GoPro is shipped on could be ziptied to the tower.
This is what we've done, 220 so same tower, stuck the flat mount to the underside works fine.
Just remember to set the camera to record upside down ;p
Old    Axel (axeman)      Join Date: Aug 2009       11-30-2012, 7:07 PM Reply   
Thanks for the replies guys! I ended up using the suction cup mount on the fiberglass piece right in front of the engine hatch. That seemed to work pretty good and a closer shot of the rider. Nonetheless, the tube view is probably the best although it doesn't work if its just my wife and I!

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