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The GoPro HERO was practically built for sports, and not just the extreme kind. It's compact, durable, and produces high-quality footage at a high-frame rate—just the kind of camera you want for shooting fast-moving athletes outdoors. Rich Harrington drops in at the local skate park and shows how to shoot grinds, kickflips, and ollies from multiple angles, including a head mount and an under-the-board point of view. He also shows how to plan for other equipment you'll need, like Steadicam rigs for extra stabilization or clamps and poles to capture interesting angles. Plus, learn how to film interviews on location without having to switch cameras, and set your GoPro to capture overcranked footage. Best of all? The techniques shown only require one camera, so if you have a GoPro, you're good to go.
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One place where you're going to want to mount a camera is often to the top of the skateboard or perhaps a surfboard. There's lots of great shots that can come from this point of view because it's really immersive, and it's a shot that not even the rider often gets to see.
Now, I recommend there are some permanent and some non-permanent ways to pull this off. On this particular board here, you see we actually got a metal mount that was really solid and we drilled a couple holes in the board. That actually goes through and it's attached. And it gives us a mount point right here. Now, this gives us minimal movement here on the camera. With this particular mount, it can go a little bit side to side. But it's in there pretty tight. Remember, you can get extra pieces from GoPro to extend this, to raise it up or down if you need to.
For a little bit less permanent solution, you can actually use one of the adhesive mounts from GoPro. Now in this particular case, sticking to the top of a skateboard is a bit rough, literally. But we did find that it worked okay when you attach it. It's not going to stay there forever, but for a short term solution, you just want to attach it to somebody else's board or move the camera around a bit. You can get a couple of adhesives and use that for just the day. When you're done, pull it back off. Remember, those sticky mount typically take about 24 hours to become rock solid.
And on a rough surface like this, it's not going to bond exceptionally well. Now, on the other hand, if the surface you're using is really smooth like a surfboard or a snowboard, you could get a suction cup mount, which is going to work well, so you can attach that. And that's going to create a nice tight seal and hold the camera really well in place.
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