Originally Posted by CUBuffskier
No doubt if you are making a film you should have something beyond a helmet cam. I'm just sayin from my pov if I'm kayaking I don't want to be 'working' (getting out of boat, setting up shots etc...). I want to kayak, which makes a helmet cam an attractive option to remember areas I've paddled for things like youtube videos and such - (almost no 'work' invloved).
Outside of action sports however - a helmet cam is pretty useless.
I hear what you're saying. Sometimes it can feel like you're stopping the fun to set up for some video. But also agree that while helmet cam footage can be cool, it's a sorry replacement for 3rd person point of view shots.
There a few factors that can alleviate the "stopping the fun blues". One is that many of the best drops require scouting and setting up safety for anyway. Just grab the camera and bring it with you on the scout and use it as an excuse to have your buddies probe the drop for you. It depends on the nature of the drop and safety locations, but often it's reasonable to run safety and video at the same time. If you roll with a few weak links in your crew that you always count on to portage the big drops, then video can be as simple as pulling your skirt and saying "hey, mind taking some video?"
So there are a number of circumstances where stopping the action and taking video isn't really much more trouble than what you would normally do anyway. Sometimes it is and sometimes you even have to hold up the crew to get the video you want. Certain people who are nervous about running something don't take well to saying "hold on a minute before you go". But, I've found if you overcome the inertia, it can be a lot in itself stomping around the bank looking for a cool angle, or coming up with some idea for what you want. Also the reward of having the footage afterward usually easily makes up for the trouble at the time. I've rarely said, "man, I wish I hadn't wasted timing getting video here", but I've often said the reverse.
Sorry, a little off topic, but I think a lot of the aversion is mental. That's also not to say that being able to take footage in the boat isn't an awesome tool and you can definitely get stuff that you never would have stopped for otherwise, but I sure hope the day doesn't come where the only kayaking videos out there are shaky headcam shots.