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Old 04-25-2012   #1
 
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Best GoPro Rafting Set Up

I'm looking at getting a GoPro Hero 2 for the up coming season. What are the best accessories to use for rafting? And second question, is the camera worth the money?

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GoPro is worth it to me, I've used it for a while. Most of us come up with home made mounts to use. My friend uses a hiking stick, I've used a helmet mount and a tripod on the stern.

Definitely get an extra battery, LCD screen is so so, drains the battery quick.
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GoPro is worth it to me, I've used it for a while. Most of us come up with home made mounts to use. My friend uses a hiking stick, I've used a helmet mount and a tripod on the stern.

Definitely get an extra battery, LCD screen is so so, drains the battery quick.

Here are some cool ideas I found in searching past threads on MB:

Leif and Natalie: Cool things to do with your GoPro
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Wow! That link is awesome! Thanks for the feedback.
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Here's a pretty well-edited video.

Nothing fancy about the mounts, but the variety of camera angles makes it a visually appealing video.

DVD-length videos are a PAIN, but 3-5min YouTube/music video-length videos are absolutely do-able with 2-3 hours of good raw footage.

Edit for "feel good"/"visually appealing" as opposed to trying to edit to tell the story of your entire day on the river.

Say you shoot half the river with the GoPro mounted to your raft, the other half mounted to your helmet. Edit it so you view a video with raft/helmet/raft/raft/helmet/helmet/raft (etc.) views of rapids. Only people who really, really know the river you're on will notice that you are showing your video out of sequence.

Clips of people doing silly things at the put-in, scouting the rapids, candids at lunch or the take-out are also good to add in. How about a bocce ball game on a sandy beach at lunch time with the GoPro buried in the sand near the object ball? Get creative and get footage with editing in mind--you need to edit a video or two to know what you'll want--and then your video capture and camera angles can be more "intentional".
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I would say the Go Pro is worth it. On a recent grand trip that I was on, one of the fellow team members brought a Go Pro and mainly used it for still photos and some videos. Completely impressed with both. I would have never thought of still photos with the Go Pro but they were awesome.
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Really?
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I'm a fan of the stern mount on a pole, gives you the feel of being in the boat and keeps you honest if you lose your oar half way through the rapid.

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dude, that video rocked. it takes abit for me to say 'holy shit...'.

and those last seconds..... dories are beautiful boats but fuck that noise.

cheers.
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That Granite Rapid video is AMAZING. That video alone sold me on a GoPro. I'll be going to BestBuy during my lunch hour.
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