Can the GorillaPod Tripod attach to a chain link fence on outdoor courts?

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  1. Kahlz

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    I recently decided to start filming a lot of my practice sessions and matches to help me improve. It was going well until my flimsy tripod was blown over by wind, and luckily my iPhone only had minor surface scratches. Needless to say I am now paranoid of it happening again so I haven't been recording since. I came across the GorillaPod and was wondering if it might be able to attach to the outdoor court fence? If the GorillaPod doesn't work well for this, then could you recommend a more sturdy regular tripod that could withstand some gusts.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. LeeD

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    Duct tape the legs or leg to the chain link fence in multiple spots....using multiple spots of tape.
    Best about a 6' off the ground, behind one side of the baseline, showing the near player AND the far court.
     
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    This is what I use now. It is called an ultrapod and was less than $20:
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    I wrap the Velcro strap through the fence, kind of like it is wrapped around the chair above, and it holds my video camera securely.

    However, I would like to be able to mount my camera higher, on top of the fence, so after doing some research I asked my wife for an QM-1 ($70) from mytennistools for my birthday. Here's what it looks like:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, it can. If you attach it securely I think it should hold unless a ball hits it.
     
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    Never had any trouble attaching mine to the outside of the fence with the lens peaking thru the fence hole.
     
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    I use a gorillapod, like it, and would recommend it for lighter cameras.

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    Must say, I did have a problem once but it was because I didn't take 15 extra seconds to turn the thing to lock the camera in. But once out of 30 something times and because I was in a rush is still good enough for me.

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    I got a (refurbished) panasonic camera with MP4 video mode and it does the job for me. It's in my bag most of the time, and if it falls it wouldn't be a problem to replace.

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    Here's the angle that I get when attaching inside the court (fx-33):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkrjxl2LaF8

    And from the side (panasonic DMC-FH8 ):
    http://youtu.be/gjfdH2m7VpE
     
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  7. Kahlz

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll go ahead and order the GorillaPod since it works for all of you.
     
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    I film with an iphone and I find a much cheaper and more secure solution to be a mini bungee cord.

    I had a gorillapod and the issue with mine was it would slowly bend while I played so it would end up filming the ground. It was just really tough to keep in the right position, whereas the bungee cord holds the phone perfectly in place. To be safe, I put my racquet bag underneath.
     
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    If a ball hits a camera, the tripod or the fence nearby, the camera might be damaged or fall. How expendable is your camera?

    Some discussion of mounting options toward the end of these threads and in links mentioned-

    Replies #47 on discuss mounting -
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=431983&highlight=gopro&page=2

    Replies #6 on discuss mounting -
    http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=451019

    I like the idea of attaching a cheap light tripod with a head for pointing and a geared elevator for height adjustment on the outside of the fence with some shock absorbing material between the fence and tripod. I have not done it yet.
     
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    duplicate....
     
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