Stand for Digital Camcorder

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  1. teotjunk

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  2. eagle

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    Wouldn't you want to use just a regular tripod?

    You can get an inexpensive one, new or used.

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    Okay. Can you recommend me a good regular tripod ?


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    if you're still considering, i find the joby gorilla pod very convenient. google it. you can mount it to the back fence and it's really secure...
     
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    I was thinking a regular tripod would be qutie bulky to carry around.


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    YES!

    I actually have the older version of that camera, which I also bought with the intention of getting video of myself playing tennis (as well as other things, of course).

    Someone on this forum recommended this to me at the time and it is one of the better purchases I have made. The Gorillapod! Check it out here-->

    http://joby.com/

    It is great, you can attach it easily to a fence, net post, bench, anything... I'm pretty happy about it, I have to be honest.

    As a warning, don't buy the $10 versions off **** or anywhere else, they are crap.
     
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    Since you used to own the carmera can I seek some advice about it ?

    I am deciding between this two

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flip-F260B-...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1233855060&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flip-F260B-...m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1QNRGVSCR4XYEKHYCT8P

    Do you think the more expensive one is worth getting ? While I can afford it I don't wish to spend the extra money unless it is really worth it


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    Both of those links are showing me the same page, I think. Looks like the same camera for the same price?
     
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    i use this samsonite tripod i found at circuit city a while ago. 30 bucks and stands like 5' tall. works great and cheap.
     
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    So would it be possible to put the Gorillapod on the ground and swivel it upwards to record me playing tennis ?


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    I would get a tripod of some sort teo. The exact kind doesn't matter too much... a cheap one will suffice.

    I don't know much about the Gorillapod but it sounds like you have to aim it up from the ground. That is a BAD idea. It will produce a weird-looking shot. Get the camera on the level of your shoulders / head. It looks way better.
     
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    The Gorillapod is still a tripod. It has three legs and mounts to a digital camera/camera in an identical fashion to a traditional tripod.
     
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    I am not sure if it is worth it... IN my opinion, thoug, these things become so out of date and obsolete so quickly it seems, it is hard to justify. An upgrade didn't make sense for me at the time, and I am glad I didn't spend any more than I spent. The quality is actually surprisingly good for the price and ease of use. If just for watching yourself play, I think the cheaper one is the most economical way to go. Mounting the camera seems more important as far as tennis videos go, and the Gorillapod makes it easy.

    I HIGHLY recommend rechargeable batteries as well, you'll run down some batteries with that thing in 30-45 minutes in some cases.

    No, I don't work for Gorillapod (Joby) and I don't work for rechargeable batteries.
     
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    The issue I have with a tripod is that it is hard to carry. Is there a tripod which is collapsible and foldeable ?



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    If you are trying to video a tennis match, there are better ways than a tripod. The QM-1 at mytennistools.com is one, and there is a skymount from England somewhere. Another one in Florida, from Kennedymart. They all hang or mount on a fence. I actually have the QM-1 and it works great for match videos. Researched them all and it was by far the most reasonably priced.

    But I digress. I'm in the market for a better camera to record my matches. Open to any suggestions! Thanks.
     
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    Guess I'll double dip here. I tried a Flip out and again, if you are just going to video strokes, then maybe it's okay. But you need a wide angle lens on it to film a match from the back of the court. That's why I'm looking for a step up from the pocket cameras. I think I need an inexpensive camera (200 to 300 bucks) that will take a wide angle lens. Wonder if an SLR would work?
     
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    I bought a 72" Bower tripod for about $20 that works fine.
     
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    QM-1 ..seems interesting.. how long does it take you to set it up?

    Reg. camera, happy with my Sanyo VPC-FH1A Full HD (60fps)
     
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    Neat items in this thread...
     
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    It usually takes me 1-2 mins to recalibrate the angle of QM-1 for different court fences. Once it's setup, i don't worry about it anymore. I only worry about how long the battery of my camcorder lasts.

     
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    I absolutely love the gorilla pod.
    http://joby.com/gorillapod/original/

    I use it with a now rather old panasonic lumix 33, a compact camera which I use for video. Not the best image but good enough for what I want. Here's a clip shot with that combination:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ljYKm4VGNA

    It's attached to the fence, quite solid, don't get the feeling it could drop. I like angle when shot from there. It's quite easy to set up, and very small, it's on my bag all the time.

    I record sometimes when playing with friends or working on a particular area. Love doing that because I pick up on a lot of things I normally wouldn't have (basically... how much "room for improvement" we have).

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    Looks like a nice camera in the op. Mine is horizontal with the tripod, I think the flip would be vertical, just check if that would work with yours.

    Let us know what you got in the end, maybe put a clip later on. Would be interested.
     
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    Here's another clip (I'm, not in it):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ed0z5cSudV4

    It was recorded with a canon compact camera, angle wider than what I have. I think they put the gorilla pod higher because you see them reach for it to turn the camera off. I should do that too.
     
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    I made one using 20 dollars worth of material from the home dept and an older tripod that I took apart. It works great ... I can hang it on any surface from 5 to 15 feet high and and from anything from 1/4 inch thick to 15 inches thick.

    The only image I have of it is from this video I shot a while back. But if you are interested in such a thing I would figure out a way to upload pictures and schematic diagrams.

    video
     
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  27. rufus_smith

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    if you want to go dirt cheap and don't mind crude, I've seen someone use ordinary coat hanger. Bend it inward and duct tape the base. Slip the video camera inside the wires on top of the base and use the coat hanger to hook the camera high up on the court fence. You can bend the wires to point the camera correctly. If you are not tall you may need a stool or something to stand on to set it up or a pole.
    good luck
     
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