1. Use our new plugs


With the advent of our newest addition, Line Mount Plugs, you can totally eliminate the cameras movement up and down the lines. Designed to work with any of our existing mounts, and they suit any type of riding style - from beginner to advanced. By filling the void in the area where the hangers are attached to the lines, they also prevent line snags on the hangers.

To get the most out of your shooting & riding time, and to make sure you come home with the footage you were hoping for follow these basic steps: Insert the plugs in all 4 hangers, or at least the rear two hangers furthest away from the camera and yourself. Slide the camera up into position on the lines where the tension is suitable enough to keep you in frame. Your cameras position on the lines is crucial, too far up the lines outside the apex and the mount will snap. Too low and the camera mount wont have enough tension without plugs to properly stay on the lines. Once the camera is set on the lines with plugs and positioned where you want it, you are pretty much free to ride how ever you want. The safest way to measure this is simply moving the mount up your lines until it's almost equal width of the lines.


2. Ride with the GoPro WiF Remote


It does not matter what CAMRIG mount you are using, it will most likely fit the WiFi remote perfectly. On some versions of our strut mount you may need to modify the housing to fit your GoPro with the WiFi BacPac. Riding with a remote will eliminate the countless hours of stale footage you throw away. Being able to turn your camera on and off in the midst of riding might feel a little weird at first, but you get use to it. Before you throw any tricks turn your camera on 30 – 60 seconds ahead of time.

Starting the camera slightly ahead of your planned action, and slightly after you have completed it. This will give you much more content while editing your footage, rather than just having a ton of super short back to back clips, but not all the endless footage to weed through. Another great tip, if you have multiple cameras, sync them all to one WiFi remote.

 


3. Set it up right, & keep it fresh


With the CAMRIG Strut Mount it's really hard to be out of the shot unless you slam your kite hard and your mount spins on the strut. For this situation you want to make sure that you run at 90* mode on your GoPro, or you are going to look like a speck from far away. The best way to prevent this is to partially inflate your kite, attach the mount & camera, then finish inflating your kite. The added pressure against the mount will lock it into place as best as possible. Setup wise, photos & video are pretty much the same from this mount, and it's hard to get it wrong.

With the Fin Mount you have a bit of flexibility in the positioning, but for the most part are limited due to the constraints of keeping yourself in view. In the right conditions, this mount can take some of the most amazing photos and video. To keep things fresh, you have 4 fin boxes on your twintip kiteboard – try moving the mount around  to different locations at times for different perspectives of photos & video.

With a line mount photos are a no brainer camera on - photo mode, and ride. Videos are a bit trickier and may take some practice to get just right. If you are looking for the clearest, most solid shot possible you will absolutely need to pick up some Line Mount Plugs. If you notice in your footage that your head, kiteboard, or background items are getting cut off try changing your field of view on the cameras settings. The other options is to try to slide the mount up the lines a bit further, careful though, too far and the mount will snap. The best way to measure this is simply moving the mount up your lines until it's almost equal width of the lines.

Don't be scared to try new things, move your strut mount to different locations, fin mount to new fin box locations, and the line mount to other bridal points you know are safe, and if they are available. You never know what you might get...


4. Use a leash or float


If your camera did not come with a leash you should probably order one, or make one. Check out the video below, it will show you how to attach the leash to your housing - and also how to attach the leash properly to your lines. It's a basic larks head which is super simple to remove when you need to take your camera & mount off the lines. For added security, ride with the GoPro Floaty back door.

This principle is applicable to any camera or shooting scenario, and only takes a few seconds to do. The GoPro float is large enough to carry the weight of a Line Mount & Camera, but probably not safe to use on the strut mount if it were to come completely off the kite (we have never heard of this though). Our Strut Mount comes with a separate Velcro strap for this very reason. Attach this strap to your strut as a preventative measure for camera loss by running the leash from your camera to the strap itself.


5. Launching & landing


If you can reach your setup, it really helps to hold the camera & mount in your hand while launching/landing your kite until you have tension on your lines to let go. This only works if the camera is close enough to you to do so, and on some kites like Naish and Cabrinha you have to mount things out of reach. Do not give your camera priority over your own personal safety though! Once there is enough tension, it is time to let go and focus on your launch or land.


6. Edit your footage & share it


This one is a bit of a grey area and by far the most time consuming and the outcome really depends on your Mac/PC preference. Mac has a lot of great programs for editing. We highly recommend using Final Cut Pro or iMovie to keep things as simple as possible. Cutting up your footage and flipping things 180* when needed is really pretty easy to do in these programs. Dragging and dropping music into place is also just as easy.

If you are filming with multiple cameras or angles, you can cut down on editing time by leaving all the cameras running at the same time. Lining up your footage on a timline is much easier and it will help you cut down on editing time. A great example is the video below, it was shot with the CAMRIG GoPro HD2 Line Mount, CAMRIG Line Mount Plugs, a CAMRIG Universal Strut Mount, 2 GoPro HD2 Cameras, and a Nikon D7000 w/400mm lens from the beach and edited in Final Cut Pro X. 

As far as video hosting goes & sharing your creation with the world - Vimeo is your ticket. It's a non comercial "personal use" hosting site for videos. Both Final Cut & iMovie have the ability to upload your video to most popular sharing sites. Beware though, YouTube will rip down your videos if you are using music that some big wig company doesnt thing you deserve to.