As a college baseball coach I watch a lot of recruiting videos…some are really good, others are just plain terrible. What makes a terrible recruiting video? I’m glad you asked! There are a lot of things that can ruin a video of game footage, but nothing is worse than when the camera focuses on the fence or net, and the player is blurry…that makes it really hard to evaluate! (Here are my top 7 tips to create better recruiting videos)
So when I stumbled up on the LynkSpyder over the winter I had to get one to check it out. The LynkSpyder is basically a mount for a GoPro camera that mounds on chain link fencing and allows you to position the camera so that you get a perfectly clear view of the field…no fence in sight! Here is a short sample video that came from using a LynkSpyder and GoPro camera:
My first thought was this would be great for parents who want to make better recruiting videos for their sons who are in HS and want to send high quality, clear video to college coaches. However, it’s also very useful for parents of younger players who just want to try to capture Little Johnny’s first homerun on video. No matter what the age, it’s a pretty cool concept and works really well.
Getting it setup is pretty self explanatory, but LynkSpyder posted a video titled Basic Mounting Instructions on their YouTube channel that has some pretty good tips. If you’re thinking about buying one I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
LynkSpyder also has some other cool mounts in the works too. This one isn’t for sale yet, but it allows you to mount a Pocket Radar so that you don’t have to actually hold the radar gun…just set it up before the game and then you’ll have every velocity reading right in front of you.
I also think the price ($50) makes it a great value. I’m not sure if they have any type of guarantee or not, but I can’t imagine this thing ever breaking…it’s made out of stainless steel and is very heavy duty. Again, I don’t know what type of warranty or guarantee there is, but I would be shocked if anything ever needed to be replaced. I have a feeling that the LynkSpyder is going to last much longer than the GoPro!
I have 2 GoPros that have been collecting dust for about a year. The only reason I bought them was so that I could mount a Catcher Cam for the Catching-101 DVD and I haven’t really had much use for them since. Now the LynkSpyder gives me a reason to start using them again!
Want more information? Head on over to http://www.LynkSpyder.com