Go Pro - creative mounting options - part 2 of 2

Dec 15, 2010 at 0:05
Dec 15, 2010
by Lee Lau  
 
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Part 1 of this two part series focused on the GoPro chest mount. Part 2 explores some options for using the GoPro mounts, or making your own mounts to expand point of view options and allow you to shoot more interesting video.

Keep reading to see some interesting camera mounts,





DIY GoPro Mounting Options


By taking one strap off the otherwise relatively-useless-for-biking headband mount you can turn the headband mount into a nice mount for use with full-face helmets.  The beauty of this mount is that the camera is now lower on your body and you can easily get the handlebars and front wheel in the video.  However, you still retain the ability to turn your head towards whatever you're trying to film.  This gets you the best of the chest mount with the best of the helmet mount.
By taking one strap off the otherwise relatively-useless-for-biking headband mount you can turn the headband mount into a nice mount for use with full-face helmets. The beauty of this mount is that the camera is now lower on your body and you can easily get the handlebars and front wheel in the video. However, you still retain the ability to turn your head towards whatever you're trying to film. This gets you the best of the chest mount with the best of the helmet mount.

GoPro's popularity means there are now quite a few people who've come up with creative ways to mount the camera on bike and body. I'll show you some ideas of mine and many ideas from other people. The beauty of these different angles is that it gives you an easy way to mix things up in video. Instead of just the same old video of trail in front of you, you can mix up different points of view. Your limit is your imagination.

These mounts can be built or used by purchasing accessory mounts from GoPro; for example:

Vented helmet mount - comes with the HD Helmet Hero so you might already have it ($14.99)
Grab-bag of mounts - bunch of doodads to let you expand mounting options ($19.99)
Roll-bar mount some arms, lets you attach the GoPro to round tubes ($19.99)

... and sometimes it's just a matter of using tape, zip ties and some faith!

I think this video angle is really good. Here's a video shot using that angle (unfortunately it's the SD older Hero Wide, but you get the idea).

Bootleg Canyon from Bryan on Vimeo.


Using the Vented Helmet Mount and some miscellaneous GoPro bits from their Grab Bag of mounts gives you various frame mounting options - picture from Gramslightbikes
Using the Vented Helmet Mount and some miscellaneous GoPro bits from their Grab Bag of mounts gives you various frame mounting options - picture from Gramslightbikes
This mount is the Roll Bar Mount.  Realistically it can only be used on open trails; in tight trails you'll hit the camera with the handlebar.  It'll only worked with bikes with top tubes that let you push the GoPro forward enough that your knees won't hit the camera.  Of course, don't tighten the mount too much so if you do hit something you won't shatter the plastic mounts
This mount is the Roll Bar Mount. Realistically it can only be used on open trails; in tight trails you'll hit the camera with the handlebar. It'll only worked with bikes with top tubes that let you push the GoPro forward enough that your knees won't hit the camera. Of course, don't tighten the mount too much so if you do hit something you won't shatter the plastic mounts
Roll Bar Mount (could as easily be Vented Helmet Mount or ziptied GoPro.  Very cool if you're riding skinnies
Roll Bar Mount (could as easily be Vented Helmet Mount or ziptied GoPro. Very cool if you're riding skinnies

Here's an example of some of those creative angles I was talking about. Josh mixes up different angles beautifully to capture the trail; you really get a sense of the flow - right up to the moment when he eats it and knocks himself out - ugh!

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This short video shows some GoPro angles. The footage is just for the purpose of showing examples of what these mounts produce. Segment 1 - headband mount on a full-face; Segment 2 - rollbar mount on toptube looking back; Segment 3 - rollbar mount on downtube looking down.

Views: 16,496    Faves: 1    Comments: 2




Narwhal Cam

This next mount is so cool and potentially so maiming that I thought it deserved its own section. It just goes to show how creative you can get. Other people have done this, but no-one else has explained it so well or done it in such a budget ghetto fashion (I mean this as a compliment). The video is self-explanatory:

Unicorns and Narwhals on Teton Pass...Vain Cam! from Andrew Whiteford on Vimeo.

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Andrew's explanation on how he did this: I took an older 150cm ski pole, cut off the basket end and took off the grip. Bent the grip side end of the pole to match the curve of my helmet, and screwed it into my helmet with some hose clamp type mounts. Increasing the diameter of the camera end of the pole with duct tape, I used GoPro's handlebar mount with the cam hanging upside down, facing back. Finally, added an L bracket off the back of my helmet to add a counterweight- in this case I used two Princeton Tec bike light batteries.

Yeah this looks dangerous. But we're biking, not basket-weaving.
Yeah this looks dangerous. But we're biking, not basket-weaving.



Swiveling 360 cam and follow cam

Here's another mount that is incredibly original. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT ISN'T MY IDEA - read the notes below if you have questions. It probably won't work in areas with tight trees, but it showcases creativity, determination and crafty implementation In fact, take some time to watch the entire video, it has frame mounts, follow-cams, swiveling 360 head mount cams, chest cams, helmet cam; it's an incredibly well done package:

Kodiak Alaska mountain biking mashup from Philip Tschersich on Vimeo.


In Phillip's words this is how the mount is made - click there to read how he achieved all the various filming points of view.

The swiveling 360 helmet mount - courtesy Phillip Tschersich
The swiveling 360 helmet mount - courtesy Phillip Tschersich



Looking to pick up a Go Pro of your own - Buy one here!



Who else has cool ideas or interesting angles? The more duct-tape and zip ties the better! Share them with the rest of the world by putting your creations down below!
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60 Comments

  • + 13
 NARWHALLLL
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 www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykwqXuMPsoc

Narwhals Narwhals we are narwhals~! inventors of the shish kebab...

hahaha...
  • + 1
 narwhalls are very hard to ride with... i had one 3 feet out and a waterbottle as the weight in the back cause u could add and empty water depending on how it felt.. but your head feels really heavy and the helmet slides down over your eyes sometimes even if the helmet is tight
  • + 18
 now spelt "gnarwhal" Razz
  • + 1
 the hardcore narwhal
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 the gnarwhal is definately my favorite, you really can see a lot of the trail and get a good sense of the riding, as well as you can see exactly what the rider is up to. They're all cool, makes me wanna get a gopro and play around!
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 Really happy about the reception to this article and stoked that everyone's as happy with the creativity as I was. Seems to me there's enough GoPro's around in the hands of really creative people so there's now a critical mass of people who are getting really cool ideas about how to mount the GoPro's and generate some unique footage. I'm definitely happy that its inspiring readers. Nice
  • + 2
 The footage from the narwhal is sweet, but you are right, that can get you killed really quickly. If anyone else builds this make sure it has some breakaway mount. You don't have to be a medic to realize if you get that caught on a tree or go over the handle-bars then you will snap your neck. Being exteme and being stupid are cousins.
  • + 2
 my narwhal with break away wall mounted clips
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 Nice! Duct tape makes everything look better
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  • + 6
 I wonder why no-one has done like a backward 'vain cam' so the perspective is similar to a tony hawks game!
  • + 1
 You mean a 3rd person view? Yeah, that would be great. I mean, it'd be a little harder to handle with it sticking out behind you, and the counterbalance would have to be mounted on your face... Would be epic though.

Actually, that's basically like the 360 one in the last pic. Hmmm...
  • + 1
 not sure a '3rd person' view is really nessecary. i spose if you're riding on your own then it makes sense, but any other time you can just get your buddy to ride nice a close behind you using the camera as a normal helmet cam, what it was designed for. i guess this doesn't really give the 'moving with the riders head' feel, but it's close enough i think lol Smile
  • + 1
 yeah but with the moving with the rider head you get that cool effect, and also when doing whips and stuff and railing corners it looks rad as!
  • + 3
 Yeah Dean W did this a while back...check it out:
bb.nsmb.com/showthread.php?t=132711&highlight=mount
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 Awesome article. I love the Go Pro products and these mounts are sweet. NARWAL all the way! The 360 mount is funny. Maybe we could make one that is remote control with a wireless connection to a laptop so we can watch in real time but rotate the camera on que. Or maybe we could take the Narwal, reverse it so we can see the people behind us? Foglequist- Jack this means you- let's see it!
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  • + 1
 so stealing that idea. That song kicks so much ass
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 I did not steal the idea.Its was my idea.did you see eny pic with the Go Pro under the BB.The answer is NO.so it was my idea.because no one dare to put the camera under the BB because is danger amigo.so I did it and the video ti look GREAT.anyeay thanks for you comment.
  • + 1
 Whoa - that came off all wrong! I was trying to say that its a great idea. I am going to copy your idea. Sorry for the misunderstanding!
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 If you do that i 100% recoment you put a transparent plastic or something that protect lent or you gonna damage it.i saying this because i did with mine and i had to but a one one that cost me $ 19.99 dollars.
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  • + 1
 i really like the fork mounted ones or the rear stay mounts. give a cool view on what the bike is doing as you ride. and the that solo guy, ride with a buddy, cause not remembering whats going isnt very good!
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  • + 3
 Nice post leelau. I really appreciate all of your videos and opinions!
  • + 12
 I like that 360 mount...
  • + 1
 ^ 360 mount is cool, but it would get raped on closed trails. Hitting everything!
Otherwise those are some great ideas!
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  • + 1
 pfft look at this, all i need is ducttape and some sticks and i can make a mount right then and there, no fancy plastic needed...

:P
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  • + 1
 Great post with some excellent GoPro mounting ideas! We've got them posted on our GoPro forum: a href="http://www.goprofanatics.com/">GoProFanatics.com GoPro Forum/a>
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  • + 2
 The title had me confused. I thought it said "go procreative, mounting options". I was somewhat surprised for a second!
  • + 1
 haha!! That would be a NSFW article
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  • + 1
 Check out our website and you can buy an extreme monopod designed specifically for the gopro cameras! ProGoStick.com

progostick.com/media/signatures/sig_B-12.jpg
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  • + 3
 Make a fortune with that chin mounting helmet at a porn convention!
  • + 4
 where are these porn conventions and why wasn't i invited?
  • - 1
 Plenty in Vancouver and pretty much everywhere on this side of the pond. And Sorry but I don't think a British porn convention would be such a hit.
  • + 0
 internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/internet-pornography-statistics-pg2.html
fair play korea, you love your porn! pretty sure UK watches more porn than canada though...
  • + 1
 i disagree,if you go to montreal theres a sex store every second block.And in ottawa we love our porn have an Annual SEXAPALOOZA. google it nough said.
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  • + 1
 any help on how to make the narwhal mount without that much weight or drilling to the helmet? thanks
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  • + 1
 Yes! Some videos i can watch on my iPad Big Grin and that vain cam os class, I want one,
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  • + 1
 can't wait to try some of these mounts. i wish they featured this article before fall or winter came.
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  • + 1
 in the first video on this page. does any one know were that is???
  • + 1
 Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City Nevada. About 30 min outside of Las Vegas
  • + 1
 o ok cool thanks
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 Hey does anyone know if a regular bar mount would fit around the fork?
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  • + 1
 Really good ideals! I really like the Narwhal Cam!
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  • + 1
 Its defifinitley a moots...is it a air canister for a flat tire??
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  • + 1
 The narwhall cam is the sickest!
  • + 2
 Take the narwhal and unicorn idea and mount it behind so you can see you as a rider and the terrain, video game stylee!
  • + 1
 I will do this. I thought of this before you.
  • + 1
 OK, well then go get it!
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  • + 1
 is that a Moots with some sort of piggy back reservoir?
  • + 1
 correction: remote reservoir
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  • + 1
 lol, i know those dudes in the first vid.
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  • + 1
 sick mount ideas
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  • + 0
 To ostatnie smiglo jest najlepsze Smile
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 Part 1 doesn't link
  • + 1
 Thx. Fixed it
  • + 1
 Hey mate how can I fave this so I can see it again?
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