How to Shoot Smooth Footage with Your GoPro and a DIY Steadicam
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Here are a few ways of mounting your GoPro HD camera on a bike using only the helmet mount. I also made a short video with on board scenes from each angle as a demonstration on what's possible.
Basically you don't necessarily need the handlebar mount or the roll bar mount if you only shoot bike videos occasionally.
Now, if you're gonna do bike tricks and jumps, please note that some of these placements aren't as secure as the proper original GoPro mounts designed to hold your camera on the bike frame. These are just improvisations (read that as a disclaimer).
However, I was able to shoot even tailwhip scenes, done on ramps in a bike/skate park. I also shot a downhill clip with the camera mounted on the down tube - there were lots of rocks and gravel on the mountain road/single track - and the helmet mount + two arm piece withstood all the shocks. The footage is pretty steady as well. You can watch the downhill MTB video and see more pictures here: How to mount your GoPro camera on your mountain bike.
Tip: For each camera mounting/placement on your bike you have at least two views:
- Front view
- Back view
Here are the pictures (click for large view):
And here's the same video with color correction on each scene (the video links at the end don't work on Vimeo).
There's a specific article on how to edit GoPro HD videos if you want to learn the basics of action sports video editing (also the software I use for that) - check that out and leave a comment if you have any questions or suggestions.
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