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Here's a simple and neat way to mount your GoPro HD camera on a DIY camera slider, a DIY steadicam or even a pole.
If you don't have the time or tools to make your DIY dolly (slider), you can get the most affordable ball bearing slider which the professionals use: the Konova slider. My mentor Calin Manescu recommends it. Also check out the Pico Dolly slider below. Click on any picture.
I used an Alubond piece but you can use laminate flooring, aluminum flat stock or any other material that's rigid and light.
Glue one of the quick release buckle mounts that comes with your GoPro HD Hero on the piece, drill a hole, get a bolt and a wing nut and you're done. You've got yourself an universal GoPro mount.
I personally got to make and use this mount as I lost most of my GoPro accesories, including the helmet mount. This way though, I can center the cam much better on my camera stabilizer and on the slider.
Here's a video that I made for a local sports club where I used the GoPro with the glider & glidecam - most of the shots were taken with Sony HX9V though:
How to mount your GoPro on a pole
Pretty simple with this mount:
- Buy an aluminum bar (2.5 cm or 3 cm diameter) - usually you can get these at your hardware store in 1 m lengths
- Flatten one end of the bar with a hammer
- Drill a hole in the flattened end
- Attach the plate (mount) to the bar using the bolt and wing nut and slide your cam in the buckle
With this slider design you can actually point your camera in any direction. The mount swivels on the L arm, the L arm swivels on the channeled plate and the camera tilts on its bolt.
You can fine tune the balance of your steadicam by sliding the mount on the channels until you get the right position. Please note that you should make all balance adjustments with the camera on the mount. More on this stabilizer design here: DSLR Steadicam - DIY Camera Mount.
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