How to Make a Next Level GoPro MountBy Oliver Dixon • Oct 21st, 2013 • Category: Features, Latest, Random
It seems like everyone and their mothers are running GoPros nowadays. Literally, I’ve seen moms with helmet-mounted GoPros and I’m sure many friends of Yobeat have as well. It also seems like most people who use GoPros end up attaching them to the ends of ski poles. Snowboarding with ski poles? That’s not very g-code. The whole concept of filming with a GoPro seems very not g-code at this point due to its widespread misuse.
That’s why I feel it is important to get creative with it and have pride in using GoPros as they are able to yield some pretty awesome footy and it would be a shame for someone who is actually interesting to miss something because they don’t want to violate the code.
So, I have devised a couple ideas here that may or may not appeal to our audience. I’m just throwing them out there so feel free to tell me these ideas suck, but personally, if I saw any of these on hill, I’d be pretty damn psyched. So I’ve added a how-to in hopes of seeing more stuff like this out there..
The “Semi-Professional” aka fake HVX
• 64oz container of Pace Chunky Salsa (make sure it has the handle)
• Juanitas tortilla chips
• Black paint (enough to cover the chunky salsa container)
• An Exacto knife or something similarly sharp that can get the job done
• An adhesive GoPro mount
• A regular sized pen
There are a lot of different objects that you could potentially use for this that are probably in your house right now. I went with the container of Pace salsa because it looks so similar to a professional grade camera. Other ideas that I had were containers of bleach, detergent, syrup bottles (perhaps for a miniature version or contour cam variant), or pretty much any other plastic liquid container with a handle on it.
Step 1: Empty out and clean the salsa container. Dump the salsa into some sort of bowl or something because wasting food is fucking lame. This is where the Juanitas chips come in handy. They are the best tortilla chips ever so call up your homies and have a damn fiesta. Once you have satisfied your fiesta lust you should clean out the plastic container that the salsa came in as good as you possibly can. Try to get the salsa smell out so it doesn’t get all rotten and gross smelling.
Step 2: Paint ‘er black. Yep, all black everything. Maybe even give it some fake buttons or bedazzle it. I don’t give a shit, it’s your camera. Let it dry then move on to step 3. Let ‘er dry! She lookin’ good tho’.
Step 3: Cut a hole at either the top or bottom of the container. If you use the top you get the benefit of your new mount looking more like an actual camera, at least, in the case of the Pace container. If you use the bottom, you get the benefit of having the top/sealable cap still in tact, which could function as a storage container depending on what you decide to store. For the time being we have decided to use the top part in order to make it look more camera-like. Make sure the hole you cut is big enough to fit the go-pro mount and the go-pro (with it’s case on) inside of it, with the lens facing out of the container. Also, make sure there is enough room for your finger to fit in and press the record button. (sidenote, a hole in the top will not fully conceal the GoPro but will still look pretty damn cool.)
Step 4: Cut a small hole at the bottom of the new opening. The size of this hole should allow the bottom part of your go-pro case hang through and catch the mount, allowing you to screw it in.
Step 5: If you were to mount your go-pro to this setup, as is, you will notice that it is angled towards the ground, total bummer! My solution to this was to cut two hole near the top that I could fit a pen through to hold the go-pro back at a normal angle. Once the PEN IS secure you can cut the excess pen off. If you cut a hole in the other side of the container at step 3 you can probably just skip this.
Also useful for cheese storage.
Fuck a dad cam
• Makes you feel important-ish
• Low profile
• Can be used to store cheese, candy, or other goods
• Distracts from the fact you’re using a go-pro
• Requires actual effort to make
• You might get made fun of by rich kids (in that case, refer to the “run ‘n gun”)
Hopefully I’ve sparked some kind of interest in creative go-pro setups. Also, I would love to see some innovations on my HVX design, so have fun with it!