Five Unique uses for a GoPro Camera or Smartphone


Here’s an interesting collection of camera hacks produced at the ECAL art school in Switzerland.  The video and hacks were made as part of a one week workshop with the stated goal to: “build an apparatus that produces videos the world has never seen before.”  The video has five apparatuses, although some look similar to things “seen before.”

Pictured above is a swivel mount that is cleverly camouflaged in a silly winter hat.  It doesn’t look “normal,” (here’s a more “traditional” PVC GoPro swivel recently featured) but probably less obtrusive than this 360 swivel mount featured earlier.  They will apparently even let you eat at McDonald’s with one.*  Also of note is the second “hack” around 0:37 that uses a camera phone in motion to record images inside like a flip book.  You’ll probably want to Continue reading

How to Make an Inexpensive PVC Pipe Slidecam Mount

PVC pipe slidecam

This idea for a PVC pipe slidecam mount was heavily influenced by the slidecam featured here.  There are a few differences (that one uses metal tubing and different wood).  Either way, check out the video below that shows ho to make one.  I was happy to have everything needed to make this already in my garage!

I’m certainly not the first person to make a DIY slidecam, and not even the first to make a video.  Check out an alternate build after the “read more” link for a much different solution: Continue reading

A Simple DIY Slidecam Mount

DIY slidecam with wood and PVC

RT recently wrote in to tell me about a few of his DIY camera mounts.  One that was quite impressive was this DIY slidecam rig for video shots.  It’s made out of PVC pipe metal rods and wood blocks as shown above.  You can find further details in the linked article.

Wood and Pipe are fairly easy to procure, but another element you’ll need for this rig is a tripod head. This “Fluid Drag” model from Amazon looks quite good, but the $80+ price tag may be a bit much for DIYers.  Another possible option would be to instead disassemble this $22 tripod and use the tripod head for this slider.  Hopefully, another use could be found for the legs.

If you’re wondering what kind of results can be had with a slidecam rig, or how these kind of shots are made, check out the videos after the “read more.”  I was really impressed. Continue reading