I have gotten several questions asking about my GoPro over-the-shoulder view videos, and what I use.
It's basically a custom frame mount made out of PVC pipe, cut to fit inside of a back pack. I learned how to make it from the video below. I've seen a few videos on how to make it, but haven't seen many videos made with the actual mount however.
The version I've built is made out of 3/4 size PVC for sturdier quality, since I used it frequently for my behind the scenes videos.
Here are some photos of what my version looks like, I've also made small modifications to make it easier to use (and some cosmetic differences). One of those modifications being, adding a rubber washer to the end of the 1/4 bolt to hold the tripod mount with a snug fit, but still loose enough to remove afterward. It also makes it easier to adjust the angle on my GoPro if needed.
Here are some other ideas that I've come up with. GoPro batteries only tend to last an average of one hour. I take a lot of video, which has me changing batteries frequently. I purchased an affordable external battery power-bank, and now I use that to run my GoPro for hours. I run a USB cable down to another compartment that holds my external battery. See below.
I love this setup because it doesn't get in the way while shooting, and I can turn on my GoPro and forget about it. It also makes for an interesting perspective. I take my DIY PVC rig with me whenever I shoot, so I have loads of videos waiting to be edited. Here are a couple of recent examples of my behind the scenes GoPro videos (my editing skills need work, I know). I edit on my iPad using iMovie. Sad.
I'm still working on getting a better workflow for my videos, but for now this is it.
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