A cheap dolly for your GoPro (incl. video)

How to make a dolly for a few bucks…

The solutions is pretty simple!

Components:

– Two skateboard trucks, with their 8 screws and nuts (you should have 4 “big nuts with nil-stop” for the wheels and 8 smaller with nil-stop too for the trucks)

– 8 spacer (small!!!)

– 4 inline wheels with the best ball bearing you can find. Wheels have to be quite soft, to minimize the noise and vibrations

– 1 tool used by the plasterers to put mortars or plaster on the walls (if you’ve got the right name, feel free to put it in the comment section below)

– 1 screwdriver and a drilling machine

How-to:

1. Drill 8 holes in the plasterers tool exactly as they are setup on the skateboard trucks, 4 on each side of the handle (see picture that will be added in a near future…) Please note that the wheels trucks shall be put as apart as possible…

2. Insert 8 screws.

3. Insert the spacer on each screw and put the smaller nuts in place. Tighten all these nuts.

4. Unscrew the biggest nut you will find on the truck axis.

5. Rotate the two trucks by 180 degrees.

6. Put back in place the “biggest nuts”. (tighten quite well, you do not want the truck to move freely)

7. Put the wheels in place, and tighten the “wheel nuts”. (not too much: the rule is tighten until the wheel can just not roll free, then unscrew a quarter of turn (90 degrees))

8. Put your GoPro seat post or roll bar system on the handle (depending on the diameter of the handle).

9. Put the GoPro Camera in place.

10. Go filming horizontal translations, straight or in curved trajectories, even circling around an object! Please note that it works best on smooth surfaces.

As I have readers that might well be willing to try to build this, please do this at your own risks, I am not liable to any accident, injuries or death caused by the dolly, its manufacturing or its use… ­čśë

 

Here is a video I just made: my GoPro Hero (with its wireless video link for FPV attached) is filmed by my Hero 2 which is filmed by my Canon Ixus 130 on a small Manfrotto tripod.

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TIP: Tipp-Ex dots on longest screws

Dear reader,

A simple idea to pick the right screw every time…

You know, these are looking almost the same, but one is longer, in order to let you fix the extenders under the case… (or any accessories)

So to identify them for sure, I just added a small white dot of “TIPP-EX” TM (or from your wife’s French manicure set!) on the longest screws.

Using this simple tip (TIPP-EX? joke inside) I do not make any more the mistake!

Some pics of this are here:

White Dots on the GoPro Screws
White Dots on the GoPro Screws top view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White dots on the side of the screw
White dots on the side of the longest screw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White dots on the top of the longest screw
White dots on the top of the longest screw

How to travel safely with your GoPro Camera?

As many people are asking themselves “How will I carry my camera around, with my most used accessories?”, I am explaining here my method.

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I purchased:

– a plastic box with a handle on the side

– some precut foam

I put my GoPro Camera and accessories on top of the foam and started to extrude the shape of my GoPro Camera and accessories.

Finally I inserted my cameras and accessories in the cuts, and voila!

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Some pics to illustrate the result:

A Valet with a GoPro and some accessories
Valet with a GoPro and some accessories

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A Valet with a GoPro and some accessories (Top View)
A Valet with a GoPro and some accessories (View from the top)

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Here is the list of what I put inside:

A GoPro Camera (up to three could be carried in my box: 1 in the foam, two in the two HD housing.

One waterproof HD housing and one open version both with their backpack battery backdoor

One open and one waterproof standard back doors

A backpack battery

A suction mount

A handlebar and seat-post mount

Many GoPro extenders

Lot of GoPro screws (with a small “tipp-ex” white dot on the longest, the ones for the case, in order to identify them easily)

A USB cable to recharge the GoPro Camera battery

My rotating time-lapse egg-timer (IKEA) with a female tripod adapter at the bottom (for a tripod…) and another one at the top (for the GoPro tripod adapter)

Finally I placed a GoPro sticker on the case in order to identify it quickly and my details (name, email, phone) under the foam sheet that is located on the cover of the box.

What can’t be put in the box: a pole (1.5m long, aluminum), my Manfrotto big and small tripods, the Gorilla tripod.

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I hope that this post helped you…

Comments are as usual welcome!

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Mr. G.

A GoPro Camera on top of a DSLR?

I was requested to shoot weddings pictures by friends for their wedding…

I had the idea to endorse two jobs: a cameraman and a photographer.

So I put my GoPro Camera on top of my Canon EOS 5D DSLR using a GoPro Tripod adapter, and a Flash holder adapter.

Here’s the result:

GoPro and DLSR
GoPro and Canon EOS 5D DSLR

 

Material used:

GoPro Camera

GoPro Tripod mount + small extender

Canon EOS 5D + 25-105 2.8L

Hama flash post

 

Mr. G.

Some tips to get your GoPro Camera back!

Some simple ideas to help to recover your GoPro Camera in case of loss… and if an honest person finds it!

1. Add a sticker with Name, Phone and Email on the inner side of the battery door.

2. Idem but on the inner side of the backdoor.

3. Write the same details in a “If_Found.txt” file, and put it on the SD Card. The “difficult” part is to not delete the file when deleting other things on the card.

4. Write your details on the SD card sticker.

5. Find the GoPro Camera Serial number (either on the GoPro Camera or in the EXIF data of pictures) and register it somewhere. (i.e.: on this website in a near future…)
Even if we are not 100% certain that the GoPro Manufacturer is using a unique serial # per camera!!!

6. Add a picture of you on the SD Card. Even better: Hold a cardboard in front of you with your details on it.

7. Use the GoPro floating accessories (and add a leash) if you are using it on/in/under the water. If you are using the GoPro Battery BackPack or the GoPro LCD BackPack, it might be possible to use two of them, glued together. (I haven’t tried yet!) The only issue is that the use of┬áthe camera in┬ácombination with a suction cup┬áleads to a too heavy┬ácombined weight to float using the floaty backdoor.

8. Post to this website the location, conditions, other info and contact details for any lost GoPro Camera.

Mr. G.