Here’s a super easy (non-destructive) 360˚ Swivel Helmet mount that you can make for just a few dollars. Sets up in minutes and creates some really cool shots!
The Quick FX DIY 360˚ GoPro Camera Helmet Swivel Rig is designed to setup fast and when mounted to a helmet with vent holes the entire rig can be setup using zip-ties making it completely non-destructive!
“Non-destructive” meaning that there’s no need to modify any of the equipment used in the build. Unlike many other DIY swivel designs, the Quick FX 360 Rig can be assembled without drilling, grinding, or cutting (for the most part).
I found that the 2 inch Swivel Caster mounted the best. You’ll want to be sure to look for a caster with a removable bolt so you can remove the wheel.
Some tape will help hold everything in place and give the rig ‘breaking points’ in case of a wreck.
Tilting your head allows the camera to swivel around and with a little practice you get the feel for how the camera moves and you can get creative to move the camera for creative angles and cool lens flares.
The 360 swivel rig is just another tool designed to give you some creativity to your video. Shooting additional video from different angles is a great option for more options when you want to edit your video together.
The shots that you can get from the rig are so much fun! And it’s a great way to capture a ‘follow camera’ perspective when you’re shooting by yourself.
Taking the swivel rig out on a nice sunny day, you can get all kinds of great shots!
You’ll want to think about where the sun is and watch out for shadows of this crazy helmet rig.
One of my favorite ‘B-Cameras’ is the Canon 300HS Elph. We put some tape on the top of the camera for some ‘protection’.
Attaching the small camera to the end of another favorite tool of mine, a handheld monopod, we are able to capture additional video to edit together with the DIY GoPro swivel rig video.
The DIY 360˚ GoPro Camera Helmet Swivel Rig is just another way to get some creative shots and I hope it’ll inspire you to get out there and Go Make Something!
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Here’s a list of the Video/Audio equipment used in this episode!
Canon T2i (w/ Magic Lantern Firmware)
Canon Powershot 300hs Elph
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II Aspherical (IF) A16E