Saturday, May 25, 2013

DIY GoPro Cable Cam (Pulley) Mount

For those of you who have fished with me or followed us on TLTFF long enough, you know I probably do more picture taking than actual fishing whenever I go on trips. That said, buying a GoPro was one of the best things I've done since I began to shoot and film trips. I have a toolbox I bring with me on most trips thats full of mounts and hardware. If you take a good look inside of my "GoBox" you'll notice that I've made about 75% of my mounts to try and get those "money shots" without dropping a lot of scratch to buy the nice name brand mounts. I love making things myself, thats why we started the DIY section of the blog. Needless to say, the guys and gals at Home Depot know me by first name now...

On a trip earlier this year, I happened to notice two really cool trees on either end of the stretch of stream I was fishing. I thought about how cool it would be to get an overhead shot of me fishing this long, straight stretch from a bird eye view. So I got to thinking about how to do so and I came up with the idea to string up a length of rope between the two and send a pulley contraption with my GoPro on it down the stretch. Thats ultimately, how I arrived at our newest DIY...The GoPro Cable Cam (Pulley) Mount.

Here's the parts list:

  • 1 - 8" metal bracket
  • 4 - 2" metal brackets
  • 2 - Awning pulleys
  • 1 - 4" corner bracket ( I know two are shown but only 1 was used, they come in two packs)
  • 1 - 2" length 1/4"-20 screw
  • 3 - 1/4"-20 nuts and washers
  • 2 - 1/2" corner brackets (pictured below)
  • 2 - Key rings (pictured below)
  • 2 - 1/4" length 1/4"-20 screws (not pictured)
  • String or paracord
  • Wrench
  • Drill
  • 30 minutes of your time

Start off by putting your 1" screw through a hole drilled in the direct center of your long 8" bracket.

Put one of your corner brackets onto the back part of your screw and fasten it on with you washer and nut (pictured above).

Take your 1/2" corner brackets and awning pulleys and fit the welded end of the pulley into your corner bracket (you may have to drill out a larger hole).

Secure your small 1/4" corner brackets to two drilled out holes on either end of your main 8" bracket with your small 1/4" screws, washers, and nuts. Make sure you do this so the small corner brackets are on the same side as the camera mount will go, on the front (opposite of above pictures), it will help counter balance the camera (see below pictures).

Lock in the awning pulleys with your key rings. These can also be used to hang counter balances from.

Attach a GoPro adhesive mount to the large corner bracket (you can also use a tripod screw if you don't have adhesive mounts and have the GoPro Tripod Mount). Balance out your pulley mount on some string while the GoPro is attached and add counterweight to level it out. I used a 4 oz pyramid sinker attached to 50lb test mono at first (pictured above) but moved on eventually to something that looked a little better.

String up your mount with one end of the string/cord lower than the other so the mount will travel down the mount. I used sting in the picture above and had a roll of mono as my counterweight just to demo what it looks like in the air. I have used the mount once and it worked great. You just have to make sure you use sting/cord thats wide enough for the pulley. I am trying to find a low power motor now to help with a smoother ride along the cord to help pull the mount along.

Now I think this mount cost me about $20, which isn't too bad for the shot it can produce to make your video that much cooler! If you have any questions, hit us up via email, Twitter or on our Facebook page.


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