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gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

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gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby birdseyeview » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:11 pm

Hello - first ever posting on any forum!

I enjoy my Hero2 but am no sportsman so my uses are a perhaps a bit different to the majority of folks. I particularly like doing time-lapse, egg-timer pannings and shots on a 10m pole. The pole gives a great BirdsEyeView of places and events. See YouTube channel wowandnotsowow if you are interested.

I've been trying to work out a ridiculously cheap and easy way to keep the camera 'stable' for some of my shots and don't want to pay for a steady-cam type device. I also don't have all of the skills and tools that some folks have to make some of the clever DIY solutions.

I found a £5 child's bowl which is designed to keep food level whatever angle the child might hold it at. This seemed a good starting point since it is effectively a ready-made gimbal. Having made a hole in the bottom of the bowl I pushed through a 1/4 inch bolt and attached my GoPro using the camera mount attachment. It seems as if what I have come up with could be good.

I know there are many ingenious minds out there and I would love others to look at my idea, adapt it, improve it, and give feedback via the forum. In particular I've not worked out how best to attach it to a boom pole! Also does any one have a very simple SMALL alternative to my 'invention'?

I hope you enjoy the challenge, or has someone already tried and succeeded?

THANKS

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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby 323f rock » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:18 pm

Where did you get the bowl from?
I'd like to try to make a mount like yourself and that looks like a great starting point! :D
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby birdseyeview » Wed Jan 09, 2013 11:44 pm

Hi "Mr Rock",
I purchased it at a WHSmith shop (UK). It was on a wrong shelf amongst stationary which is how I spotted it. I'm sure other shops sell them as well. Plus they are available online - just search "bowl" and "gyro" and you should find it easily.
Enjoy!
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby PandaGFX » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:00 am

the way you've mounted... only works when its suspended

in which case it'll be not much different to just hanging camera from a string?
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby 323f rock » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:28 am

to make the camera the right way up you would need to add some weight to the other side perhaps a length of all thread with a weight at one end and the camera and the bowl at the other.

then construct a handle that attached to the blue rim, maybe a circle of ply wood and an old boom handle screwed to it something like this:

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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby GoPro#1Fan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:41 am

PandaGFX wrote:the way you've mounted... only works when its suspended

in which case it'll be not much different to just hanging camera from a string?


I think with a string the camera'll move/rotate without control.
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby GoPro#1Fan » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:52 am

323f rock wrote:to make the camera the right way up you would need to add some weight to the other side perhaps a length of all thread with a weight at one end and the camera and the bowl at the other.

then construct a handle that attached to the blue rim, maybe a circle of ply wood and an old boom handle screwed to it something like this:

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That sounds good!

Other option could be something like this:
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby 323f rock » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:27 am

yeah, would make the rig lighter as you wouldn't need an extra weight :D
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby birdseyeview » Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:30 am

Thank you to the folks who have posted so far - all ideas and comments appreciated. Keep them coming
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Re: gyro/gimbal - very cheap! HELP WANTED

Postby PandaGFX » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:07 am

the bowl is gimbal but no sign of "gyro" yet

Cheapest gyro is to find a dead(ish) 3.5" HDD that still spins up.
Open the casing and you should be able to unbolt everything;
all you want is the pancake motor & platters.
Power up motor from 12Vdc & it's a pretty strong gyro. :)
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