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DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

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DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

Postby coupe1942 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:06 am

Unfortunately, I don't have any video to share at the moment, as my motorcycle had to have a battery charge up and I am heading out of town for a day or so. Any rate, I thought it may be of interest to show a DIY dog helmet project I am currently working on. Not just making the DIY Dog Helmet, but using it to capture some video from the dog's unique prespective, too. I made up the helmet from an old set of hockey shin guards or knee pads. They cost me about $5 bucks at a thrift store and were very, very easy to cut and adapt for my purposes. The DIY helmet fits small to medium dogs at least, but one can try to see what other size may be adapted for larger dogs, too. I slapped on some 3M Dual Lock tape to secure the GoPro camera to the top of the helmet. I am not 100% sure that my dog won't try to shake the camera to one side when we are riding, but I'll find out and do some tweeking when he actually gets to make a video production. Total cost of the project was less than $7 bucks, so no big fortune invested if it does not work out for some reason. If the GoPro is too heavy, I can still try out a small, thin point and shoot camera, but so far, it looks promising.

I'll get some video as soon as I can, but for now I just have the set at flickr to sort of explain just how the helmet mount set up and DIY Dog Helmet was made. I am anxious to get back and check it out to see if it is a keeper or not, as far as a DIY camera mount.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a1930ford/ ... 800670206/
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Re: DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

Postby martcerv » Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:40 pm

Can the dog see anything there? you might have to show him the video after to show him what he would've seen if it didn't cover his eyes lol.

It will be interesting to see if it stays upright as when I tried to do my collar mount on top of the head it kept sliding to one side.
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Re: DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

Postby coupe1942 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Yes, the sliding of the camera to the side may mean I'd have to anchor the helmet to his collar or do some type of mod to keep the movement minimized. Hope to get out and play with it soon, but that is the biggest problem I expect to encounter. The use of a GoPro may be hampered by its size and weight. It looks heavier than it really is, but cumbersome is more the real issue. Even with the mount I am using for it, there may be some weight issues that negate it from working very well on the dog's head. Oh, well, at least he can't slobber on the lense. :-)

In reality, some folk have modified their helmets to accept small cameras with cut outs instead of the traditional helmet mount. That may be the better option with a dog helmet, in order to prevent sliding of the helmet with the weight and all as an issue. I am hoping to get my battery charged up and do some trials soon as I get back into town. It was very windy yesterday, and that too can play a part in making the doggie helmet camera mount work. Wish I could train him to turn the camera on by himself and pan with the camera, but soon as I do that, he would likely be caught doing doggie porn or such behind my back. :-)
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Re: DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

Postby martcerv » Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:14 pm

I think you may also want to try not using the extension mounts as the lower you can get the camera the better the center of gravity will be and help avoid it from rotating.
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Re: DIY Dog Helmet and Dog View Camera Mount

Postby coupe1942 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:10 am

Yeah, you are indeed correct. That was just what I had handy as a mount at the time of the photo. Hoping to get my camera working again soon, so I can play with some more ideas about how to mount this thing.
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