$14 Lightweight Over-the-Shoulder Snorricam (Body-Mounted Camera Rig)




In this tutorial video, Griffin designs a $14 third-person body-mounted camera rig out of PVC pipe for his GoPro Hero2 camera, to capture unique over-the-shoulder shots.

ADDITIONAL BUILD INSTRUCTIONS (I'm using " to mean inches.)

Click here to view a photo guide for constructing the rig.

Click here to watch some exciting race footage using the rig!

Using 1/2" PVC pipe (it's bigger than that, but that's what it's called), cut the following 13 lengths of pipe:
-(6) 1.25" pieces (These are to connect fittings together. When inserted, the two fittings will cover the entire piece.)
-(2) 8.25" pieces for the tall, vertical sides of the rectangle
-(2) 2" pieces for the short, horizontal sides of the rectangle
-(1) 12.25" piece for the long camera support arm
-(1) 5.75" piece for the short camera support arm
-(1) 4.5" piece for the camera support column

(Now that I'm adding these up, I'm realizing it's about 73" of PVC—that's 6 feet and one inch. I used two 5-foot pieces of PVC, because of lots of trial and error as I figured out the design, but this is interesting: I have more than 5 feet remaining. They must be longer than they say.)

You could also substitute each pair of T joints and 45-degree elbows with a single Y joint, but they can be hard to find in stores (since plumbers have little use for them).

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20 Discussions


2 years ago

Hello would anyone here be willing to sell a built one and what would be a reasonable price whoever is willing to build these could fall on a big open market none are sold in the US only in China and still overpriced at $80 with backpack I'm looking for without backpack to just place in my current bag and something that makes sense without having to build whoever can help I can find you a group of other customers willing to buy check amazon and eBay there or no sellers of this item could be a good money maker for whoever is interested


3 years ago

Hi griffinity, what kind of thread did you use to sew your lashing straps and canvas belt?

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Reply 3 years ago

I'm not even sure. It was just some plain black sewing thread in my wife's kit.

We wrote an in-depth tutorial and made a different version. Check it out. http://ilovehatephoto.com/2015/06/01/how-to-build-a-snorricam-harness-part-1-the-setup/


Do you have anymore photos or instructions for making / attaching the straps? I'm trying to source all the parts now but I can't get a clear enough view in the video to work out if what I'm looking at will do the job.

Do you think this will be able to stay on if I'm jet skiing and fall. I think recording with thos while jet skiing would be an awesome video.

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Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

yea that would be sweet, just make sure you make it where if the camera would fall off, it would float back up.