How to Make a High Definition Helmet Camcorder

Make your Pocket HD Camcorder into a Helmet Cam for biking or other fun activities.

Step 1: What to Buy

First buy the Sony Webbie MHS-PM1 HD Camcorder with Swivel Head
Next buy a Bicycle Helmet if you dont already have one
Next buy Velcro Straps
Next buy a Cell Phone Carrying Case

Step 2: The Camcorder Strap

First you want to do is attach the carrying strap to the pocket size camcorder.

Step 3: The Camcorder in Cell Phone Carrying Case

Now modify the Cell Phone Carrying Case by cutting a hole in the bottom to pass the carrying strap through the hole (This will help secure the camcorder in the Cell Phone Carrying Case so it doesnt slide out when in motion).

Step 4: Case Modification

Now cut a side window in the Cell Phone Carrying Case so that you can operate the camera while it is attached to the helmet.

Step 5: Camera in Case

Now turn the Swivel Head lens out straight and place the Camcorder in the Cell Phone Carrying Case and pass the carrying strap through the hole in the Cell Phone Carrying Case and then fold it back into the case with the carrying strap.

Step 6: 4 Velcro Straps

Now attach the Camcorder to the Helmet using the 2 Velcro Straps. Turn on camera and start the movie.

Step 7: Notes

Note: you will want to make sure you have the rights settings on the camera and also use a small piece of tape to hold the Swivel Head lens in place. You will have to experiment with the Swivel Head lens placement to get the right angle that you desire.



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    11 Discussions


    7 years ago on Introduction

    While I still think it's cool that you made this and it's a pretty good idea, you could also just buy a gopro 960 for around $150 it is more versatile (dozens of mounts) and probably has better audio. I dont recommend buying the camera with the swivel head just for this, however if you already have the camera it's a pretty good idea.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    I really dont think there is anyway you could copyright sticking a ready available camers to a cycle helmet Get Real Dude - If youve never dabbled in copyright law - let me tell you it is a damn sight more complex than - I had this idea first !!!!
    Its great here on Instructables for people to share some ideas - its fun and usuially cheap but hardly ever commercially viable !! I say all this in love I love Instructable ideas - lets stick to sharing some of our intelligencya !!!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    If he wanted to legally protect his idea of mounting a camera to a helmet, I believe that would be a patent, not a copyright.

    I believe what is being copyrighted here is the PICTURE of the camera mounted to the helmet. I also believe there are several levels of copyright protection. Even if there was no (c) notice on the image, I believe he has a certain level of protection/ownership of the photo. Placing the (c) notice gives him an additional level of protection, and actually registering the copyright is the ultimate form of protection.

    But, again, this would be for the picture, not the idea displayed in the picture. That, I believe, would require filing a patent.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I don't think I understand the question..are you saying why is this article on other websites?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I'm the first one to come up with this design idea because this camera with the swivel head just came out. Do you think I need to register this idea with the copyright office?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    (see answer below to hammerhead, sometimes it's not clear where stuff is coming from around here) L


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've not blamed anyone for anything. If RighteousDude owns the copyright (which is not obvious or deducible from the instructable or profile) it should be stated for the sake of clarity. People do rip stuff off around here, those whoe are republishing their own stuff do well to say so.