Today's magic word is "triangulation."
Car mounts for your camera rig aren't always expensive—you can usually buy a single suction cup system for, like, 20 bucks. The problem with them, though, is that, while they take care of the issue of actually mounting a camera to your car, they don't take care of the issue of making your footage as stable as possible. This is where triangulation comes in. More expensive car mounts use additional rods to add support to your camera rig on multiple sides so it doesn't sway, a formation that looks like, you guessed it, a triangle.
In this tutorial, Michael Lohrum, the DIY Camera Guy shows you how to not only build your own DIY GoPro car mount but also how to triangulate it with support rods and magnets— which are all kinds of fun. Check out the video below:
The video, nor the video's description, offers a list of materials, so, while I've done my best to name all of the supplies Lohrum used in the tutorial, I might've missed a few:
- 4 1/2" Woods suction cup
- 11" Magic Arm
- 1/4" bolts
- (x2) 3/8" rods or wooden dowels
- Round magnets
- Gear Ties
- Ball head
- Gaff tape
And that's pretty much it. Lohrum gets a little fancy with the second magnetic rod rig he used, adding a little ball head to the top of round magnet, which might be something you'd want to do for both rods if you're not 100% trusting of the Gear Ties. Speaking of Gear Ties, you should love Gear Ties. Lohrum has done a handful of helpful DIY tutorials on how to make different pieces of gear, from DIY GorillaPods to DIY mic shock mounts, completely out of Gear Ties. They're strong, bendable, and really cheap. Plus, they make it possible to do a build like this without having to drill anything into anything.
Would you ever try this DIY project? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.