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Attaching GoPro HD to Dog

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by zhenjie, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. zhenjie

    zhenjie Member

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    I just got my GoPro HD and thought I'd muck around with it a bit before my snow trip. Thought about attaching it to my dog and getting a dogs POV when it's at the beach :)

    Any creative ideas on how to attach to the dog. Ideally would like to have it as stable as possible, with good pov.

    Options are

    Mounting on side of dog, on a vest. That could mean its body would block alot of the footage due to the wide pov

    Create a custom cap/helmet for the dog and mount it on the top. Could be tricky making a custom cap.

    hmm.
     
  2. Azrael

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    Mate of mine strapped his ATC2k to his dog a while ago... dog cracked it with the strapped on thing, managed to get it off and then chewed the camera to bits....
    Dont do it that way...
     
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    ANIMAL CRUELTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CALL THE RSPCA!!!!!!!!!!!

    I would personally think strapped under the dog, with a nice wide angle. you would then get a nice low shot, with the legs walking either side of frame and chin at the top (maybe the tongue too some times).

    Would be pretty cool!
     
  4. Dexamenus

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    I think some sort of front/chest mount would be cool!
     
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    Yeah might try collar or chest strap. Chest strap would need more stablizing else footage could get uber jerky with dog movements.
     
  6. AwesumaPowa

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    I would get one of those walking harnesses that straps around the dogs back, underbelly and chest...would probably offer the least amount of free play and they're not that expensive (assuming it's a small dog)...

    Otherwise you can always just gaffer it to the dogs head. (don't forget to cut some eye holes in the tape)... <-- DO NOT DO THIS IT IS A JOKE
     
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    Sweet idea.. Keen to see the result.
     
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    http://www.pets-megastore.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=140

    Try something like that...
    the dog won't be able to take it off, and it'll provide a few areas to mount.... Depending on the dog though, it may be too heavy...

    If its a big dog (I wouldn't strap it to my little dogs) then use this as as source of inspiration:
    [​IMG]
     
  9. jlien

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    Always thought that was a figment of cartoon imagination.
     
  10. SyN

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    isnt it pretty much impossible to get stable footage?
    id imagine the looseness of the dog's skin means the camera will always move around unless you strap it real tight
     
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    Gaffer taaaaape
     
  12. SyN

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    even if you superglue it to the dog's skin itll still move
     
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    Yes, shaky footage will be inevitable with the nature of a dogs run. But I'll mainly just use short cuts to slice into a better movie about them. So just incidents like meeting another dog, sniffing its butt,etc. I hate full length POV shots from these cameras, make me dizzy hehe. But short takes is good.
     
  14. SyN

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    i just came up with great idea
    mount the camera near the dogs bum facing away from the dog

    and so when another dog comes for the anal sniffing you get a wicked closeup of the other dogs nose and face
     
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    or when it takes a dump you have poo cam......:Pirate:
     
  16. Nafe

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    Shave a patch on the side of the dog and use the suction mount*





    *Don't do this.
     
  17. koma_white

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    One of the guys on another forum attached a GoPro to his jack russell with some amusing results as seen here.
    Oh, and another one taken recently i believe here. This one was mounted on the dogs collar so shows the underside of his jaw. The motion of the camera makes it a little harder to watch though.
     
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