Ever since I saw this IndyMogul how-to about a year ago, I knew I wanted to build a Snorricam. For the uninitiated, a Snorricam is a camera rig that mounts to the body of the actor, keeping said actor in a fixed position in the frame, while their surroundings change in the background of the video (example). Of course, I had a twist - I wanted to use it with the most interesting person I know (who can be difficult to work with) - my 2 year old son. We built a scaled down PVC rig and my wife came up with the genius idea of using his doggy backpack as a mount. I thought it would take some coaxing, but he was eager to give it a try (but only if we left the tail attached!). We put it on and he just took off (laughing the whole way)! He seemed to enjoy running the camera rig into obstacles. It turned out great.
I was reminded of this project last month when the Indymogul team posted a new video of a $14 third person rig (video here). This new Snorricam looked much faster to build as it was made of PVC (Instructable here).
Here is our final, doggy pack mounted rig. It isn't as secure as the Indymogul version, but it turns out to work well enough for our purposes:
I bought PVC glue, but the joints were snug enough to roll glue-free, at least for this first run. For cutting PVC - spend $15 on a ratcheting PVC cutter (below), its faster and cleaner than a saw. Although I kept him away from the cutter, my son loved putting the PVC pieces together!
- Ratcheting PVC Cutter
- Eddie Bauer Harness Buddy, Brown Dog
- 1/2" PVC from your local hardware store - 6 ft of tube + 6 R angles, 3 T's, 2 45 deg, and one cap
- GoPro HD HERO2
- 1/4-20 (1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch) bolt + nut for camera mount
- Power Drill (drill hole in PVC cap to mount camera)
His older cousins play soccer, race bikes, and other fun things - so maybe we'll see how the rig works with more action. I'd love to try with a front-mounted rig (to capture his face), but that may be too much of hazard. If we get a lot of use out of it, maybe we can build a fancy rig like this: Videoschool Snorricam
That was fast! We have some front facing video: Toddler Snorricam – Chest Mount First Run