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October 12, 2012

The BoomPro is a device that allows GoPro HERO users to get a shot of themselves in action

The BoomPro is a device that allows GoPro HERO users to get a shot of themselves in action

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Have you ever seen actioncam footage where the camera is mounted on a pole attached to the shooter’s helmet, looking back at them? If not, well, it’s pretty bizarre – their head is the only stable object in the shot, with the rest of the world appearing to swivel around it. The BoomPro is a prototype device, designed to allow anyone to get these kinds of shots using their GoPro HERO.

Ordinarily, videographers have to rig up their own systems, perhaps gaffer-taping a piece of doweling or PVC pipe to the top of their helmet. Mechanical engineer and dirt biking enthusiast Daniel Madsen decided that a ready-made product should be available, which is why he invented the BoomPro.

The device incorporates two adhesive-backed GoPro curved base plates, one of which is equipped with a GoPro J-hook mount, and the other with a custom support fitting. These are stuck onto the back and front of the helmet. A 28 inch (71 cm)-long nylon extension rod is then attached to those plates (J-hook at the back, support fitting at the front), keeping it rigidly attached to the helmet while also allowing it to extend out in front of the wearer. The rod is flexible, so it can adapt to the curvature of each user’s helmet.

The different components of the BoomPro

The user’s GoPro is then attached to a mounting point at the front of the rod, so that it’s looking back at the wearer. It would no doubt require some trial and error – or one of GoPro’s LCD viewfinder screens – to find a camera angle where the user’s face was in the shot, but the rod wasn’t.

Both the J-hook and the fitting are attached to the plates via quick-release mounts, so the rod can be easily removed from the helmet.

Madsen is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, to finance commercial-scale production of the BoomPro. A pledge of US$39 will get you the rod and fitting, if you already have the required GoPro plates. If you want the whole package, a pledge of $69 will do the trick – assuming the financing goal is met.

Examples of the type of weird-looking shots it gets can be seen in the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

About the Author
Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
6 Comments

Nice, but from what I can tell this guy might have missed an equally valuable view that could have been included for not much more effort an mechanical expertise—an angle where the rod would extend behind the helmet and the camera clamped above it. That way we would see the rider's helmet (and perhaps hands and handlebars—depending on the angle and lens curvature) going into the scene.

yrag
13th October, 2012 @ 03:56 pm PDT

Spot on yrag, I agree

Bill Bennett
13th October, 2012 @ 08:32 pm PDT

I'am a little consernd about this wedging in a tree as you ride your bike under said tree

Ben Drury
14th October, 2012 @ 08:27 pm PDT

Very frightening that the boom could get caught on something or a simple fall off the bike (in the process of filming awesome footage with the boom) and the boom will act as a lever to snap the neck backwards. I seriously hope that the designers thought of this and designed it so the boom would easy detach in such an event but it looks like it is bolted on with thumbscrews, which I don't think would sheer off so easily.

SimonG
15th October, 2012 @ 04:19 am PDT

I agree with Simon, this thing looks like it was designed to snap a neck.

Adam Thomas Flynn
15th October, 2012 @ 11:17 am PDT

See the updates section of the project:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1840378072/boompro-for-gopro-cameras/posts

The mount utilizes a break-away style fitting in the event of a crash or snag on a branch!

drmadsen
19th October, 2012 @ 09:30 am PDT
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