Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

Point Of View (POV) can be a major factor in storytelling. Finding new interesting points of view is not trivial, and every bit of innovation helps keeping viewres on their toes. This is why we got to hand it to Steven Prael for coming up with this cool GoPro rig idea that captures an orbital view of a scene.

Building A Creative GoPro Glider For Capturing Orbital Footage

The idea in general is pretty simple – get a go pro on a rope and turn, turn, turn it around. But execution may be tricky. By building a simple rig Steven overcame two problems that has to do with spinning – The first is how to keep the camera facing the center and the second is how to reduce vibrations.

Both issues were dealt with by adding a small wing to the rig, creating a makeshift glider. Pretty clever. If you were wondering how durable a GoPro is just check out the failed footage at 1:10 and 1:20 .

Steven shares: In this short movie I’ve documented my attempt to create a new perspective for filmmakers. As you can see, we have rigged a GoPro to a sort of glider which is held up by two ropes and centrifugal power.

[perspective: orbit (GoPro) via ISO 1200 Magazine]

P.S. Looking for cool GoPro POVs? check out this GoPro helmet swivel.

  • M.A.Gibson

    Fishing wire=invisible ropes… just saying :)

  • joe_average

    cool. should record in 120fps and playback in slow mo.

  • Kadral

    I like the thought of using fishing wire. I wonder if my old point and shoot would work?