Sunday, March 5, 2017

Suspend the Samsung Gear 360 and other 360 cameras in mid-air with this invisible adapter

photo by Robert Bull

Here's an adapter that can suspend a Samsung Gear 360 or other 360 camera in mid-air with a cable, while staying out of the frame.

Sometimes, using a drone is not feasible, practical or legal for an aerial photo.  Robert Bull has created an adapter for suspending a Samsung Gear 360 or other 360 camera invisibly using a suitable cable and this line mount adapter:

photo by Robert Bull

The adapter can be used to suspend a Samsung Gear 360 with a cable, and can also be used for 360 kite aerial photography.  In these examples, Robert is using a 250-lb. fishing line.  Other lines can be used although Robert doesn't suggest metal wires which can cause wear on the adapter.

photo by Robert Bull

Here are sample photos using the 360 camera line mount:




For videos, it hard to use the line mount unless the air is very still.  However, it is possible to attach another set of lines to tie bars on the side of the line mount for greater stability for videos, although the second set of lines will probably be visible to the 360 camera.

The line mount is made of polished bronze steel or stainless steel and is available for order here.

8 comments:

  1. I have used fishing line before, but not in this type of arrangement. This is going to be very handy for an upcoming shoot!

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    1. Hello Tanuki,

      I'm interested. What arrangement did you use before?

      Regards

      Robert

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  2. Hi there!

    This looks like a fun adapter to play with, and I would love to try it out myself. My concerns lie with a reliable way to tether it properly to two anchor points. What do you think would be the best way to do? Also, getting the camera on and off the line seems like it would be a bit tricky especially if the line is hundreds of feet long. Do you have any recommendations on this?

    thank!

    - Adam

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    1. Hello Adam,

      This is my adapter. I had similar concerns when I started using it. I found a few methods that seemed to work well.

      The most used method is to tie a loop in the line, wrap it around the fixture and then use a carabina to clip it on to itself.

      With the other end I would either do the same or tie a similar loop, hang it over something and then suspend a weight to it to keep the tension. I have used fabric bags that are easy to carry that can then be filled with rocks or similar found at the location.

      As for connecting mid-line. My little camera is very precious to me so I did not want any risk of it falling off. So the way I designed it was to place the line into the underside of the adapter and then fit the adapter to the camera. A little fiddly but it should stay put. It goes on easily enough if there is a little slack. It will depend on the cable type and tension. If the line is substantial enough it will not slide along the line as it is passing around the screw sleeve.

      Regards

      Robert

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    2. Oh, and the other method I use for mounting the line is to feed it on to the line first, connect one end and then either; measure to the point I want it and fix it with an o-ring or place it nearish to me and then flick the line to get into place. With the former I just ensure that the camera is kept above ground when I am positioning it. It all depends on the circumstances, no two locations are the same.

      Robert

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    3. Hi Robert,

      This definitely helps me visual how it works. I appreciate your feedback on this! I think this would be a great tool to experiment with.

      best,

      Adam

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  3. This is neat.

    I've been using GoPro to tripod adaptor that are tiny and present a small loop.

    Then I'm using dacron kite line on a winding reel with a loop and clip on the loose end. Having the winding reel works well as you can get the line rigged before screwing the camera onto the adapter and adjust the height with the winder.

    The adapter stays on the line always, just adding the camera once rigged.

    It's great in buildings with balconies etc. as you can rig it so the camera sits central to the space.

    Cheers

    Ian

    Winder I use is this one http://img.banggood.com/thumb/water/oaupload/banggood/images/CB/1D/60d5b89f-2fd3-0860-82d0-22a0eec5415f.jpg

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    1. Hello Ian,

      I also started off with the GoPro to Tripod type adapter but soon got frustrated with the small gap between the holes (it rotated more when hanging close to vertical) and the inability to easily and reliably align the camera on the mount in line with the cable. This mount just made it so easy.

      I do like that winder. I will have to try one. I have just been using a line wound around a tube. Easy to carry but less easy to use. I am trying to find solutions that allow me to carry this ‘capability’ everywhere, so smaller is better.

      I have been experimenting with different ways to move the camera;

      The first method is to use a second line attached within the mount. This is then used to pull the camera along the supporting cable above. The line can be either attached to one side of the mount and pulled in one direction only (you only get one chance to this right!). Alternatively, the line can be fed through the mount and then pulled from both sides of the span. The second line is attached by tying a loop mid-line and placing this around the screw sleeve internally. Controlling the mount is tricky as you need to be at both ends of the span.

      The second method is to loop the main line around a carabina at the other end, thus having both line ends at one side of the span. Only one stretch goes through the mount, the other is above. This method allows both the height and position to be altered from one side. I am currently experimenting with the best way to control this. Combining the two methods seems an obvious next option.

      Regards

      Robert

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