DIY Cablecam for GoPro

September 15, 2013 / by / 7 Comments


There are more than few DIY Cablecam rigs floating out there on the internet. We thought we’d take our shot at one. We took a couple features that we liked out there and combined them. The first key feature is the large scooter wheels we used. These things make for a nice smooth camera roll because they’re just more forgiving than other smaller wheel options out there. Second, we used cable wire instead of rope. We noticed a ton of people had trouble getting enough tension in their homemade cablecam lines, especially over long distances. Cable wire doesn’t stretch like rope, so tension becomes less of an issue—plus it’s way cheaper than most rope. If we had to improve this GoPro rig, we’d work on ballast design. That water bottle is a little wobbly and tends to fall off if it hits anything. If you build this cablecam, we’d love to post a quick video of an improved design on this page, so send it our way—cheers!

Parts you’ll need to make a DIY Cablecam for your GoPro:

Tools you’ll need:

  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Power drill
  • 1/4″ drill bit
  • 3/8″ drill bit
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measurer
  • Safety glasses

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7 Responses
  1. Roly

    WOW amazing will be making one of these for mountain biking

    Jan.31.2014 at 12:22 am
  2. Matt

    New and much improved cable cam!

    Feb.01.2014 at 5:32 pm

      So sick, Matt! How did you make the groove in the scooter tires and where did you get them?

      Feb.01.2014 at 6:59 pm
  3. Lucas

    Awesome tutorial! I did the same thing but saved a few bucks and 3d printed a bunch of the parts.

    Feb.02.2014 at 7:09 pm
  4. Hudson Worth

    Dude this is the best thing iv eva seen
    So sick
    Love it

    Mar.31.2014 at 8:58 am
  5. zachary Taylor

    only problem I had was it told me to buy 3 bolts when we needed 4 but other than that very fast build time just waiting on the wheels because they dont sell those in stores

    Jun.19.2014 at 9:21 pm
  6. Riley Tognolini

    i cant wait to build my own

    Jul.12.2014 at 6:36 am
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