Chin Mounted GoPro - Using Sugru

On 29/03/2016 at 22:38

Ever wanted the ultimate POV footage from your GoPro, but your favourite lid isn't playing ball when it comes to having a suitable flat area for your GoPro mount to stick to?

Fear not ladies, using the wonderful, play dough like stuff that is Sugru you can now get that GoPro chin mounted to give the best immersive view for your footage!

I have seen plenty of footage from popular motovloggers (BvG & RJ to name a few) that use their chosen cameras in the side mount position, and while this does produce some great angles and footage, the one thing their videos don't ever show is that you look like a dick with a camera sticking out the side of your head!

I tried the side mount to see if i could pull it off using the smallest connecting arms for the GoPro in order to give it the smallest profile possible...

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Not happy with the results, i went in search of a solution to getting my GoPro in the chin mounted position. Not an easy task on the AGV K5 helmet due to the small amount of flat space available due to the angles of the helmet.

While searching the web, i saw a video from the Royal Jordanian showing how he stuck his GoPro mount using Sugru on the side of his Enduro helmet, and while it did the job fine it looked unfinished and rough.
So after some research on how to achieve a decent finish on the Sugru i set about getting that GoPro mount ready for being attached to its new home.

First job was to remove the double sided 3m adhesive patch from the back of the mount. Something easily achieved using a hair dryer, finger nails and any type of solvent cleaner to remove any glue residue.

For the Sugru i used two packets of the black coloured stuff (around £7 for 3 packs on eBay) to attach my mount to the helmet.

So after a clean wipe down of the mounting area i applied some masking tape to prevent and minimise any mess while applying the Sugru and it also helps with alignment of the mount as i used it for a reference for centre.

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Next i took the two packets of Sugru and applied them to the back of the mount trying to roughly mould it to the shape of the helmet surface that it will be applied to. Once the mount is in the correct position its just a case of pushing it down firmly to make sure you have full contact with the whole surface and that the mount is sitting square.

Once you're happy with the position of the mount its time to start trimming all the excess sugru off that will of pushed out from under the mount. For this i used a wooden lollipop stick, firstly as i didn't want to damage my helmet and secondly i can't be trusted with sharp objects, especially near my helmet!

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Now comes the time to remove the masking tape and get to work with your finishing tool to achieve a smooth professional look to your mount. The tool used for this part of the process is your finger! Dip that finger into a small bowl of soapy water to prevent it dragging and get to work smoothing out the Sugru the whole way around the mount. I found the flat edge of the lollipop stick also soaked in the soapy water was useful for achieving a smooth flat edge on some parts also, especially on the outer edges with a thicker bed of Sugru showing from the sides.

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I spent 15 - 20 minutes perfecting the finish on my mount, as the soapy water dries off small imperfections are seen more easily. The Sugru has a 24hour setting time so you have plenty of time to work with it to get the results that you require.

And after 24 hours setting my mount looks like this...

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Still a few little bits to clean up on the helmet surface to create a good straight line where it joins but now its set the thin bits of over spill can easily be removed with a careful prod with the trusty lollipop stick.

Hope it helps some of you out, and I'm sure i will be doing this again shortly (cough, dan, cough!) So may get some better pictures.
Any questions let us know and i will try to offer any other guidance i can.

Ash
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:06

Brilliant write up Ash, thanks for sharing!

You managed to get a nice looking finish there, if I tried that then it would probably be a right mess! Not heard of that Sugru stuff before, I take it there is a way to get it off if you need to adjust it? Have you used it yet?

Cheers,

Mark
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:11

Not as easy to remove as the original go pro mounts using the 3m tape but still removable if needed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQCKM3gbrEs
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:16

Oh, I hope you don't need to adjust it, you need a sharp implement to remove it!

Are you a motovlogger then? I have tried to get going but can't get my mic setup correct, the audio keeps coming out completely distorted, very annoying!
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:17

Will be vlogging once road legal

What mic are you using and what are you recording with camera wise?
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:24

I have one of these http://www.amazon.co.uk/Boya-Lavelier-Condenser-Microphone-Adapter/dp/B00OKBU32A?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00

Connected to my Drift HD camera. It's like the mic is way too sensitive. I have tried lots of different places in the helmet and also turned the mic sensitivity to it's lowest setting, so not sure what else I can do to improve it. Maybe it wasn't to be haha

When you get vlogging let us know and post a link to your vids in the vlogging section!
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:27

If you have the Drift mic sensitivity down to -3 already you will have to wrap the mic head with material to prevent it dropping out on you.

Try wrapping some material (a clean sports sock) around the mic head and taping it in place. Also worth trying it with the mic positioned behind the cheek pad in your helmet to help reduce what the mic is picking up.
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On 29/03/2016 at 23:33

OK thanks, I will give it a go and see what happens and let you know. Might be able to try it out tomorrow actually
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On 30/03/2016 at 15:10

Let us know how you got on with the mic setup mark.
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On 31/03/2016 at 01:13

Didn't get the chance to try it today after all, didn't realise the battery in the camera was flat!
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On 12/04/2016 at 10:55

Still didn't get the chance to test it out yet as I have been away! Going to on Thursday though so we will see what happens! Got a couple of things to sort out on the bike first though
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On 13/04/2016 at 20:27

Let us know how it goes buddy. Im sure there will be a way of getting the sound quality your after.
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On 13/04/2016 at 21:47

There must be mate! Getting fed up of trying and failing haha. Went out today as got the bike sorted earlier then I thought but had accidentally turned the mic sensitivity to off so no sound at all! Another attempt tomorrow as I have a day off :-)
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On 14/04/2016 at 14:07

Bit of a faff today mate! No sound being recorded at all from the external mic, so went out and got a new one! Still now sound being recorded to then went back out to get a new adapter (mic is too big to plug straight into camera because camera jack is only 2.5mm). Got home tested it out in the house. All seemed fine so went out for a ride. It worked! So much better then before, not distorted at all but at speeds of 45+ there is a bot of a crackle when I talk, not sure why but I think it is usable. Didn't go with a sock as the new mic is a drift one and doesn't seem so sensitive when I tested it out. Happy that it works is an understatement because I have been trying for soooo long!

Anyway, time to edit the vid and get it uploaded :-)
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On 14/04/2016 at 17:25

Did you upload it yet Mark?

On 22/05/2017 at 11:20

Easiest way to remove the sugru is to use a plastic razor blade , you can buy from amazon , won't scratch the helmet.

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