GoPro Vibration Reduction Techniques – Tiny Tips No. 20

Sometimes, when you mount a GoPro camera on the body of a vehicle, the engine, panel vibration or buffeting by the wind, makes the camera vibrate. The result is video footage that seems to warp, wobble, and kind of act like you’re viewing the world through clear jelly. I’m sure you must have seen videos like this before. Well, here are a few tips to help you with GoPro vibration reduction.

Solutions to the problem:

There’s no one way to fix it. It depends on the amount of vibration, the location and type of mount you’re using, and the tools you have at hand. Some of the quick fixes listed here will help you analyse various aspects and find the right way to fix that particular kind of vibration on your action camera.

  1. If you’re using a tripod screw mount attached to a super clamp, you may want to add a rubber washer (or even a ripped up piece of cardboard) between the GoPro tripod mount and the super clamp to dampen the micro-vibrations and wobbles. Also, screw it on tight to make sure that there’s no chance that the tripod mount unscrews by itself. It has been known to happen. But then, why would you be using a Tripod Mount and super clamp when you can just use the GoPro Jaws: Flex Clamp? Well, sometimes you just have these two pieces of equipment at hand and have to make-do. 😉 Plus, I really like a good super clamp.
  2. If you’re using the GoPro handlebar mount, add a thin piece of old tyre tubing or any rubber, between the clamp and the vehicle’s surface, to dampen vibrations but still hold the camera securely.  The GoPro roll bar mount already has a piece of rubber on the inside. Now you know why!
  3. If you’re using the old suction cup mount (the new one is supposed to be better) you may have to:
    • Extend the arm as little as possible. This reduces the amount of movement at the end of the arm.
    • If you absolutely must extend the arm, tie the loose end to a rigid part of the vehicle, like the chassis, and tie it tight so that the wind and transmitted vibrations are dampened. You can tie it down with nylon rope or zip-ties. During a shoot, the zip ties could save you some time, but remember to have a folding knife or a pair of scissors at hand to cut them off.

I’m sure you’ve got more tips out there. Let’s hear them in the comments.