DIY Cable Cam – GoPro or GH2

Not sure how many of you are following the 'Human Planet' television series, but it's something to look into. It's already pretty amazing what types of environments these film makers have to endure, but then at the end of the segment they always show some type of BTS of how they pulled off some of their camera movements. In one episode they showed how they setup a CableCam system to follow a man crossing over a turbulent river.

So now i'm interested in seeing if I can pull one DIY version off with a GH2 or at least a tiny version for a GoPro (you know just in case I run into a situation where i'm shooting over a turbulent river too). If you've got ideas for the best way to go about this, i'd like to see what you come up with. Here's a few interesting videos below on some motorized remote systems with pan heads.

Here's one below from Vimeo Member Photoship One, same guys who offer Helicopter mounted camera systems. Heck, if their version can support a GH2, I think it would do well in the market. On another note, with a motorized CableCam, has anyone attempted a motion control CableCam for super long TimeLapse?

5 thoughts on “DIY Cable Cam – GoPro or GH2

  1. Emm

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    @Pat - It's in the television series. You have to catch it on television, I can't find a video about the BTS they show. They do some crazy stuff like mounting HD cameras on the back of eagles.

  2. Pat

    Where is the cable BTS in the Human Planet video? Do you have links to other videos where we can see it in action? Those two DIY videos were great! I'd love to try this someday

  3. itsjohnny2

    I have a KAP rig that I can probably modify for cable cam, non-motorized. It can support a GoPro and an XTi. I think the weight of a GH2 and Xti is comparable. Check out for the deluxe rig. You can definitely build one from sheet metal and add the R/C controls/wireless video and a pulley cable system.

    You can mount the cable on a high slope or tree trunk and have it run across the river to another tree or pole.

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