A step-by-step guide to create a “Centripro” - a device used for orbital videos with your GoPro!
By Josh Abbey, GoWorx Member
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What is a Centripro?
We’re guessing the term “Centripro” comes from the words centrifugal + GoPro; basically implying you’re going to spin the camera around in circles using centrifugal force. The centripro device we’re making today is essentially a GoPro mounted to a clothing hanger and spun around your head with fishing line. The origins of this homemade device were said to come from an action sports guy named Nicolas Vuignier. Apparently he made the first one for his iPhone, a Centriphone, and then developed a version for the GoPro - a Centripro.
GoPro Mounted to homemade Centripro
Chances are you’ve seen these cool orbital videos before. They’re typically in slow motion and show some interesting action 360° around a person. Shots like these are often achieved in Hollywood movies with expensive equipment like a 6-axis robotic arm. Most of us don’t have the budget for movie equipment like that. However, did you know you could make a similar video with a GoPro and a few inexpensive household items? There are many different ways to make this device. I’ve tried a handful of different methods and settled on what I think is the most effective and cost efficient.
What you'll Need:
- GoPro (any works, Hero 6 is best) + Sticky Mount & Clamp
- Wood Hanger
- Strong Clear Fishing Line (at least 20 feet)
- Flagging Tape
- Packaging Tape
- ¼” x 2” Bolt
- 3 washers (that fit on the bolt)
- Key ring
- Zip Ties (optional)
- Wooden Dowell or Wooden Rolling Pin Handle
- Drill + ¼” or ⅛” drill bits
Step by Step: How to Make a Centripro:
Final Step: Go Try it out! The video looks best when filmed in slow motion (See our previous blog post here on how to shoot slow motion with the GoPro). I’ve found the best video settings with the Hero 6 are 2.7k at 120FPS with the “video stabilization = ON”. This will help with any shakiness that may occur when swinging the camera around in circles.
Make sure your GoPro is securely locked into the clip mount. Then angle the GoPro so the LCD screen preview doesn't show the hanger’s legs in the shot. Once the angle looks right, tighten the thumb screw tight.
When spinning the Centripro, make sure you start slowly with a lot of open space around you. The GoPro should be hanging upside down and the flagging tape should be on the trailing end of your spins. Do a couple test spins and check the video on the GoPro to be sure you're captured your body and none of the hanger.
Try doing an activity that will look cool in slow motion. For example: running, jumping, throwing a handful of leaves, spraying water, etc. Get creative with it! Once you’re done filming, bring the video into your preferred editing software and slow down the video for a cool bullet-time effect.
Were you successful in making a centripro and filming an activity? We’d love to see it! Let us know in the comments or tag #GoWorx on Instagram with your Centripro videos. We may feature your stuff on our social media platforms!