If you own a GoPro, you know it’s a wonderfully small and versatile little camcorder that can capture some truly dramatic footage. But how do you get the most out of it? With custom support tools like the Action Clamp and Locking Arm, of course.
Support Where You Need It
OK, so maybe an “Action Clamp” is kind of a contradiction in terms; the entire idea of a clamp is ensure that said clamp doesn’t actually go anywhere in the first place. But the basic idea is right there in the title; you get the clamp doing its thing on a sturdy surface, move the arm around to point the camera properly, and you’re good to go.
But why would you spend $40 on this?
Better Shots, Better Video
First of all, as any indie filmmaker can tell you, being able to hang a camera pretty much anywhere you want is a real bonus when you’re trying to get creative with your shots.
Secondly, it makes the GoPro much easier to use, as a video tool. The GoPro is handily small and sturdy for such a tiny camera, but by the same token, that can make it a bit aggravating to use for shots where you need the frame steady. So if you have a tiny camera that you can ensure is out of the way of, say, your actors, or your stunt crew, while still getting the shot that you want, this will be highly, highly useful.
True, not everybody uses a tiny action cam, and not everybody who has a tiny action cam will use it for stuff that requires an action clamp. But, if you’ve got a GoPro and you’re using it for more than just having a tiny camcorder, this will be a useful tool to add to your kit.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.