GoPro HD Hero Reference Card
Tired of searching for one of the few acorn nuts provided by GoPro every time I wanted to change mounts, I went in search of a replacement and found these in the local hardware store.
The Hillman Group 4045-C M5-0.80 Stainless Hex Nut is a perfect fit for the mounts. It wedges into the space so tightly that it will never fall out. Now all my mounts have nuts in place and all I have to do is move the screw with the camera.
A simple way to use the camera without the housing is to use an adjustable bar clamp such as the one pictured on the left.
These are available in hardware stores and discount stores. If you are lucky you will find one in a Dollar Store or Pound Shop.
A hole is drilled through the shaft so that it can be held in the standard GoPro mount.
This particular one has a quick release for easy removal of the camera and a hand grip for solid tightening.
Panoramic mounts for taking time-lapse 360 degree videos can be made from inexpensive kitchen timers.
Follow the link to build your own GoPro Ordning Panoramic Mount or GoPro Stäm Panoramic Mount.
The GoPro camera HD Hero USB connector is inconveniently located on the side. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible to power the camera externally and use the housing at the same time. There is insufficient room for any USB connector between the camera and the housing.
Fortunately, the USB power connections are duplicated on the connector at the back of the HD Hero. Some resourceful folks on the GoPro User Forum have documented the interface for this connection and done some testing.
The GoPro HD Hero is a great camera with lots of features, but I found I wanted more control.
A low power microprocessor gave me the control I needed. It will power the camera down between shots in order to conserve battery life for long time-lapse sequences.
The same controller can be interfaced with low cost wireless remotes, such as the luggage locator pictured, to add remote control capability to the camera.