View Full Version : Best First Person Rigs

Ameer Azari
11-16-2013, 06:35 AM
Hey guys, not quite Blackmagic related, but I figured you guys would probably be able to help me out using your creative pool of knowledge

I need to construct a first person rig for a concept I'm working on. I've trolled youtube and vimeo for first person shorts and this is the best one I've found so far:


This is the FOV I'm trying to achieve (and yes, I am aware this video is CGI :p ):

The problem is, there is absolutely no info on how they mounted the camera to their actor.

I've experimented with my GoPro Headstrap, but the camera is either too high, or juts to far forward to give me the desired First Person effect. The only way I see this being done properly is with a huge field of view - possibly by constructing a helmet with multiple aligned GoPro cameras?

Any suggestions would be MASSIVELY appreciated

11-16-2013, 06:42 AM
A quick google image search with the name of that song and "rig" came up with:


Ameer Azari
11-16-2013, 06:45 AM
Thanks Fluoro

You know, I've spent the past week googling this...and never thought to use Google Images >_<

Any ideas for increasing the FOV?

11-16-2013, 07:02 AM
Often google images is a great way to find stuff.

As far as field of view is concerned isn't your GoPro's camera wide enough? Or do you want wide but not fish-eye? That second video you posted only looks slightly wider than what a GoPro usually achieves. It's a bit hard to tell being VFX. Do you not want fish eye? It's hurting my head that you want wider than a GoPro! That's like saying you want a fast car but a Lamborghini wont do.

Ameer Azari
11-16-2013, 10:13 AM
lol, I suppose FOV is not quite the right term.

The width is fine, it's the height I'm seeking.

Notice in the VFX test, when the character looks down, he can see his body and feet.

That's the kind of immersion lacking from the music video, and so that's what I'd like to achieve with the shot

02-14-2014, 08:54 AM
Here is another take on it.


02-14-2014, 01:49 PM
When I need height, I set my GoPro to shoot in 1440 instead of 1080. It records 1920x1440 in a 4:3 ratio. Then I can crop a 16:9 slice out of it, and slide it up and down as needed to adjust FOV. I think the only way to get a "taller" image than what a GoPro can shoot that way would be to use an anamorphic adapter turned 90 degrees on a massively wide lens, which would introduce a ton of other problems...

02-15-2014, 03:56 AM
Just buy google glass. Problem solved