Unlike other sports such as skiing or surfing, running is part of many people's daily lives! Moreover, wearing GoPro on the running route is a great way to track progress. With the built-in HyperSmooth stabilization technology in the latest GoPro models, capturing your run with GoPro becomes even more fun! Even if you don't use the universal joint, you can get a super smooth picture.
However, to make high-quality videos for your running, your GoPro needs some brackets and accessories. In this tutorial, you will discover five GoPro accessories/stands that are most suitable for running. I will also provide some GoPro running tips to help you make professional-quality videos.
So let's dive in!
4 Best GoPro Running Accessories/Mounts
#1. TELESIN Head Strap
The TELESIN Head Strap is one of the most popular GoPro accessories to capture great hands-free, POV footage. It’s a great mount that keeps your GoPro stable even when you’re running. And, with GoPro’s HyperSmooth stabilization, you don’t need to worry too much about shaky video too.
Regarding the mount, it’s super lightweight and portable so you can easily wear it while running.
#2. TELESIN Mini Desk Tripod
The TELESIN Mini Desk Tripod is pretty awesome in many ways! Its compact design makes it ideal to take along for just about any casual activity. You can film some wonderful Instagram stories of your running using its tripod with HyperSmooth on. You can rest assured that you’ll get amazing footage!
The mini extension pole of this mount can be used as a selfie stick which is nice for shorter runs because it keeps you in the frame. However, the extension pole isn’t comfortable for longer runs as carrying it for the entire duration of your run can be a hassle!
#3. Telesin Backpack Shoulder Strap Mount
The Telesin Backpack Shoulder Strap Mount is another great GoPro mounting option for running. It’s ideal when you’re carrying a backpack along with you while running. Just strap the GoPro to your backpack, and you’re good to go!
The mount clamps really well to all kinds of backpacks and is padded well to ensure comfort. Overall, it’s a very useful mount to capture some great shock-free POV shots of your running. If you want to shoot varied angles and lower-than-head view, this one is for you!
#4. Telesin 3-Way Grip Arm Monopod Pole Tripod
The 3-Way Grip Arm Monopod Pole Tripod is a wonderful 3-in-one accessory by TELESIN that can prove to be really useful to capture your runs. You can use it as a camera grip, an extendable folding arm, or a tripod. So, you don’t need to buy separate mounts for different uses.
I like how compact the TELESIN 3-Way can become, and the fact that you can extend it from 7.5 to as long as 20 inches! When you extend the pole fully, it gives you a nice perspective shot of the race (and the people behind). Another thing I love about this GoPro accessory is that it has legs that you can unscrew from the bottom and set up a tripod which you can keep at the start or end of your running track. So, nobody needs to stand at the beginning, or the end holding the camera.
GoPro Running: Tips
Here are some tips that might come in handy while shooting your runs with the GoPro:
– Use GoPro Voice Control
GoPro Voice Control feature is really useful when you’re on a run. You just have to give a voice command like “GoPro, start recording,” and “GoPro, stop recording,” without even having to fiddle with the camera.
– Set the Lens to Wide or Superview
I prefer setting my GoPro lens to Wide or Superview while going out for a run simply because it allows me to get a much wider context of the surroundings. For example, when you’ve mounted your GoPro to your chest, a wider view would ensure that your shirt or shoulders aren’t filling up the edges of the frame. Also, a wider angle aids in the reduction of all the bouncing that happens while you’re running.
– Set the HyperSmooth at Maximum
GoPro’s HyperSmooth EIS technology eliminates the need for a gimbal, even when you’re running. So, set the HyperSmooth at Maximum. This setting would apply a tight crop to the footage, but the resulting video would be super stable.
– Use ProTune
If you use GoPro ProTune while shooting your runs, you’ll be able to fine-tune the exposure of your footage. There are several Protune settings that you can adjust, like shutter speed, white balance, ISO, even the audio. Enable ‘wind noise reduction’ in Protune audio settings for surprisingly clear audio of your running footage.
Recommended GoPro Settings for Running
- Minimum Resolution: Full HD 1080p / 60fps
- Lens: Wide or SuperView
- HyperSmooth: Maximum
- Duration: No Limit
- Slo-Mo: 2x Slo-Mo enabled
Final Words – My Favorite GoPro Running Mount
While all the mounts mentioned in this article aid in creating quality running shots with your GoPro, my personal favorite is the GoPro Chesty. I love its super-comfortable fit and the amazing quality of POV shots it provides.
But, that’s more of a personal preference. You can choose any of these mounts according to your convenience, and you’re sure to capture some amazing shots of your runs. Just don’t forget to keep the settings on your GoPro accordingly (Refer to the tips above).
Thanks for reading!