Ok, here I go.
I made this top handle, really cheaply with a piece of metal and some screws from Home Depot.
Edit: Hmm picture doesn't seem to work. Here is a link.
My plan was to use this to help with my follow cam of snowboarding and skiing. I had originally tried my Merlin but outside on the hill in the wind it was pretty touchy plus it stabilizes perfectly level and going down the hill you might want to be looking up or down the hill. Since riding on the board is actually fairly smooth I figured just a decent handle would help. So I made this handle and first time out I was fairly happy with the results but it was still a little jerky/shakey.
[ame="http://vimeo.com/2901620"]You can see it right here on vimeo.[/ame]
My attempt while riding with it is at 02:27 into the video. Note that the video is not edited at all I just threw some stuff up for the kids that were in it cause they wanted to see it quickly.
So my thoughts are is there something I could do to the part that I actually hold onto that might absorb a little of the shock? I was thinking possibly some foam which would make it nicer to hold also. Or how about like long balloons filled with sand and put those around the part that I hold. Does anyone know if things like that might help?
It would be great if anyone has any thoughts on this or any experience with follow cam for skiing and snowboarding.