$3 Tripod Modification for THETA Live Streaming USB Cable


With $3 and 10 minutes of build time you can modify any tripod to work with the THETA S in live streaming mode with a USB cable plugged in.

At my local hardware store, OSH, I found all the pieces I needed to build an adapter that allows the micro USB cable to be plugged in while the THETA is mounted to a tripod.

  • 1 pc 1/4” by 20 pitch rod coupling nut
  • 1 pc 1/4” by 20 pitch threaded rod, 3 inches long
  • 2 pcs 1/4” by 20 pitch hex jam nut

Use one hex jam nut to lock the rod coupling nut in place. Use the other hex jam nut to lock the THETA in place.

You can now start 360 video live streaming and build an app for fun, knowledge and fortune.

Tripod hacks? Battery mods?
Alternative External Mic
Theta S now shuts down when plugged in. :/
3D Printed RICOH THETA V Hard Case

Official extension from RICOH.


More professional. :slight_smile:


Issue is Ricoh India doesn’t sell these at all -_-


build it yourself.

  • 1 pc 1/4” by 20 pitch rod coupling nut
  • 1 pc 1/4” by 20 pitch threaded rod, 3 inches long
  • 2 pcs 1/4” by 20 pitch hex jam nut

This is my homemade one with THETA sticker taped on.


I’m in a metric country, all those pieces were impossible to locate so I made my own with tubing, elbow grease and araldite . They have become a set of skinny monopoles also for roaming interviews.


Nice job. How did you make the 1/4" by 20 thread-per-inch section? Did you have to machine it? Isn’t there a way to order 1/4" by 20 TPI studs online? It’s a standard tripod mount.

Are you using any type of rubber band or rubber gasket to keep the THETA snug on the monopole?

Brilliant craftsmanship.


The official Theta piece seemed excessively pricey and my local hardware store had some imperial screws and nuts so I just cut them down to be precise 3 threads deep to go inside the Theta and make it flush with rim of pole. I used pipe scorer cutter for perfectly flat cut poles and glued dowels inside to secure the nuts. The tiny leash is looped around fingers to give more security.

When holding it in a microphone position when filming it all disappears in the shot so no post production needed to remove the nadir.

Ive got a similar setup for a face height monopole on an extendable music stand which just stacks by gravity on tubes half inside each other but still is airplane carry on luggage portable.

My favourite hack for a tripod is still the suspended inverted theta on a fishing line to a stud 1/4 flap screw in the base.


There was another user here (@svendus) that’s done a fair amount of video work using a fishing pole, just like you describe. Here’s a screenshot, really showing the pole:

And the whole post with the video http://lists.theta360.guide/t/musicians-on-mikaeli-market/417?u=jcasman

PS. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I like your name!