$3 Tripod Modification for THETA Live Streaming USB Cable

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!

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Thank you. I stopped by my local OSH and since they are closing all the parts were 50% off making it even cheaper to build. Now to head up to Disneyland to try it out.


If you get a chance, post some pics after you get back. I’d like to hear - and see! - how it went.

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If you use two nuts at the top instead of a single nut, you can use wrenches to lock the two nuts together and have the top thread that goes into the camera at a consistent depth.


I am here at Disneyland, but wanted to share so here you go.



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Pretty cool tiny planet. Also impressed with your mad Instagram #hashtag skills. :slight_smile:

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Cool shot. You can also create a topic for tiny planets and post the pictures on this conference if you want to share with this community.

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Thank you Craig,
I am pretty new to the 360 world. A buddy let me borrow his Theta S earlier this year and then the girlfriend surprised me with the Theta V so I have been trying to learn and mix some 360 images in with my regular flat images that I post during my daily trips to Disneyland. The tough part is that selfie sticks are not allowed so I have to come up with other tricks.

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After buying an original Ricoh branded one from Japan, I thought about making my own and then got searching and found these reasonably priced ones.


Great for accessing the charging and HDMI ports whilst on tripods.


or make one yourself for $1

We made one from a 1/4 tum brass screw there was laying around in the workshop
and a pies of plastic pipe 2 in one
no 2 tin soldered copper wire into the screw sheaf :slight_smile:

0 sek.= 0 USD homemade are the best.

Thanks for sharing all these ideas. I just realized that I can use a rubber o-ring to get more grip between the tripod extension and the camera. I think have have a pack of these for fishing. I also think that those small rubber bands for teeth braces would work. Of course, I can just drive down to my hardware shop and buy some o-rings, but it might be nice to find a solution in my garage.

Using this light stand mini mini ball head (costs 2$)

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Thank you for the report. Is there a link to purchase this? Or, maybe just the name of the brand so other people can benefit from this find. Just to confirm, the USB cable can be plugged in while you’re using the extension you have in the picture, right?

Something like this will work.

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I ordered this one for possible giveaway at our next Micro Conference on Saturday, November 10 in San Jose.


Cost was $11.99 with free shipping. It looks like a more professional version of my homemade modification.



Another one. Don’t own this. : https://www.ebay.com/itm/6-TRIPOD-EXTENSION-EXTENDER-TUBE-EXT-1-4-20-THREAD-METAL-HD-CAMERA-ADAPTER/233229528401


FYI, page can’t be found. I will probably just build it, thanks!