Friday, July 8, 2016

Video: Make this helpful Overhead Camera Rig using Open Source Hardware

Whether it's for electronics/crafts tutorials, or selling on eBay, Etsy, etc., shooting overhead video and pics can be a pain, until now!


Tripods get in the way, boom arms are either unstable or expensive. For many years I struggled with shooting video or pictures from an overhead view point. This week, I finally decided to do something about it.

With just a few pieces of extruded aluminum, some plastic brackets, an aluminum bar, and a commercial camera mount for car windows, I was able to successfully put an end to my struggle. The extruded aluminum and plastic brackets are Opensource Hardware from Openbeam. This means you could easily 3D print or mill accessories to further customize your own rig.

Parts  List
OpenBeam Starter Construction Kit: http://amzn.to/29VfZKc
OpenBeam Kossel Pro, Extrusions: http://amzn.to/29C8PhO
Alpen Car Window Mount: http://amzn.to/29VfOij
3-ft x 2-in 1/8" Flat Aluminum Bar Stock: http://low.es/29tMP50

Video:

Here is a picture labeled with the pieces I used.

This camera rig seems to suit all of my needs. Unlike other DIY versions I've seen, it's light weight, compact/easily taken apart, reconfigurable, and looks good.

Have you used other successful solutions not mentioned in the video? If so, leave a comment below. 


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