Kris Bartels | How To: DIY Overhead Camera Mount
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How To: DIY Overhead Camera Mount

I wanted an overhead camera mount and had some scrap material laying around.  So….this is how I made it.

  1. Measure out the pieces I had laying around and try to organize the base size.  I thought about how it would fit on a table and if the camera view would be impacted by frame.
  2. Try to see how tall I wanted to make the frame.  I used a yard stick and held my camera up to it, while recorded a portion of the ground.
  3. Cut all the pieces.  Most important part was to make them symmetrical.  
  4. Organize all pieces and double check the length of all pieces.  The size differed a bit after I cut them. Initially, I wanted the mount to be 18″ deep, 28″ tall, and 36″ wide.  The final dimensions were 20″ deep, 30″ tall, and 35″ wide.
  5. The wood was not totally squared.  It was 3/4″ by 1 1/8″, so I had to make sure that I was consistent with which sides assembled together.
  6. Afterward, I marked a line for where I would make my pilot holes.  The wood wasn’t that dense, so the pilot holes might have been a little overboard.  I did this on both sides of the 20″ pieces.
  7. I double checked the line and the alignment of the wood.
  8. Then started making my pilot holes.  I should of put a scrap piece of wood underneath so I wouldn’t drill into my table.  Next time.
  9. Then I laid the 30″ on the table and align the 20″ to make a right angle.  Having the 20″ piece close to the edge allowed me to make screw the pieces together a little easier.
  10. I did the same thing to assemble the other side piece.
  11. Nearing the end, I screwed the back piece near the bottom, but on the back of the frame.
  12. I marked the middle of the 20″ on top of the frame and screwed the top part in place.
  13. For the camera attachment, I kind of winged it.  I had a small L-Bracket that I used as a holder for my iPhone.  It works pretty well.  
  14. For the other attachment, I used a piece of metal I had in a tool box.  Essentially, I had one rig for a cell phone and another for my Canon G7X.  The hard part was the rig for the camera.
  15. I worked on the L-Bracket first and screwed that in place.
  16. I looked good and was secure.  The L-Bracket was wide enough to keep the phone stable.
  17. During the next step, I had to widen the hole on the metal piece so the bolt for the camera would fit.  Not too shabby.
  18. I screwed it into my table so it wouldn’t turn, and widened the hole.
  19. The bolt fit like a charm.
  20. I fastened the metal piece to the scrap piece of wood I had.  I had to make a few small adjustments before it was set.
  21. The final step was to add the bolt and make a system that allowed it to attach to the camera without having the camera swing around.  Mission accomplished.

The full video is below.  If you have questions, feel free to send me an email or contact me on twitter. @KrisBartels