Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheap effective camera mounts

I've been procrastinating on this blog for ages, but you can thank Stephen Mentler for requesting this how to. Cameras have gotten so light and small that counter weighting is barely a consideration these days - almost...
Above, a collection of different cheap mounts, made from off the shelf parts from home depot.
On the camera end all decent cameras have a cavity that takes a 1/4" 20 thread count bolt. You want your camera to be pointing the right direction when the bolt is snug. So I use a wingnut on the end of a 1' bolt, that goes through a threaded schedule 40 1/2" endcap, secureed by a locknut. Obviously you need to drill a 1/4 hole in the endcap for that.
Then you just need an extension (PVC schedule 40) and the part that secures the mount to the frame.
A schedule 40 PVC 2"x2" T piece with a threaded 1/2" exit works great for the keel, leading edge or Xbar.
Or a 3/4" x 3/4" x 1/2" T for sprogs and downtubes.
Cut off a bit more than half.
 I used a wire brush to take off the rough up the inside of the pipe (after it showed me some 'tude)
Also take off the sharp edges and bevel the corners (while you fill you hair with white PVC crumbs)
The "ruffed up" PVC will now let the glue stick to it, like a wuffo to a late to setup hang glider pilot.
Mouse mat neoprene works great and seems to last for ever. Well 4 years of Tandems and counting.
Shoe Goo works a treat for the bonding (don't sniffit - its not the good kind of glue)
There we go pretty easy stuff.
Sometimes you might want to get a bit more fancy with those angles. The GoPro has its own swivel system but only in 2 axis, sometimes you might be coming out of a zipper pocket (huh !?) or maybe just going for something new and you want it at a certain angle. This nice ball head mount can be the ticket ~$18. SLIK SBH 60
but if you are mounting from a sprog, say on a sport 2 all you need is this (and some zip ties) and a saftey would be smart too.

Easy to carry around, easy to attach, cheap parts, fairly easy to make.
Maybe I should try to sell them... Anyone want me to make them one ?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I was in Austin last week visiting a good friend of mine. On Friday I took a couple of hours to walk around a bit.
Its always fun to see a new city.
Austin is known for its lively music scene. I'll have to return to experience that.
There are plenty of reminders around the city of what it wants to be known for.
I don't know what the future of the old power plant is, it's a landmark though and right next to the river. 
Figured I'd walk up to the state building and have a look around.
 I'll take a tour of the building next time, I hadn't realised that might be an option.
 Looking over the subterranean offices, this courtyard had a bunch of rattlesnakes in it, I wasn't expecting that !
 I couldn't work in that grocery store, even in the knowledge of it being a replica. Too weird.