I this video I show you how to make an affordable Overhead Camera Rig that will get you professional results.
The idea is that you attach your camera to a swinging arm that can be locked in place and then you clamp this arm to your ceiling (or any surface). I have seen others use complex counterbalances, clunky curtain rails and thousand pounds worth of rigging but I think you can get a professional result by spending around £50/$65.
As with any tutorial, do your own research and stay safe, I don’t want anyone getting hurt using power tools or breaking any of your precious gear. Stay safe, take precautions and take regular breaks. I strongly encourage people to try DIY themselves, I built my studio with very little knowledge of the trade. Get help, ask all the questions you need and you’ll enjoy the process as much as the end result :)
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Total cost without quick release shoe (not essential) = $65
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Wooden Plank = £1 local wood shop off cuts (it’s around 80x10x2.5cm)
I used 16 Screws to attach the wooden plank to the ceiling. My ceiling is a double layer of acoustic plasterboard onto timber. I used a variety of leftover screws from when I built my studio building but these are not expensive.
I think it is essential that you spend most of the money on a good clamp, there are much cheaper options but That wasn’t a risk I was willing to take with my camera.
Drill pilot holes into the wood and half screw both the plank nad the metal leg. This is your mounting rig
Turn off the power/lights and screw the mounting rig onto the ceiling. Attach the rest of the rigging as shown in the video making sure to tighten the clamp strongly. Make careful adjustments and inspect the rigging before and after each use to check for wear and loose components.
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