DIY Camera Car Mount
Myself and some friends will be shooting a short in the next few weeks where most of the discussion will happen in the car. As small as the DSLRs are, still not small enough to fit in the car for what we want. So with $30 in steel parts and two of those pull yourself out of the bathtub handles, I made a car mount that can 'almost' be put anywhere on the car.
Alright here is the test footage that probably brought my heart rate up closer to the 180 mark.
I did use a polarized lens cap for this but with the angle of the camera and the time of day, it just wasn't enough..and that's why we call it a test
Heres the parts list:
The suction cup handles are just "As seen on TV" pull your grandma out of the bathtub handles. Their strong enough to pull someone out of the tub, holding the camera tight should do the trick.
I then drilled two holes length-wise threw the handle and put a 3/8" threaded steel dowel threw the holes. I did have to shave off the ends of the suction cup buttons to allow for the suction cup to be depressed all the way.
Also one of the reasons I left the threaded dowel at it's full length was so that I could move the mounting bracket upper or lower on the mount.
The mounting bracket is made from 3' long Steel square tubing with 1/4" holes. (That I had to drill out since I was using 3/8" for everything). Really this is where you can make it any size you want, I cut mine down to be 6" wide since it was only being used with a HDSLR camera. The remainder was used for the length on top.
As for the head I kinda cheated here. I own a Davis & Sanford Provista Tripod. Since this was the "main" part of the mount I really wanted to used something manufactured by someone else, so I removed the fluid head, and screwed it to the top of the mount. (I feel much safer with this.
But in all that is the Car Mount, I did take two extra precautions with the mount. one being the blue straps to the wheel well and number two was a safety chain connected directly to the camera which was looped into my windshield wiper. We all know how redundant back-up is, this was mine.
When I have time I can take a few pictures of it disassemble for you if anything is a little confusing. Thanks for the interest, it was a lot of fun to build.