Set up your video studio with an overhead hands only camera mount with PVC pipe. An inexpensive DIY camera mount that you won’t know how you lived without!
I have to say I am mighty proud of myself for this project.
Several weeks ago I attended a Bloggers Retreat at Ponderosa Ranch near Zion’s National Park. The entire week was absolutely amazing. Throughout the retreat, there was a big emphasis on video and capturing your adventure. So we went on many adventures including horseback riding, four wheeling, and I even got to go on a helicopter ride. Now that was truly amazing! Anyways, we also had a couple classes on video, and how to do lighting, sound and editing. The weekend was indeed an awesome adventure and when I left I had a new excitement for videos and decided I wanted to take the leap and do more videos on my blog.
I do hands only videos at work (meaning an overhead shot and all you record is your hands, no front shot of your face) and I have really enjoyed doing them. I began to think about how I could do that at home. At work, we have a really nice setup that probably cost several thousand dollars, if not more. But I need something on a smaller scale but still produced a high-quality shot. After exploring online and seeing what others have done, I came up with this setup.
I purchased my supplies at Lowes, but I have included links to where you can find them online. Usually, the hardware store will have supplies for cutting onsite, so if you are purchasing online you will need to get a PVC pipe cutter too.
- 1, 10 foot piece of 1/2″ PVC Pipe
- 2, 1/2″ PVC Caps
- 3, 1/2″ PVC Elbows
- 2, 1/2″ PVC Tee
- 1, 1/4-20 x 1/2-inch bolt
- PVC Pipe Cutter (optional)
- Hand Held Drill
- Smartphone Mount (optional)
If you would like to view the instructions for this mount via video, you can watch below. If you like my video subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss out on any future video tutorials!