Previously, I made a camera rig that attaches to my tripod. This makes for great handheld shots while also having the option to use my tripod. To complete the usefullness of this rig, I needed a way to shoot overhead shots for animations or demonstrations. So, in this video, I do just that.
In the first video, I tried this method of hanging the camera and… well… it worked, but it wasn’t great.
It worked to finish that movie… even though the movie was about making the rig I was shooting that overhead with. Let’s not worry about shooting out of sequence here… but it wasn’t ideal. If I bumped it, the camera would sway, and it required a bit of fiddling to get the camera rig set up… and the cabinet door had to be open, which made it difficult to shoot shots of that area.
So, this is the solution I came up with. A sort of shelf for the rig to sit on that attaches to the bottom of the cabinet with a few bolts, fender washers, and wingnuts. This solution is way more convenient because I can store the shelf when it’s not being used, yet quickly insert it and shoot from overhead. I can also go from handheld shooting to overhead shooting without having to do much in post to edit out the awkward swinging camera. It just works!