Articulated Arm Camera Mount – chapter 3

Dimensions

articulated camera arm template measurements


Legend

  1. These are the ends of the arms were the arm attaches to the ceiling mount and the at the opposite end, the camera mount. 6 pieces.
  2. These make up the elbow of the arm. 3 pieces.
  3. These are part of the shoulder joint of the arm. The flat portion of this part is attached to the ceiling mount. 4 pieces.
  4. These are the spacers for part “C” above. 3 pieces.
  5. These are arm stabilizers. I don’t really know if they help or not, but there was a hole there and I figured it might. 2 pieces.
  6. These are the tensioner mount points. 4 pieces.


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Articulated Arm Camera Mount – chapter 2

Mounting the arm to the ceiling

After testing the new hardware everything seemed to work pretty well, so I started working on the ceiling attachment pad. The part that attaches to the pad required several versions to get a fairly stable mounting area. I managed to hang it from the ceiling and get a look at where everything was going to hold steady.


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Articulated Arm Camera Mount – chapter 1

The camera needs to be in the same place you are for the best shot

A couple of weeks ago I was making a video while milling some materials, and found my camera position didn’t allow me to run the cross slide all the way from left to right. I kept ending up with my shoulder in the shot, and wasn’t able to use much of that video.


I decided I really needed to build an articulated arm to hang from the ceiling and position the camera where I’d be out of the shot.

I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of what you would see on a normal desk lamp, with the arm and two springs giving some help for positioning the light. Of course I wanted to change over to a camera and I wanted to hang from ceiling so it would be out of the way and not prone to picking up vibration from the machines. I also needed it to be large enough that it could reach several places in the garage so I didn’t have to move it every time I wanted to do a video.

I did some preliminary research by looking at my own desk lamp, drawing up some basic plans, and trying to figure out what material to make the arm out of. I didn’t want it to be incredibly heavy, but I also wanted to be rigid enough that I could reasonably depend on it to hold the camera still, and I also wanted it to hold some lighting for the videos.


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