Today I completed another small project that has been in the back of my mind for some time now. I've always wanted to take video in my Mini Cooper while cruising down the road. That's what today's project is all about.
These two photos show the wooden parts that were cut out on my CNC machine for the camera mount. This could also be made using a band saw or scroll saw and a drill press just as easily.
In these two photos you will see the remaining parts that are needed for the video camera mount. There are two pieces of 3/4" poplar wood, two 1/4" x 3" bolts, four washers, two lock washers, two wing nuts, a 1/4" x 1" bolt and washer and a quick connect mount for the video camera. The two small grooves in between the two horizontal arms will located the mount securely when it is put into the car for use. The three inch bolts and related hardware squeeze the two wooden part together to create a strong simple mount that is as easy to use as it is to create.
Here is a good shot of the video camera mount located on the vertical posts that secure the headrest on the passenger front seat. The seat needs to be in a near vertical position so the video camera is not pointing upward toward the roof. I did a trial video using the mount on the passenger seat but found that I liked the drivers seat video better. As long as the roads are fairly smooth the video turns out very well. Check out what I shot today for yourself.
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