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Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15

May 1, 2017
Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15

     Lately I’ve been more and more interested in creating video content. I have plans for knitting, small scale DIY and food videos. However, I’ve encountered a big problem- filming overhead is hard!!! Filming your hands, while trying to make something with a tripod angled oddly above you is next to impossible! After a few disastrous attempts I decided to look into overhead camera rigs. Most of the ones I saw were in the $150 price range so I decided to see if there was a cheaper alternative. Spoiler alert- there is….my Overhead Camera Mount DIY! 
     This overhead camera mount DIY is a must for craft, knitting and food bloggers/YouTubers!It’s made with pvc pipe which is inexpensive, sturdy and lightweight. This took me about 20 minutes to make and costs less than $15! I just filmed my first video with this mount and it worked so well! I hope you guys find this as useful as I do and expect to see more videos from me in the future!

PVC pipe (2, 5 foot lengths)
PVC connectors (5 elbow, 2 “T”)
Flat head screw 
Super glue

Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15
Cut the pipe into the following length:
3- 14 inch sections
2- 12 inch sections
1- 23 inch section
(some of the big home improvement stores will cut the pipe for you, otherwise you can use a hand saw or miter saw)
Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15
Join the pipes together, using the connectors as pictured. I super glued the corners of the stand so they would be extra secure. 
Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15
To attach the camera: Drill a pilot hole through the “T” connector. Using your fingers, twist the screw through the hole from inside the connector. 
Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15
This camera mount can easily accommodate a cell phone camera as well! All you need is a mini tripod (I bought this one from Amazon). It comes with a hole that you can screw to the camera mount. 
Overhead Camera Mount DIY for $15
You’re going to want to angle the “T” connector at the base of the stand slightly back so the camera is positioned directly overhead.

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    A Labour of Life
    May 2, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    this is genius, love it. Thanks for the idea

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    So Chic Life
    May 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Such a smart idea! Shooting overhead is challenging and the arm attachment for a tripod is expensive. How much did you spend on all the supplies for this?

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    So Chic Life
    May 2, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    So sorry just noticed the price was in your title!

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    May 2, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    What a smart idea! But it seems like it would be too light for a real camera, wouldn't it? I think my DSLR would instantly tip it over. Maybe it could be adapted for metal pipe? I might have to try that, because I have the same problem with not having a good way to shoot overhead shots and video. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Gina Michele
    May 3, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Hi Rachel- I made the camera mount to use (mainly) with my DSLR. I attached my phone to the mount for the blog pics because I wanted to use the better camera to photograph everything. I promise it doesn't tip over! The based is wide and it makes up for the weight of the camera.

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      May 5, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      Can I ask what specific camera you have? Some are significantly heavier than others, as I learned when I upgraded my old Nikon to a much bigger, heavier one. I'd like to compare the weight to mine before I try to build one of these.

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      Gina Michele
      May 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

      Good point- I didn't think of that. I use a Canon T5i.

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      May 13, 2017 at 3:52 am

      Thank you!

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    Zana Davies
    May 4, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Fantastic idea!

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