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!
Supplies for Overhead Camera Mount DIY
PVC pipe (2, 5 foot lengths)
PVC connectors (5 elbow, 2 "T")
Flat head screw
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)
Join the pipes together, using the connectors as pictured. I super glued the corners of the stand so they would be extra secure.
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.
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.
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.