Monday, 7 June 2010

Filming Device Research

Attachment to architecture
The attachment needs to be able to attach to various flat surfaces eg. ceilings, floorings, glazing etc and leave minimal visible traces. I have therefore been considering the use of suction pads which can attach to smooth surfaces and leave no trace. They are used for example in transporting sheets of glass and fitting windscreens. Suction mounts are also used for camera work, especially when filming at speed from a vehicle, the mount can be attached to the body work of the car or a window and the camera can be held in place whilst the vehicle is in motion.

Sticky Pod Camera Mount
Image from Sticky Pod Camera Mount website

Suction Force: 200 pounds (that's how much force it takes to pull the Sticky Pod Original or ProPak model straight off)
To Release: Just roll up the edge of the suction cup with your finger to release the vacuum pressure.
Dimensions: Rectangle - 11-1/2 X 9-1/2 inches, triangle - 8-1/2 X 9-1/2 (locked down in place)
Extensions: solid black anodized CNC machined aluminum rods (not hollow tubes)
Construction: All metal, no plastic at all.
Weather Climate: sub-zero to 105 degrees F (it doesn't get any hotter here in Denver)
Duration: Up to 30 days when sitting still, around 4 hours in a very hostile (off road or racing) environment.
Speed Limit: At least 175 MPH! (We do not know the Sticky Pod's speed limit!)

Fat Gecko Camera mount
Image from Delkin Devices website

The Fat Gecko suction cup mount allows users to secure cameras to motorcycles, cars, trucks, airplanes, or any other smooth, flat, non porous surface. The blend of rugged design and ease of use makes Delkin's Fat Gecko camera mount optimal for use in a multitude of situations. Fat Gecko's suction cups are so strong they can hold a eight pound camera and the double knuckle design and 2" extension tube allow for 360° tilt, 360° turn & 360° rotation for all the best filming angles in any activity. The ¼ x 20 tripod mounting screw means users can use virtually any digital still or video camera on the market. In addition, the suction cups use a quick release function to make attaching and detaching you camera easy and fast.

Works With All Cameras: The ¼ x 20 tripod mounting screw means you can use virtually any digital still or video camera on the market.

Rugged Construction Durable For Years: Steel frame construction is rugged and durable in design and construction, this steel mount can withstand the most extreme turbulence.

Expandable Mounting Options: Loosen the top-most clamp to remove the standard ¼ x 20" photo mounting screw and the Fat Gecko can adapt to mount an array of other devices, including GPS systems, aircraft antennas and more.

Double Knuckle Design: Allows for 360° tilt, 360° turn & 360° rotation for all the best filming angles in any activity - whether the mount is attached to an airplane canopy above your head or the side of your Ducati.

Dual Suction Cups: Secure cameras to any smooth surface including; motorcycles, cars, airplanes,and more. Fat Gecko's suction cups are so strong they can safely and securely hold a camera weighing up to eight pounds. With Fat Gecko you can use heavier, more advanced video cameras to provide the best footage possible.

Homemade suction attachment:

Manfrotto Magic Arm
Manfrotto Suction Cup
tripod head with quick plate
Image from website

Hague Telescopic Suction Mount
Image from Hague Camera Supports website

The one problem with the use of suction pads is that they only attach to non-porous surfaces, and therefore cannot be attached to painted walls and ceilings. They will however attach to glass and therefore windows and glazing.

Another option is to use a clamp which can be attached to many different architectural elements. The follow clamp can be attached around flat surfaces, poles, piping etc.

Can be securely mounted on any tube from 13mm to 55mm
Supplied with wedge insert for clamping on the flat surfaces
Attachment: 5/8" hexagonal socket, M5 + 1/4" thread
Max load capacity: 15.00kg

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