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Camera mount?

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 12:15 pm
by maxxdout
Anybody know any ways to mount a camera to their board to get some good video? I have a Kodak camera with the standard tripod screw-hole mount.

Thanks :cool:

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:10 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
What kind of view are you looking for, this is what my board mount view is like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFt9vZBhqH0&feature=related

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:18 pm
by maxxdout
That view is perfect actually. How did you do it?

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:24 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
I used a cut off ski,but use could use anything. I'll look for the pics of the actual mount, if I can't find them I'll take some new ones.

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:25 pm
by maxxdout
Alright thanks ;)

Do you know what size screw fits in a standard tripod mount on a camera? I might have an idea...

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:40 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
should be a 1/4 inch. every camera I've ever owned has a 1/4" hole standard

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:43 pm
by maxxdout
Awesome, I'll dig around in the garage and see if I can find any screws.

Found your pic by the way, might try something like it. I like how it clamps onto the board without having to make any other holes in the board...

http://surfingdirt.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=164&pictureid=1940

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 1:43 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
Pg2 about 3/4 of the way down, not a good pic. I'm sure your idea will work fine

http://www.surfingdirt.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2544&highlight=camera+mount&page=2

I did add a splash/rock shield after this pic

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:11 pm
by maxxdout
It's a good enough pic to see what you did. I'll probably end up doing the same thing, but with the camera on the right. I don't have any old skis so I'll see what else I can use. I'll figure it out this weekend when I come home...

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:24 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
Use a bolt longer than you need and use an wingnut (upside down) to tighten the camera down in the proper direction w/o having to force it.

Posted: Tue May 10, 2011 2:35 pm
by maxxdout
Well I found a screw that fits, it's a little short at about 3/4" long, it only goes in ~1/4" so there's still 1/2" to work with. I might have some carbon fiber strips I can use (if I still have them) or maybe I can use some thick lexan. I'll be able to make it work, I'll post pics when I finish ;)

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 3:51 pm
by maxxdout
I found some of this weird plastic/wood/wtf stuff behind the shed and cut a 14x2 piece off of it. I drilled a few holes, put some foam where the camera sits, and bolted it on using the holes for the ergo-bar. I couldn't use the clamp design like you did because of my frame but I think this way seems like it will work just as good. I'll take it out in a bit and get some footage of the trails :)

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Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 4:45 pm
by Jimmy Chaos
Hell yea , that will work, you might want to put a stone guard on it.

Mine doesn't clamp all the way underneath, it just clamps the edges.

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Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 5:23 pm
by maxxdout
Stone guard...good idea! I think I have some clear plastic stuff I can use. Hmm...

Posted: Wed May 11, 2011 8:28 pm
by maxxdout
So I took it out for a test run. The mount worked good but because of how stiff and tight the camera was on that bolt, the video was very blurry/shaky and for some reason, after going down the hill, the camera kept rolling but the video stopped and all I got was white noise. This is my only camera so I'm not going to try it again until I get more money for a go pro or some other camera.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:42 am
by NodRog
My camera has an impact protection feature. Even holding it in your hands on a mountianboard over rough ground and it thinks it's being dropped and switches off the vision 'for its own protection'. Maybe yours is the same.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 6:19 am
by pigryder
Ive tried a similar angle with my gopro and I got alot of shaky video, I was using the suction mount on the deck with it hung out the side like you guys setups. My trails have a lot of rocks though too, I might try something like that again just to see what I can get to work.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:30 pm
by maxxdout
Nodrog, my camera stayed on, but for some reason the last 10 seconds of the video was a frozen shot with white noise.

I re-did my mount a little bit. I took some foam off which made the camera slightly looser so it flexes a little, but it's still on tight. I just got done cutting a new trail in the woods so once I cool off I'll go back out and test it again ;)