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At long last – a top-down camera view!


Achieving good camera position for soldering and various tutorial shots has always been quite a challenge for me. I’ve tried Gorilla-Pods, table leaning tripods, and a few different DIY designs with varying amounts of success. Oddly, I never considered my own gooseneck/panavise hack as a possible solution – I suppose the weight of the camera seemed too much for a single microphone gooseneck to hold.

While shooting an upcoming Circuit Skills video, I finally gave the ol’ “Arm of Assistance” a try and lo and behold – it works! While I’m likely to add some think rubber grips to the vice clamp, the setup is surprisingly sturdy as is. My Sanyo HD1010 is pretty lightweight as vidcams go, so of course YMMV.

Ideally I’d like to attach a suitable camera mount/bolt directly to the gooseneck – mnwingnut’s recipe seems a likely contender for this. Anyone out there had luck with similar setups?


How-To: Build the Arms of Assistance