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Old 09-16-2007, 10:26 PM   #1
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Camera Mount...any ideas?

Hey I'm not very creative, But i am mechanical so if someone out there has an idea to mount a camcorder inside the TJ Off roll bar or wherever....I'm bot sure where to start.

I've been thinking Muffler clamps and maybe angle iron or something of that sort.

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1- Video camera
1- Rear view mirror
1- Bungee cord.

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Scout your're sooooooo Funny tonight......Dare I may resort to that.
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1- Video camera
1- Rear view mirror
1- Bungee cord.
What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:15 AM   #6
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Nothing, the mirror will hold just fine......
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Old 09-17-2007, 01:30 AM   #7
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haha not mine..... mine fell off when I was adjusting it....and took a nice chunk of the glass with it so that i couldent even glue it back.....insurance company replaced it though
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What are you wanting to do with it?
The vibration from any kind of hard mount will destroy your average camcorder in short order.
If you're wanting to get wheeling videos, you might want to find a way to strap it to your head, or use a passenger.
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Old 09-17-2007, 05:49 AM   #9
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A large C clamp, camera stores have that kind of stuff, I have one I that use to clamp a 35mm still camera or binoculars to a window but I'd not drive with that, I think it would break the glass, I also use that same clamp to clamp a set of binoculars to a tripod when adjusting artillery rounds and close air so I don't loose the target though 500lbers do tend to bounce even that around once they get closer than a 1,000 meters.
I've thought about a 4 way camera on the roof my XJ at times when people do stupid stuff when driving so I could record to a hard drive. Never got any further than thinking about it though.
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Old 09-17-2007, 08:50 AM   #10
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Suppose the question is, do you already have the stuff? If so tie strap the crap outta it...

If not:
1 - Aiptek Camera (can find online for ~$100 - $150 depending on options)
1 - Remote CCD mini camera from boostervision.com
1 - 12v cig lighter power source (M type Tip positive from Radio Shack)
1 - RCA plug cable that has video and sound connectors

Aiptek camera by itself works as 8Megapixel still shot camera / Camcorder / VCR. It has the ability to have external sources plugged into it. Boostervision camera is small and can be located anywhere (got mine so I can put it under the wheel well -- vid should rock! ). The cables are so you have put it wherever you want. Whole setup ran under $200...

Don't have video samples yet since I just finished gathering the pieces, but if you check the boostervision web site's samples, you can see the quality of what their camera can do.
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i bought a camera holder for 1"-3" tubes.
here you can see a test-video i made with this holder.




here´s a pic of the holder:

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Old 09-17-2007, 09:21 AM   #12
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what about a police style camera dash mount, might have to fab up something for it to stay steady. and just shoot out of the windshield. I would think off the bar, it might be too exposed.
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i bought a camera holder for 1"-3" tubes.
here you can see a test-video i made with this holder.




here´s a pic of the holder:

Thats a really nice setup, looks rock solid, do you pull the airbag fuses when this is in the vehicle ? Thinking about it gauls [if I remember it's name right], the emergency and police supply place, might have a similar setup, probably at 4x's the price though

I have a panavise mount in my XJ for a cell phone, it's just below the top of the dash and could be extended with a 4-6 inch steel plate but I don't think it would handle the weight of a video camera. It mounts to two of the radio screws and comes out behind the center trim piece but does not block the passenger side airbag. They make them for TJ's too, maybe an extension and some kind of 'third leg' to provide added support up on the dash.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:37 AM   #14
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i always pull the airbag and the ABS fuses when i´m off the road.

i have two of these holders. on that way i can film from two different angles at the same time.
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i bought a camera holder for 1"-3" tubes.
here you can see a test-video i made with this holder.
That's impressive. does the mount have some sort of shock dampening suspension?
I tried strapping a camcorder to the dash of my semi to get some shots going through the mountains in the winter and the vibration made it horrible to watch. My semi rides better than my Jeep.
Do you have a link to that mount?
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the mount is very strong and does only shake a very little bit.
the optical picture stabilizer of my canon 3CCD camcorders does the rest. there is no noticeable shaking on the film.

the mount is from "manfrotto 143RC magic arm" combined with a "manfrotto 035 super clamp".




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Ahh, our cam doesn't have image stabilization.
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the mount is very strong and does only shake a very little bit.
the optical picture stabilizer of my canon 3CCD camcorders does the rest. there is no noticeable shaking on the film.

the mount is from "manfrotto 143RC magic arm" combined with a "manfrotto 035 super clamp".




wow, thats one heck of a clamp and mount system.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:43 PM   #19
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That is a sweet setup Eric Thanks guys I did find one that is for the TJ on the Roll bar but it was like $90.00+ I was hoping just to fab somthing up, Cheap Just for some fun Off road pics nothing Professional.

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Duct Tape is your friend.
i install +1200$ DV cameras ro +3000$ super16mm on that mounts. i don´t trust in duck tape, for that the cameras are too expensive.
but i do this as my job.

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