7th November
2012
written by Todd Harrison

I really hate when I trip over my tripod while shooting blog videos at my bench. Plus it is a huge hassle moving the tripod around for different angles and setups. I realized I shoot my blog videos in my garage and I have an overhead garage door with nice roller tracks that I never use. So I designed a home built camera gantry using my old tripod welded upside down to a little rolling trolley cart. You can checkout the video of the build or the photo gallery below.

I didn’t really like the end result. The sled turned out great but the trolley cart was a bit too chunky and swingy. A new dual rail system with better wheels is currently being built. It will be more stable, smoother, cheaper and simpler construction. Stay tuned for follow up video!

During the build I realized I couldn’t live without a tripod. My son was helping shoot videos walking around with the camera for a week or so but it made for some real shaky videos. I happened to be at a garage sale and somebody was selling a marvelous tripod that must have been 10x what I paid for my old tripod which I hacked up for this build. I got the yard sale tripod for $1 and it is sooo much better than what I had. How cool is that?

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photo gallery

CLICK PHOTO for gallery view and click a SECOND time for hi-resolution image. Click thumbnails on low right and lower left of gallery to navigate gallery photos.

 

5 Comments

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  2. […] over his camera setup and it is just generally in the way all the time. His solution was to mount his camera to an overhead gantry, using the unused tracks for his garage door to move the camera around his […]

  3. […] over his camera setup and it is just generally in the way all the time. His solution was to mount his camera to an overhead gantry, using the unused tracks for his garage door to move the camera around his […]

  4. […] over his camera setup and it is just generally in the way all the time. His solution was to mount his camera to an overhead gantry, using the unused tracks for his garage door to move the camera around his […]

  5. […] camera swing. Check out the video and a few photos below. But first you may want to check out my first whack at this camera gantry where I show more of the welding, cutting and […]

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