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Old 06-25-2002, 08:35 PM   #1
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I'm doing some research of the different types of mounts available to hold a camcorder inside and outside of a moving car. Does anyone have a home made one since most retail/NET ones are going for $65+? Does anyone know where to get one for a good deal? I'm using the Canon Elura 20MC so it's pretty small however I need to "trust" my digital camcorder mount especially if I wanna get some outside photage. The front grill has already been done w/ the webcam as some have seen during the previous DRAGON meet. However the Canon records so MUCh better quality so I'm trying to rig something up. Any ideas or links would definitely be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 06-25-2002, 09:03 PM   #2
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My friend did a shot, albeit at low speed, with a $5,000 Canon taped to the hood of his car with gaffers tape, so he says. He also claims it doesn't leave any residue when you pull it off. I'd test it somewhere before putting it on your pretty WRX, though.

Inside is no problem... it's just the outside that's gonna prove to be a pain
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Old 06-26-2002, 12:13 AM   #3
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I built a mount for about $20 at home depot, I'll try to find some pics.

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Old 06-26-2002, 01:04 AM   #4
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It may be pricey but the SpeedMount is the best I've used so far. Well worth the money in my opinion since camera stability makes ALL the difference in the world.

The machine quality is second to none, and it fits the WRX perfectly. It can even be used on either side, driver or passenger, and you can have a passenger in the seat if it's mounted on the passenger side. Patrick at SpeedMount was awesome to deal with and it was perfectly packed and quickly shipped.

I can't say enough good about it but when I get good comments on my car, the very next one is a good comment on the SpeedMount. I even got pulled over and the officer thought it was very cool (may have even saved me from getting the ticket, though your mileage may vary )

As soon as I get to an auto-x or rally-x I'll post some vids to show it's stability. There are even some sample vids on the website from Patrick's Audi S4.

Definitely check it out. I didn't steer you wrong on the BoostValve now did I?

http://www.speedmount.com
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Old 06-26-2002, 06:46 AM   #5
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GOOD LORD! $140?! That looks exactly like the one I made for $30!
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Old 06-26-2002, 07:25 AM   #6
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Check out www.conecam.com.


They advertise in the back of SportsCar mag (SCCA).

These systems look pretty cool.

In fact, there was a neat write-up about filming races in this month's issue.

Have fun.
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Old 06-26-2002, 08:27 AM   #7
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Well damnit chu.... since you have revealed your plans, I guess I must reveal mine too My plan for next year at the Dragon was to out-geek you.... and have more cameras I LOVE the front bumper cam you have... that thing kicks ass. But I wanted more cameras... perhaps the ones like they have stuck on the sides of cars looking at the front passenger wheel (just gotta be careful not to take it off at that one bridge on 28... I always cut a bit close to that thing)... or one on the trunk facing back. I was looking at the X10 cameras because they're cheap enough that it won't matter if something happens to them, but good enough quality to get some decent footage.

Bob: Thanks for that link. I saw that article in the magazine and read through some of it, but didn't see anything about conecam. Their mounts look awesome, the prices aren't too steep. The triple suction cup thing is exactly what I'm looking for!
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Old 06-26-2002, 08:51 AM   #8
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Actually I've already looked intot he ConeCam for $65 @ http://www.conecam.com/mounts.html and Bogen 3294 for $95 @ http://www.bogenphoto.com/product/it...&sectionid=92. I was hoping either to make something cheap from Home Depot or something for way cheaper as I did w/ the webcam for the front grill ( <$5 ). I left a message for the ConeCam but they "...won't be back till July 2...?" I will drop by a local camera store and check out the Bogen 3294 since it looks pimp but it only has a sucktion cup and not a clamp while the ConeCam has both. Well post some pics for home made stuff so I can see.
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Old 06-26-2002, 08:54 AM   #9
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It may be pricey but the SpeedMount is the best I've used so far. Well worth the money in my opinion since camera stability makes ALL the difference in the world.

The machine quality is second to none, and it fits the WRX perfectly. It can even be used on either side, driver or passenger, and you can have a passenger in the seat if it's mounted on the passenger side. Patrick at SpeedMount was awesome to deal with and it was perfectly packed and quickly shipped.

I can't say enough good about it but when I get good comments on my car, the very next one is a good comment on the SpeedMount. I even got pulled over and the officer thought it was very cool (may have even saved me from getting the ticket, though your mileage may vary )

As soon as I get to an auto-x or rally-x I'll post some vids to show it's stability. There are even some sample vids on the website from Patrick's Audi S4.

Definitely check it out. I didn't steer you wrong on the BoostValve now did I?

http://www.speedmount.com
(COUGH) RIPOFFF (COUGH COUGH) good lord.. it cost me $40 or so for the one I made...

besides he wants an outside of the car mount.
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Old 06-26-2002, 11:04 AM   #10
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Steven ... I already had a microphone in the engine bay ... and NOT from Initial D. Yeah I want OUTSIDE video the most because inside seems like it'll be much easier. Humm any other ideas?
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Old 06-26-2002, 02:47 PM   #11
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here's mine...



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Old 06-26-2002, 02:55 PM   #12
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anthony.. what the hell is that mounted too? i can't tell from the pic...
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Old 06-26-2002, 05:39 PM   #13
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Is that using the rear "Oh ****" handles? Do you even have any? Humm ... more ideas.
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Old 06-26-2002, 09:18 PM   #14
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Well my car doesnt have the handles , but thats basicaly what I used , I guess mine would be the "Oh ****" coat hangers.

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Old 06-27-2002, 08:30 AM   #15
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I wonder if Home Depot sells metal square rods like the ones you have in your pic? I could drill holes and use screws as adjustment points. I wonder. However I'll still need to look for some place to mount it to be firm.
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Old 06-27-2002, 08:32 AM   #16
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Yeah... Home Depot or Lowe's sells them. They usuaully come in 36" lengths... and you can get them in different diameters. They're pretty cheap... like $3-5 per piece.
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Old 06-27-2002, 09:52 AM   #17
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I was just thinking of how to mount my Sony in my car for an autocross coming up and the back child safety hook point at the center line of the roof in back seems like a good sturdy spot just have to figure out how to make it secure.

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Old 06-27-2002, 12:57 PM   #18
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I'll definitely drop by Home Depot this weekend and see what they have again. I've been real busy at work so I haven't do any car stuff at night over the last week and a half.
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Old 06-27-2002, 01:36 PM   #19
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Yup home depot Hardware Isle, I work there, lol. thats where I got all the stuff to make mine.

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Old 06-27-2002, 04:55 PM   #20
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You should have mentioned it earlier.
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Old 06-28-2002, 09:58 PM   #21
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Work was WAY too busy these last two weeks. Thus this weekend I will stop seriously looking into camera/camcorder mounts. I want some new videos.
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Old 06-29-2002, 10:18 PM   #22
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OK so I dropped by Home Depot this morning to look for supplies on making a mount. The metal bar w/ holes were runing $7/ea and I would need three of them thus $21+bolts and other supplies. I was guesstimating around $50+ for the supplies NOT counting the actually mount to screw into the bottom of the camcorder thus it would put the price to almost $100. Well I also decided to drop by a local photo/video place in the ATL and run my ideas through them.
Well it turns out that I decided to pickup a already fabricated camcorder mount ... opportunity cost. I picked up the Bogen 2915 & 2935 and have already tested it and still doing so more tuning. The unit looks PIMP ... but I still wanna get some wheel shots so I still need to fabricate a "L" shaped piece to mount onto my roof rack to attack the Bogen clamp onto the get the camcorder low enough to the ground.
Bad this is that doing all this testing I DELETED my dyno videos so I'm pissed. Well lesson learned. I'll keep people updated.
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Old 07-13-2002, 01:43 PM   #23
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Yo "Bobalouy" how did you attach the mount on the "oh ****" handles? I still need some more stable mounting points for my present camcorder mount.
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Old 07-13-2002, 07:16 PM   #24
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I just got some longer skrews, and skrewed it in.
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Old 07-17-2002, 12:02 AM   #25
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Thumbs up cheap mount for in-car cam

guys.. i didn't read all the above.. but anyway ..

i built a very stable, very cheap mount for my sony mini-dv.
-i picked up a 1X6 pick of oak about 1.5 ft long.
-drilled two slighlty slanted holes for the headrest posts.
-drilled a hole for the 1/4? universal camera mount/bolt on left side of board.
-mounted camera on board, put board on headrest posts...done.

cost about $2.00.
been to two autoX's with it. passed tech no prob.
very sterdy and cheap.

check out in-car cam mpegs here: http://www.pshelp.com/rick/mpegs.html

i'll try to post pics of the mount soon.
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