Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Mounting a professional camera, part of Time-Lapse Video: Hyperlapse.
When it comes to mounting a professional camera, there's all sorts of rigs available. I went with a company called Filmtools, but there are other folks on the market. What I liked is that it was reasonably priced, and it came with a suction cup. Initially, the most basic mount is just that, a giant, professional quality suction cup with a small rotating head that you can angle and attach to the bottom of your camera. We put that right actually on the glove box of all things It was smooth enough to attach and it allowed us to not have to angle the camera too much.
What we were getting initially was too much pointing up. What I'm doing now is pointing through the windshield, which is great. It cuts down on reflections. It makes things a bit easier. It's a lot like when you're driving. There's not too many reflections as you go through. Easy enough, we attached that. It's secure. And then, you just push the plunger until that becomes stable. If the plunger shows you red, you know that it needs to be attached, and pushed a little bit deeper so that the tension is there, and it holds. If you're going to be mounting to the outside of a car, you absolutely, positively, need safety chains.
The worst thing that's going to happen to me, is the camera's going to fall to my feet. All of about a foot and a half and land on my big toe, so I'm not too worried. Inside the car, we're absolutely fine. Now, that provided a decent mounting point, but as the car drives, it's going to vibrate a bit. So, I went a step further and added some additional stabilization.
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- Choosing the right camera for hyperlapse video
- Mounting your camera
- Stabilizing shots
- Programming the camera
- Capturing shots
- Post-processing, assembling, and color grading footage