Sometimes, making certain videos requires specific gear and equipment. My latest video series idea needs a way to take steady video and images from above. To accomplish this, I will need to make an overhead camera rig.
My budget? Well, I wanted to spend less than $200 on the entire thing. That includes lighting, materials, and a backdrop.
Progress so far? I have made the frame. I bought two 8′ poplar boards (7$ each), one 6′ poplar board ($6), a container of drywall screws ($3), and four supporting brackets ($1 each). So, I’m in the hole $29.
It isn’t done yet, but I am happy with the overall progress of the rig.
What I still need to make/buy
- Crafting paper for the backdrop
- A PVC/copper pipe to attach the roll to the structure.
- Four hanging diffused light structures
- Four paper china balls from a party store
- Four LED 100 watt bulbs
- Four standard light sockets
- Some plastic cord clips
- One surge protector
- wood/plastic glue
- A way to attach the camera to the rig
- Easy release camera plate and attachment (already purchased from Amazon for $11)
- One 8′ poplar board (to be cut into sections)
- A screw to attach the camera plate
When the overhead camera rig is complete, I aim to post a video of it.