Thats right! The only club that takes more than a pocket book to join. Well I guess that not true since you can pay someone else to make you a camera rig... Well, since there are no retailers currently that sell this sort of thing, I thought I would share my design and experiences since no one else seems to have. Pay no attention to my horrible welding skills, it stays together I swear!
I went to the metal shop and asked them what would be the best size for nesting purposes and they told me 14ga 1 3/4 and 1 1/2 square tubing so uhh its quite beefy. I thought it would be important to have the boom arm adjustable up and down and forward and back but I wouldn't recommend that unless you are using a fixed camera mount.
2x 20" 1 3/4 tube
1x 4' 1 3/4 tube
1x 6" 1 3/4 tube
4x 2x2" angle steel cut to 1 3/4 strips
1x 7' 1 1/2 tube
1x 5' 1 1/2 tube
90 DEGREE COLLAR:
2x 6" 1 3/4 tube
The 5' section of the base has a 6" tube welded to it for the upright. I welded plate between these two pieces for added strength. The 20" pieces are the feet and are held in place by the 2x2 strips of angle steel cut to 1 3/4. The upright fits into the base then the collar is attached to the top of the upright. The collar is two 6" pieces welded together at a 90 degree angle. The boom arm slides into the collar once attached to the upright. Everything is bolted together with 3/8 bolts.
The metal cost around $76 dollars. The clamp camera mount around $25. Misc probably around $20-25
The camera I'm currently using is a Canon T3i with the 18-55mm kit lens. I'm also using Magic Lantern v2.3 firmware which adds additional features for video. DSLR have some definite drawbacks except for versatility and quality. If you have a pro-sumer grade camcorder I would recommend that instead. This is just the camera I have.
The main downfall with current DSLR are they have a FAT32 file format which restricts video clip sizes to 4gb max. Using Magic Lantern you can work around this but you can't completely solve the issue. One of the most important functions of Magic Lantern is the restart movie function. Basically whenever a clip reaches 4gb the camera stop and starts a new one. Unfortunately, there is a 2-4 second loss of video while the new clip starts recording.
Another draw back to using DSLR is that sensor which originally was designed for still photography is quite large and can overheat with continuous use. The camera has no cooling mechanism built into it so if you are recording constantly for hours or the ambient temps are high, the camera will shut off completely if the sensor reaches a certain temperature. I have ran the camera continuously, except for the pauses between clips, for an hour in an air conditioned environment with no issues. Would it last all day at a tournament? I doubt it.
I'm no pro and the following video was taken with no additional lighting but I think its decent quality footage and very watchable. I'm using the lowest f-stop this lens will allow f/3.5 and shooting at 1920x1080 30fps. I have the shutter speed set to 1/60 or double the fps. In this video The ISO setting was on auto and the lens was focused manually. I think with the ambient light and GI light the camera was using right around 1400.
You'll notice quite a few overexposed areas of the playfield where ever there are groups LED's grouped together. If anyone has any tips or advice on how I might be able to avoid this I'd appreciate it!
So if you have a camera rig, SHOW IT! Tell everyone how you made it, what you used to make it and what you are using to film your pins. The more people that have a rig and a camera the more fun we can all have watching people play pinball!