Building Camera Mounts for a Glider
I wanted to try the low cost approach first with filming in HD and
mounting stuff on the outside of the glider to see if it would even
work half way decently before committing to more expensive higher-
quality equipment. Many have seen the excellent quality of the HD
videos Kempton Izuno has put out and I was interested to see if
cameras 1/10th the cost of what he is using could put out decent
quality HD video. While the results are not as good as Kemptons, I
am encouraged by the initial results and filming while in flight and
telling the story of the day's task and adventure is quite rewarding
personally to share with friends and family.
Click here to see examples of Bruno's soaring videos using this camera setup.
Here is the video setup on the April 18th and 21st flights:
1. Inside cockpit camera - Kodak Z1285 I purchased used for $80. It
is a 12 mega pixel point and shoot camera and is one of the few point
and shoots that can take HD video. It is mounted to a cheap
adjustable arm mount I picked up at Best Buy. I am not happy with the
extent of camera shake because the flexible arm is not rigid enough
and I plan on replacing the mount with something sturdier. It is
positioned over my right shoulder and can swivel to look forward or
out to the right wing while ridge soaring.