Camera gantry rides on garage door tracks

For as many garage and workshop videos we feature here on Hackaday, we’re surprised we haven’t seen this sooner.

[Todd] makes a bunch of videos in his garage shop, but using a tripod is a pain; he’s always tripping over his camera setup and it is just generally in the way all the time. His solution was to mount his camera to an overhead gantry, using the unused tracks for his garage door to move the camera around his workshop.

The build started with [Todd] taking his tripod and fabbing a mounting plate for it to be suspended in mid-air. This would leave the camera upside-down, so [Todd] also made a 90 degree bracket with a 1/4-20 bolt to hold the camera in position.

The actual gantry part of the build is fairly clever. First, [Todd] got a piece of square tubing the same length as the distance between his two garage door tracks. He made a truck that rides on six casters for this tube, then mounted this tube on garage door wheels.

The result allow [Todd] to move his camera anywhere within the footprint of his garage door tracks, including over his workbench and welding area. An ingeniously useful build that’s sure to provide a stable platform for his vlog-type thingies.

Vidia after the break.

Comments

  1. William says:

    Very cool hack. Your garage makes great use of space. I especially like the welding, burning table.

  2. bamarcus says:

    Great build Todd. I was hanging
    on your every word, best 20 mins
    I’ve spent in a long time.

    Can’t wait to see your next
    project, keep at it.

  3. Evaprototype says:

    I have been thinking of a similar project but admire that you actually did it in a timely fashion. It might have been nice to make it a little less heavy duty and less spot welds. Moreover watching your video was more constructive then most tv entertainment. Thank you.

  4. parko says:

    maybe some simple WD40 on the wheel axles could help it move around a bit, kinda obvious but could help

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 96,545 other followers