This guy built a ceiling-mounted robot camera to film YouTube videos
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Ceiling-mounted camera equipment is not a new concept. There have been tons of commercial solutions available for decades. But most aren’t motorised, and the type of Ceiling mounts are likely to be the most common for lights.Not cameras
But Erik de Poorter, the new YouTube channel Concept Crafted CreationsHe decided to make one himself. But it’s not just a regular ceiling mount. It’s a motorized camera robot that opens up a lot of automated filming possibilities.
You’ll have to forgive the AI voiceover in the video. Erik said in a Facebook comment on his post about the project that he doesn’t feel confident in his English speaking ability. It’s fair that he doesn’t feel confident enough to post his voice on YouTube.
Erik’s engineering abilities more than compensate for his perceived lack of English skills. It’s an interesting project with lots of moving parts, many of which are 3D printed – and available to downloadIf you would like to print your own.
Erik was inspired by the results of the curved camera slider which he built. He built the slider to record activities at his workbench. I have to admit that the inspiration is something I can relate to. Once you have built one device that has a little bit of motion control capability, it is tempting to add the feature to others. everything!
Why ceiling mount camera equipment?
The great thing about mounting gear from the ceiling is that it doesn’t take up any floor space. It doesn’t take up any workbench space, either. Or, you can use any horizontal surface where you can stack things on it.
Ceilings are often uncluttered and can be used to store items that you need access to all the time. Sure, there may be some lights installed, but they’re easy to work around for a project like this.
The other thing is, Erik’s a maker and builder. This is an actual workshop. Yes, you could mount the camera on a tripod and move it manually, as needed, but tripods can get in the path. They can become dangerous items in a workshop where there are potentially dangerous tools.
Motorised X & Y axes
The design is motorised along two axes. The X axis runs parallel to the length of the workshop. The Y axis carriage can move along the entire length of a workshop using two rails mounted on the ceiling. The Y axis allows the camera move along the narrower area of the workshop.
The Z axis isn’t motorised. Erik uses the quick release to move the camera up and down. Depending on your needs, you might be able to modify this to be motorised, too, but you’ll face some challenges.
The motorised axes are moved by using a piece of looped string to pull things in one or another direction. It seems to work quite well, although Erik’s already noticing some fraying. The system to move the string is based on the principles that a 3D printer’s extruder works to send filament through.
It’s a great and simple design that offers a lot of versatility in a workshop. Download the files here and try to print them yourself. Cults3D. While you’re at it, if you’re a keen maker of DIY camera gear, throw a subscription Erik’s way, too. This is Erik’s first video, and I expect there will be more like this to time!