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EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« on: July 12, 2013, 09:31:13 AM »
Dave makes a DIY camera dolly system that mounts under his work bench.
It's not complete yet, it possibly needs a 2nd rail platform and better tripod mount, but otherwise works fairly well.



 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2013, 09:47:30 AM »
Put some grease on it already!

Try mounting the tripod using pipe clamps. You can probably 3D print some spacers to suit the different size tubes!

When you put a second rail on, mount the drawer runners the way they're meant to be used, and it'll be smoother and more stable, also far less likely to be broken accidentally.
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 09:51:37 AM »
A jib crane with a counterweight might have been a little easier to build.
Was it really supposed to do that?
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 09:53:49 AM »
Put some grease on it already!
Try mounting the tripod using pipe clamps. You can probably 3D print some spacers to suit the different size tubes!
When you put a second rail on, mount the drawer runners the way they're meant to be used, and it'll be smoother and more stable, also far less likely to be broken accidentally.

Yes, yes, and yes.
I need some suitable angled aluminium and some suitable spacers first.
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 09:55:11 AM »
A jib crane with a counterweight might have been a little easier to build.

Where is it going to mount?
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013, 10:04:09 AM »
Yeah, an extra pair of bearings would make sense, then you attach a plate (wood, aluminium?) across the front of the two black angle pieces to eliminate the side-to-side wobble. As for holding the tripod, how about a pair of something like this? http://www.xump.com/science/Burette-Clamp-Single-Coated-Jaws.cfm
The screw thread on the rear of the jaws looks like it has potential for mounting through the centre of the plate between the angle irons.

EDIT: Something like this:

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2013, 10:29:49 AM »
Maybe this will give you more idea's
http://openbuildspartstore.com/v-slot/


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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 10:30:42 AM »
You'd have to hack up your tripod (maybe find an el-cheapo one), but if you reverse the way the leg is mounted, i.e. largest tube mounted to the angle bracket and the "foot" attached at the top, it would solve your up-down telescoping problem.   :-+
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2013, 10:47:12 AM »
A jib crane with a counterweight might have been a little easier to build.

Where is it going to mount?

On the tripod.

Something like this, with the camera plate able to be mounted in vertical and horizontal positions.


Made one recently with a few lengths of steel tubing (mop handles I think) and a couple of weights from the local sports store. Less that $20 in materials.
« Last Edit: July 12, 2013, 11:07:32 AM by DrGeoff »
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2013, 10:48:31 AM »
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2013, 10:50:58 AM »
I would at least try to use these.



I would even try to get the battery out of the camera and use external power supply to reduce the wobble.

Another great project for the future ?

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2013, 11:33:10 AM »
mount the rail on the ceiling. have a stepper motor to roll it along the desk.
have a worm drive telescope arm that can lower / raise camera ..

now that would be fun.
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2013, 11:36:13 AM »
mount the rail on the ceiling. have a stepper motor to roll it along the desk.
have a worm drive telescope arm that can lower / raise camera ..

now that would be fun.

The ceiling moves.
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2013, 12:01:39 PM »
mount the rail on the ceiling. have a stepper motor to roll it along the desk.
have a worm drive telescope arm that can lower / raise camera ..

now that would be fun.

The ceiling moves.

That can be solved (horizontal rail on vertical pipes poking through the ceiling tiles in a couple of places and affixed to the slab above.  A lot more work of course.
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2013, 12:03:10 PM »
mount the rail on the ceiling. have a stepper motor to roll it along the desk.
have a worm drive telescope arm that can lower / raise camera ..

now that would be fun.

The ceiling moves.

That can be solved (horizontal rail on vertical pipes poking through the ceiling tiles in a couple of places and affixed to the slab above.  A lot more work of course.

An excellent way to piss off the neighbours upstairs, too. :)
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #15 on: July 12, 2013, 12:06:11 PM »
The ceiling moves.

That can be solved (horizontal rail on vertical pipes poking through the ceiling tiles in a couple of places and affixed to the slab above.  A lot more work of course.

An excellent way to piss off the neighbours upstairs, too. :)

Do the construction at night - they'll never know!  lol

I'm sure the transmitted noise of the camera rig running along the rail will be muffled by the corporate type upstairs going about their work taking over the world.   ;D
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2013, 01:04:52 PM »
I put this in the video comments but the forum topic is probably a better place:

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Maybe a 3/4" or 1" diameter PVC or metal pipe could be attached to the angle bracket you’ve made.  Then, the tripod leg could slip in and out of the pipe very easily and quickly, like a cup in a cup holder.  Of course you’ll need a strap across the bottom hole of the pipe or another method to cap it.  If the pipe is long enough and snug enough, wobble should be minimal.

Seems like a pretty good way to do it, at least based on what you've already built.  Cheap, easy, convenient.  The biggest concern is probably wobble, but if it's too bad you could use a set screw (or equivalent alternative) to "lock" the tripod leg in place in the tube.
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2013, 01:20:38 PM »
The drawer slides are strong and reasonably rigid, but they have no torsional rigidity, and are a bit bendy on the thin axis.  To get enough torsional rigidity you will need two running in parallel.  If you go to the local DIY to the section where they keep the aluminium extrusions for windows and shower doors and such, you should find a 5x5cm U-channel that would be suitable for mounting a drawer slide on each side of.  You could then mount them vertically, as they are a good bit more rigid in that direction.
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2013, 01:48:59 PM »
Hi Dave,

I have used these conduit clamps for a couple of project, really cheap at Bunnings. Take the tripod down and see if they fit.

http://martybugs.net/wireless/images/collinear_conduit_clamps.jpg

It may be difficult for 3 sizes but maybe something similar.
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2013, 02:56:03 PM »
2 vertical rails to get it out of shot height above the bench then you can do a drop down tripod to the bench. The ends will just screw to the desk, and can be out of the way, using some aluminium square tubing to make the frame to hold the rails above so that the dolly runs smooth. Look to what Todd Harrison did in his garage, just a little smaller. His is quite smooth, and was made very cheaply.
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #20 on: July 12, 2013, 06:21:35 PM »
It might be better to use plain bearings, they don't make so much noise!
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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2013, 08:06:09 PM »
One of these telephone swing arms mounted on the back or wall of the bench would be much easier? The space in front of you will be completely free, in contrary to the stuff you made up so far...


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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2013, 08:14:47 PM »
Well at least your not tearing down another bloody multimeter :phew: :-+
 

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Re: EEVblog #493 - DIY Video Camera Dolly For Workbenches
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2013, 08:16:10 PM »
Do we need to club together and buy you a directors chair now "Action"
 


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