Mounting Camera To Auto Headset
By David Hague
First up, we'll look at the headrest mount.
It's quite a simple affair on the surface, in being a bracket that wraps around the 'posts' of the lifted headrest, and this is then tightened by a couple of butterfly/wingnuts.
At the far end (depending of course on how and where it is mounted) an adaptor plate with a standard tripod mount is attached, and this can be tilted as desired. The securing mechanism is a single piece of housing with the securing thumb wheel inside thus preventing any loss.
I have experimented with a number of ways of setting this up permanently - not that it is difficult or time consuming to do so, just that once installed it is there for whenever it may be needed and is unobtrusive at the best of times.
Although I did have a plod stop me once wondering what the hell it was! Which leads me onto another story re: the big suction mount involving the French Gendarmerie and airport searches...
No, that can wait ...
After many experiments, I discovered the best location is on the driver's seat headrest, simply as the weight of the body in the seat ads more stability therefore lowering any vibration and jittering (and what is left is easily removed with ProDAD ProDRENALIN which for anyone shooting action stuff is an absolute MUST HAVE piece of software!
Once the camera is mounted, I needed to get into the back seat so as to make sure the level of the camera was correct, and zoom out enough to focus "through" the windscreen. On the trip in Germany mounting a Canon XHA1 on the large suction mount in a hire Mercedes SUV, I negated to do this and so you can see all the grunge on the windscreen that the human eye automatically looks through. Not a good look, and one almost impossible to clean up in post, although I am having a play with filters in Boris BCC9's filters to see if I can minimise it.
The other problem is that the swing out LCD is obscured from me line of sight by the body of the camera, so you need to have a passenger, if possible, keep an eye that the camera doesn't slip or some such thing.
Camera control is pretty straight forward by using the remote control, but I guess the rozzers may take a dim view if you are mucking around with controls while driving!
Tomorrow I'll, take you through the larger suction mount unit, so stay tuned! Feel free to ask any questions via firstname.lastname@example.org