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Overhead Video Setup LIKE A BOSS


This overhead video setup is a set it and
forget it workflow for any heavy camera like a dslr. Not only will you be able to film
cool overhead shots, free your hands, and continuously film without having to change
batteries, but if you implement the technical setup I am about to show you in this
tutorial, you won’t even have to remove your SD card to transfer your footage to your editing
computer. Let’s tech it out. Hey nametags and welcome this is Ash from
HealMyTech helping you go from newbie to techie. If you are new here and you want to build
a better relationship with technology, consider subscribing and click the bell icon to join us on this
tech journey. This is not a sponsored video, but you will
find amazon affiliate links to everything mentioned in the description below. Let’s start with the main component of this
overhead video setup which is this Heavy Duty Twin Monitor Arm Desk Mount from 1Home. I
bought if off Amazon for under £19.00 on a lighting deal, normal price is £25.00 or
$30.00 at time of writing. The installation was really easy, as you are
given 3 mounting options, one for a desk clamp setup like this, and 2 types of a grommet
base style install. The provided cable clips allow for decent cable management, but what
I found really interesting was this included additional clip holder for allen keys. That’s
a feature I wish every manufacturer would include in their design. Over the years you
end up collecting a bunch of allen keys that you can’t link to any furniture, but this
solves the problem.. The monitor arms allow 2 monitors up to 27”
to be mounted. You can easily adjust its height, and the monitors can be rotated 360 or tilted
to your viewing angle. The reason I went with a heavy duty arm is
to mount heavier cameras, as many youtube tutorials seem to only cater for lighter smartphones
or simple point and shoot cameras. Another problem I have seen is that many diy overhead
frames are made from PVC, or placed directly on top of the filming desk. The problem is
that unless your desk is really stable and sturdy, any desk movement will vibrate and
pass through to the camera, resulting is shaky or jittery footage. You don’t want a setup like this and still
have to go into POST to stabilise your footage, so the key is to mount the camera away from
the desk. I made this mistake first time round, as I used this other DIY workbench which I
screwed into the bannister. So I swapped the desk for this freestanding one and left a
small gap to the bannister, problem solved! The desk in question is a modified Ikea Fredde
Workstation for which I did a review on the channel, watch the video here. I removed the
top, middle, side and bottom shelves to accommodate this overhead video setup. If you need a nicer looking background for
your top down filming than your plain desk, you can use something like this cut piece
of wood effect vynyl obtained for free from a carpet shop to provide a base on top of
the desk. You need to pick one which is not reflective so you don’t have extra glare
in your footage. I used one of the arms to attach this Canon
EOS 650D dslr. You can mount it directly onto the included screw mount for the monitor bracket,
but I had this little standard sized 1/4“ male to female thumb screw from a different
camera kit which I used as an optional mount. I then attached a quick release plate from
Andoer to mount the camera. Yes I know this is going to be a permanent setup so I am not planning
to remove the camera, but having a quick release plate is always handy. Now the whole point of a setup like this is
to provide continuous shooting without needing to change batteries. So here I am using a
compatible ACK-E8 AC power adaptor for Canon, and the frustration of stopping filming and dismounting the camera for battery changes becomes a thing of the past. On top of the camera I mounted a ball head
hot shoe adaptor to attach a microphone. Here I’m using the Rode VideoMic Go, but I am not
recommending you get this model, there are some interferences issues with this particular
model, review on that in a future video. Its okay for reference audio, and if you insert
a better microphone on this ball mount then you could get better audio quality with either
a sitting or standing posture. However the advice is to always record your audio separately
like into this Zoom H1 and then sync in post.. But since you are so close to the camera anyway,
the reference audio from the on board audio from the camera should be good enough if you will better record
audio separately. As for the lights, you can use anything really,
provided you do not mount it parallel to the camera as that would give you light glare
in your footage, and if it doesn’t ruin your footage entirely, it will provide unwanted
ugly distraction. Either mount the lights at an angle or on the sides. To the left I
am using a standard light stand with 4 CFL daylight bulbs, and to the right this DIY
led cake pan light I made for £12 or $15, video link on the channel. This light is mounted
on a microphone scissor arm, with a ⅜ to ¼ inch adaptor to fit another ball head hot
shoe that allows me to direct the light where I need. You have plenty of options for lights,
even stick an LED panel light on a clamp like this and mount it onto one of the arms, or
even get a desk lamp. The monitor I’m using is a Benq 1080p 22 inch
monitor which I already owned. I initially thought it would be too big but its working
out just fine, plus this will double as my main monitor for other work when I’m not filming
top down videos since it has 3 types of video ports at the back, VGA, DVI and HDMI. Now you could connect the camera to the monitor
using a mini hdmi to hdmi cable, but I chose to connect the camera directly to a computer
underneath the desk and use the Canon EOS utility app instead. This is far better than
physically changing camera settings, but it’s still within my reach to zoom in or manually
focus if I need to. When I’m done, I can even choose to send the footage directly to
a shared folder on my network to my main editing computer. This is far more convenient than
removing the SD card, and it’s not too difficult to set up a shared folder on the same network
between two computers. Now due to the way I positioned the camera,
the flip out screen will show a180 flipped video image, and so will the EOS utility on
the monitor. If it bothers you, you can simply rotate the image 180 in the EOS utility when
monitoring the video, but when you transfer the footage to your video editor you will
have to flip it 180 again to get it back to normal. This is not a huge problem for me,
but you can always mount the camera with the proper orientation, which is what I did in
my previous top down filming area, link to that video above at the end or in the description
below. So let me know if you want a tutorial on this in the comments below. As a bonus, you could even get a dual hot
shoe mount bracket and mount a second camera, like a webcam, and that will give you multiple
filming angles at the same time. Alternatively you could just do a standing position video
by tilting the camera up without too much effort. There are only 3 minor gripes about this heavy
duty monitor arm. 1 is that is is not a mobile solution obviously so you are pretty much
stuck to one area of filming, so plan carefully before you setup. Secondly, it’s not tall
enough for some types of videos I may do in the future, like for bigger computer desktops
drop down filming or big TV repair tutorials. And thirdly, you cannot adjust the height
of the two arms individually. However these are minor gripes, and if you
do have other needs, consider looking for more expensive models with more flexible mounting
options. If you have a different setup to mine, check
out this video playlist for different top down filming I did in my previous place and
if you are looking for a microphone solution to improve the audio of your videos, I also
have you covered with this playlist down here. Remember to subscribe and click the bell icon
and use my amazon affiliate links and I will see you in the next one, go tech it out!

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