Why do you need overhead camera setup

Have you consider using overhead camera setup to shoot your video?  With overhead camera setup, you can be very creative and come up with very fun and interesting videos.

Some of the example of videos you can create using overhead camera are:

  1. You can tell your story by writing on the screen.
  2. You can tell your story by drawing on the screen and even create simple and fun animations.
  3. You can use it to unbox products for your review video.
  4. you can use it to show people how to make stuff.
  5. You can use it to show magic tricks.

Using mic boom stand for overhead camera

I’ve did some extensive research on Youtube to find most easy way to setup overhead camera.  Many of the setup requires to build some kind of structure and hang your camera down.  But I really didn’t want to build anything.  There has to be a way for me to setup overhead camera easier and simpler.  After thinking about a while, I came up with brilliant idea to setup overhead camera without build anything.

By using a microphone boom stand with camera adapter, you can easily setup overhead camera.  I already had old mic boom stand in the house, so all I have to do is find a camera adapter that I can use it to connect to mic boom stand.  After looking around Amazon, I was able to find perfect adapter that I can use.

If you don’t have mic boom stand already, you can buy a cheap mic boom stand from Amazon for under $30. You don’t need fancy expensive boom stand.

Here is a link to cheap mic boom stand and adaptor from Amazon:

With the camera adapter, you can pretty much attach any cameras with standard tripod connector.

You can even use DSLR camera. But be aware, DSLR camera is bit heavy so make sure you secure your boom stand so that it would tip over.

Some final tips

When you shoot your overhead camera, you can going to position your camera opposite side of you.  So that you have room to work with.  If you have boom stand setup behind you, it will get in your way of creating your video.  Basically, you are shooting your video upside down.  Be sure to flip over the video when you bring it over to your video editing software.  Flipping video in the editing software is pretty simple. If you are not sure how to do that on your video editing software, just look it up in the internet. Each video editing software does it different way.

When you shoot your overhead camera, be sure to frame your shot so that you don’t see the edge of your table.  If you have problem with framing, you might have to adjust the camera height or get a bigger table to work with.


Good luck!

That is pretty much it.  Good luck!

How to setup overhead camera cheap and easy

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