Since starting my YouTube Channel three years ago, my biggest challenge was figuring out what to use to record overhead videos. When searching the web, I would come upon DIY overhead rigs that would require PVC pipes that I simply had no place to store or the energy to configure. My first couple of overhead videos were filmed by my husband but I soon realized that if I wanted to post content consistently, I had to figure out a different solution.
My first attempt was an uncomfortable one. I bought a tripod and I would face my camera downwards at one side of my center table while at the other end, I would try to get my hands in the frame. It wasn’t completely overhead but it did the job until the setup became a struggle and I stopped.
Back to the web I went, but this time instead of DIY overhead video rigs, I started to search for solutions that were inexpensive, sturdy and didn’t take up too much space. Websites after websites, video after video, everyone was pushing this large tripod that was too expensive for my budget and still wasn’t guaranteed to be sturdy. I was using a DSLR, specifically the Canon T5i, that I’m now selling, and having a tripod with a heavy camera looming over my head was not helping my stress level.
Finally, at the end of last year, hidden within more expensive and less sturdy options was a small camera mount that I would completely recommend for crocheters, knitters and anyone trying to record overhead videos. It is sturdy enough to hold a heavy DSLR, inexpensive, and with a small attachment will make it easy to use with your mobile devices.
This solution checked all the boxes for recording overhead videos and I was thrilled. Apart from the angle of my camera, the next area for improvement was the overall quality of my videos. Make sure that you are subscribed to my channel because the next video will be the best settings for recording with a phone, DSLR and a mirrorless camera that I’m currently using.