May 29, 2018

This $30 DIY Car Mount Doesn't Suck (Because It Sucks)

Want to (safely ) mount your camera to your car? This DIY car rig not only utilizes heavy duty suction cups but it's also crazy cheap to build.

Mounting a camera to a car can be expensive, with rigs costing hundreds, even thousands of dollars. However, if you're dying to get some sweet shots for a car scene or chase sequence, there might be a way for you to do it without having to break the bank or your camera. In this video, Rob Wayne of PremiumBeat gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to build a DIY car mount out of glass pullers (suction cups), a project that won't cost you more than $30. Check it out below:

Materials and Tools

  • (x2) Quad-head dent/glass puller: $18/ea.
  • (x4) U-bolts: $6/ea.
  • (x1) 21"x5.5" wooden platform
  • Pencil
  • Power drill
  • Drill bit (should be the size of your U-bolts)
  • Wrench

That takes care of the first part of the build, but you also have to consider which mount you're going to use to secure your camera. Wayne suggests going with a quick-release plate system to start.

The great thing about this build is that it can handle a beefy rig. There are plenty of other decent DIY car mount tutorials out there, but the problem that many of them don't address is the limited amount of weight they can support. Since you're using glass pullers, you don't have to worry too much about your camera flying off of your car while you're driving. Which actually brings up one concern I have about this thing: what happens to your car after you use it? I've never worked with glass pullers before, so I'm not sure if I'd want to have them sucking on the hood of my car for hours.

Are you interested in this DIY car mount? Do you have any ideas on how to make it even more useful for filmmakers? Let us know down below.     

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this suction cup mount is something I have seen before, very well built and explained here though.
What really interests me is that spring cable vibration dampening rig he shows. I have seen similar products from Kessler but a DIY answer is more my speed and budget lol. I feel like if you added that and put a gimbal on top like a Crane you would have an awesome stabilized car rig...

Anybody seen a tutorial on one of them? Thats what we really need!

May 30, 2018 at 2:38PM

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Be sure to strap it down with ratchet straps so it doesn't go flying off if the cups release their grip. The straps are cheap, don't take up much room, and are good insurance. (For safety reasons too.)

June 8, 2018 at 7:50PM

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