April 3, 2016 at 5:32PM

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Mounting a video camera sideways (L-bracket)?

Rarely does one need to shoot video sideways (unlike photos), but now that has come up for me. I'm shooting doorways/elevators to be later composited into triptych-like sequence (of doorways/elevators).

I'm using a Canon C300 (a 1080p camera) and thought I would try to maximise my resolution by shooting each doorway sideways - then possibly assemble the "triptych" on a 4K timeline. This would also allow me to use lenses with longer focal lengths, less distortion, and even allow some shots I couldn't get at all (sometimes the wall opposite the doorway/elevator will be very close).

So how do I go about this? Most of the L-bracket's that come up when I google the term seem flimsy and intended for particular models of photo-camera's. Not that my C300 is some juggernaut, but I'd like this to be a sturdy, solid solution. Do any of you have tips or experience with this?

(I imagine this technique would also be helpful when shooting a full-length shot of a person on a green-screen, for example).

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Depending on the size of your camera, the cheapest way to do this is to use a photographic camera L-bracket, which allows you to solidly mount a photo camera in vertical mode. Here's one for example...

Sunwayfoto DPL-06 Universal L-Bracket
http://goo.gl/kM0dYi

April 3, 2016 at 8:38PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Thanks for the advice, but I think the "footprint" of my C300 (it has a "toe") won't play nice with this L-bracket, nor many other photography L-brackets. They usually depend on the (thin) camera slotting into the bracket to avoid twist, instead of having two screws to secure it. I'm having trouble finding a suitable model.

April 4, 2016 at 9:12AM

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>>>I think the "footprint" of my C300 (it has a "toe") won't play nice with this L-bracket, nor many other photography L-brackets.

You could always grind off the "lip" on the plate to get a better fit. The link I posted was just an example, as there are many other plates that work the same way. Here's a link to another L plate with no "lip"...

Cinetics Arca L Bracket
http://cinetics.com/arca-type-l-bracket/

April 4, 2016 at 11:27AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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