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Head mount / POV for DVX100 - ideas?


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#1 Owen Tooth

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 07:49 PM

Hi, folks.
Next month I've got a short planned where I want to head-mount a DVX100 - or at least, I want the camera to be entirely subjective in a large chunk of the video; I want it to move as I do and I want to see my hands and legs in the shot. Mounting it right on top of my head might look odd but I haven't tested it; to the side again might feel 'off'.
Has anyone tried using the DV100 as a helmet-cam before?
Any suggestions / alternate ideas?
Any way I can view the LCD screen as I shoot so I know the lens is pointing the right way?
All ideas welcome.
Thanks,
Owen Tooth.
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#2 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 20 November 2007 - 09:45 PM

Have you considered any other options, aside from mounting a DVX on your head?
There are small camera heads that you could tun to a recorder in a backpack.

If using a DVX is the only option, how about mounting it on your chest, just under your chin. that gives it a central location. On your head it might feel a bit high, particularly if you get close to people of objects. I'd suggest that on the shoulder would give the most natural perspective, height wise, if you don't mind being slightly off-center.

However you do it, you'll probably want to mount it securely, so that it is pointing in the direction your body faces, without relying on the LCD, that might be distracting.

The big drawback with the DVX is its mass. It'll be quite unwieldy mounted on your head.
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#3 kpv rajkumar

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 02:11 AM

Have you considered any other options, aside from mounting a DVX on your head?
There are small camera heads that you could tun to a recorder in a backpack.

If using a DVX is the only option, how about mounting it on your chest, just under your chin. that gives it a central location. On your head it might feel a bit high, particularly if you get close to people of objects. I'd suggest that on the shoulder would give the most natural perspective, height wise, if you don't mind being slightly off-center.

However you do it, you'll probably want to mount it securely, so that it is pointing in the direction your body faces, without relying on the LCD, that might be distracting.

The big drawback with the DVX is its mass. It'll be quite unwieldy mounted on your head.


yeah, weighing in about 2 kilos with battery and cassette, you may not be able to lug a dvx for long, meandering, walk thru shots, apart from the possibility of injuring the neck! you may want to wear neck-braces though, and then mount the camera , take care ! rajkumar
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#4 Owen Tooth

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 03:24 AM

Yeah, I've been thinking about shoulder-mounting because of the odd height angle of a head-mount. I want to use the DVX because of the image quality over the lipstick cameras you can get. Perhaps the best option will be to rest it on the actor's shoulder and hand-hold it from behind them so their neck doesn't take the weight.
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#5 Jared T Smith

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 03:15 PM

There was a lil john music video where the entire thing was shot POV. The DP shoulder mounted the camera while the Producer walked with him and doubled for his arms.
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