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#2159060 - 09/28/13 12:36 PM Top-down camera stand
Petike Offline
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Registered: 09/04/10
Posts: 29
Loc: Slovakia
I own the stage piano Kawai MP6 and I want to record my piano playing with a video camera. I want to record the piano keys directly from up so I need some stand where I can place the video camera.

The stand has to be at least 2 meters high from the floor and there has to be an arm at the top of the stand which I can set to horizontal position and that arm has to be at least 40 centimeters long (so something similar to microphone stands). At the end of the arm I want to place my video camera so it can capture me directly from up. Unfortunately, I cannot imagine how to place the camera to the end of the arm so it will be in a stable position, any ideas?

Can you recommend me some stable stand which meets the mentioned requirements?

Thanks in advance.

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#2159101 - 09/28/13 02:31 PM Re: Top-down camera stand [Re: Petike]
Philm35 Offline
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Registered: 01/06/13
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH
What type of video camera will you be using? How much does it weigh?
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#2159118 - 09/28/13 02:57 PM Re: Top-down camera stand [Re: Philm35]
Petike Offline
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I currently own Pentax K-x and it weighs 500 grams.

But I look for some generic solution, so I will be able to attach different video cameras to that stand (I hope it is possible).

#2159154 - 09/28/13 03:41 PM Re: Top-down camera stand [Re: Petike]
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Registered: 07/28/09
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We do something similar to this all the time as my wife is a tutor and she tutors some of her students via skype. We have a regular mic stand with a boom arm. We use a microsoft lifecam that is plenty good enough for skype. I have one of those spring clip mic holders that look sort of like a black chip clip. I clip the microsoft lifecam to the mic clip and position the arm of the boom over a white board where she tutors kids in math by being able to write formulas on the white board with a marker. Works like a charm.
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#2159214 - 09/28/13 05:43 PM Re: Top-down camera stand [Re: Petike]
ColinH Offline
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Registered: 06/30/10
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Take a look in the Adult Beginners Forum. There are two current threads on this subject, one of which has photos which could be of help.


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