Whether it's for electronics/crafts tutorials, or selling on eBay, Etsy, etc., shooting overhead video and pictures can be a pain. Tripods get in the way, boom arms are either unstable or expensive. For many years I struggled with shooting video or pictures from an overhead view point. This week, I finally decided to do something about it.
With just a few pieces of extruded aluminum, some plastic brackets, an aluminum bar, and a commercial camera mount for car windows, I was able to successfully put an end to my struggle. The extruded aluminum and plastic brackets are Opensource Hardware from Openbeam. This means you could easily 3D print or mill accessories to further customize your own rig.
Step 1: Buy the Necessary Parts
Step 2: Assemble the Rig
Your requirements may differ so I'll leave the overall shape, size, and design up to you, but in the picture I've labeled all of the pieces in the arrangement that suited me.