As a parent of three soccer players, I quickly tired of spending $100 or more to get elevated video from a "professional" videographer. I decided to use my window washing extension pole to get the camera up high - just needed an adaptor for the camcorder....
Here are my youtube videos
Step 1: The Finished Product
The adaptor is attached to a 16' 3-piece Unger extension pole (home depot)
The video out cable is pulled down to direct the camera at near field action
I set the zoom to catch a third of the field and then leave it alone.
Note the strain relief to protect the video out connection - that's a clove hitch for you boy scouts.
The athletic tape covers the mic to prevent wind noise and mumbled snarky comments about the coach or other people's kids.
Step 2: The Adaptor
- Scrap metal strap
- 4" strap hinge
- Springs (or shock cord)
- Squeeze clamp (used in underground sprinklers)
- A chain link connector (quick link)
- 1/4 inch bolts, lock nuts, wing nuts
- Fishing line or cord
- Wooden tool adaptor (here)
- A sprinkler squeeze clamp holds the springs to the base of the wooden adaptor
- A wood rasp is used to flatten one side of the adaptor so you can mount the strap hinge
- The 3.5" bolt is bent to vertical, its wing nut is used to tighten down the camera
- The fishing line is looped over the forward wing nut and through the groove
- I had to drill out the holes on the strap hinge to fit the 1/4" hardware
Step 3: The Viewfinder
- A vehicle back up camera ($15 on amazon)
- A 12V power supply
- Zip ties for strain relief (so you can pull down without disconnecting the cable)
- 6' RCA extension cable
- 3' video out cable (should come with camcorder)
The video signal and the battery power have to both be live for the display to come on
Step 4: The Tripod (optional)
- Hose clamp
- 3 inch section of 1.5" PVC pipe
- Two quick links
- Two adjustable tent poles
- Two badge clips
- Nylon cord
- Shock cord
Attach the shock cord above the PVC collar, stake it straight away toward the field.
The nylon cord is used to attach the display to the pole and around your neck.