Introduction: Floating Camera Mount for Underwater Video

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This is a simple camera mount for under water video, that floats to the surface if you drop it. I got the idea from a mixture of different mounts and bobbers but a good bit of the credit for the idea goes too mcogan and their Underwater camera mount. Hopefully this is use full to you and you have fun making it!!

Step 1: What You Will Need

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Materials: One small pop bottle (I think I used 250ml)

One 1/4 inch bolt, two matching nuts and one washer

Tape (Only if you are painting)

Spray paint (Also only if you are painting) I used a form of truck Bedliner for more grip

Camera an underwater one if you are using it for that

Tools: Drill with 1/4 in bit or a sharp pointed knife

Screwdriver to match the bolt you use

Pliers or wrench to match the nut you are using

Step 2: Drill Hole in Cap

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Simply drill or shave out a hole with your knife or drill in the center of the lid. Easy eh

Step 3: Attach Camera Mount

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Now put one nut on the bolt then push the bolt through the cap, Now put a washer on the bolt then the last nut and tighten well with your screwdriver and pliers. Now you are done, If you want to paint it go to the next step. If not Thank you for reading hope this is useful to you!!

Step 4: Optional Step/Paint

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Now if you want to paint it, all you have to do is wrap tape tightly around the bolt on top but not the nut, Then hang it from something and spray the paint on in short blasts about 5 to 10 inches away from the bottle and then let it dry for at least 24 hours. Once the paint is dry it is ready to use.

Step 5: You're Done!!

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Now you've finished and its time to go use it, Have fun and enjoy the nice smooth video you will get!! Thanks for reading!! Hopefully this is useful to you!!


James3DS (author)2014-08-07

How does it actually float? It would be nice if you could leave it floating on the surface still filming?

Nachoman (author)James3DS2014-08-08

This is precisely what I wanted to comment on: this would work under (although being more of a safety device than a mount, due to it being inherently unstable), but for the surface I would scale it up considerably: basically the same but made with a PVC pipe, completely sealed, and no less than two inches by four or five feet (remember that the deeper it goes, the less it is subject to wave movement), and with a basket in the lower end for attaching diving leads (twice the camera weight just for making the floating tripod go upright, and some more for making it steadier and making the camera hang lower).

camping crazy (author)Nachoman2014-08-08

That would work way better!!

Nachoman (author)camping crazy2014-08-10

Thinking about it, I believe that, if you weight it down to neutral buoyancy, it could be a diving equivalent to a steadycam harness.

It defeats the purpose of your current instructable, but I find the possibilities intriguing.

Do make sure to mail me if you do it: I want to see it.

James3DS (author)Nachoman2014-08-08

That sounds good. I will try the bottle for now, I also have a float bag for clothes etc so could also put the bottle on this too. I think though your pipe idea is best as the low height of this bottle when upright, waves will make it a very choppy video!

camping crazy (author)James3DS2014-08-07

Sand weighing slightly more than the camera was the above solution You could even just travel empty than fill at the beach!! But as it is empty it floats up upside down...I like it better with no sand because the camera is under water when it floats up and I get cool videos but you need auto rotate on your camera to do that.

James3DS (author)camping crazy2014-08-07

Sure thanks, I just read that comment! Will be interesting to try it out. Could even easily tie a strong cord or string to it if swimming etc!

jleo1 (author)2014-08-05

polaroid camera?. I was looking at getting the same would you recommend it and how's the footage and pictures thanks for the guide

camping crazy (author)jleo12014-08-05

It is an amazing camera way better than my friends go pro honestly... has much higher megapixels than go pro and a much better user inter face too. Here is a comparison page The poloroid one ranks higher in almost everything!!

James3DS (author)camping crazy2014-08-07

I have a go pro, not filmed it for action yet, want to do some water/underwater films. I did a few driving shot videos on youtube though. I am happy with the quality so far....

camping crazy (author)James3DS2014-08-07

Im not putting the go pro down by any means it is an exceptional camera with tons of accessories... I just much prefer The sixteen megapixels over twelve no case needed underwater and much higher sound quality etc But don't get me wrong I do want a go pro as I would have much more accessories and more information if something stopped working etc But I do still like my poloroid camera much better. Its much cheaper too

James3DS (author)camping crazy2014-08-07

Sure the go pro result look great the later versions that is. But yes the polaroid is so much cheaper and does the things I want it to do! :)

pattiemelt (author)2014-08-05

Great 'ible!!

You could take this one step further & make a floating mount that will keep your camera upright when it's floating. Just add sand to the bottle before you seal the cap on. The weight of the sand will need to be more than the weight of your camera to stay upright but it should make for some interesting water-level videos.

James3DS (author)pattiemelt2014-08-07

That sounds cool! I want to try to make something similar.

psycholist (author)pattiemelt2014-08-05

Good idea! Might want to add a little resin to your sand so it sticks to, and stays in, the bottom.

pattiemelt (author)psycholist2014-08-06

Or you could leave it loose. That way you can use it for just under the surface, too, by shaking the sand to the "top" of the bottle

camping crazy (author)pattiemelt2014-08-05

Thank you!! I cant wait to make another one and add some weight to try that idea!! That is going to make some cool video!!

rpotts2 (author)2014-08-06

pretty sure that at 25 miles depth, he ain't gonna care...

camping crazy (author)rpotts22014-08-06

Yep pretty much!!

camping crazy (author)2014-08-06

The camera only goes to thirty feet...

hasselhoph (author)2014-08-05

When I made one of these, I was vexed by drilling an off-center hole in the cap, because you can't nicely spin the bottle to screw it on. Then I got another cap and used this method to mark the exact center:

And after you do that, drill it first with your thinnest drill bit for more precision, then work your way up to wider ones. Or use a stepped drill bit. It's worth it!

camping crazy (author)hasselhoph2014-08-05

Thanks for that page it should be very useful in the near future!!

rambocommando (author)2014-08-04

I would paint the inside of the bottle so paint doesn't scratch and flake off

That would be a good idea if you used paint the stuff I used is very similar to truck bed liner that you spray on and it is very tough and makes a nice rubber grip... But your idea would give a glossy appearance which would be slightly easier to spot if it floated up!!

Do you think a brighter color (like say fluorescent orange) might be more noticeable on the surface of the water?

For sure it would be!! I was going to do fluorescent orange stripes but didn't have the paint:(

BillMil (author)2014-08-05

A very inexpensive way to make camera mounts for multiple cameras. Just put some sand in the bottom or whatever to weight it down. Can you imagine using a bunch of these for a fake bullet-time effect?

camping crazy (author)BillMil2014-08-05

That is an awesome idea I only thought of it for handheld and underwater video but now that you mention it I can come up with at least a dozen other uses!! Thanks for the ideas.

looop45 (author)2014-08-03

I tried this at the lake once with my GoPro. I was planning on using the pole mount on a kayak paddle but the paddle sank. I had to improvise but using the pole mount on the cap of the bottle. Worked great and I planned to make an 'ible on it but you beat me to it.

camping crazy (author)looop452014-08-03

I didnt beat you too it make the ible by all means..Im curious too see it now!!

barista (author)camping crazy2014-08-05

I agree. campingcrazy didn't 'beat you to it'.

A lot of the stuff I see on here I think 'I've done that, and I think mine was a bit better.', but I'm too busy (*COUGH* lazy *COUGH*) to put up my version. That's the great thing about this community - you can take someone's idea and make it your own or better and then share it again.

I have lots of things on the go (not finished) and have been taking photos, so will post when done.

Keep making and keep sharing folks!

tofugami (author)2014-08-03

Awesome idea. Maybe add a piece of paper with your info in case the current takes it. I'm just thinking of message in a bottle.

camping crazy (author)tofugami2014-08-04

Thanks!! And I might do that thats really smart!!

jmwells (author)2014-08-03

Well done. I would suggest putting silicone caulking around the inside of the cap to seal it. Would be a shame if you happen to go to deep for the lid seal and have it collapse.

camping crazy (author)jmwells2014-08-04

Thank you!! That would be a good Idea but I don't dive I made this for snorkelling

LynxSys (author)2014-08-03

That's a good, yet simple, idea! One suggestion: the black looks professional and enhances your grip, but I might consider adding a few stripes of orange or even some reflective tape. It would make it easier to find the camera at the surface if you did drop it while diving.

camping crazy (author)LynxSys2014-08-03

Thank you!! And yes that is a really good idea, I wanted to paint it with a neon base coat then put black stripes on but didnt have any neon paint...

tominjose (author)2014-08-03

Great Idea!

camping crazy (author)tominjose2014-08-03


Paige Russell (author)2014-08-03

Great idea camping crazy!

Thanks!! Super easy too

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