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Newer iPads actually have some decent cameras but tripod mounts are a little bit tough to come by.  I'm a school teacher and our video club recently started working on some stop motion projects.  The iPad mini is actually pretty handy for simple stop motion and there are some decent apps out there for it but a tripod is necessary to do any kind of accurate stop motion.  The first little gem that I stumbled upon was a youtube video of this process made by You2CanDIY.  I credit the creator of this mount entirely and thought I would simply add a few more tips and resources in case anyone else wants to try their hand at this process.
 
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Step 1: Getting some PVC to work with.

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You'll need to go to a hardware store and get some 4" PVC pipe.  I got mine at home depot and it was labeled as sewer pipe.  This pipe is not the regular schedule 40 pipe and is much thinner.  This is important for working with it.  The pipe came in an 8ft length and cost about $12.  For the ipad mini, only 10" of pipe is needed per mount so if you only want to make one, it might be worth finding somewhere that sells this pipe by the foot.

Step 2: Heat up the pipe

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You need to get the pvc warm in order to flatten it out.  Cut down one side of your pipe section and then heat it up until it lays flat.  Afterwards, sandwich the hot pvc between two flat surfaces until it cools off.  It should turn out nice and flat.  In this video you will notice that I used a heating element out of an old electric rotisserie along with a heat gun.  An oven would work great too but I don't think I would use the same oven that I use for food.
daewootech3 months ago

Any worries with heating PVC or are the problems only when you burn it? also what did you use to cut it?

I love it but if you didn't want to flatten the PVC you could use a cheep acrylic sheet
jammin0 (author)  Spy_Chickens135798 months ago

I actually had that same thought before I went out and bought some PVC since I already had some acrylic on hand. I came to the conclusion that acryllic would be a lot harder to work with. PVC cuts and drills almost like wood without any cracking ever. Also, my experience with acrylic and bending it is that you only really have 1 chance to get your bend right and it stretches and deforms. As I was figuring out the PVC on the first couple of mounts, I must have reheated and rebent 4 or 5 times. Each time it would heat and go back flat. Now if someone wants to try acrylic, it would look awesome in the end. Maybe the difference is that i have never worked that much with thicker acrylic since it is kind of expensive.

broccali9 months ago
that is sooo cool
audreyobscura9 months ago

Woah! I never knew you could do that with pvc pipe!