You have probably seen quite a few videos that were shot from inside a moving car. My favorites are the videos of a meteor exploding in the skies above Russia in early 2013. You never know what interesting sites you might come across while driving to work.
There are a lot of different designs of in-car camera mounts. Some have the camera mounted to the windows. Others mount the camera to the dashboard. But the design that I like the best has the camera mounted to the headrest. This design is sturdy that doesn't require any modification to your car.
In this project, I am going to show you how you can make a simplified headrest camera mount.
Step 1: Materials
21" piece of 2" x 2" lumber ($1.75)
1/4"-20 x 1" Machine Screw ($0.25)
Power Drill and Bit Set
Step 2: Measure the Space of the Headrest Supports
Step 3: Cut and Drill the Camera Support Bar
On the right side of the board, drill a 1/2" hole about 1 inch from the end. Then, drill a second 1/2" hole six inches to the left of the first hole. When drilling large holes it is often a good idea to first drill a smaller hole and then gradually widen the hole with larger bits until you reach the desired size. This helps to prevent the wood from splitting or breaking up. It also helps to place a second piece of wood underneath the one that you are drilling. By drilling directly into a second piece of wood, it helps to keep the exit hole clean and even.
On the left side of the board, drill a 1/4" hole through the board about 1 inch from the end. Then on the bottom side of the board, counterbore the hole with a 1/2" bit so that a 1 inch long 1/4-20 machine screw can reach through the board and stick out the other side. Again, it is often helpful to use several bits to gradually widen the hole. This helps to prevent too much damage to the wood. Repeat this process at several locations along the board. This gives you several options as to where to mount your camera. I recommend having the mounting holes no closer than one inch apart.
Step 4: Mount the Camera
Step 5: Mount the 2x2 Onto the Headrest
Step 6: Adjust the Position of the Camera
Step 7: Test Out Your Camera Mount
If you are driving on a rough road, the video can get shaky. If this happens you can pad the camera support by placing a rolled up cloth such as a shirt or towel between the board and the seat.
Never operate the camera while driving. If you want to make adjustment to the camera while on the road, have a friend sit in he back seat and operate the camera.