Sometimes wind can be a real issue when filming as it can disrupt the sound considerably. I wanted to build a wind protector for a small point and shoot camera, that also could swivel and attach to a monopod or a tripod, basically making it a selfie stick. Using this device makes a big difference when it's windy outside, and it works really well.
Step 1: Materials Needed
- 12 × 8″ piece of Baltic Birch plywood
- 10" of 1/2" dowel
- (1) 14"-20 camera screw
- (2) 5/16" pronged tee nuts
- (1) 5/16" carriage bolt
- (5) 3/4" screws
- yellow glue
- hot glue
- 10×4″ piece of heavy fabric
Step 2: Cutting
I used my xcarve cnc machine to carve out the parts, however you could easily cut them out on a band saw or a scroll saw in addition to using a drill and a jig saw for certain parts. I've made a template of the file I used, so you can download it and re-create the same design if you want to.
I created this design in Inkscape and then I exported it as an SVG file to Easel. For this project I'm using Baltic Birch plywood because I wanted something strong to hold the camera. I had the xcarve cut out all the pieces.
Step 3: Assemble
Once all the pieces were cut, I chiseled in a quarter twenty camera screw, and then glued in octagon E under piece C, and glued and screwed in cut D to the side of the octagon. Separately, I glued together cut A and B, added two pronged tee nuts one on the bottom and one the side, and added a carriage bolt in the middle of octagon F.
Step 4: Fabric
I also cut up some dowels, got a piece of heavy fabric, and put the dowels in the shallow holes cut out by the x carve. Hot gluing the fabric to the dowels works really well.
Remove the dowels to put on the camera, and then put them back on.
Then simply insert the carriage bolt in the groove and screw it into the square piece.
Then screw in the monopod or tripod or what you're using at the bottom.
Step 5: Angle
Now you can adjust the knob there to change the angle of the camera
This is a pretty unfinished prototype that I hacked together because I needed it. If you decide to build this I would think sanding and painting are a good idea.
I'm thinking about adding an attachment so I can use my cellphone instead of my point-and-shoot camera.
Step 6: Watch the Video
For a much better perspective, make sure to watch this short video on how to build and use this attachment!