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I want to make a sort of ball, to put my camera inside. The point would be to be able throw it, to get an "action" sort of look. I was thinking of making a ball or using some sort of plastic ball. The camera would be held in place by a screw. The inside of the ball would be filled with something to cushion the impact. Any ideas, suggestions or items already available?

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Lithium Rain

10 years ago

Suggestion: don't put a camera in something you are throwing! The laws of physics clearly state that any camera, at any time, will instantaneously implode if thrown, dropped or otherwise molested.

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Keith-KidLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

...The whole point of this thread, is to somehow make a ball, fill it with something that will protect it.....

My best bet would be a hamster ball, fill it with foam. Ill carve the foa, in a way that will hold and protect the camera...

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Keith-KidLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Headings only work if the = is the first part of a line

=like this=

not =like this=

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iamthemargerineman

10 years ago

it might be easier to run it along a track... depending how big it is... but. if you insist... you could try making a ball out of silicone, like that caulk stuff at the hardware store. put it in a ball mold...or wel first make half of it... and while the silocone is soft and what not, wrap your camera in saran wrap... stick the butt, or where the lens isn't into it smooth off the excess and let it dry. then do it to the other half of the ball and stick the wrapped lens side in and smooth off the excess. then cut a hole leading up to the lens and stick your camera in and then close up the ball somehow and throw the jiggly mess. that probabaly made NO sense... so ignore this if it didn't. but i still don't think camera's are supposed to be thrown... try running it on a track or a really fast zoom if you want it to seem like it's from the ball's perspective...

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Kevvixx

10 years ago

Get one of those hamster balls and attach a metal rod that would go all the way through the ball. That way you could attach the camera onto the rod (somehow) and it would be level so that you could have a cool action shot. I don't know how to really explain this, sorry. If I make it, I'll give you the link.

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Goodhart

10 years ago

Hmm, a thrown ball will spin, wildly. Even a football has quite a spin on it when tossed. Since a baseball rolls out of the hand as it is tossed, it too spins. It would be difficult at best to eliminate that spin, if one is tossing it manually, I would think.

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Keith-KidGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

The spin is not a problem. It doesn't have to be a stable image. I simply want the viewer to understand that it its a ball's point of view, not someone waving a camera. Basically It would be an image of a shoe or hand, then the movement.

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killerjackalopeKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

Umm hamster balls are generally clear, best bet, make a really solid mount inside the ball for the camera and have someone throw it, or roll it, since it rolls quickly anyway noone would know whether is was kicked or not.

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caitlinsdadKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

Get two large clear plastic salad bowls that the cafeteria use. Pack your videocamera in foam and stuff it in. Set it on autopilot. Duck tape the two halves together. Voila, let it rip.

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caitlinsdadcaitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

Oh, launch with trebouchet or catapault or giant potato gun...

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GoodhartKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

If you can find a slow motion video of a ball being thrown, you will see what I mean by spin. It would be hard to imagine getting a decent "video" from a ball spinning that fast.

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GoodhartGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Basically It would be an image of a shoe or hand, then the blur. :-)

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GoodhartCameronSS

Reply 10 years ago

That's starting to become a bit of a bulky ball :-) Now, a camera on the nose of small model rocket, that would be interesting, as long as you could insure it didn't "get lost" when the engine blows the parachute out :-)

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CameronSSGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Those are commercially available, just a bit expensive. One of the counselors fired one at FATP, but the parachute separated from the rocket and it made a lovely crunch on impact.

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GoodhartCameronSS

Reply 10 years ago

I am assuming the camera stayed with the rocket then, and not the parachute :-)

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Tool Using AnimalGoodhart

Reply 10 years ago

Take advantage of the spin, with both translation and rotation you could build up a picture with only a single pixel sensor (I think).

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GoodhartTool Using Animal

Reply 10 years ago

The spin (if I remember correctly) could be around 200 rpm. Maybe with good equipment.....

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Patrik

10 years ago

Hmm... I could have sworn I've seen something like this within the past couple of months.

Couldn't find anything on Instructables with a quick search, but here's some links from Engadget:

SatuGO: 3 megapixel camera in a ball concept...yeah, it's bouncy
HP recommends throwing their cameras -- a lot

And here's one from Gizmodo:

Triops Camera Takes Panoramic Shots, Reacts to Sound and Motion

AH - this is the one I remember seeing earlier:
TosPom Ball-Camera Catches You Catching It, Confuses Us

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Keith-KidPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

oh wow thanks! I'll check those out!!!

the first one draws my eye!

no, no its not actually drawing my eye. I mean it calls my attention. No, you can't have its phone number so you can call it too. I mean that its eye-catching.....no!...its not actually catching.... ugh

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Keith-Kid

10 years ago

lol, I can be confusing about my points.... What I mean is, I really don't care for the quality of the video, I just want some blurry quick spin...ing movement

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caitlinsdad

10 years ago

I saw at the toy store they were dumping the Tony Hawk helmet cam for cheap. I guess you could hollow out a place in a big sponge foam ball and place it inside, then toss it all over the place. Search around for "stedicam" camera mounts. It is essentially a counterweighted boom arm that lets you run around to get those action shots. I think I saw an ible on it. And if this wasn't video you were talking about, the photo buffs here should be able to tell you how to pan or zoom the camera to get the action look. I think the effect can even be photoshopped somehow.

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Keith-Kidcaitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

I am talking about video. But I don't want a persons point of view. I want the point of view of a ball being thrown.

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caitlinsdadKeith-Kid

Reply 10 years ago

Maybe you can just simulate it. Tape the end of a football or other object like the end of an arrow so it shows up in your view. Simulate the path it would take and speed it up in post-production when you edit the video and mix in shots of the real ball being thrown. Hang your camera on an overhead clothesline and slide it down the path or just swing it on a rope. A lot of movies have been made with the point of view of a dog low to the ground.

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Keith-Kidcaitlinsdad

Reply 10 years ago

I had thought about that, but got excited over the idea of a container

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bumpus

10 years ago

make sure that it wont blur during hangtime, the camera that is