Following a request I wanted to put up a post about how to make a cox post camera mount, by that what I mean is a mount for your camera which sits above the coxes head (in an 8) and films straight down the boat, this mount is quite useful for seeing catch angles and bdy postions down the boat.
I got the inspiration from the boat race camera’s that Oxford and Cambridge use like the one here:
My aim was to come up with one that was a little less permanently attached, could be easily adjusted and is a cheap and eas to make, since im not exactly a DIY legend.
Thankfully I was able to make quite a simple design, which I unveil below
Notice the racing start, so it hung on pretty well!
To make it is extremely simple, only 4 parts (and glue):
- A Hama 75 Tripod mount – About £10 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hama-Star-Tripod-Carry-Case/dp/B000EOMQM2
- 3 x camera suction mounts – (search ebay for “camera suction mounts, usually £3 from China)
- Glue to stick it together
To build it couldnt be simpler, at the end of each of the legs of the Hama tripod mounts are little plastic “feet” that cover the hollow ends of the legs, if you remove these feet (takes some brute force) then you expose the hollow of each leg
Now take the camera mounts, like this one
and inset the screw into the hole, and glue in place like this
Once all 3 legs are done, that’s it give yourself a pat on the back, you now you are ready!
As to mounting on an 8+, heres some points of advice:
- The tripod has adjustable legs and neck, personally I try and make sure I use both to get a good height using both the legs and the neck to make sure its as stable as possible, have a play with it before you try it on the water
- Try and mount the camera behind the cox but as close as possible to the cox to get a good shot, be careful you’re not interfering with the coxing cables/rudder however
- Although the mounts do suction on very well (and i’ve actually done an outing in an 8+ where one of the legs actually lost suction and the mount was fine) I would still advise attaching some string to the mount incase it does come lose, and similarly use a waterproof camera “just in case”
- For a camera, the lighter the better, personally I use my Gopro (using the tripod mount) although the fisheye lens does mean the bow pair looks distored/rowing short so take that into account before laying into their technique
I hope this helps! Please feel free to ask any questions, in further posts ill go over some of the other mounts ive made.