DIY End Zone Camera Quadpod
This is a design for a camera elevation system using Kee Klamp fittings and 1-3/8 tube. Used to take video and photos of football games (or any sports event), this Quadpod can be made for under $500. The idea is simple: attach a camera to the top of the vertical pipe to get shots of the action on the field. A pan-tilt module can be attached to the post and camera to provide additional control.
The cords to the camera and the pan and tilt controller would drape down the outside of the pipe or be tucked inside the pipe. The main body of the Quadpod should be able to collapse down to a storable size by loosening one set-screw on the upper Type 40-6 Kee Klamp.
Purchasing a brand new pre-fabricated tri-pod would cost from a $2k to $10k, depending on the accessories and features. This Quadpod should cost less than $500 using Kee Klamp components and standard 1-3/8 railing tube.
I have purchased the Kee Klamp components and tube to be able to construct a Quadpod. I intend on posting pictures, a revised Sketchup drawing with actual dimensions, a parts list, and a review of the project once it is completed.
I expect to be able to shorten the legs quite a bit when I actually build the Quadpod. Considering the height needs to be around 15 feet, I am hoping to have the legs no longer than 5 feet. They are closer to 10 feet in the sketch.
Below: Attach a pan and tilt controller to the Type 69-6 to manipulate your video camera.