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For my video productions I film regularly in my workshop. The parts and tools I use, I would like to present in my films well visible. Of course, the work processes should also be shown optimally for the viewer.
Why a tripod is not enough
In the past, I screwed my camera onto a tripod for this purpose and set it up in front of the workbench. This way I could see exactly what I was filming and make further adjustments to the camera if needed.
Unfortunately, the camera and tripod were also constantly in the way. I lacked freedom of movement and often bumped my foot against the tripod. This resulted in ugly wobbles in the video.
I therefore bought another tripod. This time with a horizontal boom. This allowed me to set up the tripod a little further away from my position. The camera had a slightly better position.
But even this solution was not perfect. I had to weigh down the tripod because the weight of the camera on the boom was quite high. The stand from the tripod was very unstable as a result.
Also, I was still not able to film my workbench directly from above. The angle was still too shallow.
The solution – Glide Gear OH100
After a long search I found a special video platform. The company Glide Gear offers various overhead platforms for filming.
I have chosen the Glide Gear OH100 model.
- Stabile Aluimnum/Stahlkonstruktion
- Mehrere 1/4 20 Befestigungsmöglichkeiten
- Max. Höhe: 68,6 cm, Breite: 86,4 cm
Sources of supply and stores
The model is listed on Amazon Germany, but was not available for months in the meantime. According to my research, there was also no authorized dealer within the EU at the time.
For $199 plus. 70 $ shipping and 60 EUR in customs and taxes I paid the equivalent of just under EUR 260. A proud, but quite justified price in my opinion.
The order was placed on a Sunday and already on Wednesday the package was there.
As of today, however, the Glide Gear OH100 Overhead Table Top Studio Video Camera platform is available on Amazon – and at a significantly lower price.
Price: € 9.90instead of: € 10.20
Product features Glide Gear OH100
The overhead platform is solidly made of aluminum and steel. The feet are equipped with rubber soles on the bottom.
The height is about 69 cm and the width is 86 cm. The weight is specified at 3.6 kg.
Here are the official specifications:
Multiple 1/4-20 mounting options for accessories
Max Height: 27″
Construction: Aluminum and Steel
Lights, Monitor, Camera and Friction Arms are not included
Box Dimensions: 36.0 x 8.5 x 3.0″
Weight: 8lbs (3.6kg)
Max payload 10lbs
Limited Lifetime warranty
The structure of the Glide Gear OH100
The assembly is very well explained in the enclosed instructions. This is written in English, but the pictures speak for themselves.
Useful additional products
I bought an additional quick release plate. This is permanently attached to the Over Head platform. This way I can quickly mount or dismount my camera without changing the complete setting.
I attached additional arms to the cross brace. This is no problem due to the prefabricated ¼-20 screw holes. My LED headlights are then attached to the arms.
The Over Head System is ideal for all top-down camera shots. It doesn’t matter whether I’m filming with my Panasonic GH5, action cam or smartphone. By the way, the matching clamp mount is included for the smartphone.
To hide the background you can install a photo wall. The Glide Gear OH100 offers two angles with one clamp each for this purpose. There the photo wall will be fixed.
By the way, on the pictures you can see my film setup for the video Drying out the basement – New submersible pump destroyed after 1 month.