How do you support your webcam when you are filming pencil tests? Do you use a tripod, a chair or a pile of books? This post will tell you how to build a simple webcam rostrum using just a screwdriver, a drill and a saw. If you get your wood merchant to cut the wood to size you won’t even need a saw. If you opt for the bracket method you may not need a drill.
Before we start building lets take a look at a couple of ready made rostrums that I found on the
Animation Supplies.net website.
This rostrum has a rigid stand and decent lighting system. The base board is 45cm x 45cm and the column is 92cm high.
It includes a baseboard, column and 2 Lights. Price £149.99.
This compact rostrum is for lightweight compact cameras. It’s a good choice for those starting out in animation. Its baseboard is 30.5cm x 23cm and column height can be set from 7 to 30.5cm.
It includes a baseboard and telescopic column. Price £20.99.
You may already have some off-cuts of wood in your workshop that can be utilised. Or your local wood merchant may have an off-cut bargain bin.
Camera bracket: Planed Smooth Timber 44mm x 18mm x 100mm.
Top arm = A – B.
Column = C – D.
Base board depth = E + F.
Baseboard width = animation paper width + 20mm.
The length of the column (C – D) can be be worked out by holding the camera above a sheet of animation paper and moving it up and down until you get the best fit of the paper on the screen.
Cut the materials to size.
Drill, screw and assemble using the diagram as a guide.