iPhone mount for tripod

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Project by Chris McDowell posted 06-14-2014 01:46 AM 1429 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ended up making a video showing how to make one of these. Stupid easy to do. Watch it here.

If you are like me, you want to record videos (or shoot pictures), but cannot afford a dedicated HD camera. So you make do with what you have.

I’ve been recording videos with my iPad, but find it too big and bulky to work with. Plus, the mount I made for it was not working out and was too flimsy. I decided I like recording better with the iPhone, especially since the video quality is the same.

I recently saw a post somewhere by McGinn’s workshop on (person I am subscribed to on YouTube) and it gave me the idea to try it this way.

I used the mount that comes with a tripod.

If you have a tenoning jig, this would be much easier, but I don’t so I sandwiched a scrap piece between two stop blocks on my sled, made the cut then rotated the scrap piece 180 degrees and made a second pass. This centered the groove in the work piece.

Then I just kept adjusting the stop blocks until I ended up with the following picture and my iPhone fit snugly into the groove – a friction fit.

I then removed the mount from the tripod and the little screw that came with it.

A Kreg screw fits nicely into the hole. I also used a Kreg screw because it is a pan head or truss head type of screw, which won’t wedge into the hole in the plastic piece and possibly widen it. Otherwise, just use a normal screw with a washer. I don’t have any washers that are the right size so a Kreg screw was the solution for me.

Just screw straight into the bottom and then mount it to the tripod.

Super simple. Thanks to McGinn for the idea.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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Brett StClair

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 03:17 PM

I like the idea. It’s a very simple and quick solution that could be adapted to other areas of photography as well as your video application.
I do have a suggestion. I noticed that the screen side of your bracket blocks that screen a bit. I also took note of your “friction fit” requirement. It makes sense as you don’t want the phone falling out as you are adjusting camera tilt, position, etc. Why not use a piece of clear acrylic or plexiglass on one side. See my sketch image below. This would allow you to see the whole screen. Also When you cut the rabbet out make sure that it’s depth is slightly less that the thickness of your phone. When you insert your phone you simple loosen the screws holding the plexiglass. Insert your phone. Then re-tighten the screws to hold the phone in place.

-- "Make things as simple as possible... but not any simpler." - Albert Einstein

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Chris McDowell

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 04:01 PM

Brett: I like your suggestions. I think I’ll go ahead and call mine version 1.0! Thanks!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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Rick M.

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#3 posted 06-16-2014 08:28 PM

My solution was similar but uses a rubber band to hold the phone.

I’ve since bought an HD camcorder and had to rig a different mount.


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Chris McDowell

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#4 posted 06-16-2014 09:05 PM

Rick: wow, you went into a lot of detail on yours. Nice.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#5 posted 06-17-2014 12:04 AM

Everything I tried until I came up with mine ended up either muffling the sound or activating the screen somehow.

The tripod will break before the phone comes out of this thing!

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Chris McDowell

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#6 posted 06-17-2014 01:27 AM

Jeff: very cool idea. Mine was, frankly, an “I need something right away” kind of thing. Perhaps if I make another, I will copy yours or Rick’s. Thanks for sharing yours.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#7 posted 06-21-2014 07:26 PM

Update: it works great. It doesn’t activate the screen at all. Not being able to see the bottom of the screen is no big deal. All the buttons I need to push, like record, delete, and accessing the camera roll are not covered.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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