I want to get some POV footage down the sights of shotguns and rifles on a camping trip next month. The video doesn't necessarily have to be directly down the sites but the closer the better. Maybe right above so the weapon can still be aimed. I have a few pieces I can use from photography stuff, mainly a bogen super clamp and two mounts to put speedlites and umbrellas on top of light stands.
Difficulty: I don't have a video camera or SLR that shoots video. This will be using either a P&S camera or an iphone/droid.
I am envisioning a flat piece of material with two sides and the phone/P&S will be held in place with thick rubber bands. Maybe a few cutouts on the back to check focus and start/stop filming. As far as actually mounting it to the stock of the weapon I don't have many ideas.
Think out side the box.
Use that clamp upside down and point the camera down the bottom of the barrel.
Or use the clamp upside down and use one of these to swing the camera up and around the side of the gun..
Basically when it comes to clamping a camera to something that is going to be moving or being jerked (as in the gun bucking) you don't want to go with cheap clamp/tripod parts.
I suggest getting a go pro because at least with that, it'll be in a shock resistant armor. With the phone setup there is a chance of your phone being thrown by the recoil of the gun.
The above listed is your cheapest option. IMO.
Or you could go this route:
Manfrotto Super Clamp
Manfrotto Magic Arm
But that setup is going to cost you about $150
There are a few things I've thought up for a cool firearms related POV video. But they involve some in depth After Effects work, so I'm not sure you'd understand if I started rambling on about it.
Maybe when I finally get my hands on a Canon 5DmkII and start working with video for the first time in ~8 years. If you rambled in photoshop I'd probably get it. However, the last time I did any video it was with a Bolex.
I'll be shopping around tomorrow for gopros and I'll probably end up doing the C clamp