Mounting is possibly the most tricky and difficult part of capturing your project from start to finish - construction projects being the most troublesome. Rarely is there an easy option for a mounting solution that is
A. Not in the way of the actual construction
B. Will be there for the entirety of the project
C. Easily accessible for battery swaps/SD card downloads
At the end of the day every job site is different. making it hard to give generalizations on how to, and where to mount. The purpose of this blog is to give you examples in hopes that one will apply to your site.
The subject in this photo is the construction of a Holiday Inn Express, soon to be four stories tall. There were three cameras set to film this job, unfortunately no camera with a head on shot. This first camera is ~50ft away from the subject, and mounted ~10ft high on a light post. Although bungee cord mounting is not ideal in the rainy season of south Florida, it held better than expected with little to no movement throughout the 4/5 days of driving rain storms. Light posts always present the problem of no ability to drill into them. The bungee cords that come in the BCC200 bundle made it possible to work around this.
The second mount on this site was one of our Wi-Fi/BLE enabled cameras -the TLC120A-BK. Although not ideal for outdoor, long-term construction, the 120 held up better than expected. Also utilized in this mount was the bungee cords that come in the BCC200 bundle. This camera was mounted closer than the lifted pro (~20 yards) on a chain link fence. I wanted to have a camera on each side of the building to focus on crane activity.
Having two cameras on a job gives you piece of mind that if one falls victim to the elements, batteries reach full depletion, or an theft gets their hands on it, you have another camera's footage to fall back on. In the likely event you complete your project, both cameras in tact, you can use both sets of footage to add complexity to your end video.
Get Creative! If you have the means to complete short clips of videos on important days (like crane day) a short one hour clip with a short interval capture can add more complexity and make for a more riveting video. The above picture is from a pro mounted on the boom of a crane when the walls were being pulled up on a new motorcycle factory.
This Pro was deployed on the Holiday Inn Express job on top of an electrical unit. I was lucky enough to have one secure structure to work with for the remainder of the project. The finished video is published below.
This pro was deployed on a jobsite dedicated to documenting a floor renovation. Although not pictured, it is recommended to keep the Pro in it's housing unit to protect from dust, dirt and debris. This camera stand about ~3ft from the floor as to capture as close to the ground as possible.
Another example of temporary creative mounting. A short clip was taken on top of the floor grinder with the TLC120A-BK. Finished clip featured below.
Aerial Views are great and whenever possible are recommended. Indoor recordings are much easier to fabricate mounting positions in order to achieve this. With the Pro's 112 degree field of view, it was simple to gain a good overview of the main living room of this floor restoration.
This video uses a lot of mixed media, as well as various mounting placements, distances and structures. Having a Pro placed close to the ground and also an aerial view helps show the entire area throughout the renovation.