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Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 12:42 am
by russellhltn
michaelfish wrote: What do you think of this idea? What kind of problems can you foresee?
My concern would be stability. Both rotational and sway. Especially as you try to move the camera.

Retractable Motorized Camera

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 9:04 pm
by michaelfish
Well, here's my idea of a garage door opener implemented as a concealed, motorized retractable camera system.

Using a garage door opener (track) mounted vertically instead of horizontally, I was able to install a motorized retractable camera system for the Sony EVI-D70.

The camera is raised/lowered by either the hand remote control or from a keypad mounted on the wall. Pan/Tilt/Zoom is accomplished via a Sony RM-B300 joystick controller located in the library.

I used an straight air conditioning register boot to store the camera in the ceiling instead of the light fixture idea. The register boot was better suited for the shape of the camera and cheaper. It also was easier to conceal by using a grill to cover the hole. Thanks to Mikerowaved for his ideas for concealing the camera, which led to my own solution...using the A/C grill. When the camera retracts, a 10" x 6" air-return grill mounted on hinges is pulled into place or opened by the camera base via a cable and springs.

Limits on the garage door track control the stops.

The camera drops 7' from the ceiling and suspends 8 1/2 feet off the ground.

The cost of the project was only about $375, but there was a lot of work involved.

Posted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:13 pm
by Mikerowaved
Now that's pretty cool! Next time you're up in the overhead area you'll have to take some pics of the behind-the-scenes part of the installation.

Do you get much vibration or other mount movement when you tilt/pan the head?

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 12:18 pm
by natedavis
I second the request by mikerowaved. I would love to see some shots up behind the scenes. Really great engineering job. Lots of work, but really well thought out!

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 8:54 pm
by mkmurray
Wow, really clever!

Behind the scenes pictures

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:29 pm
by michaelfish
Here are some pictures of the setup in the attic.

Video of camera lowering and retracting

Posted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:44 pm
by michaelfish
There were problems reported with the videos not playing. Hopefully this will correct the problem. Let me know if it does not work for you.

The trick was to check 'Rewind Movie After Playing' under the Options tab.

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:22 am
by scgallafent
Nope. The .pps files contains links to the video files, but not the actual video.

Posted: Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:56 am
by heyring
I had the opportunity to go and see Michael's setup this morning. This is top notch and the Val Vista Stake will be adopting some of these ideas. SPecefically the attic mounted Garage Door extended center camera.

Posted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:05 pm
by Melmac
I also liked your attic mounted drop camera... A couple of questions on your engineering ... What size conduit did you use
and how did you make the transition from the conduit to holding the camera with the wires coming out. I didn't see the large
square box you used last time around.