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Build a Projector Mount that will Go Anywhere

This projector mount will hold your valuable beamer securely while allowing you to point it most anywhere you would need. The components can be found at Lighting/Grip or Photography resellers. The parts as described here run about $130 – not cheap, but well worth it to protect and properly utilize your expensive video projection box.

Thanks to VJ Exavior for the inspiration and original design!

(aside: if someone comes up with a way to make this out of cheaper parts, do let me know!)

Here’s how the construction works:

  1. The Clamp. I used a 6 inch clamp, specifically, a Matthews Matthellini 6″ End Jaw Clamp, approx $50 new. Make sure you get one that has rubber coating inside to protect the surface to which you are clamping.
  2. The Clamp slides into the Grip Head, for which I used a Manfrotto Avenger D200 – approx $23 new.
  3. The Grip Head slides into a Swivel Pin, in this case an Avenger F830 Baby to Junior Swivel Pin – approx $35 new.
  4. At the end sits a Mounting Plate – I used an Avenger F800 3″ Baby Wall Plate – approx $12 new.
  5. The last piece will have to be custom fit to your projector:
  • Start with a board at least 2 inches larger than your projector on each side.
  • Make a stencil by laying a bit of paper over your projector and using an awl or screwdriver to punch holes through the paper into the screw holes in the projector.
  • Tape the stencil to your board, and drill through both. Now the 3 (or 4) holes in your board match the spacing of the 3 (or 4) holes in your projector base.
  • Attach the board to the Mounting Plate, and then the board to the projector.

I usually get my clamp all set up first, then bring the projector up to it and make fine adjustments. For extra security, run a cable through the Grip Head and around a beam or well-fastened pipe. This way, your projector won’t fall and kill someone if it does somehow slip loose.

34 Responses to “Build a Projector Mount that will Go Anywhere”

  1. ilo Says:

    Genius. Thank you VJ KungFu. I'm lovin this podcast. Killer site too.

    Any Recommendations on where to snag one of those clamps, or suggestions for alternate parts?

    I built a celling mount for an old LV Canon projector out of a belt and some parts i stole off my dad's boat. Your's is way better :D

  2. Momo the Monster Says:

    I bought most of the parts at the Mole Richardson Studio Depot in Hollywood, and the others at Samy’s Camera also in Hollywood. If you’re not around Los Angeles, check your local high-end camera shops – wherever the professional photographers would go. You can also find most of the parts from B&H and bhphotovideo.com.

  3. Exavior Says:

    One addition I made to the above design is to have a metal safety cable looped through the grip head. With the use of a carabiner, you can then attach the safety cable to the same object you are clamped to (or another near by object) as an added level of safety. Not only for your projector, but for people who may be walking around below your projector.

    And nice tutorial Momo!

    /Exavior

  4. boysandmurderers Says:

    Great tutorial! This beats putting a flange straight onto the board by a long shot. Thanks for posting this!

  5. drnz Says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but the Avenger F825 looks to be male to male and wouldn’t connect to the wall plate. The part pictured in the tutorial looks to be an Avenger F830TH Heavy Duty Baby to Junior Swivel Pin. Let me know if I’m mistaken…..

  6. Momo the Monster Says:

    Whoops! You’re absolutely right – I’ll change the text. Thanks for catching that!

  7. drnz Says:

    Just got done using a pair of these mounts for a month long tour, and they were worth their weight in gold. Thank you so much for figuring this out!!!!!!

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  14. alphabomb Says:

    There’s no product called the “Avenger F830 Baby to Junior Swivel Pin”

    The F830 is baby size (on both the socket and the pin)

    The F830TH is baby (socket) to junior (pin).

    VJs building this exact mount will want to purchase the “Avenger F830″ (not the F830RH or F830TH). The B&H link to F830 in the article is correct, but the description should not include “junior”.

    Happy mounting! Thanks Momo & Exavior!

  15. stuckfootage Says:

    Thanks for the info! I did a somewhat different version.
    Instead of using a swivel pin, I just bought a second grip head
    and an 18″ piece of aluminum pipe. So one grip head is on the clamp,
    one on the projector plate, and the pipe is in between.

    I works quite well, and lets the projector be set off to the side of
    a vertical support.

    Les

  16. rholladay Says:

    Does anyone know where to buy one of these?

  17. mrawhimskell Says:

    Hey, could you help us with a picture. i'd like to offset mine from a vertical support too. thanks

  18. stuckfootage Says:

    Sorry, I can't post a picture with this forum system. However, I'll try to describe it more carefully.

    Say you've got your Cardellini clamp attached to a vertical pole
    and your baby plate attached to the projector (just like in VJKungFu's video).
    Then attach a grip head to the clamp (also like VJ KungFu)
    and attach another grip head to the baby plate.
    So now you just need a piece of 3/8" pipe to go between the grip heads.

    In other words, you are replacing the swivel pin with a second grip head and the pipe.

    One problem with this system is that you have limited angular adjustment.
    I set the grip heads so the the pipe is sideways, That way you can adjust
    the roll of the projector to make the image horizontal, but then you need
    to use a projector with lens shift to adjust height (pitch).
    Pan (yaw) is easily adjustable by rotating the baby plate stud in the grip head.
    http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/GAL109/NEWHTF/

    Adding the swivel pin makes my solution work with projectors that
    don't have lens shift. In that case, you would have:
    Clamp – to hold onto the support
    Grip Head – connecting clamp to pipe
    Pipe – for offset
    Grip Head – to hold pipe to swivel pin
    Swivel Pin – to adjust pitch, roll, and yaw of the projector
    Baby plate – to attach swivel pin to projector

    I hope that helps!

    By the way, I use a longer-than-usual safety cable, run between the projector
    and the plate to some anchor point.

  19. stuckfootage Says:

    You can get everything at B&H or any local grip store.

    Clamp:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/161531-REG/

    Swivel:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3616-REG/Av

    Grip head:
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3581-REG/Av

  20. stuckfootage Says:

    Actually the pipe is 5/8".
    I bought aluminium tubing at a hardware store,
    then cut it to be about 18" long.

  21. stuckfootage Says:

    I found a new hardware solution that is smaller and simpler!
    Check out the Avenger F810! http://www.adorama.com/AEF810.html

    Works great with VJ Kung Fu's plate.

  22. DR. DMT Says:

    I just build a projector mount in a much easier way. The grip part is not quite as good but works well enough.

    I used a VESA desktop monitor mount. One of that clamps onto a desk. Than I went to a projector store and they were kind enough to sell me few of those little mounting pieces that are at the projector end of every ceiling kit. I guess you could buy the whole kit just to get those if you had to.

    Vesa Mount about $45US and the little feet and all the screws cost $10.

    Like I said, not quite as versatile but is working well enough.

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  31. Kara Rekk Says:

    Thanks a lot for making it rather easy. Any suggestions for the alternate parts? It's been a pin in the hay, lately. I'm also scouting for tool hire in Uckfield, my regular tools kit can't suffice.

  32. Kara Rekk Says:

    Thanks a lot for making it rather easy. Any suggestions for the alternate parts? It's been a pin in the hay, lately. I'm also scouting for tool hire in Uckfield, my regular tools kit can't suffice.

  33. Kara Rekk Says:

    Thanks a lot for making it rather easy. Any suggestions for the alternate parts? It's been a pin in the hay, lately. I'm also scouting for tool hire in Uckfield, my regular tools kit can't suffice.

  34. ron bigony Says:

    I would like to find an overhead mount for my artograph led 200 projector. Preferalbly one that would attach to my draftmens drawing board and would need to to up at least 3 feet above the board for larger image projection. Any suggestions ?

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