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EastTx 09-18-2017 09:04 PM

Self Filming Gear
 
I have been trying to self film my hunts for several years but to date I have been unable to get good video of a kill shot on a good buck. I believe it is due to the fact that I have been using a cheapo camera arm that is hard to maneuver in time to get the shots on film. I have a decent camera, but I am looking for recommendations for a good camera arm, tripod, camera head, and any other accessories I may need to make it a little easier to film from a tree and a blind. For those of you that film, what are you using?

Tshelly 09-18-2017 09:14 PM

Self Filming Gear
 
Muddy outfitter camera arm. I haven't killed one with yet but I have passed a few close up that would have gotten it done. I got a go pro this year to add to. I'm going to try and capture a kill on film this year. I may upgrade camera and accessories next year.


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ATX Tyler 09-18-2017 10:05 PM

I highly recommend the 4th Arrow camera arms. They use a ball joint type of mounting system that makes it really easy to mount it to any angle of tree. Get a decent fluid tripod head (I use manfrotto and another cheaper one from Amazon). If you want to get good footage, don't go cheap on the head. Spending $75-100 on a good head will make a difference for sure. Another less thought about accessory that makes my life so much easier is a varizoom lanc controller. Basically let's you turn on your camera, control zoom, and recording without taking your hand off the head handle. Depends on your camera as to whether you can use that though. What are you running for a camera?

EastTx 09-19-2017 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by Tshelly (Post 12741722)
Muddy outfitter camera arm. I haven't killed one with yet but I have passed a few close up that would have gotten it done. I got a go pro this year to add to. I'm going to try and capture a kill on film this year. I may upgrade camera and accessories next year.


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Panasonic HC V-550. It takes great video and I love the zoom but it does not have LANC for some reason.

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jooger17 09-19-2017 10:17 PM

Don't short yourself on the fluid head. I have a Muddy arm that does pretty good in a tree. It's kind of a pain if you jump from tree to tree to get set up quietly because it uses a ratchet strap. I'm looking for a better option in the strap but aside from that it's a good arm.


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TXhoghunter94 09-19-2017 10:55 PM

I like the muddy pro camera arm with a Manfrotto head.

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LivinADream 09-20-2017 03:14 AM

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Originally Posted by jooger17 (Post 12744810)
Don't short yourself on the fluid head. I have a Muddy arm that does pretty good in a tree. It's kind of a pain if you jump from tree to tree to get set up quietly because it uses a ratchet strap. I'm looking for a better option in the strap but aside from that it's a good arm.


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Muddy makes a camera strap, I think it's called a silent strap, that is Supposed to be well, silent. I looked at them the other day, think they were like $7. I read some reviews and it looks like it takes a little "practice" to actually be silent, but can be done.

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EastTx 09-22-2017 01:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ATX Tyler (Post 12741877)
I highly recommend the 4th Arrow camera arms. They use a ball joint type of mounting system that makes it really easy to mount it to any angle of tree. Get a decent fluid tripod head (I use manfrotto and another cheaper one from Amazon). If you want to get good footage, don't go cheap on the head. Spending $75-100 on a good head will make a difference for sure. Another less thought about accessory that makes my life so much easier is a varizoom lanc controller. Basically let's you turn on your camera, control zoom, and recording without taking your hand off the head handle. Depends on your camera as to whether you can use that though. What are you running for a camera?

Just ordered an arm and a fluid head from 4th arrow. Thanks!

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ATX Tyler 09-22-2017 02:31 PM

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Originally Posted by EastTx (Post 12752033)
Just ordered an arm and a fluid head from 4th arrow. Thanks!

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Awesome! I don't think you'll be disappointed. I have several stands set for this year and sometimes go mobile, so being able to pick up the extra mounting brackets is handy too. I just leave the brackets in the tree, and take the arm/ball joint with me when I pack out.

mdnabors 09-22-2017 05:03 PM

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Originally Posted by ATX Tyler (Post 12741877)
I highly recommend the 4th Arrow camera arms. They use a ball joint type of mounting system that makes it really easy to mount it to any angle of tree. Get a decent fluid tripod head (I use manfrotto and another cheaper one from Amazon). If you want to get good footage, don't go cheap on the head. Spending $75-100 on a good head will make a difference for sure. Another less thought about accessory that makes my life so much easier is a varizoom lanc controller. Basically let's you turn on your camera, control zoom, and recording without taking your hand off the head handle. Depends on your camera as to whether you can use that though. What are you running for a camera?

See in red bold as I completely agree! And I'll add a good shotgun mic for better audio...especially in the wind (with wind cover). I've been using an old Prmios arm for years and added the Manfrotto head. Works well

EastTx 09-28-2017 08:38 PM

Got some new toys in the mail today. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...c105c33d34.jpg

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Jake.hx 11-14-2017 02:19 PM

GIVEAWAY for camera mount, blind, and more...
 
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Originally Posted by EastTx (Post 12741679)
I have been trying to self film my hunts for several years but to date I have been unable to get good video of a kill shot on a good buck. I believe it is due to the fact that I have been using a cheapo camera arm that is hard to maneuver in time to get the shots on film. I have a decent camera, but I am looking for recommendations for a good camera arm, tripod, camera head, and any other accessories I may need to make it a little easier to film from a tree and a blind. For those of you that film, what are you using?

XENEK offers a very compact and simple camera mount that works great on a ground blind or in a tree stand. It works very well for secondary camera angles for POV cameras. You can learn more here: https://huntxenek.com/product/xenek-mini-mount/

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