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Old 09-21-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default DIY Tripod Mount for iPhone 4 w/Otter Box Defender

I've been trying to find a way to mount my iPhone to a tripod head or camera arm for the upcoming season. There are a couple of commercial mounts, and a LOT of DIY tutorials on the web, but they all seem to be geared for the 3G/GS or the Iphone 4 without a cover, which is a dangerous proposition in itself, but especially when wanting to use it 20 feet up in a tree!

I finally figured the best, and simplest, method would be to modify the existing belt clip/holster for the Otterbox Defender to mount to a tripod or head. Here is a quick and simple way that I did it this morning:

First, I bought a 1/4" - 20 "T-Nut" (I've also seen them referred to as a welding nut or connector nut) from the hardware store.

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I flattened out the edge of the nut so that it would mount flush.

I originally considered mounting it to the inside of the holster, but the neck of the nut was longer than I wanted, and would have protruded too far outside the holster, which I think would cause a bit of instability. Therefore, I decided to drill a hole in the clip, instead.

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While I had the drill handy, I decided to mark a hole for the rear facing camera to "see" through while it was mounted in the holster. I removed the soft cover from my phone and used it as a template to mark the hole with a Sharpie.
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Then I drilled the hole in the holster. I ended up having to use a fairly large bit to avoid vignetting when the camera was attached.
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I applied a generous amount of Liquid Nails to the neck of the T-Nut...
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...and then pressed the nut into the clip. I was careful to get a tight fit when I drilled the hole.
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I used pliers to press the nut tight against the clip. Once the adhesive was dry, I simply screwed my Bogen quick release plate to the nut on the clip.
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Finally, I attached the quick release plate to the tripod head, replaced the Otterbox cover on the phone, an snapped it into the holster, as designed.

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With the quick release/tripod head setup, I can use the head to adjust between vertical and horizontal.

I can also mount directly to a tabletop tripod, or perhaps my Gorillapod, and adjust the level of the camera using the rotating clip on the holster. I think it's going to work well!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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That is an awwesome idea!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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Clever Michael...very clever. I knew you had some Aggie in ya!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:17 PM   #4
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WAY too cool!!!!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:28 PM   #5
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Can you take a few pictures of the position of the bogen head. Tripod and back of the Iphone?
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:30 PM   #6
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Back of holster/clip with no release plate.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:33 PM   #7
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With QR plate attached.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:34 PM   #8
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super cool!
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:36 PM   #9
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Holster mounted to tripod head (this is actually a simple monopod head with only one horizontal/vertical axis adjustment, but would work on a 3030 or any other head, as long as it has a vertical adjustment.)
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:39 PM   #10
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Thats what I wanted to see. I need to invest in a case and do this! Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:57 PM   #11
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Very clever MM.
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:59 PM   #12
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Thats a great idea. Good job.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #13
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Very cool!!!
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #14
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Great job...
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:32 PM   #15
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Very nice! I was thinking about something similar but like your idea better.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:26 PM   #16
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stellar work. you gonna live hunt with it? do you plan on toting a "real" camcorder along too?
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:23 PM   #17
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stellar work. you gonna live hunt with it? do you plan on toting a "real" camcorder along too?
Yes. I plan on doing some live updates using the phone. Of course, I will be toting the 7D again this year, as well. My hope is that, in addition to the live hunt updates, pics, video, streaming?, etc., that I can also use the HD video from the phone to "bridge" my problem of capturing the shot with the 7D and 70-200/f4L and being able to get a candid reaction without having to change to a wider lens on the 7D.

The cool thing about this mod is that, considering I already had the iPhone, Otterbox, tripod head, liquid nails, etc., the only "cash outlay" was $0.98 - and for that I got 4 T-nuts, so it was really less than a quarter!
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:08 AM   #18
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Great idea, great project, and great post Michael . My first thought was live video feed or streaming video, how every ya want to say it . Your cook-n now!
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:51 AM   #19
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great idea!
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:44 PM   #20
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Very nice!
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:02 PM   #21
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way too cool
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:13 AM   #22
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Neat idea!

You sure do have pretty hands! You ever thought about being a hand model?
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:22 PM   #23
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nice job
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:04 AM   #24
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Awesome! Does the iphone 4 video have zoom on it?
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:11 PM   #25
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Great job that is really cool...
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Old 10-20-2010, 11:27 PM   #26
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awesome idea!
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Old 10-23-2010, 01:49 PM   #27
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Awesome! Does the iphone 4 video have zoom on it?
Unfortunately, no.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:26 AM   #28
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nice
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:51 PM   #29
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Pretty cool.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:40 PM   #30
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Great work.
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