It was over twenty years ago that my wife and I were driving along a narrow country road through the hill towns of Spain. The landscape was beautiful but there was no place to pull over to get a shot. I had a Hi8 video camera that I handed to my wife and asked her to shoot through the window as I drove. She’d never used the camera before, couldn’t see through the tiny eyepiece viewfinder, couldn’t hold the camera steady and it was a disaster. She soon gave up after a few seconds of shaky, useless video.
I remember being somewhat annoyed at missing video of the beautiful scenes through the car window. But I got over it. We’re still together.
HandlePod and Sticky Putty Solves the Problem
How times have changed! Today everyone carries a cell phone with a built-in video camera. Recording a scenic drive through the Spanish countryside or anywhere else is a snap. But holding the camera steady in a moving car is still an issue (and impossible if you are driving alone).
That’s where HandlePod comes in. As described in a previous blog, it is a simple matter to fix lumps of Alcolin Sticky Putty (or similar material) to the feet of HandlePod. Then press the HandlePod onto the dash, attach a smartphone tripod adapter with your phone and start recording.
The Sticky Putty will hold the HandlePod solidly in place and the smartphone video is smooth and shake-free. This system will also hold a GoPro or other small action cam. A video capable point-and-shoot or mirrorless camera will also work.
Shoot Video Through the Side Window
If you want to get a shot out the side window, that is also possible. Sticky Putty adheres firmly to glass. Press the HandlePod against the side window and mold the putty onto the glass. Now you can shoot out the side of the car as the world goes by.
HandlePod with Sticky Putty makes your car a reliable moving video platform. And you can turn the camera around to shoot the driver and passenger as well—perfect for vloging and travel commentary. The ability to stick your smartphone or action cam to any solid surface opens up a world of photo and video possibility. The car offers a major opportunity. More to come in future blogs.