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Spider mount for H4n field recorder for 15mm rod systems

by MarcusWolschon, published

Spider mount for H4n field recorder for 15mm rod systems by MarcusWolschon May 29, 2011

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Summary

With the H4n attached to my shoulder rig or camera I noticed that it does pick up some impact noise from my hands on the other side of the rig.
(Most of the time it's not noticeable.)

Background
For a microphone you usually counter this with a spider mount.
However such mounts seem to exist only for conventional microphones.
Not for field recorders.
Using the microphone-stand adapter of the H4n was no option as the high center of gravity only allows for stationary mounting of the recorder.

This design
Based on the existing inner part for a spider mount for the H4n field recorder,
I designed an outer part to mount it to a 15mm rod system.
In this case, the diagonal rod that holds the handles.
So the field recorder is right in front of your eyes.

I'm reusing two of my universal accessory-holders for 15mm rod support systems:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:7530

and I strongly suggest to use my remote handle:
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:7765
to control the H4n. As any way of touching the recorder would be contrary to the purpose of using a spider mount in the first place.

Links

Photos:
https://picasaweb.google.com/Marcus.Wolschon/20110526H4nSpiderUnobservedPrint?feat=directlink

Blog Entry:
http://marcuswolschon.blogspot.com/2011/05/15mm-rod-system-spider-mount-for-h4n.html

notes

With another inner part, you can use this to mount other field recorders or microphones to a 15mm rod system too.
You can also use this part to connect the H4n to anything else that has 2
1/4" (or slightly smaller metric) bolts sticking out of it.

Instructions

Print 2 accessory holders and 2 frames and 1 body.
Use 1 short and 2 long 1/4" bolts (common in photography)
to combine H4n with body and frames to accessory holders.
Use M5x16 wing bolts and M5 nuts to connect the accessory holders to the 15mm rod system of your camera.

You can substitute smaller metric bolts for the connections
of frame to accessory holder.

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