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Cardboard hood for Camcorder screen

Video camcorders without view finders, the screens are also difficult to see in bright sunlight.

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Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 20:44:49
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Video Camcorder Hood


Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 20:50:05
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The screens on video camcorders are so difficult to see in bright sunlight and could benefit from a sunshade.

There are a variety of commercial products available as you can see in this link.


It is simple to build a DIY sun shade in a few minutes at little or no cost, just time. I have made one a few years ago, but its gone all floppy.

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Remember Dragon Cam ?

Used to good effect in this video, you can follow the small 35" to 40" models with easy however far away they are.




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Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 20:55:44
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The new hood was made from a 12" long cardboard box, with some extra cardboard bits to fashion the hood around my head to keep the light out. Also the pointed nose was attached on the end.

To get the canopy shape on top was extra cardboard.



Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 20:58:57
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These a slot in the left side for the camcorder screen to fit into.



You can work the main controls, wide angle may be a problem with the nose at the side though.

Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 21:05:15
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Because how the shape came out I had the do some foils to decorate the sides.



Above with chin - 'chine' -


I even shaded the lower part and drew on a curved passenger / crew door.

Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 21:06:42
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I get a great view of the screen, almost dark cinema like when my head closes in to the end of the hood.


Edited By Mark Kettle 1 on 01/08/2019 21:07:15

Dad_flyer01/08/2019 21:09:48
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thumbs upthumbs up

Mark Kettle 101/08/2019 21:15:51
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Cheers Dad_flyer, see my album pictures today the see the development pictures and drawings.

Hood development pictures and drawings

Another hood video.

Phil Cooke02/08/2019 15:53:34
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Excellent Mark, great job!

'Dragon Cam' set the bar and went down in history!

'Concorde Cam' is just superb!

kc02/08/2019 17:13:38
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Too easily mistaken for KKK head gear! Suggest Easyjet colours or anything but white.......

Mark Kettle 102/08/2019 19:27:38
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I like your thinking KC, brilliant !!!

Easy jet Concorde....well I could design a foil to see if works.

Mark Kettle 102/08/2019 19:33:19
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Cheers Phil, disappointed I can't get any PSSA footage this weekend , however i'll have to try it out at the Blackpool free Air display next Saturday.

Mark Kettle 102/08/2019 19:34:23
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KC, or a EasyJet standard nose shape?

Mark Kettle 109/09/2019 09:45:44
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A film from the Great Orme....!

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