Solvid Head Cam Instructions and Tips

Below are instructions and tips to get the most out of your Solvid CamStrap overhead camera mount.

Camera to CamStrap Connection: VERY IMPORTANT FOR SECURE UNION !!!

To get a secure connection between the CamStrap and the Camera, you will want to position the lock nut all the way to the bottom of the tripod stud. Then thread the camera on until it becomes snug against the camera. Camera tripod threads are different depths, so you may need a 1/4 washer or two to prevent the tripod stud from penetrating too deep and damaging the camera. On the right is an instructional video on how to make this head cam to tripod thread connection.

Wearing the Solvid Overhead Camera Mount on the Head

The CamStrap is easiest to get dialed in for the first time in front of a mirror; this way you can see how it looks and be sure to get the straps of equal length.

The CamStrap is designed for the forehead or the side of the head directly above the ear. The way in which you wear the mounting bracket will be determined both by the camera you are using and what is most comfortable to you.

Positioning:

Point and shoot cameras: the shape of these cameras typically allows for front of head wearing only.

Compact Camcorders: Can be worn on front or side of head; whichever is most comfortable.

Front of head:

When positioning the CamStrap on the front of the head, all you have to do is put the front head plate in the center of the forehead with the camera lens directly above your nose. You will then need to determine whether you need to pivot the camera up or down to get the desired footage (many activities will require different angles to get the best point of view).

Side of Head Camera Mounting

The CamStrap may also be worn on the side of your head if the camera allows it. This is more comfortable for camcorders as it allows less leverage from the camera hanging out over the mount. It also gives the entire setup a lower profile.
When positioning the CamStrap on the side of head, you will want to adjust the head plates directly over each ear. This means you will have to slide the head plate without the camera mount around the strap until it sits in the right spot with both head plates directly over the ears.

Wearing the CamStrap on a Helmet:

The CamStrap can be placed on a helmet just the same as when wearing directly in a head. The Straps for the helmets however are longer to accommodate for the larger circumference needed. The camera can then be worn on the front or side of the head, whichever works best with your helmet and camera.

To get the most secure fit, it may be necessary to remove the visor from the helmet, especially if you plan to wear the CamStrap with the camera on the front if your head.

It sometimes works best if you can place the strap on the edge of the helmet openings as demonstrated in the picture to the right.

If your helmet has some type of loop to hold binoculars in place, utilize it to hold the strap in place.

Hunting and Shooting Sports

If you plan to use the overhead camera mount for hunting purposes, then you will need to line the camera up in the right position so the target will be in the camera’s view when shooting.  The quickest way to accomplish this is to have another person line you up by looking through the viewfinder and adjusting as needed while the weapon is being aimed at an object. Once lined up perfectly, the user should then establish some anchor points to ensure quick, accurate and independent future aiming.

For front of head shooting, the best way to get lined up is to move the entire head plate to one side or the other, depending on your dominant arm. It does not take more than about an inch or two.

For side of head positioning, you will need to move only the camera as opposed to the head plates. On the right is a video briefly explaining this process to help you get it dialed in as fast as possible.

It is best to practice shooting while wearing and filming with the CamStrap to get it dialed in right where you want it. Take your time and try several positions until you find the one that works best for you.  It may take some time to get it dialed in initially, but once you get it and determine some anchor points, this process will become instinctual and eventually you will set it and forget it without needing to check.