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Keeping that webcam pointing where you pointed it

Posted by Michael Brown on May 31, 2007

I recently picked up a couple of Logitech Quickcam IM OEM versions from a local retailer for doing Videoconferencing/Video Phone calls. As you can see from the picture below, it is basically a ball that sits in a rubber “cup”.

Logitech Quickcam IM

Now, because that ball is so light, it can move if there’s any kind of tension on the cable, or if you hit your desk, or if your floor bounces while you walk… and so on… So, you may be having a video conference, and your camera will drift off of your face and point at the walls, the ceiling, or wherever. So, how do you keep it from moving?

Well, if you’re using a Logitech webcam, you’re in luck. Most of their models have a standard tripod mounting point on the bottom of the camera ball. That mounting point is a 1/4″-20 thread, meaning you can use a screw which is 1/4″ in diameter, and has 20 threads per inch. So, a quick trip to the hardware store to get some 1/4″-20 screws of 1/4″ to 1/2″ in length, and you will have an easy method to keep your face in place. Just screw it in to the camera head through the base, and tighten it so it’s snug (but not so snug you can’t adjust the camera ball).

Using the same idea and some angle brackets (and any necessary washers and nuts), you could also fasten that camera to the wall, a bookcase, a windowframe , or anywhere else you needed to.

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