Novel adjustable platform for camera mount

Pan-tilt mechanism is often implemented for camera mount so that the camera can be adjusted to a desired angle. It is even further automated as a motorized pan-tilt camera for video conferencing, surveillance and surgical purposes. However, none of the motorized pan-tilt mechanism are suitable for heavy camera such as TV camera. In this paper, a novel adjustable platform will be presented that has the potential to be automated as a pan-tilt mechanism for camera mount that supports heavy camera. However, there is some geometric study is required due to the novelty of the mechanism. Unlike a ball head mechanism, the centre of rotation is always at the centre of the ball but this novel mechanism tends to have a lateral motion as it is being pitched. Hence, the centre of rotation for pitch and yaw has to be determined. This can be carried out by plotting the XY points in Solidworks as the mechanism pitches backward and forward. Then, a locus will eventually be formed and the pitch motion can be analyzed from the graph. The locus will be collected repeatedly for different radius of ring size and base area of the tripod platform. Moving on, due to the lateral motion of the mechanism, it is realized that this phenomenon will affect the stability of the novel mechanism. Therefore, the camera will be placed at different positions on the mount to identify how the manipulation of the position of the camera on the mount will affect the centre of gravity of the novel mechanism by using Solidworks. The expected outcome for this project is to fully understanding the unusual motion of the novel mechanism. Hence, the results of the locus are expected to be collected so that the motion of the novel mechanism can be further analyzed and understood on how it will impact the camera during photography. Moreover, the expected outcome from this project is to determine on how various position that the camera is being placed will affect the stability of the novel mechanism. So that the condition for the novel mechanism to be always stable is clarified. Last but not least, the next expected out come from this project is to successfully build a prototype of the novel adjustable platform. So that it can be further proven to be an all new pan-tilt mechanism for heavy cameras.