I needed a camera to film my high school games. It had to be a low-cost solution to the very expensive end-zone cameras that are out on the market. After videotaping many of our home games, I ended up stopping due to the fact that a ground level shot really didn't provide much benefit of what was happening on the field. We don't play in a stadium, so there was not a good vantage point when we played our home games.
I noticed a couple of seasons ago our football team had started to use an End Zone camera. When I asked where they had gotten it from, the coaches told me the boosters bought it. When I asked if I could use it, they were not too keen on that idea. And when I found out how much it cost ($5,400) I more then understood why they didn't want me using it. I didn't want my 15 year old team manager to mess with it either. Not that I didn't trust her, it was so big and bulky that she couldn't hardly move it.
So to the internet I went, and after a couple of years of wanting, I came across of bunch of items. I researched, called, asked questions and then finally purchased these items, and put the system together, along with a carrying bag. And it all came together really well. I now have an end-zone camera, that my manager can carry on and off the bus, bring to home games....setup at the 50 and tape our games. We already had a camcorder, so I didn't have to purchase that. But everything else I did, and for under $800 I have a great DIY system.