DIY Steadicam: Want to add a touch of technology that the pros use on your home videos? Try making one of these DIY steadicam projects for any camera or . The steadicams building tutorials are among the more popular builds on the blog. No wonder, as using a Steadicam produces significantly. The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can.

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Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite. Building a Snorricam [via Gizmodo ]. John Aldred is based in Scotland and photographs animals in the studio and people in the wild. For many hobbyists, even the consumer price is beyond their budget. Thanks for the stabilizer post!

Assemble and paint matte black if desired. Previous Post Deal of the Day: The video below steps you through the process. Holes were drilled into this ring to accept bolts which are screwed in until they enter the holes in the middle ring, but not stedicam far as to interfere with the rotation of the inner ring.

To get started all you’ll need is: For as long as companies have been selling tools to assist the filmmaker, people have been exploring ways to accomplish the same thing better, faster, cheaper Dunja Djudjic is a writer and photographer from Novi Sad, Serbia. Similar to the Silver Flyer in its weight and handheld design, it offers a little more control with its second-hand crossbar option. Oh no wait, I have been down this road before. I don’t have detailed pictures of the camera mount yet, but I can say that it offers 2 full inches homemare travel in both the x and y plane to help tune the balance of the camera.


How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

The Home Made Steadicam. Top image via Film Riot The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse. The first video he made with he mount is after the break.

The handle is from a cement trowel, on top of which is a ball bearing mounted to a threaded rod. Let us know in the comments. Log in to Reply. What you need to make your own: And he also had to teach himself Solid Works to design it.

DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

The PVC stabilizer makes use of two side arms and counterweights at the bottom which can also be rotated to become a shoulder rig. A new technique was devised using the universal joint from an RC car drive shaft the Traxxis seems to be the most sought after unit. I needed to find a material that was easy to work with that could be cut with my predominantly wood-working tools. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a memory card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand.

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If you are in the field, and have no way of using any sort of camera rig or tripod, there are a few homemade solutions you can use. If you find yourself with a free afternoon, why not take a trip to your local hardware store and put together a quick and cheap DIY camera stabilizer rig to add to your arsenal. The beauty of these efforts is that now there are many writeups and tutorials on how to build your own mock-Merlin steadicam, at a fraction of the cost.


This was after about an hour of practice. To prevent this, the center of gravity of the moving parts including the camera must be lowered. To be clear however, I take no credit for the physics behind why this works, or even the overall design.

Tim Foster – May 28, The whole point of a Steadicam is to support the camera bomemade at or just above it’s center of mass.

Make a DIY Steadicam-Style Camera Stabilizer | Fstoppers

A bottom-heavy counterweight won’t work anything like a Steadicam. The steadicams building tutorials are among the more popular builds on the blog. What is the weight it would handle do you think? In a chicken however, they move their entire head.

Need music for your projects? No, the picture above is not a store made steadicam. For this stabilizer, you just need to attach a rubber band through your belt loop and tie a knot. This page chronicles my humble adaptation of the many DIY designs floating about the internet.

Tighten one nut to hold the bolt in place and leave the second loose you’ll use this to hold the camera in place.