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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Need music for your projects? Tim Foster – May 28, The whole point of a Steadicam is to support the camera rig at or just above it’s center of mass.

Get up and do something.

Camera stabilizers can be the difference between shaky, unusable footage and beautiful shots that put your viewer in the heart of the action. Tutorial on construction below. Holes were drilled into this ring to accept bolts which are screwed in until they enter the holes in the middle ring, homemave not so far as to interfere with the honemade of the inner ring. Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs.

Olga Rybochkina – August 29, Thanks for the video and good description. For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump. To that end I trolled the internet and discovered a whole community of amateur filmmakers, physics nerds, and cheap folk like myself who just had to see if they could build a camera stabilizer for less than the cost of a compact car.

Unlike the other stabilizers and shoulder mounts, the fig rig is an innovative alternative to keep your camera steady while still providing ohmemade full range of motion. At this point, if you were to try to hold this contraption with the camera installed, it would immediately tip over due to gravity. Then attach the other end onto your camera plate. However, with a little time and patience you can make your own camera stabilizers with materials you can find at any hardware store.


Clinton Lofthouse is a Photographer, Retoucher and Digital Artist based in the United Kingdom, who specialises in creative retouching and composites. It allows me to initiate a very slow pan that just keeps going and going until I put the breaks on.

Actually it is quite easy. JP can change a lens mid-rappel, swap a steadiczm card while treading water, or use a camel as a light stand. Steadidam many hobbyists, even the consumer price is beyond their budget. The hinges are perpendicular to each other, one allows forward-back tilting while the other allows left-right tilting. Previous attempts have tried adding a counterweight and moving the camera away from the hands.

How about this pistol grip stabilizer? Tighten one nut to hold the bolt in place and leave the second loose you’ll use this to hold the camera in place. In his slick DIY guide, he honemade off by listing the parts and where to source them from, along with the tools needed. When shooting and walking at the same time, you may not have the luxury of being somewhere that a dolly can roll. A dolly is a camera rig with homemace that moves along side of your subject. The big wheel scene in The Shining is one of the classic examples, although they used a modified system also: Any chances you had of folks here being a customer, you just blew it.

And finally, version 5 updates the gimbal again using a Traxxas U-joint and redistributes the weight.

As jomemade can see in the video after the break, the harder part is getting the chicken to look at what you want it to look at. Oh no wait, I have been down this road before.

Merlin-Style DIY Camera Stabilizer/Steadicam Build Tutorial – DO IT: Projects, Plans and How-tos

This was after about an hour of practice. Check out the video below to see it in action. More articles from steadicamm Author. A gimbal is designed to isolate the camera from your movements, so that regardless of how you move, your shot will stay steady.


The upper hinge is attached to a piece of poplar wood that also serves as a base for the camera. Thanks for sharing… https: Find the perfect track now. 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.

A few build details on this design can be found here and here. Check out the original post on I Like to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations.

John Aldred is based in Scotland and photographs animals in the studio and people in the wild. Camera mounts and stabilizers can be quite expensive when buying name-brand gear.

Brushless motors overcome these limitations allowing a nice, smooth moving gimbal to be built with a wide range of movement.

The main conundrum I faced in putting together my SteadiCam was the mechanics of the gimbal. Greg Davis – December 14, I made one like this and here it is https: Otherwise your post is pure spam and unappreciated. You can find out himemade about John on his website and follow his adventures on YouTube and Facebook. It xteadicam more camera shake than a steadicam, but much less than if you were holding the camera.

How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

Austin Rogers joined Fstoppers in A bottom-heavy counterweight won’t work anything like a Steadicam. He does a couple of nice design choices along the way — like using press-nuts to make assembly and dis-assembly easy, and dismantling one of the motors and replacing its shaft with a custom, longer one instead of using a coupler to extend it.

Rather, a CNC machined one by [Matt]. By Josh Futtersak, Storyhunter Writer.