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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No wonder, as using a Steadicam produces significantly smoother video than just holding a camera by hand.

How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

Sometimes you need the most advanced camera rig for reliability and flexibility on an expensive shoot. When shooting and walking at the same time, you may not have the luxury of being somewhere that a dolly can roll.

Version 3 allowed the user to easily adjust angles and weights to prevent accidentally knocking the assembly. What should come next?

4 DIY Camera Stabilizers For Under $50 – Video Strategist

A gimbal is a handgrip that allows the rotation of your camera on a single axis. It allows me to initiate a very slow pan that just keeps going and going until I put the breaks on.

It produces more camera shake than a steadicam, but much less than if you were holding the camera. It is also frequently used in shots where a subject is sitting and talking because having the camera circle the subject will keep your viewer from getting bored. Oh no wait, I have been down this road before.


The whole point of a Steadicam is to support the camera rig at or just above it’s center of mass. A PVC fitting was heated to soften it and the bushing pressed in. Check out this sweet DIY stabilizer http: At hmoemade point, if you were to try to hold this contraption with the camera installed, it would immediately tip over due to gravity.

If you decide to copy what I’ve done here, I just ask that you give a little credit to ‘YB2Normal’ and send them over to my site to check out my other work. Camera stabilizers can be the difference between shaky, unusable footage and beautiful shots that put your viewer in the heart of the action. A shoulder mount is the middle ground between holding a camera and using a steadicam. No, the picture above is not a store made jomemade.

At least that is the theory. The only problem is that stabilizers can be bulky and expensive. Use this RC car driveshaft to stabilize your camera tilt problems The beauty of these efforts is that now there are many writeups ssteadicam tutorials on how to build your own mock-Merlin steadicam, at a fraction of the cost. The gimbal is fully functional and offers 3 axis of separation from the spastic movements of the operator.

Gear Hacks: DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25

This is something you will see a lot in war films where the filmmaker is trying to get you to experience what the character is seeing and feeling. Actually it is quite easy. I went with Schedule 40 white pipe which is readily available at my local hardware stores. The commercial version of the ‘Steadicam’ has been around for a very long time, and has helped create many defining moments in popular cinema; many of us still remember the harrowing chase through the maze in Steven King’s ‘The Shining’ and the amazing way that the camera seemed to float behind the actors as they ran In a chicken however, they move their entire head.


If you like the DIYer-style stabilizers, check this other wooded one out. This article isn’t intended as a complete building guide What is the weight it would handle do you think?

Check out the original post on I Wteadicam to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations. Never miss a story from Video Strategistwhen you sign up for Medium.

Originally I felt that the bar homemads too long It kept bumping my leg when walking but now that I have some practice on the unit I am appreciating all that mass being far out from the main rod.

For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump. I really just wanted to chronicle some of the unique aspects of the stabilizer I put together. You can see her work on FlickrBehance and her Facebook page. Click to check their build. What you need to make your own:

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