If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. With this tutorial, some. 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. There are plenty of DIY’ers out there that are hell bent on making what they film look smoother. A home made Steadicam seems to be very popular choice for the .

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We have also made a stedicam from carbon: If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. Let us know in the comments. Top image via Film Riot. Log in or register to post comments. The curved design does a great job of distributing the weight out across its frame while still giving your focal point the balance and control it needs to move around.

The double bars give perfect balance and full control for most stationary and minor camera moves, however it does bounce a little more when moving quickly. More articles from this Author. Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. With this tutorial, some hardware store components, and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be up and running with a DIY Steadicam in a flash.

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

Similar to the Silver Flyer in its weight and handheld design, it offers a little more control with its second-hand crossbar option. Find my work on My website or follow me on Facebook or My page. I made one like this and here it is https: For all its popularity, it really steadcam a solid option that stabilizes almost as well as its high-end counterparts.


A bottom-heavy counterweight won’t work anything like a Steadicam.

Austin Rogers joined Fstoppers in I will try with this one… http: For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump. Chad Bredahl over at krotoflik has a new tutorial and his tutorials are top notch — see his Jib and Travel Jib tutorials. Of course, if I did I’d probably have 3 less fingers by now. It is extremely hard to design a good piece of gear. Here is test footage right after I made it https: JP Danko is a commercial photographer based in Toronto, Canada.

DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

Olga Rybochkina – August 29, Thanks for the video and good description. Camera mounts and stabilizers can be quite expensive when buying name-brand gear. The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse.

Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite. The PVC is much lighter than the metal contraptions and offers a little more give. Other times, you just need something cheap and quick to keep your footage stable. Pulling the camera strap against your neck Standing on a string attached to your camera Using household objects in your environment Using your tripod steadicm a steadicam Attaching a rubber band to your waist Total Estimated Price: How to Build the Krotocam krotoflik.

Hans Rosemond – May 27, fun! Sometimes you need the most advanced camera rig for reliability and flexibility on an steaicam shoot.

Check out the original post on I Like to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations.

The metal frame makes it a little heavier than some of the other, lighter PVC optionsbut also increases its longevity and sturdiness along with the weight being a good balance mechanism. He likes to make stuff. 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. Tighten one nut to hold the bolt in place and leave the second loose you’ll use steadica, to hold the camera in place.


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Thanks for the video and good description. Top image via Film Riot The world steavicam camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse.

Make a DIY Steadicam-Style Camera Stabilizer

Sand the edges of three segments, these will make a grip for the rig. To get started all you’ll need is: Its simplistic design makes it possibly the cheapest and easiest option out there. Costs a bit more, but works stezdicam micro adjustable too.

Making your own DIY camera steadiacm and mounts is a much cheaper alternative. I feature quite a few tutorials from Chad and the reason is twofold: Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he is also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order.

Clinton Lofthouse is a Photographer, Retoucher and Digital Artist based in the United Stsadicam, who specialises in creative retouching and composites.

You can see her work on FlickrBehance and her Facebook page. It’s possible to achieve this with such a setadicam, but balancing isn’t really discussed here.