If you're a filmmaker on a budget, you've probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. 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. Check out the original post on I Like to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations. Austin Rogers joined Fstoppers in Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite. To keep up with him be sure to check out his profile on Fstoppers, website, drop him a line on Facebook, or throw him a follow on his fledgling Instagram account.
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Steadicam is a brand name, but the word has become synonymous with a unit to help stabilize hand held camera shots. The real Steadicam units are often MUCH larger and are mounted to a chest harness to help distribute the weight of the rig to your torso. Since we were looking for something on a college student budget, we went with steel pipe from a big box store.
Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. I pushed a screw up through it and tightened on a nut. A second nut was added, but not tightened. In this case, I clamped a brick to counter weight the camera, but this can be swapped out with whatever weight item needed.
If you like this project, you might like some of my other ones! More by the author:. Add Teacher Note. I drilled a hole through the top cap, using a clamp to stabilize it. Then the cap was added to the assembly. I cut it in half on the bandsaw. Then I cut it into quarters. Only three of the four are needed.
A sanding block removes the burrs very quickly. I needed to remove the angle from the cut edge using a belt sander. This is what they looked like afterward.
All three pieces needed this. The pieces then fit perfectly around the steel pipe. I laid out a bed of duct tape then laid the PVC pieces in place, outer edge to outer edge. Using a sharp knife, I trimmed off the tape from the top and bottom. Then I trimmed off the tape from one side. The PVC wrapped around nicely, and the remaining tape folded over to make it into a sleeve. Here you can see why the corners needed to be removed.
I screwed the flange into a scrap of wood to use as a clamping base. Last I screwed on the camera, and tightened the nut up to it snuggly. Did you make this project? Share it with us! I Made It! Reply Upvote.
How to Make a DIY Steadicam
The steadicams building tutorials are among the more popular builds on the blog. No wonder, as using a Steadicam produces significantly smoother video than just holding a camera by hand. Chad Bredahl over at krotoflik has a new tutorial and his tutorials are top notch — see his Jib and Travel Jib tutorials. For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump.
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