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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DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

Tape the three segments together around the long end of the rig. 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.

Olga Rybochkina – August 29, Thanks for the video and good description. No wonder, as using a Steadicam produces significantly smoother video than just holding a camera by hand.

Top image via Film Riot The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse. I will try with this one… http: You can find out more about John on his website wteadicam follow his dy on YouTube and Facebook. Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite.


The steadicams building tutorials are among the more popular builds on the blog. Assemble and paint matte black if desired.

A bottom-heavy counterweight won’t work anything like a Steadicam. Check out the original post on I Like to Make Stuff for step by step directions with illustrations. Chad usually finds the right mix of ingredients that not only makes his build work, but also that it would not be embarrassing to show up on set using them.

Chad Bredahl over at krotoflik has a new tutorial and his tutorials are top notch — see his Jib and Travel Jib tutorials. The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse.

Other times, you just need something cheap and quick to keep your footage stable. Find my work on My website or follow me on Facebook or My page.

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How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

It’s possible to achieve this with steadicma a contraption, but balancing isn’t really discussed here. Its simplistic design makes it possibly the cheapest and easiest option out there. Proud 80’s baby, reader of graphic novels and movie geek!

Hans Rosemond – May 27, fun!

dij Costs a bit more, but works better steadicxm adjustable too. 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.


It is extremely hard to design a good piece of gear. We have also made a stedicam from carbon: The PVC is much lighter than the metal contraptions and offers a little more give.

Make a DIY Steadicam-Style Camera Stabilizer | Fstoppers

Top image via Film Riot. 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. Making your own DIY camera stabilizers and mounts is a much cheaper alternative. More articles from this Author. Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. To get started all you’ll need is: John Aldred is based in Scotland and photographs animals in the studio and people in the wild. I feature quite a few tutorials from Chad and the reason is twofold: He likes to make stuff.

It is not only functional.

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