video $20 SteadyCam in an afternoon
Heres a cheap and easy steadycam which works amazingly well. The design is based off Johnny Lee's, which can be found at http://johnnylee.net/. More of my projects can be found at patricksprojects.posterous.com or here on instructables.
rnichol71 year ago
Very nice. I do have one question: It appears as if the two vertical pieces of pipe were the same length, or they were equal distance from the fulcrum (or 'T-joint'), so in this case you weren't actually getting a 'geometric' advantage. Shouldn't one of the pipes have been either shorter or longer than the others to take advantage of the 'geometry', or did I miss something?
squiggy2 (author)  rnichol71 year ago
That's correct - the T-joint is in the middle, but that's not the fulcrum. I guess I didn't make that clear in the instructable. The handle is only for stabilising it from twisting left to right (z-axis if using NED coordinates). Your hand other hand is the fulcrum for the x- and y-axes, and that should be holding the pipe close to the camera
masoon2 years ago
How do you attach the camera and what purpose does the concave washer serve?
squiggy2 (author)  masoon2 years ago
Good questions!

The screw coming out the top is a 1/4" Whitworth, which is the standard for camera tripods. Almost any camera that has a tripod screw mount will fit that.

The concave washer spreads the load out across the base of the camera so that there isn't a concentrated load on at the attachment point. For my point and shoot it's not so much of a problem, but for larger cameras you really don't want to have its whole weight focused on one small 1/4" point
bmohr2 years ago
Nice concise yet complete video. I like the physics explanation at the beginning and being upfront about your inspiration.
squiggy2 (author)  bmohr2 years ago
Oh good, I was afraid the physics might bore people too much. Thanks! Always good to know I'm on the right track