This is a pretty quick and easy build and can be made in under an hour with all the tools available.
Note: While the BMX grip helps, it is by no means a steadicam or a fig rig. It is something that can easily be tossed into a backpack and makes shooting video easier. Below is a quick test of footage shot with and without the grip.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- BMX grip. There are plenty to choose from. Mine are made by All-City
- 3/4" dowel
- 1 screw with 1/4-20 threading. Commonly available at hardware stores.
- Drill press
- Dremel with metal cut-off wheel
$20 or less for the pair. The factor in your total price here will be what grips you get. The All-City grips I used are a little pricier than most and you can definitely find cheaper ones. if you look around.
Step 2: Chop Wood
Step 3: Drill Into the Dowel
Step 4: Insert the Screw
Step 5: Cut the Screw
Step 6: Glue It In
This way the grip will slightly compress when the grip is screwed in. This gives a bigger connection between the camera and the grip.
Once you're happy with the size, apply some glue to the inside of the grip and push it in. I used Epoxy Putty, but anything else that can bond rubber and wood will work just fine.
Let it set and you're done!
Step 7: Shoot Some Footage
When I've shot with this, I typically hold the grip with one hand and the camera with the other. It helps, but of course it's no Steadicam. I wanted something that would help, but also easily fit into my backpack.
If you want a more serious solution for steady footage there are plenty of resources online for making your own steadicam or fig rig.