When using a small camera to shoot some video it's easy to fumble with it as you try and move the camera around. With a solid grip that screws in to the bottom of the camera it's easier to hold and you get better footage. And if you're going to be making a grip for a camera you might as well make it look cool and go for a colorful BMX grip.

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

  1. BMX grip. There are plenty to choose from. Mine are made by All-City
  2. 3/4" dowel
  3. 1 screw with 1/4-20 threading. Commonly available at hardware stores.
  4. Glue
  1. Drill press
  2. Dremel with metal cut-off wheel
  3. Saw
  4. Sandpaper
$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.
<p>This is an excellent tool for the preschool classroom or for any person with limited fine motor skills. I substituted a cylindrical unit block for classroom use and painted the push-to-take-picture button with red nail polish to make it more evident. This enables children as young as 2 years to take meaningful pictures of other than the palm of the hand!</p>
I actually thought it was going to be a bike cam. oh well
Head cams are best for that stuff. Lets you use your whole body as a shock absorber.
Very nice! Simple, useful and looks super clean. Just getting into video myself and this will be a perfect accessory. Thanks!<br />
&nbsp;Would be awesome if you put the camera on the other end - simple attachment to film while actually riding the bmx!
I'm going to make this for my husband. I was going to buy him a steady-cam-- but it seemed like overkill for home video-- this is a nice&nbsp; &quot;in between&quot; level of &quot;professionalism&quot;<br /> <br /> Though, I might use a curved bike bar to make it a little more like a steady cam. <br /> <br /> hmmm... or will the bar be too heavy...?<br />
This solution is meant for those who want something small that they can toss in their backpack. One hand on the grip and one on the camera is pretty steady.<br /> <br /> If you really want something to keep it steady and don't mind a bulkier solution, there are plenty of plans here on instructables or elsewhere on the internet. There are also plans for a fig rig, which is a PVC circle that goes all around the camera.<br /> <br /> Check these out:<br /> <a href="http://steadycam.org/">http://steadycam.org/</a><br /> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-PVC-Fig-Rig/">https://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-PVC-Fig-Rig/</a><br />
Or this one: <a href="http://einarkramer.22web.net/Photos/PhotoDiY/#Woden" rel="nofollow">einarkramer.22web.net/Photos/PhotoDiY/#Woden</a>
Nice!&nbsp;<br /> If you rotate the grip, you can use it as a microphone AND film yourself while singing! &nbsp;Any chance of posting a video?
&nbsp;Applying some of that epoxy putty to the screw before you run it in to the wood would be helpful too.
Four to go! Can't wait to see what's next!<br />
I'm kinda curious myself. :)<br />

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