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
- 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
Insert the dowel into the grip and mark a line at the top of the grip. This is where you'll want to cut the dowel with a saw.
Step 3: Drill into the dowel
Clamp the dowel in the drill press and drill out a hole for the screw to go into. At least an inch should be good. Just make sure that there is still enough wood for the threads to have a good grip.
Step 4: Insert the screw
Screw the screw into the dowel as far as you can. When there's a decent amount of resistance, stop. You don't want to split the dowel.
Step 5: Cut the screw
With a Dremel and a metal cut-off wheel you're going to get rid of most of the rest of the screw. Cut the screw about three threads above the wood.