This is a quick tutorial I wanted to share with you guys.
This is a very easy and cheap tutorial that can be done with some basic tools.
You can use it as in the first part and get a more professional look by finishing it with a carbonfiber Di-Noc foil and some black paint if you want to...
If you'r looking to make one, you can simply adjust some stuff to your own preferences, this is how it worked out best for me.
It's a compact lightweight frame that I can take everywhere in my backpack to make more stable footage and I can add my LED light on it to make some footage at parties or in the dark.

The picture tutorial was made after I've finished the structure...so you'll see some holes where already drilled but it should be quite easy to follow my steps.

Step 1: This is what we will make

More pictures at the end of the instructabel

Step 2: Materials

So this are the materials you'll need:
- A Drill
- Drill 5mm, drill 10,5mm (you can use other drills if you use other nuts & bolts)
- Some measurement device
- Aluminum 15cm+13cm+15cm = 43cm (3cm width 2mm thick)
  Aluminum  13cm+13cm+13cm = 39cm (3cm width 2mm thick)
- Some washers
- Nut & Bolt M10 (1cm width)
- 2 x 1/4" camera thread
- 2 rubber seals

Step 3: Measurements

So here are the measurements. It is a little bit oversized in the height but I did this to be able to mount bigger cameras on it as well.
Note: The Inner piece is measured as 13cm as well as the outer piece, this is not completely correct and is 13-(2x2mm) = 12,6cm.

Step 4: Bending the aluminum

Here's how I've bended the aluminum. I have the luck to still be a student (Industrial Product design and now Industrial Engineering).
This means I could use some precise machinery and so on. But the aluminum is very easy to bend so you could bend it around a wooden 90° frame with a hammer for example. 

I've bended both frames in one time, so that the inner diameter is nicely inside the bigger inside diameter.

Step 5: Drill hole 10,5mm

Here you just drill the big hole for the bolt (on top of the frame) Drill the 2frames in one time to make sure they are nicely centered.
1,5cm width, 1,5cm in height

Step 6: Drill holes for Camera

-Drill a hole, the same way as the one before but with a smaller 5mm drill

Step 7: Put the screws into place

Just follow the pictures.
I use a rubber seal on the Cameramount thread just because there was to much space without tread left. 
If I left it like that the camera would be strongly against the frame.

Step 8: Get the Camera mounted and you're "done"

Once the camera is mounted your done with step one, you've just made yourself a frame for your camera to make more stable footage.
You can use the camerarig in different ways shown in the pictures

Step 9: Additional 1: Light mount

So for me the biggest positive point of this camerarig is to be able to add a lot of stuff on it. Like a microphone or LED Light. 
So Here is how I've mounted my LED light on it. 
Mounting it This way I'm still able to use it in every position I want .

Step 10: Additional 2: Professional Carbon Look

This is how you can make your camerarig look more professional.
I did it by using some DI-Noc 3M sticker Carbon and some paint 
You could also just paint it black, but I love the look of carbonfiber so thats why I've used it.

1. Colour the edges black
    - Use a Metalic primer
    - Paint it black
2. Paint bolts and nuts
    - Use a Metalic primer
    - Paint it black
3. Use 3M DI-NOC sticker Carbon and stick it on the Aluminum frame In and out
4. Cut some cheap foam to make some grips on the frame

Step 11: Enjoy your camerarig in all possible ways

Some pictures of the finished product
- You still have acces to SD card and Battery
- You can mount it on a tripod
nice project
Nice work. Wish I had access to a break that produced such precise radii. <br> <br>Shouldn't you add some weight at some distance below the camera? That would really increase the stabilization effects.
jbejm: Since you see fit to be rude, I'll try to be helpful: What is truly dumb is to post your derogatory statement (below) and not even know how to spell the word &quot;dumb.&quot;
Quite similar to the one I saw on The Frugal Film Maker a couple of weeks ago.
Nice job, keep doing.
I like the design, however, I would remove the word &quot;Stabilizer&quot; from the title as it doesn't perform this function. <br> <br>Very nice Tutorial.
Actually it does, although somewhat indirectly. Having hold points farther away like this makes the camera easier to stabilize.
Clever design. I did something functionally similar, using two strips of 1/4&quot; aluminum and a pair of 3/4&quot; birch dowels for the handgrips, but I like how yours folds.
very nice project
A very useful build. Great stuff.

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Bio: Matthieu Libeert, Born 24th January 1990. Fascinated by Design, Prototyping, Composites, Digital Arts and Video editing.
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