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Camera-rig/Stabilizer for less than 10Euro - Small or big camera

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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.
 
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Step 1: This is what we will make

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More pictures at the end of the instructabel

Step 2: Materials

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Step 7: Put the screws into place

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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"

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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

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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

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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
samawajeeh1 year ago
nice project
neffk1 year ago
Nice work. Wish I had access to a break that produced such precise radii.

Shouldn't you add some weight at some distance below the camera? That would really increase the stabilization effects.
ceanes1 year ago
Nice job, keep doing.
mje1 year ago
Clever design. I did something functionally similar, using two strips of 1/4" aluminum and a pair of 3/4" birch dowels for the handgrips, but I like how yours folds.
altairneo1 year ago
very nice project
A very useful build. Great stuff.