Build an advanced camera mount/stabilizer rig for less than $120 from materials available around the house and the local hardware store!
I am an aspiring film-maker and photographer and have over the years experimented with many ways to shoot video. My experience is that anything professional photo/video is VERY expensive! That got me on the thought of making this rig myself. I found most of the parts easily and very cheap.
This is not so much a step by step guide to how i made the rig but rather an account of the parts i used and where you will be able to find them as well as the approximate pricing.
Here is the Rig i built-
Including video samples filmed with and without to compare stability.
Step 1: The design
First of all it is very important to choose the correct design that fits your needs.
Designs vary from simple hand held, to advanced shoulder mount or dolly mounted camera rigs so be sure to pinpoint your need and field of use. Photo 1 below demonstrates some different camera rigs from Redrock-a professional camera rig manufacturer. Now these are all DSLR rigs, but may very well work with point and shoot or video cameras as well.
When i designed my rig i researched a lot of different designs and chose the one that fit my needs and the materials i had at hand the best.