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
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.