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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.
 
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Step 1: The design

Picture of The design
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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.

lunatic193 years ago
This is sick mate any other good tips.
Great Rig!

I set up a Rig with the Atomos Ninja-2 on the Nikon D4.

From my blog:
Once set up all I have to do is start Live View (in video mode) and start the Ninja-2 recording. When I cycle the Live View button on the D4, the Ninja-2 starts recording when Live View is on and stops when I shut it off. Each time the Ninja-2 creates a new file for the next take. I turn on the Focus Peaking to ensure perfect focus and it stays on the whole time (does not reset when Live View is cycled). Perfection!

Check out my rig
here

Dan at Vigorotaku
daniel2008 (author)  lunatic193 years ago
yea man, you can follow my blog where i post regular DIY stuff. www.danielfeidal.com
how long would you say the LCD screen can run without changing the batteries?
daniel2008 (author)  Future filmaker4 years ago
around 2-3 hours on 2600mAh rechargeable batteries
SinAmos4 years ago
It is really about making a steady cam. I've had one on the backburner for a while. Maybe you and I can work something out.:)
daniel2008 (author)  SinAmos4 years ago
thanks! I love to try making things myself instead of buying them! saves me a lot of money as well, and i can choose exactly how it turns out!
Ranie-K SinAmos4 years ago
Here's my Tiffen Merlin inspired thing: http://einarkramer.22web.net/Photos/PhotoDiY/#Woden
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daniel2008 (author)  Ranie-K4 years ago
thanks! I love to try making things myself instead of buying them! saves me a lot of money as well, and i can choose exactly how it turns out!
Culturespy4 years ago
Great job! Loved your ROV as well! As a photographer I understand all too well how much equipment can cost. This is a fantastic solution for those on a budget that need a bit more technical gear.
daniel2008 (author)  Culturespy4 years ago
thanks! I love to try making things myself instead of buying them! saves me a lot of money as well, and i can choose exactly how it turns out!