Introduction: DIY Camera Shoulder Rest

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Do you use a camcorder, do you have problems with the shakes, then you need one of these. It bolts to the tripod mounting on the camcorder and turns your camcorder into a shoulder mount.

Very easy to make and use for only 12 Euro.

Easily made from a aluminium gutter support. You might have to alter the length and the bend to suit your own camcorder. The Replacement sponge from a Plastic smoothener is used for the shoulder rest.

Step 1: Get Your Gear Together.

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You need the following:

1.) a aluminium gutter support
2.) and another aluminium gutter support
3.) The Replacement sponge from a Plastic smoothener
4.) 2 Bolts and washers M 10
5.) 1 bolt for the tripod mounting of your camcorder

Step 2: Cut Off the Edges.

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Step 3: Drill Two Holes

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Drill two 11 mm holes. The placement of the holes depends on the size of your camera.

Step 4: Tighten the Two Bolds

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Step 5: Create a Threat for the Bold of Your Tripod Mounting.

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I’ve used an old screw to create a threat. I know there are more professional ways of doing this, but I don’t have the right tools.

Step 6: Attach the Tripod Mounting Bold

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Step 7: Cut Off a Strip of Rubber

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Measure the width of the aluminium strip. Cut off a strip of rubber slightly wider than the aluminium strip.

Step 8: Attach the Rubber to the Aluminium Strip

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I’d used a roll of double sided tape, but perhaps it will be better to use glue.

Step 9: Attach the Camera

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Attach the camera and start to shoot great movies.

Please let me know if you find this instructable useful or not.


Summered (author)2011-02-13

Really cool 'ible, but am I the only one wondering if his d- and t-keys have switched place?

I'm going to try this one out and hope it improves my ergonomics using the camera :)

RemyOne (author)2010-03-16

 Hahaha mooi gedaan!

Ahahaha ik zie Teletubies :P

Runeshai (author)2006-08-14

yes, useful, very simple, very nice idea, maybe something of a handle next time, i'v designed a few rigs myself but haven't made anything yet, i made a dolly from and part of the stabilizer, but that's not finished yet. thanks for the tips!

CurtisG (author)Runeshai2009-01-02

You can get a Stedybrace from that is cheap, light and very user friendly. I just purchased one from them a while back to do some church videos. It's been a life saver and I am not the kind of guy to "build it yourself". I paid $50 bucks for it.

dfaw (author)2008-12-05

This is a really nice and lightweight design I look forward to trying myself. A few years ago I designed my own shoulder rest that has a little more functionality. You can check it out at WWAngle. Thanks for the great instructable.

henryfaber (author)dfaw2008-12-05

Thanks, but your shoulder rest looks a lot better.

jesse ferguson (author)2006-08-11

Hey I look like you! kinda and we both LOVE VIDEO. Just wanted to amuse.

Holy hell! You've got the same look and everything.

mdmoose29 (author)jesse ferguson2007-01-16

holy cow thats scary

Mario1 (author)2008-07-25

Omg... you have Proffesional camera ... i have Sony HandyCam DCR-DVD109 i has night shot steady shot etc but... yours is not in the camcorder categories :D

jeremy91511 (author)2008-04-06

sesamstraat? and what camcorder is that?

technodude92 (author)2008-02-22

Cool. one question. does this have the same effect as a steadycam? BTW. Threat in step 5 should be Thread

Closet_RAt (author)2007-08-07

This is awesome... I'd cut off a little more on the shoulder mount (so you could pivot up if you needed to...), but outside of that, I'd say this is a perfect mod, and cheap and easy too...

lookatmygrlyfont (author)2007-05-07

haha that would come in handy for my dvx

sifu17055 (author)2007-05-01

this is just too cool. Can we modify this for a video light and a boom mic?

ricejuh (author)2007-04-29

good idea its very useful!

altaria1993 (author)2007-04-08

you can also make yourself a small pillow like thing, to glue in the shoulder piece ;) further i think thsi is a great idea, but i dont think i have another tripod-bolt, maybe i can take it but i tohught, i coudn't still a great istrctable, nice clear pics, all we now need is a video :P alty

gw812 (author)2007-02-01

Flippin' sweet! Needed something like this for my Broadcasting class for a while, and now I got it! I am SO having my kids build a few of these...

bowakowa (author)2006-08-11

Nice repurposing. Gotta remember those pieces for shoulder contour following. Like the ideas as well. Two suggestions 1:counterweight extension in back. I suppose the clearance you would get in back would be a function of how much weight you were willing to add overall. The upside is a balancing point on your shoulder. 2:support collar with strut that hooks into the change pocket of your jeans. Supports the weight and steadies the cam with less overall weight, but leaves it open to more lateral roll.

henryfaber (author)bowakowa2006-08-11

Great idea, I can use a battery for lighting as counterweight.

bowakowa (author)henryfaber2006-08-18

Make sure to post a pic.

bowakowa (author)bowakowa2006-08-11

now I'm thinking Überdork hands free umbrella holder. See what you made me do?

Kactapuss (author)2006-08-13

hahahahah, luckily i just bought a comercial one....... :(

wonko (author)2006-08-11

"Bolts". The word is "bolts". With a t.

theRIAA (author)2006-08-10

ernie said he was goning to stab me... D:

mrbob1000 (author)2006-08-10

pretty resourcefull project i like it i would use it with a camera but my camera is fairly light weight

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