Introduction: DIY Camera Stabilizer

This camera stabilizer is an incredibly useful piece of equipment, and something that I personally use in all sorts of scenarios. In addition it is very simple and easy to make and if you have some of the materials it will cost less than $5. Feel free to check out my straight forward YouTube video on how I put this stabilizer together. Overall it an extremely versatile yet easy to make piece of camera equipment that should accompany you for all your videoing endeavors.

Below is the tool and materials you'll need for this build:


- Cordless Drill

- Screw Driver

- Vice (Bench Clamp)

- Drill Press (Optional)


- 1 Meter Approx. of Aluminum Pole

- Plate with 1/4'' thread

- 1/4'' to 1/4'' Screw

- 1/4" Ball Head

Step 1: Cutting and Mesuring to Size

I started this build with an old aluminium rake, but pretty much any length on aluminum will work fine for this. So I first removed the head by means of a vice grip and a lot of CRC. I then measured out the distance of aluminum that I wanted. (This really comes down to personal opinion but I would recommend a little further than what you would get on a steering wheel).

Step 2: Bending the Pipe

To put the main bend in the pipe I put a piece of rounded scrap metal and the pipe in the vice and left it relatively loose. I then pulled until it started to bend, then shifted it down and repeated the process more than 20 times. Then I cut in a 45 degree wedge from both sides for the handle, so I was able to bend them the distance that I wanted. The 4th photo shows you the stage it is at the moment.

Step 3: Fitting and Painting

At this point I was ready to attach the plate, I drilled a hole for the middle of the plate to fit in and two smaller ones for the screws that I then attached. After giving it a quick sand it was ready for the paint. I started the paint job with a light primer and then added a gloss coat, and then a satin coat both of black. For me I find the the most important thing when it comes to spray painting is to build up the layers, it is so much more effective to put lots of little coats rather than one big coat.

Step 4: Final Touches and Completion

I called this final touches but it is really the most important part of the build, as it allows your camera to be attached to the stabilizer. I decided to go with a 1/4'' to 1/4'' screw and ball head for this, at a later point I may upgrade the ball head but for now it seems to support the camera with no problem. So that is pretty much it. I really like this build and I've used it for all sort of different shots, the basic principal is to get your hands farther away from the camera, sort of like bike handle bars.

If you liked this instructable perhaps you would like to check out my low-budget film making YouTube channel on the link below, thanks, and have a great day (:


Yonatan24 (author)2016-08-24

Nice! I like how you made it without a welder, since most metal-working projects these days involve using a welder...

By the way, instead of naming the title "DSLR Camera Stabilizer Tutorial", I would name it something like "DIY DSLR Camera Stabilizer" :)

Valley Films (author)Yonatan242016-08-24

Thanks for this, I will change the title cheers.

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