Introduction: How to Make a Snorricam

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After checking out the instructable by Cartermarquis on how to make a snorricam I decided to go out and make my own. I made a few changes to his design that in my opinion make several improvements. If your wondering what a snorricam is, here is the wikipedia article or better yet, just see it below in action. These are some of the first videos I made using my new rig.


 


Sorry that many of my images are blurry, I was really snapping pictures quickly while doing the project and I wasn't paying too much attention.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Since this is a project that can be easily made with any number of materials you might have lying around, I'll just let you guys know what I worked with.

Tools
- Jigsaw
- Drill and drill press
- Sandpaper
- Framing square
- Tape measure

Materials
- 1 meter long aluminum picket. Normally used as part of an outdoor deck railing.
- 3 pieces of light wood of various sizes. I took apart a box that used to contain 6 bottles of wine.
- Several different nuts, bolts, washers and L-Brackets.
- One large L-Bracket to hold the camera.
- Straps or "webbing"
- A clip for closing the belt portion
- Rubber washer for protecting the camera from getting scratched
- A bolt of the right size to hold your camera in place
- Needle and thread

Step 2: Start Cutting

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My design is quite simple because there are only two pivot points. One is close to your body, the other is up by the camera. You wanna cut two half circles that will allow you to adjust the angle of your snorricam.

First cut the aluminum rail into two parts (one of 90cm, the other of 10cm). Drill a hole through one end of your rail and through the center of your half circle. Fix in place using your nuts, bolts and washers.

Step 3: Start Drilling

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This is where having a drill press really helps. You wanna be able to adjust the height of your snorricam, so you need to drill some holes. Using the half circle as a guide, drill a bunch of holes around your half circle.

Step 4: Put the First Peices of Wood Together

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Attach your larger half circle to the piece of wood that will be against your body using your L-brackets.

Step 5: Repeat These Steps for the Second Pivot Point

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The second pivot point, closer to the camera is much like the last, just smaller. Just check out my pictures and cut/drill/sand/attach as needed!

Step 6: Attach the Straps

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I decided against using a second piece of wood for my back and simply use the straps to hold the snorricam to my body. The top straps form an X on my back when wearing the snorricam. The belt just helps keep it steady.

Using your drill and jigsaw, drill slots for the straps to loop through. Use some sewing skills to attach it properly.

Step 7: Set Up the Camera Mount

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Attach the large L-Bracket to the 10cm piece of aluminum. This is where the camera will attach to the snorricam. Use the rubber washer to protect the camera from scratching.

Step 8: Enjoy!

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If all went well, you should end up with something like this.

I decided against having a third pivot point (elbow) for the sake of keeping my rig light and simple. All in all, I am very happy with the results. My snorricam is very adjustable, but once you have things set for your size and needs, you wont mess with the setting too much.

By the way, I just use a simple point and shoot camera for my videos so the whole thing is very light. If you have any questions, comments or suggesting, please leave a comment below!

Comments

admin (author)2009-10-07

This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!

wmurphy5 (author)2010-04-12

About how much weight do you think a rig like this could hold? I love your design much more than others, but want to mount a heavier camera to it.

hiphopsuperman (author)wmurphy52010-04-12

Its actually funny you mention mounting a heavier camera to it. I just filmed the following video using a Canon 50d and 7d with a fish eye lens. It held up pretty good actually.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW9yoK-9NTU

Best of luck and let me know if you end up building it.

Laylasita (author)2010-03-21

How did you hide the strings that attach the snorricam onto you, I mean, in the vid,it's not visible, did you just remove the strings that come over your shoulders and left the ones around your waist or?

hiphopsuperman (author)Laylasita2010-03-21

No, I leave the strap son, the are simply hidden under my shirt.

Laylasita (author)hiphopsuperman2010-03-21

I thought so :)

e18films (author)2010-01-20

 howdy guy great tutorial what type of cam did you use 

hiphopsuperman (author)e18films2010-01-21

I just use a simple point and shoot fujifilm camera. What i like about it though is that i can film in widescreen.

marple200 (author)2009-11-14

I think I need to make one of these.
I like how the picket is mounted low on the board.
Great job.

hiphopsuperman (author)marple2002009-11-14

Thanks for the props. I mounted the picket low on the board so I could get quite wide shots.

kgplumb (author)2009-10-11

 Where did you buy the 1 meter long aluminum picket?

hiphopsuperman (author)kgplumb2009-10-11

Home Depot, im sure you could find it in any hardware store.

Cartermarquis (author)2009-10-06

Nice! I like the use of the aluminum picket, and your rig definitely looks smaller/lighter/more comfortable than mine. What camera do you use with it? Do you wish you had built a back plate? Maybe its not needed for your light rig/camera.

Thanks for the kind words. I just use a fuji f810 point and shoot camera for my videos. Its old and cheap but gets the job done! As for the back plate, I decided against it to keep my design simple. I'm glad I went without it. It is very adjustable but also very comfertable. It basicly feals like wearing a backpack backwards.

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