Introduction: Low Cost Video Stabilizer

Video stabilizers are used to improve the smoothness of video when the operator is in motion. Professional version cost in excess of $500. The version shown below can support the weight of a DLSR camera and is made from less than $25 of materials. I’ve also included a video of the stabilizer in use along with a PDF version of the plans.

Drawing File:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B21TbB8gGNQbMldmcE...

Video:

Step 1: Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Saw

Step 2: Materials

Step 3: Top Level

Follow these views for the build.

Step 4: Cut Pipes and Organize Parts

Cut the ¾” PVC pipe as shown in the material list.

Step 5: Side 1

Assemble first side as shown. You will use five (5) 1 ¾” length pipes, one (1) 3” pipe, and one (1) 24 ½” pipes.

Step 6: Side 2

Assemble the second side which is a mirror image of the first side.

Step 7: Cross Support Assy

Assemble cross assembly as shown. You will use two (2) 4” pipes and one (1) 3” pipe. Repeat process to build a second assembly.

Step 8: Camera Mount

Drill hole through cap. Insert ¼-20. Captivate bolt with ¼-20 nut.

Step 9: Assembly

Connect Side 1 to Side 2 with the two (2) cross support assemblies and the two (2) 9 1/8” pipes. Add the camera mount to the front assembly. Add weight and cap to the rear assembly.

Step 10: Glue (optional)

For additional rigidity, glue connections together. This will obviously prevent you breaking the rig down later.

Step 11: Paint (optional)

Mask off the screw threads and paint the complete assembly.

Step 12: Additional Damping (optional)

Add foam pad for additional damping and comfort

Step 13: Final Product

Comments

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peppypickle made it!(author)2014-10-28

This is an incredible project, thanks for sharing your diagrams. This would save a lot of money because video stabilizers are hundreds of dollars!

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JetForMe made it!(author)2014-11-08

How did you make the CAD images?

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jingle4 made it!(author)2014-11-19

It was modeled in Autodesk Inventor. The fittings were downloaded as STEP files from http://www.mcmaster.com/

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espdp2 made it!(author)2014-11-11

I love this. Half of YouTube needs to love this!

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UNIX+not+eunuchs made it!(author)2014-11-08

My daughter attends a media based high school. This will be a great asset for the students that won't break the school's budget. Thanks for sharing.

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Battlespeed made it!(author)2014-11-02

The decision to "cement or not cement" (all or none) isn't binary. You can cement both sides as separate units, and then cement cross-pieces to the sides in an alternating fashion to have a rig that can be torn down with few uncemented joints, and it shouldn't come apart easily in the field.

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jingle4 made it!(author)2014-11-07

Good point.

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JohnnyG2 made it!(author)2014-10-31

What an excellent set of instructions, keep up the good work Again, Kudos

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jingle4 made it!(author)2014-11-07

Thank you

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ASCAS made it!(author)2014-10-29

Awesome Ible! I made one as soon as I read your post. I made a slimmer version though. It definitely stabilized my footage by 60%. Thanks!

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jingle4 made it!(author)2014-11-07

Cool...thanks!

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Battlespeed made it!(author)2014-11-02

Gosh that picture came out small! What it says is to cement alternate cross pieces to opposite sides, but you can't read it. Sorry!

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mayala6 made it!(author)2014-10-31

Looks like it's smooth

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JohnnyG2 made it!(author)2014-10-31

What an excellent set of instructions, keep up the good work Again, Kudos

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hegure_ryu made it!(author)2014-10-29

Very good. My brother-in-law is a photo and videographer and is always looking to save some money, I 'll have to show him.

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TheFrankTurk made it!(author)2014-10-28

That is a great instructable - can't wait to build one myself.

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Hodor made it!(author)2014-10-28

Really Cool! I work at an Ace Hardware so the only suggestion I have is to supplement glue for PVC Cement. Its the only way to truly make that PVC stick together, otherwise you risk the PVC just falling right apart if its not tight enough!

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mtairymd made it!(author)2014-10-28

Nice job!

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