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.
Step 1: Tools
- Tape measure
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