Introduction: Low Cost Video Stabilizer

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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

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Step 3: Top Level

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Follow these views for the build.

Step 4: Cut Pipes and Organize Parts

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

Step 5: Side 1

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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

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

Step 7: Cross Support Assy

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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

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

Step 9: Assembly

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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

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Comments

peppypickle (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!

JetForMe (author)2014-11-08

How did you make the CAD images?

jingle4 (author)JetForMe2014-11-19

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

espdp2 (author)2014-11-11

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

UNIX not eunuchs (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.

Battlespeed (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.

jingle4 (author)Battlespeed2014-11-07

Good point.

JohnnyG2 (author)2014-10-31

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

jingle4 (author)JohnnyG22014-11-07

Thank you

ASCAS (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!

jingle4 (author)ASCAS2014-11-07

Cool...thanks!

Battlespeed (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!

mayala6 (author)2014-10-31

Looks like it's smooth

JohnnyG2 (author)2014-10-31

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

hegure_ryu (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.

TheFrankTurk (author)2014-10-28

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

Hodor (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!

mtairymd (author)2014-10-28

Nice job!

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