Introduction: PVC FIG RIG

This is a Fig Rig Steadicam made from PVC pipe. This parts, which can be picked up at Home Depot, cost about $10. Assembly took 30 minutes.


Here is what you need to build the Fig Rig --

3/4" PVC PIPE - Cut to :

6" Length (6x)
3" Length (2x)
2.5" Length (4x)
1.5" Length (4x)

45 Degree Connector (10x)
"T" Connector (2x)
"Cross" Connector
Endcap with 1/4" hole drilled in middle (2x)

1/4" 41/2" Long Size 20 Carriage Bolt
1/4" Wingnut
1/4" Nuts (2x)
1/4" Fender Washer

PVC Cement (Optional)


Assemble the main body as shown in the picture below. The camera mount will come next.

Step 3: Camera Mount

1. Drill a 1/4" hole through the middle of the PVC endcap.

2. Screw a nut onto the carriage bolt about halfway down.

3. Thread the bolt through the endcap.

4. Connect the endcap to a 1 1/2" length of PVC.

5. On the outer part of the carriage bolt, screw on another nut and tighten it with pliars.

6. screw on the 1/4" wingnut.

7. Place a fender washer above the wingnut.

8. Screw the bolt into the camera bottom and then tighten the wingnut.

9. Place the assembled mount into the "Cross" PVC connector and cement it.


Shoot smoothly with your new fig rig!



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​so, riffing off of your project, and a couple others I have seen here... I built this... Phot was taken after building the main piece, what's not seen is the screw adapter for mounting the camera and the microphone clip up top. You can see the screw for it at 12:00 on the bike wheel.
For the cross piece, I used 3/4 inch PVC, and stuck a piece of dowel in each end and secured through the bike wheel with drywall screws and then ran 1/4 bolts through the pipe and dowel to keep the mount upright and serve as accessory attachments, if needed. Hope you guys like it.

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would it be a wise idea to add some extra weight on the rig's bottom for improved stability?

That is amazing. Thank you!

As i said in the other instructable since i cant get the PVC you guys have iam gonna make mine from wood.

Nice PVC rig!

I set up a Rig with the Atomos Ninja-2 on the Nikon D4.

From my blog:
Once set up all I have to do is start Live View (in video mode) and start the Ninja-2 recording. When I cycle the Live View button on the D4, the Ninja-2 starts recording when Live View is on and stops when I shut it off. Each time the Ninja-2 creates a new file for the next take. I turn on the Focus Peaking to ensure perfect focus and it stays on the whole time (does not reset when Live View is cycled). Perfection!

Check out my rig

Dan at Vigorotaku

How did it turn out? (I'm thinking of trying this too)

So here's what I was able to slap together in about an hour and a half. I used 1 inch square cedar (cuz I had it). I shaped the grips with a grinder. I also used some rubber from an old mouse pad to cushion the bottom of the camera. And it works.


All thanx for posting this - I made my own and couldn't be happier with it.

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Since the concept of this "steady cam" design is based on the positioning of the hands to the camera body itself, introducing a "flexible" property would only enhance the overall steadiness of the video/image. Yes? Maybe?
My thoughts would be to somehow reduce the rigidity of the cross-bar section, using yet smaller PVC diameter and a longer piece. You could even remove the top straight section of PVC. All of these changes would allow greater flexibility and would reduce the motion transferred to the camera. Bottom line, this design is for very basic use. It would be useless when attaches to a bike, scooter, or other moving object.

What is the purpose of the cross piece where the camera mounts. Why not just have a tee?