When I saw the Johnny Chung Lee poor mans steady cam, I realize that the mechanics of the artifact was a simple thing. It is only a heavy weight at the end of the tube, to give valance, and counterweight to the movements of the muscles at walking-running motion.
So I already had my cheap tripod, and I wasnt wanted to buy those tubes for making the steady cam.
So this idea came to me.
The idea was to transform de tripod into a steady cam, cheaper, easier and reversible, and it results!
Plus+ I realize that the weight gives more control to the tripod for fastest motion movements, and heavy cameras.
And it only cost me $3 dollar because I already had the tripod.
Step 1: Materials
A. One cheap tripod (I bought mine for $28 dollars at best-buy store).
B. One weight of 2.5-pound with gap of 1 inch diameter (I bought mine for $3 dollar at Wall-Mart).
C. One hard wire (I used the one that comes with coat hangers).
D. A drill and a drill bit to make a hole this need to be about the diameter of the wire.
Step 2: Making
A. Drill a hole at the base of the tripod
B. Make a fixing chain with the wire.
C. Insert the weight and secure it with the wire.
D. You are done.