Introduction: Simple Camera Stabilizer Under $10.00

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I am constantly taking photos and video on boats and cars. The problem off shaky video and unstable pictures led me to create a stabilizer for better quality photography. This simple but effective tool has helped me capture movie-like action scenes for my home albums.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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For this project you will need:
Thread-locker (blue)
Electrical Tape
30 Half-inch cut washers
2 Fender washers (1/4 inch)
4 1/2' Long Quarter-inch Bolt and Nut (metric)
Wrench and Ratchet -11 mm

Step 2: Place Washers

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Put one of your fender washers for the base followed by 30 Half-inch Cut washers. Set remaining fender washer on top.

Step 3: Thread-locker and Level

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Grab your thread-locker and nut.

Loosely tighten the nut allowing some movement in the sandwiched washers

Level the washers by rolling them on a table or flat surface

Once plum, firmly tighten the bolt with your wrench and ratchet

Step 4: Tape It

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Grab you electric tape and tightly wrap the washers putting 2-3 layers on.

Your Finished!

Step 5: Go Play!

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The stabilizer enhances the shot positions and stabilizes the video. Sorry I don't have a sample video

Comments

Scott_Tx (author)2009-09-10

I was thinking about making something like this for my vado hd, just a simple hand hold with more weight.

LoganSix (author)Scott_Tx2010-01-19

Ditto here.  Just got back from a cruise and could have used some better image stabilizing with my Vado.  Maybe I'll try this out as well.

sgsidekick (author)2009-10-23

I made one, and it sure made a difference in my shots!  Funny thing tho; you may need to pack it in your checked luggage if you're traveling!  I forgot to do that on my return flight, and my carryon went thru the xray machine multiple times before someone decided I did NOT have a weapon! hahaha.

This is great!  I ended up having to use different washers, which meant more washers and a tad more in cost, but overall very easy to make and use.  Love it!

nightninja87 (author)2009-09-22

um question i see it says 4 1/2' bolt and nut i was wondering if you really meant inches instead of a foot? cause i am thinking it is in inches and i dont wanna mess this up cause this could help me with my photography thanks for a great instructable

ERCBIENG (author)nightninja872009-09-23

Yeah inches. Wow I cant believe i made that mistake

nightninja87 (author)ERCBIENG2009-09-24

its alright i do that once in a while i forget to press the shift key it happens

Amalie08 (author)2009-09-23

I love the photography and the idea is simple and great! Thanks :)

CurvedYellowFruit (author)2009-09-17

I actually have to try this out! I can imagine the extra weight might mitigate smaller unwanted motions.

BoskyO (author)2009-09-14

If you have access to a heat gun and some large shrink tubing that would make a nice cover as well.

ERCBIENG (author)BoskyO2009-09-14

That would be cool! I don't know where I would get heat shrink in that big of a size

BoskyO (author)ERCBIENG2009-09-14

Lots of places on-line and many electronics stores. I've seen heatshrink up to 7".

BoskyO (author)2009-09-14

In the supply list item 5 is: 4 1/2' Long Quarter-inch Bolt and Nut (metric) Is this a 1/4 inch bolt & nut or a metric size? What thread pitch is required?

ERCBIENG (author)BoskyO2009-09-14

Yes it is a 1/4 inch bolt, it is metric sized, and its just a regular thread

Cartermarquis (author)2009-09-09

Skeptical until I see a video, but looks like a solid idea. Do you find that the added weight is too much or does the weight help stabilize?

ERCBIENG (author)Cartermarquis2009-09-10

I will get a video up soon once I get a youtube account and etc. The weight is actually what helps stabilize it. The added weight acts as a balance point, It similar to a string-washer stabilizer that you step on to stabilize but more compact and easy to travel with.

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