So, Conker-X has decided that he "needs" a steadicam so that he and some friends can make videos with his bridge digital camera.
Rather that pay out for a dust-gatherer, I decided, I could make that!
Here's what he got.
Step 1: The theory
That turns the natural vibrations of bodily movement into gentle, low-angle, low-frequency swings.
So, to make a steadicam, you need to hang a weight below the camera, and provide a smooth pivot near the camera.
Step 2: Materials
Also from my stash came a piece of general-purpose 10mm nylon rope (left over from another project).
From Conker-X's stash came some rather impressive Duck-branded duct tape.
Step 3: Making
I used a pair of needle-nosed pliers to round off the holes in the blocks, and threaded the rope through. At the lower end, I tied a simple overhand knot as a stopper, then at the top end I tied a bowline to form a hanging loop. A little furtling brought the loop closer to the blocks, then I trimmed off the excess rope and used a lighter to fuse the end and prevent fraying.