Below are directions for a simple rig for panoramic video. It was built with free pallet wood and the temporary use of my mountain bike rim. The project took about 5 minutes to put it together.

Step 1: ​Tools/Materials


  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape


  • Bicycle Rim/Tire (26” used for this project)
  • Wood – I used pallets
    • 16” x 3.5”
    • 38” x 5.5”
    • 32” x 4” (x2)

Step 2:

Find any wood. I used pallets from a previous project. Cut to approximate lengths shown above.

Step 3:

Drill hole in small board to match axle diameter. Mount tire to board – use nut from bike.

Step 4:

Drill a clearance hole in the center support.

Step 5:

Attach small board to center support.

Step 6:

Add stabilization legs.

Step 7:

Place camcorder/camera on edge of wheel.

Step 8:

Spin and record. See link for video.

<p>Super simple, love it! Thanks for the video also...</p>
<p>Great idea. I really like the look of the shot. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Very nice. You can get a pan with a different &quot;feel&quot; to it if you mount the camera back on the hub. You could easily attach a tripod to the rim to get the camera up high enough to get the wheel out of the shot. My son likes it as well (NYU-Tisch, they play Quidditch) </p>
<p>@jimrlynn, I agree with your first point.</p><p>In the 90s, when I still worked for Eastman Kodak, I had access to a proper (and expensive) panoramic indexing head to mount on a tripod. I experimented with it a couple times with my Canon A1 35mm SLR.</p><p>Part of the intent of the head was to rotate the camera such that the film plane was at the center of rotation. SLRs bodies are all marked with a small graphic which locates the film plane. Rotating the camera inside or outside the film plane introduces distortion in the images. I expect DLSRs and P&amp;S digital cameras have the same issue.</p>
<p>The object is not to rotate around the film-plane, but to rotate around the focal point node of the lens which is somewere around the center of the lens.</p>
<p>Mea culpa!</p><p>What you wrote resurrected a 20+ year-old memory which makes me think you are spot-on about the center of rotation. I half-remember needing to do some math to determine the focal point node of my 28-90 zoom lens at the 28mm focal length.</p><p>Still, the point is that having the camera way out on the rim is less than ideal.</p>
<p>You don't need to calculate the Nodal point you can use the process described in this youtube movie <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/k0HaRZi-FWs" width="500"></iframe></p>
<p>Marked with a similar indicator on prime lenses, but not on zooms because of shifting elements as you change focal length. I think there is an estimator app out there somewhere...</p>
<p>The tripod's an interesting idea, but it will magnify any 'wobble' caused by bearing sloppiness.</p>
<p>You would have to locate the hub closer to the top of the tee to allow for $1.99 roller ball castors from Harbor Freight. 3 of them located just <br>under the rim would stabilize a tripod. I am going to build one this <br>weekend. Also, I was anticipating useing what is called a &quot;top hat&quot; or <br>&quot;low boy&quot; tripod, which only extends about 18 inches.</p>
<p>I agree.</p>
<p>I agree. I also tie wrapped my phone to the spokes and rotated the rig 90 degrees to make a spinning video. Weird but not very useful. </p><p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEubled5kes&amp;feature=youtu.be</p>
<p>Nicely done. I will make this tomorrow. But, mine will be a road bike wheel. I guess I'll just have to spin it faster... ;)</p>
<p>great idea for keeping a steady shot! you should patent and sell them to realtors for like $500 each! :)</p>
<p>Nice, neat and simple - but if you don't nailgun the stabilization legs, you'll have something a lot more portable, as well as adaptable to different slopes and cambers and leg sizes/heights/thicknesses etc.</p><p>And if you do start getting into angles and/or heights where stability is an issue, a few woodscrews would be more flexible than nails - particularly from a nailgun.</p>
<p>Nice and simple. Good Work!</p>
<p>You should add some of the resulting panoramic shots you got with it.</p>
<p>epic. With a coulp of mods it would make a grate time laps rig :)</p>
<p>Simple yet effective! Nice work.</p>
<p>Thank you.</p>

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