Camera Stabilizer Rig ~ Very Cheap

Introduction: Camera Stabilizer Rig ~ Very Cheap

About: I love life, I'm a Christian male of 13. Love Sports and Shortcutting life and I love working with PVC Piping. :)

Here's a great way to stop shaky videos and get that Hollywood edge on your films with a step by step guide. Yes this is on YouTube but I've tweaked it slightly. Measurements I will have in Inches and mm/cm because I'm from New Zealand.
Please Note this is my First Instructable 

Step 1: Materials

- 1in/25mm PVC
4 ~ 6in/154mm
4 ~ 4in/102mm
1 ~ 3 3/4in/95mm
1 ~ 1 1/2in/38mm
- 3 1in/25mm T Joints
- 6 1in/25mm Elbow Joints
- 1 3 in/80mm 1/4in/6mm thread Bolt
- 1in/25mm End Plug
- Spring
- Multiple washers depending on if your bolt if fully threaded (which mine isn't)
- 6mm ish Drill Bit
- Drill

Step 2: Drilling

Drill into Plug and bottom of a T Joint

Step 3: Construct Camera Mount

Place Bolt and Washer through the bottom of the T Joint, Flip over and slide on the Spring and Washers. I needed to put on a few Washers as the thread did not go all the way down. Screw down the nut until you  feel some tension.

Step 4: Put the Whole Thing Together

It's pretty easy to put together after that. Above where your camera will sit, I found that the measurements I was given made it so that I had to add a bit of extra pipe, this is most probably because the video where I got this from was American and the Joints are different.
Make sure you compress where pipe joins as to prevent it falling apart

Step 5: Enjoy

Enjoy your nice steady footage.
Other options are to paint it or where you hold it you could put BMX Grips.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is a nice rig, It likes like it would be really easy to run around with.

    However you are missing one vital element.

    An example video! The best thing is to have a video showing the camera in movement both with and without the stabilizer.


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Nice Cheap 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


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks your feedback means a lot being what seems like quite a switched on guy in terms of being Pro and all the followers and what not. I will work on getting a video up soon


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Could you link to the American measurement/plans as well, please?


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction
    Here we are, This is where I got it from, but I changed it from the whole Tripod mount at the top. :) Enjoy your steady footage