Make a $30 Steadicam

Introduction: Make a $30 Steadicam

Learn how to make a $30 steadicam with parts you can get at the local sporting goods, and hardware store.

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    23 Discussions

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    struckbyanarrow

    The Galvanized steel pipes, in my experience, are very greasy, and grease does not mix with expensive camera equipment, what did you do to take the grease off?

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    Mr. Noack
    Mr. Noack

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    I used break cleaner, and then painted the pipes.

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    projectbronco

    Thanks for the awesome Instructable! I changed a few things (24" long bottom, grips, etc.) and also used copper.

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    botronics
    botronics

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Usually (I believe) the best place to hold the mount is at the center of balance along the pipe. With a camera like you show, this would be just below the tee. I have a Zi8 that only weighs 4 ounces.  This will shift the COG down further. have you tried this rig with light weight cams? Is there a sweet spot in holding the rig?

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    pacowarabi
    pacowarabi

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I've found that with lightweight cameras, you can build something similar with PVC.  Check out the links on this Instructable to see some different PVC equipment designed with small cameras like yours in mind.

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    wibrle
    wibrle

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Its funny how $30 can make amateur videos look professional. Cool tutorial :)

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    greeenpro
    greeenpro

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This video simplifies everything. I've been thinking about rigging something up like this. Now I'm just going to use this tutorial. Thanks for uploading.

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    gagfilms
    gagfilms

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic tutorial...this will come in handy!

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    Nextraker
    Nextraker

    10 years ago on Introduction

    talk about instructional... Nice, Cheap and Easy!