If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. With this tutorial, some. The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can. There are plenty of DIY’ers out there that are hell bent on making what they film look smoother. A home made Steadicam seems to be very popular choice for the .

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For a build tutorial a demonstration short and some musing from me hit the jump.

Gear Hacks: DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25

Top image via Film Riot The world of camera mounts, rigs, xiy stabilizers is quite diverse. Chad usually finds the right mix of ingredients that not only makes his build work, but also that it would not be embarrassing to show up on set using them.

Tape the three segments together around the long end of the rig.

Greg Davis – December 14, I made one like this and here it is https: Making your own DIY camera stabilizers and mounts is a much cheaper alternative. I feature quite a few tutorials from Chad and the reason is twofold: Thanks for sharing… https: If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. Udi Tirosh is the Founder and Editor in Chief of DIYPhotography, he is also a photographer, a relentless entrepreneur, a prolific inventor and a dad, not necessarily in that order.


Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite. The double bars give perfect balance and full control for most stationary and minor camera moves, however it does bounce a little more when moving quickly.

DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

The whole point of a Steadicam is to support the camera rig at or just above it’s center of mass. Its simplistic design makes it possibly the cheapest and easiest option out there. It is not only functional. To get started all you’ll need is: Here is test footage right after I made it https: The PVC stabilizer makes use of two side arms and counterweights at the bottom which can also be rotated to become a shoulder rig.

Camera rigs steadicqm in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. Austin Rogers joined Fstoppers in I wish I had a shop for this sort of thing. Hans Rosemond – May 27, fun!

Make a DIY Steadicam-Style Camera Stabilizer | Fstoppers

Unlike the other stabilizers and shoulder mounts, the fig rig is an innovative alternative to keep your camera steady while still providing the full range of motion.


The steadicams building tutorials steacicam among the more popular builds on the blog. Need music for your projects? Costs a bit more, but works better micro adjustable too. Find the perfect track now.

Assemble and paint matte black if desired. Dunja Djudjic is a writer and photographer from Novi Sad, Serbia. Thanks for the video and good description.

DIY Steadicam Made Out of Hard Drives

steadicxm Let us know in the comments. If you find yourself with a free afternoon, why not take a trip to your local hardware store and put together a quick and cheap DIY camera stabilizer rig to add to your arsenal.

Of course, if I did I’d probably have 3 less fingers by now. I made one like this and here it is https: For all its popularity, it really is a solid option that stabilizes almost as well as its high-end counterparts.

Actually it is quite easy. Sand the edges of three segments, these will make a grip for the rig. You can find out more about Fiy on his website and follow his adventures on YouTube and Facebook. No wonder, as using a Steadicam produces significantly smoother video than just holding a camera by hand.