Low Cost Video Stabilizer

Video stabilizers are used to improve the smoothness of video when the operator is in motion. Professional version cost in excess of $500. The version shown below can support the weight of a DLSR camera and is made from less than $25 of materials. Iíve also included a video of the stabilizer in use along with a PDF version of the plans.

Drawing File:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B21TbB8gGNQbMldmcE...

Video:

Step 1: Tools

  • Tape measure
  • Saw

    Step 2: Materials

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Step 3: Top Level

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Follow these views for the build.

    Step 4: Cut Pipes and organize parts

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Cut the 3/4" PVC pipe as shown in the material list.

    Step 5: Side 1

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Assemble first side as shown. You will use five (5) 1 3/4" length pipes, one (1) 3" pipe, and one (1) 24 ½" pipes.

    Step 6: Side 2

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Assemble the second side which is a mirror image of the first side.

    Step 7: Cross Support Assy

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Assemble cross assembly as shown. You will use two (2) 4" pipes and one (1) 3" pipe. Repeat process to build a second assembly.

    Step 8: Camera Mount

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Drill hole through cap. Insert ¼-20. Captivate bolt with ¼-20 nut.

    Step 9: Assembly

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer

    Connect Side 1 to Side 2 with the two (2) cross support assemblies and the two (2) 9 1/8" pipes. Add the camera mount to the front assembly. Add weight and cap to the rear assembly.

    Step 10: Glue (optional)

    For additional rigidity, glue connections together. This will obviously prevent you breaking the rig down later.

    Step 11: Paint (optional)

    Mask off the screw threads and paint the complete assembly.

    Step 12: Additional Damping (optional)

    Add foam pad for additional damping and comfort

    Step 13: Final Product

    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
    Low Cost Video Stabilizer
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