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DIY Camera Dolly Gives Super Smooth Overhead Video on the Cheap

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to document your DIY projects with a professional flair, this $30 camera dolly makes steady and smooth overhead shots a snap.

If you’ve ever tried to document a project you’re working on with a video or still camera and been frustrated by what a pain it is to take consistent and good overhead shots–I certainly have!–this project is for you. Steve Hoefer shows us how to turn some simple parts like PVC pipe, skate bearings, and basic hardware like bolts and screws, into a super smooth and easily adjustable overhead camera dolly.

The most amazing part is that such a smooth rolling dolly can be yours for around $30. Check out the video below to see it in action.

Interested in building your own? Hit up the link below for instructions and additional photos.

Documentation Camera Dolly [Grathio Labs via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/18/11

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