If you’re looking to capture smooth pans and steady video without purchasing expensive commercial gear, this DIY stabilizer will give you rock-steady video.
There’s no shortage of DIY camera stabilizer projects online. While many of them work just fine, they tend to look like they were cobbled together by MacGyver. This polished build looks professional, is cleanly milled and assembled, and allows for on-the-fly adjustments to the weight system to calibrate the stabilization to your video needs. You’ll definitely need a garage full of decent tools to pull this one off but the results are well worth it and well below the price of a professional steady cam rig.
Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on Google+ if you'd like.
- Published 12/2/11