Build a DIY Camera Stabilizer for Ultra Smooth Video

By Jason Fitzpatrick on December 2nd, 2011

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.

DIY Camera Stabilizer v7.4 [via DIY Photography]

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 12/2/11
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