Steadicam is a brand name, but the word has become synonymous with a unit to help stabilize hand held camera shots. The real Steadicam units are often MUCH larger and are mounted to a chest harness to help distribute the weight of the rig to your torso. Since we were looking for something on a college student budget, we went with steel pipe from a big box store.
Check out this really simple build below, and if you’ve got suggestions for add-ons/improvements please leave them in the comments!
I started with some 3/4″ steel pipe, fittings, PVC and some bolts & nuts.
It’s really simple, I screw the pieces together, except for the top cap.
I drilled a hole through the top cap, using a clamp to stabilize it.
I pushed a screw up through it and tightened on a nut. A second nut was added, but not tightened.
Then the cap was added to the assembly.
This is essentially finished, but there’s a lot of friction when you hold the pipe directly.
I cut a piece of 1″ PVC pipe a little longer than my fist.
I cut it in half on the bandsaw.
Then I cut it into quarters. Only three of the four are needed.
A sanding block removes the burrs very quickly.
I needed to remove the angle from the cut edge using a belt sander.
This is what they looked like afterward. All three pieces needed this.
The pieces then fit perfectly around the steel pipe.
I laid out a bed of duct tape then laid the PVC pieces in place, outer edge to outer edge.
Using a sharp knife, I trimmed off the tape from the top and bottom.
Then I trimmed off the tape from one side.
The PVC wrapped around nicely, and the remaining tape folded over to make it into a sleeve.
Here you can see why the corners needed to be removed.
After removing the sleeve and the screw/nuts, I sprayed the whole thing black.
I screwed the flange into a scrap of wood to use as a clamping base.
In this case, I clamped a brick to counter weight the camera, but this can be swapped out with whatever weight item needed.
Last I screwed on the camera, and tightened the nut up to it snuggly.
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