DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Fig Rig & Dolly
May 1, 2012


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Here’s an interesting DIY stabilizer for those of you just starting out with small camera video. YouTube member Dean Barkley put together his DIY Fig Rig stabilizer and doubled up use as a table dolly. The entire frame is made up from common and cheap PVC. [Thanks Dean]

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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)
February 15, 2012


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The GH2 or other small video cameras are very lightweight and the selection for a quality stabilizer are few. Lately, there’s been some interest around modifying a Steadicam Smoothee to work with such light cameras. I was able to modify one successfully, but I never got around to showing it’s full capabilities. So it’s great [...]

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GH2 on Baby Merlin (modded Smoothee)
January 31, 2012


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So the goal was to modify this Steadicam Smoothee for lightweight cameras, but it was surprising to see it fly my Canon 5D Mark II + 50mm F/1.4 Lens. Getting back to the real reason for the mod, I tested out a smaller setup with the GH2 + 20mm Lens (total 1.2lbs). It took [...]

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DIY Steadicam Smoothee Mod – Cheesycam Baby Merlin
January 30, 2012


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Yup, within the first few minutes the Steadicam Smoothee walked through the door it was laying helplessly in pieces on my workbench. As I suspected, it’s quite easy to modify this little stabilizer. With a quick release adapter, a top stage that can be fine tuned Left/Right & Forward/Back for easy balance, and one of [...]

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DIY DSLR Steadicam Stabilizer
May 20, 2011


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Cameras are getting smaller and lighter. People are attempting to fly GoPro’s and iPhones on Steadicams. For lightweight cameras including Sony’s A55, Panasonic GH2’s, or Canon T2is, here’s a simple DIY DSLR Steadicam (merlin style) stabilizer idea from Vimeo member KFLeung. There isn’t much tooling required, it’s more of an assembly of readily available pieces [...]

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DIY Recycled Bike Steadicam
May 18, 2011


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What do you get when you mix an old Bike Wheel, Bike Crank, and Bike Wheel Hub? You get a functioning Video Camera Stabilizer a.k.a DIY Steadicam. It will all make more sense after checking out the video above from YouTube member thomasumJohnson. Improvements? I would stay start with a smaller wheel maybe from a [...]

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Lensse Gimbals for DIY Steadicam Stabilizers
April 9, 2011


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When I first started messing around with DIY builds, one of the most difficult projects to try and tackle were the Stabilizers a.k.a. or what most people associate with ‘Steadicams’ (that’s actually a brand name). Piecing together a stage and a set of counterweights was the easiest part, but trying to locate an effective off [...]

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DIY Mini Shoulder Brace + Mini Tripod
February 16, 2011


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I love me some RedRock Micro gear, but unfortunately i’m just one of those poor souls who can’t afford even their entry level stuff. As seen in the image below, this is just one bundle in the line up of RedRock Micro’s Nano rigs called the Running Man. Pretty solid piece of gear that doesn’t [...]

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IndyMogul – Stabilizer Showdown w/ Q and Erik
February 3, 2011


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Wow just caught this video from IndyMogul a few minutes ago, and believe it or not, I feel like i’ve just been nominated for an Academy award. In this video they touch on a few ideas for budget stabilizers (one or two from this website) with all of the web links in the description [...]

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$2-$6 Dollar DIY’s for Budget Minded Students
October 1, 2010


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Ok, you professionals can skip right over this article. This may even fall under ‘tacky’ for the seasoned Pro’s. There’s surprisingly a lot of young readers at this blog, possibly still in high school and unemployed. Aspiring to make fun YouTube videos with a standard handheld camcorder, they need an extra hand in some low [...]

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IndieHardware Stabilizer – Handle Upgrade
September 1, 2010


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Thanks to Motegi for sharing a DIY handle upgrade to the IndieHardware Stabilizer. You can catch more of the DIY photos over at the Flickr found here. I did a brief overview of this stabilizer found at this article: http://cheesycam.com/first-attempt-indiehardware-stabilizer/, and like most others, wasn’t happy about the stock short handle. The shorter handle actually [...]

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The first Fig Rig for iPhone?
August 22, 2010


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An iPhone is a small device, and so far many of the stabilizers have been short handles. Earlier this week Tate Nations showed us his version of the DSLR Cage Fig Rig painted Red. Tate probably had a lot of left over strut rail to come up with this other [...]

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Double-L Bracket Configuration Alzo + T Pod
August 20, 2010


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After posting about the possible Double L bracket stabilizer idea, Dave Taylor over at DaveTaylorMP.com shares a few images of his Double L Bracket setup with what looks like a Canon 550D / T2i. He’s using the Video Camera Light Bracket – by alzodigital.com which has two cold shoe mounts. He mentions that he also [...]

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DIY Steadicam Gizmo (Merlin Design)
August 12, 2010


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One of the most passionate DIY’ers tackling the Steadicam Merlin design and Gimbal handle with full rotation that I know about is WSCLATER. If you check out his website over at http://www.diycamera.com/stabiliser, you’ll find years of logs refining a single Steadicam project. Yeah I think I would have given up by then. There’s seems to [...]

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DIY iPhone 4 Video Stabilizer
August 6, 2010


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@MunkiCloud checked out the DIY Point and Shoot video stabilizer I made for my Canon SX210 and modified it to mount the new iPhone 4. For a walking and panning shot, I think this DIY Stabilizer for that iPhone 4 came out great. Sometimes it takes a bit of ‘dialing in’ on how much weight [...]

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Camera Stabilizer – Steddiepod
June 2, 2010


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It’s called a Steddiepod and it’s available for around $389.00. Now before you go out thinking about buying a stabilizer like this, you need to reflect on one my first DIY’s in the DSLR world here: http://cheesycam.com/?p=18
Just thought I would show the basic principle of how I believe this Steddipod is supposed to work. If [...]

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