DIY Video and Photography Projects

01May DIY Fig Rig & Dolly


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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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15Feb GH2 on Baby Merlin (modified Steadicam Smoothee)


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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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31Jan GH2 on Baby Merlin (modded Smoothee)


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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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30Jan DIY Steadicam Smoothee Mod – Cheesycam Baby Merlin


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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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20May DIY DSLR Steadicam Stabilizer


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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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18May DIY Recycled Bike Steadicam


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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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09Apr Lensse Gimbals for DIY Steadicam Stabilizers


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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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16Feb DIY Mini Shoulder Brace + Mini Tripod


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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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03Feb IndyMogul – Stabilizer Showdown w/ Q and Erik


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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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01Oct $2-$6 Dollar DIY’s for Budget Minded Students


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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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01Sep IndieHardware Stabilizer – Handle Upgrade


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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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22Aug The first Fig Rig for iPhone?


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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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20Aug Double-L Bracket Configuration Alzo + T Pod


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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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12Aug DIY Steadicam Gizmo (Merlin Design)


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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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06Aug DIY iPhone 4 Video Stabilizer


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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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02Jun Camera Stabilizer – Steddiepod


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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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