DIY Video and Photography Projects

DIY Glidecam / Monopod Modification
February 20, 2012


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I get it. Sometimes you fly a stabilizer around and need to take a pause for a long static shot. These things can get quite heavy, so being able to stand on it’s own could be beneficial for event shooters. Varizoom offers a Monopod / Stabilizer called the FlowPod (seen here), but when used as [...]

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Steadicam Smoothee Modified – Baby Merlin
February 13, 2012


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It was only a couple of weeks ago I posted information on how to modify a Steadicam Smoothee, essentially making it a mini Steadicam Merlin stabilizer (a.k.a Baby Merlin). If you have a small camera, and you’re a fan of the Merlin steadicam, this mod will come in at about 1/5th the price. In the [...]

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Steadicam Smoothee (modified) Test
February 2, 2012


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Made some slight mods to support a heavier camera and lens. Now it’s a Canon 7D + Tokina 11-16mm on a Giottos quick release plate. I needed to pull the front heavy camera a bit backwards. Threw on some extra counterweights from a Flycam Nano, and then performed a slight test. Brings me back to [...]

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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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$15 Dollar DIY Steadicam
December 31, 2011


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Vimeo member Jorge shares his $15 dollar DIY steadicam build along with some test footage. Shot on a Canon T2i, with a Bower 14mm Ultra Wide Lens. The process to build your own coming soon. [Thanks Jorge]

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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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Unfinished DIY PVC Bearing Gimbal
October 25, 2010


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Many of you have probably already seen this video. It was posted up over a year ago as Part 1 of 2. I know i’ve had my eyes on it for quite a while waiting for the follow up, but Part #2 of this project doesn’t look like it will happen anytime soon. This one [...]

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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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