In this video, we show you how to build a cheap video stabilizer to support your DSLR. Although the test footage might not show it, this stabilizer works surprisingly well and fells really solid even under the weight of my D300s and some very heavy glass.
Total cost: ~$20
You will need:
– 6 Feet of PVC piping $6
– 5 PVC elbow joints $2.50
– 5 PVC T-joints $2.50
– 1 “bent” T-joint with adapters $1
– 1 Shoulder cushion (Flexable hose joint) $8
– 1 2-1/2″ by 1/4″ bolt $0.25
– 2 nuts 1/4″ in diameter $0.20
– 1 spring 1/4″ or more in diameter $0.25
– 1 PVC cap $0.25
– A tool to cut PVC with
– A drill with a 1/4″ bit
– A ruler
– A sharpie
I have tried to explain the construction process very thoroughly in the video, but the basic design is very simple and leaves a lot of room for improvisation. The rig functions better than expected, especially after some practice. The shoulder brace adds the most support, but this design allows for decently-stable two-handed filming even at very low angles. The mobility of the design is one of the main reasons to build such a stabilizer.
Hopefully this works as well for you as it has for me!
Happy New Year from Avid Visions!