We’ve shown you some DIY camera stabilisers for lighter cameras, but if you have a DSLR or heavier camera, you’ll need something more robust. This DIY version of a Steadicam mount does the trick nicely.
Jorge Martinez, the man behind this rig, explains that he got everything he needed at his local hardware store. The only piece he had to order online was the quick-release plate ($US50 at Amazon). Fortunately, it’s completely optional, but it just makes getting the camera on and off easier.
The video above does a great job of walking you through the components and how to assemble them all (he has another video with detailed instructions), but you will need to break out the drill and screwdrivers to make this work. You won’t need any advanced tools though, so just about anyone can make this rig their own, and assembly is easy once you have all of the parts. Just make sure to get plenty of washers for counterweights, and give it a try when you’re all finished. You can see Jorge’s results at the end of the video, and it’s smooth as silk.