DIY Video Camera Stabiliser

We've showed you how to build your own camera crane, but if you're looking for an easier way to get steady video, this monopod mod should do the trick for less than $US30.

This hack is based off the $US400 Steddiepod, which, while incredibly smooth, is a bit on the expensive side. If you don't need to be too serious about how steady your shots are (i.e. if you're just doing it for fun and not professionally) you can sacrifice a small amount of steadiness for a much cheaper DIY solution.

The GlidePod (as its creator Eric over at Tech Tilt calls it) is basically a monopod with some PVC pipe connected at the end to act as ballasts that keep the shot steady. It also sports a ball head setting that, while not as good as the SteddiePod's head, will also help keep everything fluid. You should be able to get all the pieces for just about $US30, with just a trip or two to your local discount shop. Check out the video below for some sample footage — it's not as steady as using a crane or a track, but compared to walking camera-in-hand, it's definitely a step up. Hit the link for the full instructions.

DIY GlidePod


Comments

    This will be just as effective without adding the pvc at the bottom.

    Monopods are generally heavier than the camera and want to hang straight down. That's usually all you need for a simple, cheap steady-ish shot. Got a heavier camera? Hang a whole tripod off the bottom of it.

    We did this for just about every handheld shot while studying film making at university. We had access to steadycams, but so did 400 other students and we were never going to wait for our turn.

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