Sunday, August 10, 2008

Steadicam


I've talked about it, but now here it is, the finished product. It didn't take that long to make and you can make one too with the right components.
  • 1 - 12" or slightly longer PVC pipe with a 1" diameter.
  • 1 - 1" diameter PVC cap.
  • 1 - 1" diameter PVC t-fitting.
  • A monopod (I got mine for 10$ at Radioshack. A great deal but you can use whatever one you have.
  • A 2.5lb weight (or whatever weight will offset your camera.
  • Foam sheet
  • Electrical tape.
  • 1" screws.
It's also suggested that you get a tripod head for it. If your monopod has a pan/tilt head or has a quick release plate, that's awesome. Mine didn't but some friends were getting rid of their old tripod so I got the head. No quick release on it but it makes it more stable and easier for some different shots.

All together, you'll probably spend about 20$ on the project, which is a far sight better than the 150$ that the lowest steadicam option is available for. There's another one I might make which uses the monopod but has a ball head with weights so it actually works a little more like a Merlin. It's a worthwhile project if you want to improve your shots or add some nice walking footage to your film. It's light enough to travel and the monopod extending gives you some balance for some static shots as well.

I can't take full credit for this. I found the plans online. The Kypod Steady is the one that I used as the basis for my project. Search vimeo and youtube and you'll find plans for others too. If I can make one, you can too. Trust me.

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