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Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

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  1. Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    (I thought of this forum as the best place to post this, so if not then allow it to be moved someplace more appropriate and remove your pants so that I may suck big dick)

    I'm a camfag at my local cell, and I've always had issues with keeping my camera steady without the use of a tripod, for more motion shots and the like. I've found a site that shows you step-by-step how to build a steadycam, and with some handiwork and time you'll have great shots.

    Here is the site: $14 Steadycam The Poor Mans Steadicam

    All in one page he gives you instructions, ingredients (per se), and even demonstrations of the equipment for you to see. So for you camfags who want to have steady shots while moving to reduce the Cloverfield effect, I would highly recommend looking into this. I'm in the process of gathering my tools for such a project, myself.


    Also FYI, the same person who built this also worked on wiimotes, so he was internet-famous twice now.

    The more you know.
  2. incog712 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    lol
  3. anyjane Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Is suggesting strapping the cam to a shopping cart a bad idea? If it's a smooth sidewalk, of course.
  4. the_cloak Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    That's not bad at all, I might look into this.
  5. Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    The wheels of a shopping cart itself aren't generally smooth, even on smooth concrete. I wouldn't try it myself, but if it works for you then by all means.

    Just be sure that the store you're using the cart from doesn't find you :p
  6. dogcmp6 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    definatley beats paying 2 grand for a merlin, like my friend did
  7. anyjane Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    There's a vDub unshake (slight zoom/crop) plugin (tho I actually haven't tried it, someone I know did).

    Stores are too lazy to pick up there damn carts. Our gain.
  8. Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Oh I see, I forgot about the plugins for that. The plugin I have (too lazy to look it up) works that same way but its heavily unreliable, I can still get shakiness from it. Awesome though, let me see how it works out when you try it.
  9. ScudMuffin Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    I'd recommend a small mono pod, works well and is quite movable.
  10. Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    DIY steadycam is a great idea, I might try this.

    For existing shaky footage, I recommend Deshaker, a free virtualdub plugin.
    http://www.guthspot.se/video/deshaker.htm

    I used the plugin on this video, before the deshaking it was unwatchable. If you watch the edges you can see the sides of the frame change because the plugin has moved the image to compensate for the shaking.

    watch in high quality to see the edge thing
  11. Anon-007 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Having visited the site: $14 Steadycam The Poor Mans Steadicam the instructions seem to relate more to making pipe b*mbs.

    As we have no need to make pipe b*mbs, pls explain ;)
  12. Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    ....wha? I don't see how any of it relates to a pipe b*mb.

    Of course, other than using pipes.
  13. Anon-007 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Pipes, end caps and glue. All that's missing is a little magic and you have a pipe b*mb.

    Simple really.
  14. Oswald2001 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    And you're working for OSA...because...
  15. Anon-007 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Working for?????

    I am the OSA !!!
  16. CantPickaName Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    I just made this with stuff laying around

    1.5 lb weight with a threaded adapter welded to it...the rest is sprinkler pipe

    steadycam22.jpg
  17. Adanon Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Sprinkler pipe. It's not just for pansies anymore!

    Another variation would be to use a 5-6 foot length of string or light chain. Connect a 1/4" 20 tripod mount screw to one end and mount it to the camera. Then just drop the remaining string to the ground, step on it and pull the camera up until the string is taught. Don't pull up so hard as to deform the bottom of the camera! It's not as easy on the arms, but it's quite light and portable.
  18. CantPickaName Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    But the reason for my design is when you walk or run it steadies the image ALOT plus i can put the cam down easily on the base..what you described is an alt to a monopod
  19. Anon-007 Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Hmmm. I wonder where there is some surplus sprinkler pipe going spare?
  20. CantPickaName Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    this stuff is CHEAP if you bought it

    I used 3/4 sch 40 pipe...cap..and a threaded end piece

    forgot you need to glue the threaded piece so the weight doesnt fall off..my glue went bad so I used some MEK and that makes the pieces stick good enough for this
  21. CantPickaName Member

    Re: Camfags: buy and build your own steadycam for cheap

    Ok I pimped out my device...I can now make it longer by adding backpack sized segments..
    I can even take the top part off one of my tripods and stick it down the top pipe and put a set-screw in if i choose...i might do this

    steadycammod.jpg

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