If you’re a filmmaker on a budget, you’ve probably lusted after the various camera stabilizing offerings from Steadicam. With this tutorial, some. The steadicam has become a staple in the cinematography industry. The problem more often than not, though, is that not a lot of people can. There are plenty of DIY’ers out there that are hell bent on making what they film look smoother. A home made Steadicam seems to be very popular choice for the .

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Top image via Film Riot. The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse.

How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam – DIY Photography

Camera rigs come in all shapes and sizes for all types of jobs. Sometimes you need the most advanced camera rig for reliability and flexibility on an expensive shoot.

Other times, you just need something cheap and quick to keep your footage stable.

If you find yourself with a free afternoon, why not take a trip to your local hardware store and put together a quick and cheap DIY camera stabilizer rig to add to your arsenal. For all its steeadicam, it really is a solid option that stabilizes almost as well as its high-end counterparts. The curved design does a great job of distributing the weight out across its frame while still giving your focal point the balance and control it needs to move around.


The metal frame makes it a little heavier than some of the other, lighter PVC optionsbut also increases its longevity and sturdiness along with the weight being a good balance mechanism. The PVC is much lighter than the metal contraptions and offers a little more give.

How To Build A $30 DIY Steadicam

The PVC stabilizer makes use of two side arms and counterweights at the bottom which can also be rotated to become a shoulder rig. Its simplistic design makes it possibly the cheapest and easiest option out there. The double bars give perfect balance and full control for most stationary and minor camera moves, however it does bounce a little more when moving quickly.

He likes to make stuff. Similar to the Silver Flyer in its weight and handheld design, it offers a little more control with its second-hand crossbar option. Unlike the other stabilizers and shoulder mounts, the fig rig is an innovative alternative to keep your camera steady while still providing the full range of motion. A fig rig works exactly like it looks like it would. Watch the video above to try out any of these handheld quick-fixes.


Let us know in the comments. Camera mounts and stabilizers can be quite expensive when buying name-brand gear.

Making your own DIY camera stabilizers and mounts is a much cheaper alternative. Top image via Film Riot The world of camera mounts, rigs, and stabilizers is quite diverse. Pulling the camera strap against your neck Standing on a string stedicam to your camera Using household objects in your environment Using your tripod as a steadicam Attaching a rubber band to your waist Total Estimated Price: Need music for your projects?

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