Steady Cam

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    • #43574

      I need some suggestions on equipment that steadies a video camera while taping e.g., walking around at a wedding reception, panning around the bride as she is posing.

    • #182758

      I often find it convient to pull out the center colum in my tripod, and add ballast weight with a manfrotto superclamp.

    • #182759

      There’s all sorts of things to look into.

      Do a quick google search on "$14 stabilizer" or "DIY Figrig". Those are two of the cheapest stabilizers you can build yourself. If you go to, you can buy plans for a full rig like a steadicam flyrig system, which he says costs around 500 dollars for the budget rig. or if you wanted, you could buy a professional glidecam or steadicam system (either just the gimbal/sled, or a full rig), but that will put you back a pretty penny.

    • #182760

      I saw a nice item, DVMultiRig at DV Expo yesterday. It’s a nice little system from DVTEC ( ) and people testing it seemed to like its feel. It can be modified to different modes just by folding parts of the handles different ways (and locking them).

    • #182761

      Think versatility, mobility and stability

      What good is a device that is limited in its overall uses? If you’re doing Hollywood that’s one thing, but videography these days requires a lot more than a one trick pony. I wanted a video camera stabilizer that could do a lot of tricks. I own a Quad Pod All in One. Its got amazing versatility so you can use it on a tripod when needed, quick release off to go steady handheld, switch to swivel pod mode for lenthy shoots, all fast on the fly. I can mount 2 video cameras to it or 1 video and 1 still camera. It’s very mobile and goes just about anywhere unlike steady cams. I make more money with it too. Not only is it versatile and mobile its easy a lot of fun to use, and its very steady via 4 point stabilization.

      Tom Barrera

    • #182762

      If you still looking for Steadycam design ideas, you’ve got to check this one out,

    • #182763

      I made a $14 DIY poor man’s steady cam. It works alright. It actually cost about $14. It wasn’t very hard to find the parts or to build it. I warn you that you will need a drill bit that can penetrate cast iron. That might cost more than $14. Drilling through the caps was difficult, but not unreasonably…

      In any case, the steady cam works, but it isn’t very professional looking. I don’t know if you would mind walking around a wedding with it. Even if you painted it, it might still look like some iron pipes.


    • #182764

      I was just at CES and they have a low end steadicam coming out. I was astounded. It’s so smooth. We shot video of the little chick modeling it. – click on Steadycam video

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