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The basics of a stedicam is quite simple. Image a stick with a gyro style handle attached about half way down. The gyro will allow the stick to bend in any direction (like a gaming joystick). Put a camera on top of the stick and a weight at the bottom. The trick is to have just the right amount of weight. Too much weight and you created a pendulum, to little and the camera tips over.
Instead of adding weight, move the handle up closer to the camera. As you move around, the jerky motion is mostly lost in the gyro handle. I will admit, balancing is difficult. With these basics in mind, anyone could build a stedicam.