Steadicam hardware is a beautiful thing. But what if you’re on a budget and want a quick hack to improve your self-shot footage – a good thing if you, say, have a VJ gig coming up and need to make some new footage? DIY solutions have stepped in. The latest, and it looks quite nice, shows up via Lifehacker, costs $30, and uses PVC. (PVC, for the win, again!)

Steadying footage or finding good tripod solutions to me becomes even more important with the rise of better video from SLRs and now micro 4/3 cameras like the Olympus PEN I just bought. Sure, the next iPhone promises to ship with “iMovie” (really just a simple mobile app) and HD footage, but I think the cameras, with their superior sensors, win out when it comes to grabbing footage on the go. The one challenge with them is stabilizing the footage, as they don’t respond well to motion. So, question for the readers: have you found solutions that work well for you?

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  • TweakingKnobs

    What about the  poors man steady cam , this guy has been doing it for years.


    he also got some other cool stuff

    14 us dollars



  • Peter Kirn

    Yeah, that was the other one I was thinking of (just failed to link it). Looking at the two, it appears the other steadicam (not the one in the article above) is better-weighted and easier to hold.

    Comments on a previous (brief) story suggest some good feedback:

    I'll have to take a closer look and build one. Seems a good summer project – especially because then it means you can go out in the sunshine and shoot. ;)

  • EATYone

    I use it with a skateboard ( and it's very usefull…

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  • Miguex

    I hate to be mean, but I'm not sure this was the best presentation video for a DIY Steadcam, I though the results didn't feel like a smooth balance shot at all, in fact you can almost feel every time the person holding it takes a step.

    I'm sure these things require a lot of practice in order to get a nice shot, but

    I remember seeing a few videos on youtube that looked pretty good from similar rigs.