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Building a Stabilizer

Posted: Thu, 13th May 2004, 10:48pm

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This summer, I am going to build a camera stabilizer. Obviously it won't be Steadicam quality, but it'll do. In this thread, I will chronicle the making of process.

I am going to order the plans from HERE, and starting in July, I'll be building it.

If you don't know that website, check out the Demos section. There are some really good examples of the stabilizer in motion. I imagine this can be built for under 200 dollars. Probably more like 100.

It'll take some effort, for sure. And the thing will definitely take some work to learn how to steady properly, but when this is all done, I think I'm going to be pleased.

Wish me luck!
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***UPDATE*** (September 29, 2004)

Wow. Finally I have an update to offer. This thing SHOULD be really easy to make, but since I have to do it at work, I often have other things to be doing. Also, since I don't know how to use the machines at work (I work at my dad's machine shop), I have to wait for someone else to help me, and they're always busier than I am.

Anyway, 2 months after I started, I'm almost done... with the arm. Which, in my opinion is the most important, and hardest part to build. Today, I got the parts back from being finished (you'll see in a moment), and I got all the screws and such I needed to put it together with. BUT! The place I bought all the screws from didn't have one kind of bolt, which is the one that holds everything together, so I have to wait until next week to actually put it together. Now for the good part. The pictures:

This is what the entire assembly looked like when I put it all together after getting everything cut and drilled:

As you can see, it isn't put together at all.

We've deviated from the plans quite a bit, since the plans ask for some unnecessary things that we could do better, like this elbow piece, that holds the two halves of the arm together, and allows it to swivel:

It's much much better than what the plans say to do.

Here it is with the bearings in:


And, to make the thing look wicked cool, and non-reflective, I had it anodized, which basically is an electro-chemical process that gives aluminum a nice finish. In this case, black. So here's the full assembly as it looks today, with most of the hardware in place, but lacking some things to keep it together, and lacking the mounts for the vest and sled:

Pretty spiffy, eh?

I took some pins and put them in the holes where the bolts I am missing are supposed to go, just to get a feel for how it works and such. Then I clamped the arm piece in a vice to take pictures. Here it is with no pressure:


And here's with pressure on it to show the fancy spring action! (With a cameo of my hand):


And that's it for this update. Hopefully, next week the arm will be finished, and I can start working on getting the vest done, and the sled.
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**UPDATE** November 1st, 2004

Got it done, and the video is now here.

Sturdykamm!

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Posted: Fri, 14th May 2004, 12:15am

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I wish you luck.
Posted: Fri, 14th May 2004, 12:33am

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I've seen plans like this on eBay that, I think, were cheaper.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=3319&item=3815051146&rd=1

He doesn't tilt up or down in any of the tests either, though the rig looks like it can.
Posted: Fri, 14th May 2004, 1:46am

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I don't want to buy plans from ebay, because ebay sucks and I don't think the plans they sell there are any good.

And yeah, I imagine it can tilt and such.
Posted: Fri, 14th May 2004, 3:15am

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Well, best of luck to you. I will definately be following this thread a lot because I would like to build one of these as well. I've built the simple T-shaped model (camera on top, weight on bottom, handle in the middle) and have also built an eight foot camera jib. This model and a car door mount are the next projects. Be sure to post lots of pictures and tell us if the plans are worth it when you buy them. Cheers.

-Daniel
Posted: Wed, 26th May 2004, 8:40am

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Yes this sounds interesting indeed.. the demoshots were really cool..

What I'm curious about is, what is the principle of the "steady cam vest"..? Are there some kind of dampers/shocks (?) that stabilize the motion, or how does it work?

It shouldn't be too hard to build, at least not theoretically.. it would be very interesting to read, and it wasn't very expensive..

Tell us more about it Aculag smile
Posted: Wed, 26th May 2004, 12:59pm

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There's a really cool explanation of how a Steady Cam vest works on this page at HowStuffWorks.com.

Have fun.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jul 2004, 8:55pm

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Well, I bought the plans last night, so it should be here tomorrow, and I'll get to work on it right away, taking pictures through the process.

I can't wait!
Posted: Wed, 14th Jul 2004, 10:49pm

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Aculag -I'm very interested in building one too. It'd be great if you can keep stuff documented etc..

Let me know how good the plan/book is and all that.

smile Good Luck!
Posted: Wed, 14th Jul 2004, 11:03pm

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I plan to take pictures of the entire process, since I'll have a digital camera on hand at all times when making it.

And, if anyone has any questions about it at all, I'll answer it. Unless it's "Can you give me the plans for free?" in which case, the answer is no.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jul 2004, 11:07pm

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After you have finished with the plans. Can you make me a copy and I'll purchase for a small amount? smile

It's not stealing. It's reselling.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 1:34am

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yea good luck Aculag, I wish to see some of your shots when your done. It would also be nice to see some video clips of before and after if that is feasible for you.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 1:36am

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Ac, have you seen any low angle stabilizers, does this one adjust?
Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 1:54am

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On tuesday my grandfather is gonna make me up a simple camera stabilizer from plans I found online...not as complex the one aculag is making...not even as similar a design...but the one I am making from the video clips posted yields some fabulous results, AND it only costs approx. $14 for all teh materials smile

Here's the link to the one I am making:
http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/

I was previously going to make one based on the plans from http://matthawkins.co.uk but I like this design mucho better

check out his samples...the tennise or racket ball one I think is just bad but that's me I like the other 3 tho smile

I am modifying it tho, mine is gonna be all welded together and nice and smooth without the T connector smile gonna be a lil prettier.

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Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 1:57am

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gent23mj wrote:

Ac, have you seen any low angle stabilizers, does this one adjust?
Yes, the plans have a low angle bracket, and a back mount, just in case I guess. Quite nice.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 3:45am

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Cutty - I made that exact stablilizer. It works fairly well, defiently cuts down on the camera shake when jumping and running. Just make sure you get a counter-weight that is almost exactly the same weight as your camera, that makes a big difference.
Posted: Mon, 19th Jul 2004, 1:12pm

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Cutty201,

I've built that same model you're looking at. It's works fairly well, but you have to have some practice with it. Not the greatest but much better than without it. Sadly, I lent mine to a friend who decided to graduate, move away, and forget to give it back.

-Daniel


EDIT: I didn't see the previous post before I wrote this. smile
Posted: Thu, 22nd Jul 2004, 11:38pm

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UPDATE!!

I now have my plans and materials. I go to work on it tomorrow, building the sled first, then the arm, then the vest, and then the stand, then if I feel like it, a low mount bracket (I'll feel like it). I was quite worried that it would end up being a huge project, but I think the hard part (getting all the materials) is over. At least for now.

Pictures tomorrow.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 2:41am

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I like the test videos.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 5:16am

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omg ... my grandfather just made the first stabilizer...and it schweet.. the man is a nut...it looks soo much better than the one that guy made and it wors really awesome..I'll shoot some footage by this weekend. I am prolly gonna sell this one, he says he is gonna make 2 more,the next one with a refracting arm so that you can transport it easier and then 3rd (the best one) is gonna be made out of stainless steel. He made everything flush and bolted it all in (he didn't use the t-connector). Pics tomorrow smile
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 2:20pm

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I'll buy one Cutty. smile

Lemme see tests biggrin
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 6:00pm

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I got dibs on the thrid one smile.
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Maybe your grandfather should go into the business of selling them, Cutty. I know I'd buy one too. smile
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 7:54pm

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yeah, i'll buy one, if its not to much $! I was gonna make one, but I don't have the time or anything now.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 8:19pm

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Someone post some pics and movies. I want to see these things in action.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 9:41pm

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Your grandfather is crazy if he thinks making it out of steel is a good idea.

I didn't end up getting to start working on mine today, but tomorrow for sure.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Jul 2004, 9:48pm

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Looking forward to the updates Aculag! smile
Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 6:19am

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whoa I haven't checked the boards in a day wow didn't realize there was soo much interest smile Ya Oh and I don't know if I stated this, my grandfather is a retired welder and metal worker, he used to own his own shop, he is sooo awesome. He's also working on a camera boom for me too, but I told him to put that on hold for now (sometimes I think he works a tad too hard) but ya these are easy. and To Aculag, the Stainless steel is nice it's a lil heavier than the aluminum. Sorry I didn't snap any pics today. tomorrow DEFINATELY!
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Cutty201 wrote:

and To Aculag, the Stainless steel is nice it's a lil heavier than the aluminum.
Yeah, that's my point. You don't want to make stuff out of steel, because it's heavier. But whatever.
Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 4:03pm

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It is heavier but really not by much, it was also my understanding that the heavier it is the easier it is to hold into place (laws of inertia)
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Heavier=Harder to carry around for a long time. I'm making mine out of 6061 aluminum because I know I'm going to be wearing it for long periods of time, and that is very strong, very light material. Light=good.
Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 6:59pm

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Hey cutty I want one. smile

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Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 8:19pm

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yeah me too - i want one.

ur grandfather could be a very rich man - and all because of us lazy obsessive few who can't be arsed to build them ourselves. im the most inept person ever to disgrace DIY so i dont want to know what kind of results id get if i spent the time attempting to make one myself.
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Cutty201 wrote:

Sorry I didn't snap any pics today. tomorrow DEFINATELY!
still waiting
Posted: Sat, 24th Jul 2004, 8:28pm

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Apparently Aculag is lazy too.... or maybe just busy razz
Posted: Sun, 25th Jul 2004, 1:50am

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It's funny to me that no one wants to build one themselves, or buy one that's made by a real company, but people will buy one made cheaply that could probably be thrown together in less than a day.

Interesting.

I'm not lazy, just haven't gotten time to go start working on mine. Monday I work all day, and work is where I'll be building it, so Monday is the day!
Posted: Sun, 25th Jul 2004, 2:37am

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I'm crap at metal/woodwork.

That's why I won't make one. It'd be a severe waste of money. If my dad was willing to help I'd invest in the materials/instructions. But he doesn't have the time.

Such is life.
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I built this poor mans steadycam a while ago. It works pretty well with some practice and at $9 in parts from home depot you can’t beat it. I had it together in less then 15 minutes.

On his web site that guy is talking about using a vice etc., etc. Forget that. I screwed the end caps on and drilled them out with a Dremel in no time flat. The pic shows the optional inverting bracket. $6 aluminum bar from home depot. Cut it to length with a hack saw and then score the bend points. After that just bend it with vice grips.

The pipes are all pre-threaded and the whole thing just screws together (also comes apart easy for transport). If you can screw the cap onto a 20oz bottle of soda you are half way to building your own steadycam.

Good luck.

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I built one of the $14 dollar steadicams too. To make it a little easier to use, I used golf club grips on the handles.
Posted: Mon, 26th Jul 2004, 10:36pm

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Here are the pics of the first Stabilizer. Tell me what ya think smile (the thumbnails in the post are just so ppl aren't disappointed with just text and they click the photogal link smile) .

http://www.afcommunity.com/Host/Cutty201/CameraStabilizer/



THANKS AGAIN TO FilmStick for hosting the pics for me smile.
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http://www.homebuiltstabilizers.com
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Hmm maybe Aculag is lazy after all smile
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How come when people say they are makin stabilizers for cheap all i picture is someone making some rediculous metal thing to hold the camera and put weight on the end of it????

Why not just take some time and care when shooting and keep it steady?

sorry but 14 bucks worth of metal wont really change much.... maybe the way your holding it... but its not going to do anything that is noticably better than what someone could do without it if they took their time

meh its all good tho - as long as its fun right? wink

-MAGIC
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Magic_man12, mine's not a ridiculous metal thing. smile

Pooky, nope, not lazy. I've just been getting everything together for it and such. My dad is leaving for Dublin tomorrow, so he's going to let me know how to use the machines I'll need to use. I'm pretty sure that once I actually have all the materials together, it'll be easy goings. But I am indeed starting tomorrow, and I will take pictures.

I'm annoyed that I've had to wait so long, but I think it'll be worth it.
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When your done want to make one for me I'll pay you wink
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Cutty201 wrote:

Here are the pics of the first Stabilizer. Tell me what ya think smile (the thumbnails in the post are just so ppl aren't disappointed with just text and they click the photogal link smile) .

http://www.afcommunity.com/Host/Cutty201/CameraStabilizer/



THANKS AGAIN TO FilmStick for hosting the pics for me smile.
Hmm its actually "Slick" and I have no idea where you get Filmstick from when my aim is "Filmslick"

Anyway, your welcome I guess confused
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Slick wrote:

Cutty201 wrote:

Here are the pics of the first Stabilizer. Tell me what ya think smile (the thumbnails in the post are just so ppl aren't disappointed with just text and they click the photogal link smile) .

http://www.afcommunity.com/Host/Cutty201/CameraStabilizer/



THANKS AGAIN TO FilmStick for hosting the pics for me smile.
Hmm its actually "Slick" and I have no idea where you get Filmstick from when my aim is "Filmslick"

Anyway, your welcome I guess confused
Does that really work? I just don't see it being to efficient, no disrespect in your creativity. I just don't see how that is any difference than using just a regular tripod as a "stick" with all the legs folded up so its very small? Just a thought, from looking at these stabilizers, I think apropriate dampers is the way to go to absorve any sudden "shock" type movements, just a thought?
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I am guessing that no one saw the original link, the following clips were shot on a steady cam similar to mine:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/test2.mov
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/soccer2.mov
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/squash2.mov
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/girl3.mov <~my favorite smile

these clips (and the original schematic of the plans) were made by Johnny Chung Lee.


ya I thought the SAME EXACT thing when i saw how ...well not impressive they appeared, then I saw these video clips and was sold. smile
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Yeah, well now that you have yours built, why don't you shoot some stuff with it, and show us how YOURS looks. I'm guessing the results in those videos are not typical, but they also look like you could get just about that with a steady hand.
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How's yours coming along Aculag?
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I am gonna shoot some stuff tomorrow wink Just got my cam back
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Aculag wrote:

Yeah, well now that you have yours built, why don't you shoot some stuff with it, and show us how YOURS looks. I'm guessing the results in those videos are not typical, but they also look like you could get just about that with a steady hand.
I agree!
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okay. everyone said that they were building one a long time ago. so where is the footage? Where are the pictures?
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I own one, my uncle got it for me for free, it works great, it will be shown in not this but the next film.

It's the Steadicam JR, my uncle is a TV producer, as is my grandpa.

That ^^ is not mine, but very similar, one of the ways it can be used, not the main way.


And this^^ is my model, not my photo though, and it is how it is normally used, I'll post tests later.

The Steadicam JR is usually about 500$. I love my uncle. wink
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er-no wrote:

How's yours coming along Aculag?
Well, I got my main ball bearing in the mail today, so I can now officially build the gimbal and the rest of the sled will follow shortly. It's seeming to me that the hardest part is getting all the materials together. It took me quite a while to find a bearing large enough.

Once I get something that looks like something other than a bunch of metal, I'll take pictures.
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Ihave 2mins worth of edited stabilizer footage...my house wasn't very well lit and it was my very first time but hey I'll post it. .. ya FilmSlick isn't on right now sad ... ahh I''ll upload it later:) I think it came out perty good for my first time but hey.. going up and down stairs was awesome.
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Cutty, I can host your footage so long as its in .mov form. Just send me a message on AIM. biggrin
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Hey! I just thought, if I wanted a steadycam shot like the one with the inverteing bracket, then couldn't I just put my camera on my monopod, flip it upside down, press record, start running, and then vertically flip the image in post?
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Yes, but It probably wouldn't be very steady.
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i have a little footage of random stuff when ias running full speed but i dont have the ability to post it up if anyone wants to see it just email me..... stoker_slick@hotmail.com
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my first attempt:

http://atlantis.nwngamers.com/StabilizerTest_mp4.avi

lol I was just kind of running around my house. If any one else would like to host this feel free smile

I need more practice i can't "glide" really well yet... tho I was trying to move really fast... i dunno I'll post more later.
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Doesn't look too bad.

Next, you should take it outside and run around through trees and stuff.
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sorry but 14 bucks worth of metal wont really change much.... maybe the way your holding it... but its not going to do anything that is noticably better than what someone could do without it if they took their time
Wrong...


-Chris
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CX3 wrote:

sorry but 14 bucks worth of metal wont really change much.... maybe the way your holding it... but its not going to do anything that is noticably better than what someone could do without it if they took their time
Wrong...


-Chris
smile Thank you!
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Alright, after getting all my parts together, today I went ahead and started working on the sled/gimbal assembly.

Here's a couple pictures.

Gimbal:


Sled Without Top or Bottom:


I'll have all the machined parts done by Saturday hopefully, and I'll build a lot more on Saturday. So.. Update on Saturday.
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While I realize that Aculag is making a more 'advanced' homeade steadycam, those who keep saying, "Oh, well I'm still making it" are just procrastinators. Yesterday I looked at Flip's Ultimate FAQ 3 (Flip, you are the man!), looked up the Build Your own Steadycam section, printed the instructions, drove to Home Depot, bought the parts, borrowed a drill, put together my stabilizer, then went to Home Depot again to get some extra parts so that I could custom modify mine (the next day). All that took me ONE DAY. Not even that. I can't post footage right now because if you've read my post 'Nowheresville, Texas' you would know that my notebook power cable short circuited and I am without the use of my notebook (or any editing software, or any capture method, or my upload system, or.........you get the point.) Expect footage soon! Oh, and it will be alot smoother than Cutty's! hehehe

P.S. I'm also gonna make Ryan's camera rotator and the camera dolly that slides on PVC pipe (If you look at the website for the dolly off of the Ultimate FAQ, you'd notice that Don Mansfield who made the dolly is from Dallas- where I am- and works at Medieval Times. I myself have met the Medieval Times people in person and they're pretty cool)
Oh well, those are just my thoughts for now, and, as always,
Good Luck Filmmaking!
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ben3308 wrote:

Oh, and it will be alot smoother than Cutty's! hehehe


....ooh really ... that was my first time ever...give me a few more shoots to get used to the damn thing...i'll smooth it right out ... /me takes off white glove.... smile
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I was joking, dude. Hence the, "hehehe"
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So was he, hence the.

Cutty201 wrote:

/me takes off white glove.... smile
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Oh. I thought he was just being a Michael Jackson imitator. Ba-dum-SSHH!
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ROFL.
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Return Of Funny Lingo?
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Ok, that wasn't funny, but the MJ one was. It stands fo Rolling on Floor Laughing.
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Oh. I honestly didn't know what that meant. I was just guessing.......Just like I'm guessing that Cutty was that guy who crashed a 4-Wheeler in Neverland Ranch a couple of days ago, apparently trying to break in. wink hehehe

Oh, and Serpent, don't roll on the floor laughing for too long! I did that once and I had an asthma attack! I had to get my puffer my mommy! Ba-dum-SSHH!

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Heh, oh
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I recently built a steadicam using those plans. The results are phenomenal. It's easy to assemble and you can't beat the price. I'll post some pics and test videos soon.
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mr. pencil and i are going to build one of those this week while we cannot film anything.
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Are you guys talking about the one like Cutty built, or the one like I'm building?
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cutty. we aren't going as much for sophisticated. just cheap and useful and easy to make.
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evman101 wrote:

we aren't going as much for sophisticated.
Mainly because we aren't sophisticated.
Posted: Sun, 15th Aug 2004, 12:40am

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yep.
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If you said you were going to build one, and haven't, then you ARE lazy. sept for aculag cause hes making a GOOD one. Mr. Pencil and I went out to Lowes this morning, got the stuff, and built it in an hour. Heres a test:

http://www.de-evolutionstudios.com/Clips/GTlr.avi

It works well. Its the one that cutty made. tell us what you think.
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Ha funny smile
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Yes, the guy who gave you the site Evman and Mr Pencil, is pretty crappy... lol

Andrew biggrin
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lol ya it looks pretty good, but like me, gotta get used to usin the damn thing smile heh
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Well there's this thingy:



from detonationfilms that might be good.
Posted: Tue, 17th Aug 2004, 12:41pm

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The two videos shown here from the self-made steadicams arent really bad. but you guys really need to practice... I mean I can reach the same quality or even better with my tripod. I want som really good results after some hard practicing.

I will post a test with my tripod and show you how it looks like without building a steadicam.
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I've got a bogan tripod thats pretty heavy. Holding the center with the legs spread apart makes for good balancing and a pretty smooth result!

With some practice it works well.

The only reason I don't see that working well Pooky, is that its small size and where you are holding it. It looks like if you moved your hand at all, the thing would bob up and down. Not sure, are there any clips from Detonation?


Andrew biggrin
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Nope, no clips. But it sure looks like something to try smile
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Yay! An update on the first page!
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Woah, that looks very professional!

Can't wait to see the completed result. smile
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Very nice aculag!! =)
Actually i havent visited this post since when it was new.. and i was wondering how it's going... and suddenly, an update from yesterday!

Very cool smile

I wanna build that kind of stabilizer too, but what are the expensive parts, i remember that it cost like $300 or something?

How much did it cost now, for the parts..?

Is it required to have a vest? Cause i sorta though of building something similiar to that thing you got with springs and stuff, and making something to hold it in..

Interesting.... smile
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Don't forget to send your system to HBS to be placed in the Cody gallery.

Nice job. Here's a tip for you. By putting adjusters on one end you'll be able to adjust the springs. See the HBS forum for the diagram.
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Adjusters sound like a good idea. This is definitely going to be a "rough draft", and later on, I'll make a better one.

nicmar, so far I think everything has cost about 100 dollars, I've been buying things in bursts, so I'm not entirely sure. The fabric for the vest was the most expensive thing. And the bearings, but I'm sure you could find cheaper ones.

I think a vest is necessary, since that's what holds the arm. And it needs to be pretty strong, so... Yeah.

Also, I got the stuff I needed to finish putting it together today, and it works great. Just have a few more things to do, that hopefully I can get done this Sunday.
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Just for your info Aculag. Cody will be comingout with a new set of plans using a 3A style spring system which will carry 30lbs of weight. Something to look forward to. smile
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Heh. Well, considering I never intend to use a camera that weighs 30 pounds, that's not really for me. smile

What's a 3A style spring system? Just a thicker type of spring?
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The 3A arm is one of the ealiest style steadicam arm using the 3 spring setup. That's. It's just a name given to the arm because iof it's 3 spring array.
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Ah. I see.
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New update!

The thing's finally finished. I might need thicker springs, so it's needing some tweaking, but it's done, and that's what counts. I haven't practiced with it too much, but what I have done looks pretty decent for just picking it up and going around with it.

Pictures and video tomorrow.
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Bumping for video. Before you say "hey aculag you suck at that thing", i know I suck. I need to get an external monitor for it so I can actually see what's going on, then it'll be better.

Anyway, here's the video. Enjoy.

Sturykamm!

By the way, the stuff at the beginning and end is stuff we shot a few days ago for a thriller we're trying to get together, but may never happen.
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Very nice man. I say the time you put into it you defently got good results. How much money excactly did you spend on it?

O and by the way, I wish I had snow here. haha
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Niiiiiiice stuff man.
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imma just buy a real steadicam cus im lazy
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wow, really makes my stabalizer look like a piece of crap... oh wait... it is a piece of crap... sad
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xbreaka wrote:

imma just buy a real steadicam cus im lazy
Well, if you're lazy, who are you going to get to operate it? This thing is a workout.
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Awesome stabilizer. How much did it cost?
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The materials to build it cost less than 100 dollars. The bearings and the fabric to make the vest were the most expensive part, and I'm sure you could get the stuff cheaper.
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Cool. And to think I spent 40 bucks trying to tweak my crappy metal pole with a barbell!
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I know this topic is old, but i didnt wanna create a new one to tell about the stabilizer i built. Well, i think it cost less than anyone elses, it actually cost me about $1 biggrin I took a stick ( just some old stick lying around ) and attatched a piece of wood to both ends, on the bottom end i also took 2 dumbells ( got them last christmas, never used them biggrin ) and on the top ( this is where i spent the money ) i put this thing on ( i dont know what its called ) that you attach the camera to, and voila! It looks like a crooked wooden peice of crap, but it works biggrin
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Post a pic and a vid. Now. smile
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i dont have anything right now, but i will