How to make a Steadicam By Yourself?

A camera stabilizer is an indispensable tool in the arsenal of any videographer. We are going to provide you with instructions on how to make the simplest steadicam using parts from the nearest plumbing store. Necessary components:
  • three plumbing pipes with a diameter of 20 mm (two short ones, one more authentic);
  • T-fitting with a hole diameter of 20 mm;
  • one screw 1 / 4-20 × 1”;
  • two nuts 1 / 4-20;
  • two plugs for pipes with a diameter of 20 mm;
  • flange with a hole diameter of 20 mm;
  • wood screws for the flange;
  • PVC pipe with a diameter of 25 mm and about 15 cm in length;
  • wide adhesive tape;
  • black paint.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to make it without leaving home, only if you have your own carpentry workshop. You can ask friends for help working with metal products, or rent the necessary equipment.

Necessary equipment:

  • Miter saw;
  • band-saw;
  • grinding machine.

Step one: Stabilizer Base

First you need to connect the three pipes by screwing them to the fitting as shown in the photo. Close the pipe perpendicular to the others with a plug, and then attach the flange to the base of the stabilizer.

Step Two: Tripod Connector

Make a hole for the 20 mm screw in the remaining plug. Screw the screw in with the head inward, attach two nuts on the back. Fix the screw with one, do not fix the other: you will need it to fix the camera. Fasten the plug to the pipe.

Step Three: Stabilizer Holder

Cut a part of the PVC pipe 10-15 cm long, and then make a longitudinal cut exactly in the middle with a band saw. Repeat the process with the resulting crop. As a result, you will have four slightly bent plates, you will need three of them. Run the PVC plates on the grinder, get rid of burrs and grind the corners as shown in the photos. Place the PVC pieces on a tape. Cut the peeling edges of the tape on three sides, leave one to secure the holder to the stabilizer body.

Step Four: Final Touch

Give a more pleasant look to your product from plumbing pipes. Black paint is perfect for these purposes. Before spraying, be sure to remove the steadicam holder and tripod screw. Screw the flange to the wood block: this is necessary to secure the load at the base of the stabilizer.

Step Five: Preparing for the Shooting

The resulting stabilizer compensates for the difference in height in the horizontal plane, but with the camera pointing up or down, our steadicam is powerless. Therefore, it is necessary to balance the weight by attaching the load to a wooden base. The usual building brick will do. Our stabilizer is ready for shooting. If the process above is too difficult for you, you can consider purchasing any stabilizer from list.