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    Thumbs up My Steadicam Homemade !!

    Hello,

    I finished my steadicam
    Take a look:

    http://www.vimeo.com/1557228

    Bye
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    That looks pretty good - both the construction and the video you shot with it. How did you do the video of the guy on the scooter? Were you on one, too, or were you just running around?


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    What is the frame made from? I don't speak french so I have no clue what the title says in the video. Looks like you hacked up something to make it work.

    I've been thinking of bending some 1/2" conduit to build a frame...

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    nicely done, it looks good. What was the first song playing and what was the song when you filmed your kid?

    Nice work!

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    Thanks,

    1- Yes, I was running, very Very tiring

    2- It is a Broom in Aluminium.

    3- I have hacked the quick release plate for the balance of the right camera has left. With my HV30 with K7 and motor, That tilts of the left-hand side.

    4- First song; I took it on splinter cell's website...lol
    this other song is the Tv series "Lost" "Life And Death".

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    What did you use for the joints in the frame?

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    It is a dough which we mix and which hardens in 3 minutes = > PATTEX.

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    A broom and dough - very Macgyver.

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    Sorry, I meant for the hardware that allows you to change the angles.

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    Oups :
    Looks that... I sawed a lot
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    good job !your Steadicam is very simple and it looks good.
    i like DIY

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    Can you add more weight to the bottom swing arm and shorten it? It seems that at the length it is now, it would get in the way of body/arm movements.

    Nice work!

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    No, I just put one more heavy...
    No I can't shorten it.
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    Thank you. I would just think that if the arm had more weight on the end it would allow it to be shortened and still provide the same counter-balance.

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    I believed it too. But It's not true.
    If you put weights too heavy with regard to the camera. it's not good.
    Here 0.2lb on front and 0.2lb on back for hv30 ~1lb.

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    I added some footages with 35mm adapter with steadicam...
    Very difficult...

    http://www.vimeo.com/1557228

    Steph

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    Hi,

    I found some items very cool at the market today all for 5€ ...

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    Is it possible to build it with a slightly larger scale (bigger arms and weights) to accommodate larger/heavier cameras?

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    Yes, my 35mm adapter + HV30 weigh ~2.2lb.
    I put in front 0.44lb and back 0.66lb.
    But I must to replace my item to change angle by this top item.
    It's better than dough and cheaper...

    If you want to add a larger/heavier camera.
    You have to put a quick release plate large (not medium).
    You can keep the same length of broom.
    And to put weights more heavy.

    Be careful, with my 35mm+HV30+steadicam weigh 3.5lb;
    I don't shoot for a long time, 20min and my arm is on fire.

    Steph
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    Hey thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by greg.stephen View Post
    Be careful, with my 35mm+HV30+steadicam weigh 3.5lb;
    I don't shoot for a long time, 20min and my arm is on fire.
    I read that wrist braces and elastic supports for sports (tennis, bowling, etc.) will increase your endurance times.



    Also, after looking at the commercial stabilizer arm braces I think you could make one easy enough. They're basically two pieces of metal, one angled vertically to connect to the handle and the other goes under your forearm to distribute the weight to your upper arm and shoulder, with some padding and Velcro to hold it on. You could probably make one with PVC.

    This is the basic idea, except it's one piece. Picture it wrapped in fabric:

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    What steadicam device is pictured there?

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    It is not the wrist which hurt, it is the muscles and the shoulder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluesgeek View Post
    What steadicam device is pictured there?
    Homemade: http://snodart.com/hbe_steady.php


    More here: http://homebuiltstabilizers.com/greyhandheld.htm Use the links for other stuff.
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