DIY Steadicam Version 2: Design and Construction Tips For GoPro Hero and Other Cameras

DIY Steadicam Version 2: Design and Construction Tips For GoPro Hero and Other Cameras

A new and improved steadicam build for better balance and looks!
General information on designing and building a steadicam. I built this one for my GoPro but alot of the design will carry over to other cameras.
Parts for this build can be purchased here: http://www.buygoproparts.com/

Here is a link to the step-by-step build video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U14sdoxnpO4

Here is a rough materials list:

– GoPro tripod mount – B&H Photo has good prices on GoPro accessories and Best Buy should also carry this (probably even in their physical stores).
– 1/4″-20 threaded bolt to attach the GoPro tri-pod adapter.
– Two GoPro pivot/mounting arms – I used two short arms. These allow you to move the camera up, down, backwards, forwards.
– Main frame made out of a 1 1/4″ x 1/8″ x 3′ aluminum bar. I bought this at Lowes. I bent the aluminum bar around an air tank that was 7″ in diameter.
– Fender washers for counter weights – My rig has a total of 18 fender washers. 10 behind the camera, 4 in front of the “bow”, and 4 on the bottom of the “bow”. I do not know the official size of these but the outside diameter of them is around 1.25″
– Traxxas Stub axle/Half shaft for a T-Maxx 2.5 (possibly part number 4953x) shown here: http://traxxas.com/sites/default/files/4910_explodedviews_rear-2006_0.pdf and Traxxas short Half Shafts for T-Maxx 2.5 (possibly part number 4949x) shown here: http://traxxas.com/sites/default/files/4910_explodedviews_transmission-2006_0_0.pdf . Also Traxxas flanged nylon locking nut (probably part number 5147x). I had all of these parts already so I can not confirm these part numbers. Ebay might be a good spot to find these used or they aren’t terribly expensive on towerhobbies.com . These come as a package so you would have enough to build two steadicams.
– One 5/16-18 x 1″ long bolt goes through the frame of the steadicam and screws into the Traxxas stub axle/half shaft. The Traxxas part is not threaded but the bolt will thread the plastic the first time you screw it in. When I take mine apart and put it back together I always start threading the bolt by hand so I don’t cross thread the plastic.
– Two 6x22x7 bearings – The inside diameter is a great fit on the Traxxas stub axle/half shaft and the outside diameter is slightly undersized compared to the CPVC coupler. Wrap a few layers of clear packing tape around the outside of the bearing and it will fit tightly
– 3/4″ CPVC coupler – CPVC is NOT the same as regular PVC pipe. It usually has a slight yellow or brown color to it.
– 3/4″ CPVC pipe – Roughly 4-6″ long depending on how long your bicycle grip is.
– Bicycle grip – You should be able to get these at lots of stores. Foam grips are usually really inexpensive. I like and used a lock-on style because I already had it they are easy to install and remove.
– Bicycle grip cap – This part is not needed but it caps off the bottom of the grip and makes it look a little better.
– Misc. nuts and bolts to tie everything together.

There is a fairly big difference between this steadicam and a hand-held mount. A demonstration video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1VMqRX4LPU .

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Ray Baker

Ray Baker

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