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Testing a DIY Steadycam on RollerBlades

Posted in DIY Video Projects,HV30 Footage,Steadicam Stuff,Video Work by Anthony on October 29th, 2009

Here I am testing a steadycam that I built and designed to let me sling my camera low — between ankle and knee height over the ground. This is my first day out with it, so with a little more work things should get smoother. It is much easier to keep steady when walking, but I couldn’t resist taking it out on the roller blades. Its great for low angle shots.  All footage was taken on the Canon HV30.

DIY Steadi-Cams

Posted in DIY Video Projects,Photography,Steadicam Stuff by Anthony on October 6th, 2009

These were made using the Poor Man’s Steadycam tutorial created by Johnny Chung Lee.  His design kicks ass in simplicity and functionality.  A great solution for someone who cant afford a real Steadicam.

The tubes are all 1/2″ pipe purchased at home depot.  The small one is for my HV30 mounted alone, and the large setup is for my heavier 35mm DOF adapter rig.  There is a 2.5 pound weight at the bottom of the small steadycam, and a 5 pound weight at the bottom of the large one.  I made some modifications to the tubing lengths used as follows…  Small Steadycam: 10″ top and bottom tubes, and an 8″ side tube.  Large Steadycam: 18″ bottom tube, and 10″ top and side tubes with a flange fitting and wooden mount for my inverted DOF adapter rig on top.  Finally, I wrapped them both up in black hockey stick tap so I’d have a good gripping surface and so they looked cooler.

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DIY Inverted Mount for HV30 and DOF Adapter

Posted in 35mm DOF Adapter,DIY Video Projects,Photography by Anthony on October 6th, 2009

After finishing my DOF Adapter project, I couldn’t even use the thing because I had nothing to mount it on.  So, naturally I had to build a mount.  It was cheaper than buying the shrigg rig I wanted, but not if you factor in all the time spent designing and constructing it!  I enjoy building things that work though, and this thing works and provides solid support for my35mm DOF adapter.  Its built with solid oak, a bunch of screws and threaded inserts, and carpenter’s glue.  The mattebox is poplar.  It is finished with minwax ebony stain followed by their vintage oil finish.  If you have any questions about building your own, email me.

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