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The Slingcam – DIY Low Slung Steadycam

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So, I wanted to be able to get shots coming up from a low angle like you see of John Travolta’s feet in Saturday night fever…and this is what I came up with.  It is for mounting the Canon HV30 camcorder, or any other small camera.  The camera itself acts as the balancing weight for this steadicam design.  The main problem I ran into with the whole process was how to mount the camera in an adjustable manner.  I wanted the ability to make it level, to point it up at a subject, or to the left or right.  The solution I found was in using a 3/8″ female to 5/8″-27 male thread adapter (the 5/8″ – 27 is designed to fit a microphone mount) combined with a camera mount that is designed to screw onto the end of a boom pole.  They were a little hard to find, so I included links to two of the places I found them.

Construction
2 pieces of 3/4″ PVC pipe and a 90 degree elbow fitting
Black rubber feet from the hardware store
One short piece of Raw aluminum rod to bolt the feet to
Hockey stick tape and JB Weld
Flat Black Spray Paint
1/4″ nuts, bolts, wing nuts, bushings, and washers
1 Steel wall mount hanger bracket from local hardware store
WindTech CM-01 Camera Adapter from Jacks Music Factory
Thread Adapter, 3/8″ Female to 5/8″-27 Male from Full Compass

Windtech mount and mic thread adapter closeup...

Here’s the test footage from this steadycam which I built and designed to let you sling the camera low — between ankle and knee height over the ground.  Some people call it a Kaiser Cam, I call it the Slingcam, um huh.  This was 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 to see if I could destroy my camera.  Its great for low angle shots.  All footage was taken with a Canon HV30 in 24p mode (thus the excessive blur).