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Poor-man's Steady Cam

2004-04-14 18:03:17.427166+00 by Shawn 4 comments

Johnny Chung Lee has published instructions for building a $14 steady-cam. Just the thing for aspiring video students and hobbyists.

(I know I got this from a blog, but I've lost track of which one.)

[ related topics: Movies Invention and Design Journalism and Media Video ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-04-16 17:45:59.213953+00 by: mvandewettering [edit history]

You probably got it from me, but then I got it from slashdot, so I can't be too indignant. :-)

#Comment Re: made: 2004-04-18 23:47:13.112321+00 by: Dan Lyke

Too much going on today to go searching for the link, but I think Backup Brain had it too.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-04-21 18:34:56.801419+00 by: Shawn [edit history]

Sorry mvandewettering, never been there before. Nice to meet you though :-)

I also posted this information to the mailing list for students in the Media programs (everything from web design to filmmaking) here at school/work, and this morning I saw a student carrying one across campus. w00t!

#Comment Aw, hell made: 2004-04-23 01:13:44.0978+00 by: baylink

Put your camcorder on your tripod, retract the legs and fold them in, crank the column all the way up, wrap about 5 inches of duct tape around the top of the column to keep you from cutting your hand on the gear track, and go.

Best part is, all you have to do to set it down is unfold the legs.

Been doing this for years; in combination with electronic or optical video stabilizers (like SteadyShot, or, hell, the Premiere de-shake plugin available at http://www.dv99.com for $50), it works fine.