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PVC Video Camera Stabilizer

Capture better video with a simple, inexpensive camera stabilizer made from ordinary PVC pipe.

PVC Video Camera Stabilizer

You will use simple drill, cutting skills on PVC pipe with a few screws to raise the bar on your video capture needs.

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Step #1:

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PVC Video Camera Stabilizer
  • Weigh your camera -- you need the a little more weight as the camera your going to use below the fulcrum.
  • the more distance you add below the fulcrum the less weight you need. -- camera=10.9 oz. (310g) below fulcrum 24in. + 8.8oz. ~ 9 oz. = 126inch-ounce of torque

Step #2:

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measure and mark your cuts that you calculated or eyeball it like I did on my first one

Step #3:

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Cut use a metal blade

Step #4:

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Drill pilot holes

Step #5:

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create a camera mount. anything from using a tripod quick release shoe (like me) to sliding mounts.

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Paint

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  • assemble all the parts
  • make sure on the gimbal (where the haddle attaches to the upright tube) not to tighten the screws all the way so it can pivot freely.

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Ballance -- attache your camera and count how many seconds it takes to fall. 2-3 perfect, less than 1=too heavy use less weight, 3 or more=too light use more weight.

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Congratulations you finished!

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