Carrying on from last weeks post “4 easy cheap ways to stabilize your video camera shots: Part 1″ where we covered figrigs. We will now get into the most technical way to work out a steady shot with two versions of steady cams I use.
The 4 solutions we have/will be covering in this series are as follow:
Today is Steady cam day:
I will show you two that I have built and use. One is much like the Merlin steadycam and the other is a PVC rig that fits onto a monopod and can also double as a boom.
Now, I love these things for that cool dolly like or boom shots on the fly with little setup. But, you still have to spend the time to tune these rigs to float right and that can be a royal pain in the ass if you ask me. Don’t get me wrong, they take less time to set up than a dolly or a boom but it does not mean it is any less aggravating. Once you have them tuned DO NOT MODIFY ANYTHING! Leave them alone and you will likely not have to mess around with them again and be able to just pop on your camera and start shooting. Now, off to the tutorial. Here is the most recent podcast from MechanicalMashup showing you two rigs you can build on the cheap: