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[Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« on: January 30, 2011, 11:22:36 PM »
Total Cost:  About $42 plus $50 for the Amazon Mounting Adapter

Ryan's T2i Tips & Reviews - DIY Home Depot Steadicam


This video was way overdue.  Finally sat down and tied up the loose ends.

Parts
¾ PVC Pipe – 10 feet (x1)
¾ PVC 45 Degree Elbow – Slip x Slip (x2)
¾ PVC Tee – Slip x Slip x Slip (x1)
¾ PVC Male Adapter – Slip x MIPT (x3)
¾ Iron Floor Flange
Rapid Connect Adapter w/ Sliding Mounting Plate
Scrap Piece of Wood
10-32 Brass Acorn Nuts (x9)
10-32 x 1½ Round Slot Head Machine Screws(x9)
M6x16 Pan Slot Screws (x8)
M6 Coarse Thread Pozi-Lok Nuts (x8)
10x¾ Oval Phillips Trim Screws (x4)
8x¾ Aluminum Screws (x4)

Equipment
Measuring Tape
Saw
Phillips Screwdriver
Drill & 3/16 Drill Bit



Alternative mounting adapter solution coming soon...

I only kind of thought of the theory but haven't applied to a real-world application yet.  I can, however, share my theory at this point.

1.  Drill a hole (not sure on exact size) through the middle that will let you squeeze a 1/4-20 (1/4" diameter, 20 threads per inch) screw through.  The screw's length should be at least an inch longer than the height of your scrap piece of wood.

2.  Pass your screw through the bottom of the wood through a washer and up through the top.  Put another washer on the other end.  Then tighten it down with a nut.

* so basically you're passing a screw from the bottom through a washer, then the wood, then another washer, then a nut to tighten all of them together.

3.  You can now screw the scrap piece of wood to the floor flange.

4.  Screw on another nut on the top all the way down to the first nut but don't tighten it.

5.  Screw your camera on top (you'll have to rotate the camera around, yeah, I know, kind of annoying) and use the second nut to tighten it to the position you want.

I'm a little concerned about the stress that this could cause on the part of the camera that the screw goes in.  I'll hit up Home Depot sometime this week and document via pictures what I've got in my head right now.

EDIT:  Pictures...







With this DIY alternative, you'll probably have to carry a small wrench with you at all time to make sure both nuts are tight.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2011, 12:01:47 PM by Ryan »
Lenses: Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Canon 50mm f1.8
Accessories: Cobracrane Backpacker, Igus Slider, Caselogic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling,  Satechi WR-C100 Wireless Remote Control, Lilliput 669HB Field Monitor, Rode VideoMic, DIY Steadicam

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2011, 04:25:04 AM »
Well done! Looks really nice. How many Beers did you drink while making this Tutorial?
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2011, 08:49:13 AM »
Haha, only a "few".
Lenses: Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Canon 50mm f1.8
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2011, 12:29:51 PM »
Great choice of Music!!! ;D
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2011, 12:34:12 PM »
actually this is a dumb question, but how do you hold this steadycam??  Do you hold it where you picked it up at at the beginning? Do you hold it loose so it's allowed to move a little while running with it?
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2011, 01:03:28 PM »
I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure you hold it over your shoulder.

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2011, 01:06:37 PM »
Not over the shoulder, you hold it just like I was holding it at the beginning of the video.  Practice walking around with it too.  You'll want to focus on keeping your hips level and your arm not stiff (so yeah, somewhat loose).  Best advice I can give with this guy is practice, practice, practice!
« Last Edit: January 31, 2011, 01:24:31 PM by Ryan »
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2011, 01:43:16 PM »
Ha. Like I said, I could be wrong  :o. Turns out, I was. I figured it was OTS because of the angle when you used it following the runner, it seemed like that was where it was coming from.

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2011, 01:48:48 PM »
Hmmm, I wonder how it would perform if I threw some padding in there and tried it OTS for shots requiring less moving around?  Might have to try that.  I'm also 6'4" so maybe that's why the shots look high.

As a side note, for the steadicam that holds a field-monitor that I'm working on, I might be able to feed the HDMI cable through the PVC pipe to give it a sleaker look, hahaha.  That would be pretty sweet.  I might even sand paper it, then prime and paint black to see how hardcore I can get it looking for those who are afraid of going this route because they think it don't look pro.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2011, 11:34:01 AM »
Almost finished the new one!  I even managed to pass the mini hdmi to hdmi cable through the piping!





Need to fine-tune the weight, then sandpaper, prime, then paint.

Oh yeah, not gonna lie, this one is much heavier!  As a result, though, it seems much more steady.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2011, 01:00:26 PM »
wow, that looks great!
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2011, 01:51:59 PM »
Ryan, How good does the monitor work for video? Is it truly helpful? It is one of the things I have been thinking about going after at some point in the summer, but haven't really heard from anyone who uses the T2i and an external monitor.

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 01:58:39 PM »
To be honest, I haven't really used it yet.  I've just set it up with the new steadicam (soon to be called the "Fernie Steadicam" - Firm Enquilibrium Retina Neutralizing Image Experiment?).  My immediate concern was the vertical black bars on the left and the right.  I've been doing some testing throughout the day and determined that if you press the 'DISP' button once or twice to remove the Canon information from the screen, the black bars will be smaller (the screen will be used more - i tested this both with Canon's firmware and the Magic Lantern firmware - same issue and resolution).  Take a look at this picture and compare it against the one from my last post...



* Keep in mind that I'm using the Magic Lantern cinescope cropmark.  On the regular firmware or without this cropmark, you'd get a lot more vertical real estate with the picture.

Another bug with the monitor + Magic Lantern firmware is that sometimes the screen gets all messed up.  The solution, half-press the shutter for about 3 to 5 seconds then let go.

Not too shabby eh?  I'll be using it extensively this weekend on my snowboard trip and probably have all sorts of saucy tid bits about it when I get back.
« Last Edit: February 01, 2011, 02:13:38 PM by Ryan »
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2011, 02:20:26 PM »
I want to see you doing a backflip with this thing XD
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2011, 02:31:01 PM »
Hahahaha.  There's a good chance this weekend that...

1.  I capture one of my buddies doing a backflip then twixtor the hell out of it
2.  Drink a few beers, put the camera on a tripod and try a backflip myself.  I used to be able to pull them off when I was young and full of piss and vinegar.  Now I'm just old and decrepit and would rather film someone else doing it.
Lenses: Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Canon 50mm f1.8
Accessories: Cobracrane Backpacker, Igus Slider, Caselogic SLRC-205 SLR Camera Sling,  Satechi WR-C100 Wireless Remote Control, Lilliput 669HB Field Monitor, Rode VideoMic, DIY Steadicam