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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2011, 04:45:05 PM »
I'm really looking forward to this! I would never take my lovely 550d with me on a snowboard trip. I'm not really a good snowboarder so i'm really afraid that i'll break it. But it would be interessting shooting a bail of me and then twixtor that. Last time i fell and had snow up my nose, so much that you could build a 3 meter high snowman with it XD
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2011, 12:03:05 PM »
I've added pictures in the original post for the DIY alternative camera mount for the top of the steadicam.  I haven't tested it so be careful.  I'm worried that it'll put a lot of stress on the camera's screw intake thingy so if you can find a way to spread the stress via a large washer or something similar, please try that over not having anything.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #17 on: February 25, 2011, 03:04:29 PM »
I picked up a junk tripod today at a thrift store. My reason for spending the five dollars on this tripod was just to snag the quick release off of it. I don't know if I am being clear or if it is called the quick release or maybe the quick release and the piece that it connects to.

Anyway, I am going to mount that to my little piece of wood and then I will just pop the camera out of the tripod and into the steadicam.
I'm an old film guy just playing catchup in this digital world. Help me out.

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2011, 10:16:44 AM »
I picked up a junk tripod today at a thrift store. My reason for spending the five dollars on this tripod was just to snag the quick release off of it. I don't know if I am being clear or if it is called the quick release or maybe the quick release and the piece that it connects to.

Anyway, I am going to mount that to my little piece of wood and then I will just pop the camera out of the tripod and into the steadicam.

Good job!  Let us know how it goes.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2011, 12:06:22 PM »
are you going to put up details on your new build, I'd love to try it out this weekend

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2011, 02:35:50 PM »
dookie - I followed the video all most to a T. I just made some personal bends here and there that fit my body. I also made it so that I can dissemble at the spot where the camera mounts so that I can pack it in luggage if I want to. My theory is that if you buy the pvc and fittings, you will make it a little custom to what you like. I very much like it and would recommend it to anyone.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2011, 03:49:47 PM »
sounds like a plan...I'm going to give it a try.  got some music videos to shoot and want fast paced moving video thats not extra shaky

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2011, 12:45:45 PM »
Hi Ryan,

First, many thanks for all of your entertaining and informative posts!  I'm almost done building a Home Depot Steadicam to your exact specs (I bought the wrong Manfrotto plate on Amazon, and had to exchange), and I'm psyched to try it out.  One question - how does this type of steadicam compare to the type with a gimbal?  Would a gimbal be a useful addition to this DIY steadicam?

Thanks,
Howie

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2011, 04:50:49 PM »
Hey Ryan,

Great video im going to make one of these soon. is there any reason you used screws instead of pvc glue?

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #24 on: May 09, 2011, 06:18:40 AM »
Built the frame over the weekend. I used a hard core superglue and it's stuck like no-ones business.

I built the frame with the extra bars for my monitor and battery etc.
I can't wait to mount the camera platform and start balancing.
I have aquired some removable dumbell weights which feel real nice when I put them on. Very stable and very smooth.
Huge thumbs up for you Ry-boi for the great vid.
I will post some piccies when Im happy with the finished product.

Then I just need to find some cool stuff to video!!!!
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2011, 01:44:39 PM »
Hey Ryan,

Great video im going to make one of these soon. is there any reason you used screws instead of pvc glue?

Not really, except that I can take it apart for travelling.
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2011, 01:45:20 PM »
Built the frame over the weekend. I used a hard core superglue and it's stuck like no-ones business.

I built the frame with the extra bars for my monitor and battery etc.
I can't wait to mount the camera platform and start balancing.
I have aquired some removable dumbell weights which feel real nice when I put them on. Very stable and very smooth.
Huge thumbs up for you Ry-boi for the great vid.
I will post some piccies when Im happy with the finished product.

Then I just need to find some cool stuff to video!!!!

Can't wait to see the footage that comes from it!
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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #27 on: May 23, 2011, 10:22:26 PM »
Hello Ryan,

Just made mine with brown PVC pipes (in Brazil they're different).
So, I had to adapt to local pieces and I found a plastic flange and other things.

Just a question: Could you place a picture or small movie of you holding the unit. I know there's a learning curve, but it'd be amazing if you could tell if there's any trick on holding this unit.

Thanks for your amazing job!

Daniel

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2011, 11:07:48 PM »
Hi Ryan,

Is your monitor a Lilliput? Can you tell the correct model?

Will a monitor with only HDMI input with a resolution of 800x480 be good for monitoring and focusing?

I've read that while recording, hdmi output resolution decreases, is that right? do you know the final resolution while recording?

Thanks!!!!!
Daniel

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Re: [Video Tutorial] DIY Home Depot Steadicam
« Reply #29 on: May 24, 2011, 01:56:23 PM »
I'll try go get a picture of what it looks like to carry it.

I think my lilliput monitor is a 669HB.  Not that impressed though because it doesn't use the whole screen and its resolution seems to change when I hit record.  I'm sure it decreases.  I mainly use it for framing my shots while I'm snowboarding, not so much for focussing.
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