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How To Make a Camcorder Stabilizer

Watch more Digital Photography 101 videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make a camcorder stabilizer for better home movies. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Begin building bottom Attach two 45-degree elbow connectors to either end of a 6-inch PVC pipe. This will be the bottom of your camcorder stabilizer. Step 2: Attach T-connector Add a piece of 2?-inch PVC pipe to each connector's open end and then attach a T-connector to both. Step 3: Connect PVC to cross Separately, affix the two 3-inch pieces of PVC to opposite ends of the four-way cross connector. Attach an elbow to the open end of each 3-inch piece. This assembly will serve as your camera's base. Step 4: Link Ts to elbows Attach the two assemblies you've built so far by attaching the elbows to two 1?-inch PVC pieces, and those pieces to the inward-facing holes in the T-connectors. Step 5: Add remaining PVC pipe pieces Add the remaining two 2?-inch PVC pipe pieces to the open holes on each T-connector, and attach elbow connectors to the pipes. Step 6: Connect side pipes Attach a pair of 6-inch PVC pipes to the open ends of the elbow connectors. Attach elbow connectors to their open ends. Step 7: Build top Now build the top of the stabilizer. Attach a pair of elbow connectors to either end of a 6-inch PVC pipe. Then, attach the two remaining unused 6-inch pieces to the other ends of the elbow connectors. Step 8: Attach top piece Connect the elbow connectors on the top pieces of your stabilizer to both 6-inch side pieces, forming an octagon and completing your basic frame. Step 9: Seal with cement Seal all the connections on your stabilizer by brushing on PVC cement, and let dry. Tip Spray-paint your stabilizer black to make it look sleeker. Step 10: Drill hole in end cap Create the camera mount. To begin, drill a hole the size of the bolt through the center of a PVC end cap. Step 11: Thread bolt in cap Thread the carriage bolt through the underside of the cap so it pokes through the top of the cap. Screw the nut down the bolt until it meets the cap, holding the bolt in place. Step 12: Connect PVC to cap Attach the underside of the cap to the remaining 1?-inch piece of PVC and cement them together. Let them dry. Step 13: Attach wing nut and washer Screw the wing nut onto the top of the bolt and add the washer. Step 14: Screw in camcorder Screw the bolt into the camcorder's bottom tripod hole and tighten the wing nut. Tip For easier handling, apply grip tape to the two side bars of your stabilizer. Step 15: Attach camera mount to rig Once your camera is secured to the bolt, attach the assembled mount to the top of the cross connector in the center of your rig and cement the connecting PVC. You're ready to start recording, one steady shot at a time! Did You Know? The first movie to use a handheld stabilized camera rig -- or Steadicam -- was the 1976 David Carradine film _Bound for Glory_.
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