Up next in Digital Photography 101 (14 videos)
Learn how to use a digital camera and pick up some digital photography tips and techniques with these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- PVC pipe 1 1/2 to 2 1/2" in diameter
- 6 6-inch pieces
- 2 3-inch pieces
- 4 2 1/2-inch pieces
- And 3 1 1/2-inch pieces
- 10 45-degree elbow connectors
- 2 PVC T-connectors
- A four-way cross connector
- A can of PVC cement
- A PVC end cap
- A drill with a 1/4-inch bit
- A 1/4-inch carriage bolt, about 4" long
- A 1/4-inch nut
- A 1/4-inch wing nut
- A 1/4-inch fender washer
- A camcorder
- Black spray paint
- Grip tape
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.
Add a piece of 2½-inch PVC pipe to each connector's open end and then attach a T-connector to both.
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.
Link Ts to elbows
Attach the two assemblies you've built so far by attaching the elbows to two 1½-inch PVC pieces, and those pieces to the inward-facing holes in the T-connectors.
Add remaining PVC pipe pieces
Add the remaining two 2½-inch PVC pipe pieces to the open holes on each T-connector, and attach elbow connectors to the pipes.
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.
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.
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.
Seal with cement
Seal all the connections on your stabilizer by brushing on PVC cement, and let dry.
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.
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.
Connect PVC to cap
Attach the underside of the cap to the remaining 1½-inch piece of PVC and cement them together. Let them dry.
Attach wing nut and washer
Screw the wing nut onto the top of the bolt and add the washer.
Screw in camcorder
Screw the bolt into the camcorder's bottom tripod hole and tighten the wing nut.
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!