Hey, Andy, this is soooo wiki-worthy!!! Dare I say, "wiki-licious".
<URL: http://www.voxmedia.org/w/index.php/Videoblogging_Hardware > :) XOX, Jan -- "It isn't done alone. Pay more." http://groups.yahoo.com/group/roadnode101/ - education http://fauxpress.blogspot.com - motion http://blog.urbanartadventures.com - sound http://vlogpresskit.blogspot.com - media http://the-hold.blogspot.com - literature . On Jan 19, 2006, at 10:27 AM, Andy Carvin wrote: > Hi everyone, > > I've been thinking about building my own camera stabilizer - a poor > man's steadicam, so to speak - and I was wondering if anyone has tried > it. I've found a few websites with instructions (or selling > instructions), with varying levels of cost and complexity. Two of the > more interesting ones are below. > > The $14 Steadycam > http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/ > > The $14 Steadycam is very bare-bones, but the demo footage on the > website is pretty good. The author of the page provides free > instructions, and he'll even sell you a kit with all of the parts for > $39 plus shipping. Here are two demos of it in action: > > http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/soccer2.mov > http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnny/steadycam/girl3.mov > > The instructions and kit look very straightforward, but one practical > concern I have is the use of standard plumbing supplies, including > pipes > and pipe heads. These parts give it somewhat of a T-shaped pipe-bomb > look, which could be a major headache if you plan to travel with your > steadicam on an airplane. > > Here's the other one: > > Hocast Stabilizers > http://www.hocast.com/ > > Hocast seems more sophisticated, but more costly. They have three > different models, ranging from a low-budget rig requiring $15 worth of > supplies + $13 for the instructions, to a heavy-duty rig requiring $90 > of supplies +$22 for the instructions. Their video demos include > before/after footage showing how a shot improves by adding the > stabilizer: > > http://www.hocast.com/Video/run.mov > http://www.hocast.com/Video/stairs.mov > > (The clips are _very_ brief, though; frankly, I thought the $14 footage > was better.) > > I've found a few other offers online, but these two are the most > intriguing. Has anyone tried building their own steadicam from these > sites or others? Have you been happy with the results? > > thanks, > andy > > -- > ------------------------------------ > Andy Carvin > acarvin (at) edc . org (until Jan 31) > > As of February 1: > andycarvin (at) yahoo . com > > http://www.digitaldivide.net > http://www.andycarvin.com > ------------------------------------ > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > > Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/videoblogging/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/