DSLR Camera Stabilizer for Under $5 (Part 2: BUILD) – Homemade Film School

[MUSIC]>>Dustin McLean: [SOUND] Okay, I’m gonna
show you how to put all of the parts together to make your homemade
square hand held rig. Incase you missed it you can click
the link to watch the prep, or you can skip ahead to see an action. So let’s do this.>>[MUSIC]>>Dustin McLean: Here’s a quick look
of all the pipes we’re about to cut. [SOUND]
All right, so step one is going to be measuring
our pipe before we cut it. Measuring out two pieces
that are 11 inches long. I’ll make some marks. That’s where I’m gonna make my cuts. I need four pieces that are gonna
be four and three quarters. And then, it just so happens this
leftover piece is a perfect size for our little optional handle. All right, that’s it for measuring, so
now I’m gonna use my sweet PVC cutters, I’m gonna just snip
this thing into pieces. I got marks. [SOUND] All right, step three is assembly. Now it’s good to put everything together
first before you glue it to make sure everything fits okay. You can always make adjustments,
trim stuff if you need to, so let’s start by just
putting it together. You’re just making a square,
as the name implies. So taking your right angles, and
you’re gonna just pop them on the sides.>>[MUSIC]>>Dustin McLean: This is gonna
be one of the side handles. Now if you have a rubber mallet,
this is where it can come in handy. You can just push really hard,
you can bang it on the ground, or you could [SOUND] tap it in there. And make sure it’s nice and snug. You wanna make sure it’s
really lined up too. Cuz these are gonna need
to be straight after. We make the other side, exact same thing using the other two
elbows see how easily PVC fits together. So these are the two sides,
now we’re gonna put together the top and the bottom using our T joints. One two three, easy as that there we go. I’m gonna line it up and
make sure it’s really straight. And just press on it. Okay looks pretty straight. Now instead of going towards the middle,
like the first one was, we’re gonna want this one to go out. This is where the handle is gonna be. Okay, these two. Bend the pipe a little bit,
no big deal, put it in. All right now my left over piece that is gonna be the handle
is gonna go right in there. But we’re not gonna glue
this one in the next step. So keep that in mind, this one’s gonna be removable because
we might not want it in all the time. So now, that your sure your
measurements are all correct and everything is good to go,
it’s ready for step four. Gluing, which means we’re gonna
tear it apart and glue it.>>[MUSIC]>>Dustin McLean: All right, let’s glue. I did put down a protective surface, so,
I don’t glue on my table, all right. So, this is your PVC glue
I use clear cuz I like it. Bam, put it on. There’s really no special trick to
this other then put the glue on, put the PVC together. I’m gonna go ahead and
hammer all of these as I go. [SOUND] We really want to make sure that
these are straight this time because once the glue sets there’s no going back. If you don’t already have PVC glue
you can pick up a four ounce bottle, little smaller than this for
like four bucks.>>[MUSIC] [SOUND] [MUSIC]>>Dustin McLean: Okay,
gonna have to push, [SOUND], there we go. So don’t forget that this piece goes
straight up into the square, but this top one needs to shoot outward for
the handle. Don’t glue the handle,
that’s gonna be removable. But, this is all you need for now. Everything is glued, and
you wanna let that set for a while before you put your camera on it. [SOUND] Step five, time to drill. We’re gonna be drilling two
different spots here on this. One is gonna be where the camera
is attached to the rig. And the other is to hold
on to the optional handle. It’ll be removable later. First step will be to just mark the spot. We’re gonna be going straight
through this because this little nub is gonna be where the camera sets. So I wanna go straight down the bottom. I’m gonna make a little mark. And then with the handle in,
it’s not glued, but it is in securely. I’m gonna make two marks cuz we’re
gonna drill straight down through it. And you don’t want it to be
too close to this edge, but you wanna make sure it
still catches the pipe. So I’m gonna put it right here. And here’s a quick tip. Instead of starting
with the full-size one. If you start with a smaller
bit get your hole going. And then switch to bigger ones it
will be a lot easier to just drill the hole that way. [NOISE] [SOUND] So
we wanna make sure that fits through okay. So, as long as that goes through,
we’re good. All right, so
this is how the handle works. Since I decided not to glue it,
so it’s not permanent, we’re gonna use our two inch bolt,
and just stick it right through there. And, use one of the winged nuts,
cuz they’re easy to twist and untwist on the fly. Don’t really need any tools.>>Dustin McLean: There,
now it’s just on there, tighten it down. Doesn’t have to be too tight. It is plastic after all, but
now you’ve got a nice handle, so you can hold the camera from
the top if you want to. But if you don’t want the handle, if it’s gonna get in the way,
you can simply take this pin out. And take your handle out and
you’re back to just this. So there you have it. There is your homemade
handheld camera rig. That wasn’t so hard was it. So in part three we’re going
to put it to the test and show you what kind of creative
shots you can get with this thing. And right now I think I’m
going to give it a nice custom matte black paint job because that makes everything look a little sweeter.>>[MUSIC]

66 Replies to “DSLR Camera Stabilizer for Under $5 (Part 2: BUILD) – Homemade Film School”

  1. Just in case someone wants to use this to stabilize a mobile phone, rather than an actual film camera, just attach two little metal plates parallel to each other in the hole of the PVC where the screw at the bottom for the camera would normally be. I did this too and it works like a charm!! It's at least a lot more stable than running around holding it with your hands. And the best thing is, it only cost me about $20 to make, it cost me a lot more because I had absolutely nothing but a drill to make this, so I needed a lot of things like the glue (which is expensive as fudge), the PVC, the bolts and the two metal plates I talked about before in my comment. Thanks a lot for making this tutorial!!

  2. Hey.  I made this yesterday and took a long hike with my DSLR camera – I like to make videos of my outdoor hikes so I can watch them when I have to be on the treadmill.  The result is amazing!  I could not figure out how such a contraption would correct my wobbly videos – but you did it!  Thank you so much!

  3. Dude u screwed me up. I bought all the stuff and u said a screw that was too small for a camera. Thanks a lot. Now I can't film tomorrow and I was entering in a contest. Thanks a lot

  4. This all costed me $41.13 at lowes, besides the tools ! They only had 1/4 2" machine screws so I had to modify it and they only had 10ft of 3/4 pvc ! 5 dollars my ass but the build is sick there's a lot of room for customization.

  5. This is the first DIY i've tried and let me say, this was easy, i made 1 mistake which was making the hole too big on the bottom where the camera goes, so I just put a wing nut where you're supposed to put it then another one in the t part of the joint and used a pen to get it all the way through the pic. Overall easy and very helpful! Thanks!

  6. I just made mine! I made it compatible with both a GoPro and a DSLR by adding a detachable wooden mount for the GoPro that just sits on the same screw that the DSLR would go on (I don’t have my own DSLR yet so I’m just working with a GoPro now but someday I’ll have my own DSLR!). Cost about $30 for the materials, and took about half an hour 🙂 I’m excited to try it out!

  7. I'm having an issue secure the bolt that goes into the camera…camera will not be secure but rather spin continuously…any solutions? I have a screw and a nut.

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