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working with diy camera stabilizerIf you don’t have enough funds to buy videography or photography equipment but want to use a steadicam, there is a way to make one yourself with almost no difference in quality. To start, you will need a few tools and materials to construct your steadicam apparatus. You will need: galvanized steel pipes; three end caps for the pipes; a basic T joint for the pipes; a round barbell weight with a one-inch diameter hole in the center (any weight can be used, but the heaver the weight, the harder the camera will be to hold); two machine bolts; one 1/4-inch wing nut; three 1 1/2-inch diameter flange washers for the bolts; three lock washers for the bolts; two 1/4-inch machine nuts; a drill with bits that can go through galvanized steel; and a stationary vice. Most of this equipment can be picked up at a hardware or plumbing store. The first step in assembling this steadicam is to screw an end cap to one end of one pipe and the T joint to the other. (Make sure you are attaching the lower opening of the joint to the pipe.) Then you will need to drill quarter-inch holes in your other two end caps. Place them in the vice to do this, as this will keep them steady. Next you will build your camera mount. To do this, place a tooth washer on a machine screw, then place the machine screw through one of the drilled end caps, with the screw going into the wider end of the cap and coming out of the flat side. Place another tooth washer on the screw, followed by a hex nut and fender washer, and then screw the whole thing together with a wing nut. Finally, construct the counterweight. Take the remaining bolt and place a fender washer on it, then the weight, another fender washer, the other drilled end cap (flat side down) and tooth washer. Tighten it up with a hex nut. Now you can put the whole thing together. Screw the other two pipes into the T joint. On one end, screw the counterweight end cap onto one end of the apparatus and the camera mount onto the other. Using your camera’s tripod screw hole, mount the camera on top. Hold the apparatus by the handle, and you should be ready to film.