DIY GoPro Steadicam

November 11, 2014 / by / 3 Comments
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Want that smooth footage for your GoPro? A GoPro handle is good. A steadicam is better. Watch the tutorial and find the parts below.

Parts you’ll need to make a DIY GoPro steadicam:

  • 1 1/4″ x 1/8″ x 3′ aluminum bar
  • GoPro Tripod Mount
  • 18 fender washers
  • 1/4″-20 threaded bolt
  • Two GoPro pivot/mounting arms
  • Traxxas Stub axle/Half shaft for a T-Maxx 2.5
  • Traxxas short Half Shafts for T-Maxx 2.5
  • Traxxas flanged nylon locking nut
  • One 5/16-18 x 1″ long bolt
  • Two 6x22x7 bearings
  • 3/4″ CPVC coupler – CPVC is NOT the same as PVC
  • 3/4″ CPVC pipe – Roughly 4-6″ long
  • Lock-on bicycle grip
  • Bicycle grip cap
  • Misc. nuts and bolts
  • Tools you’ll need:

    • Metal saw
    • Drill
    • Drill bits
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Test footage:


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      3 Responses
      1. wayne

        Just got my GoPro. Great post and idea – I will make one of these – thanks for sharing the steady-cam

        Dec.30.2014 at 5:49 pm
      2. Frasse Hed

        Hi i am thinking of building a type of steadicam for mounting on the front of a dogsled. Any tips how to get it vibration free?

        Feb.22.2015 at 11:10 am
      3. Doug Weir

        Very nice niche site — great inspiration for an entrepreneurial newbie like me.

        Very cool diy rig. Bravo! I like.

        I plan to build a similar rig, but I plan to use a ball joint – basically one of those rod end fittings – to replace the skate bearing / universal with a single part. The ball joint gives both rotational and solid angle freedom of motion, although not as much solid angle freedom, but all in one part.

        If you’re interested, give me a shout.

        A similar part can be found on Amazon – search for “Female RH Rod End.” I bought one with 3/8 x 24 threads from a local hardware store for $10 – about 3 times the list price on Amazon.

        Best regards,

        Doug

        Jun.25.2015 at 8:18 pm
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