DIY GoPro Steadicam

February 15, 2013 / by / 9 Comments

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Although this how-to isn’t specifically for a GoPro, this design is super simple and could be easily modified for a GoPro.

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

Tools you’ll need:

  • Power drill
  • 1/4″ drill bit
  • Screw driver
  • Wrenches

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9 Responses
  1. Aaron

    I’ve watched numerous attempts at a Steadicam and I have to say this is definitely one of the more successful ones. Great work!

    Feb.20.2013 at 9:38 pm
    • (Author)

      We thought so too, Aaron. We’re just waiting for our Traxxas gimble to come in from Ebay and then we’ll post our own GoPro specific version. Cheers!

      Feb.20.2013 at 9:52 pm
  2. eric

    Your parts needed list is missing some key items to the build.
    2x 3/4in conduit 90degree elbow
    1 skateboard wheel bearing
    Pvc for handle?

    Mar.07.2013 at 10:29 pm
    • (Author)

      Good call, Eric. We’ll add those in there. We recently posted our own version of the steadicam. You should check it out on the front page.

      Mar.13.2013 at 2:00 am
  3. Axlek

    Hey Guys i wanna ask if the DIY Steadicam will also work with a 5D Mark II whitch is really heavy. Would be so nice if you awnser

    If you did not try it do you think it would hold the Camera and Work?

    Aug.08.2013 at 8:04 am
    • (Author)

      The design itself could probably work, but you’d have to add some serious counter weight to balance the rig. Basically the counter weight needs to be heavier than the camera to keep the whole thing steady. You probably need to modify the design to use something heavier than fender washers. Hope that helps!

      Aug.08.2013 at 8:25 am
  4. Marco

    Sweet tutorial and video! Great job! How long would you say it takes to complete one of these steadicams if you have all the parts and tools from beginning to end?

    Aug.29.2013 at 11:53 am
  5. Jeff

    It took me about an hour to make it and I was being very careful with the drilling and stabilizing

    Sep.27.2013 at 1:34 am
  6. Jim Schwartz

    Thank you for sharing your design for this.

    I am going to be drawing up the design in 3D CAD (computer-aided design) so that I can “assemble” it in a 3D model first. That way, I’ll know exactly where to drill the holes, etc. If anyone is interested in the CAD file, I can provide it when I am finished.

    Where did you get the foam handle at?

    Feb.25.2015 at 7:01 pm
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