DIY Shoulder RigThere are many options when it comes to stabilizing your camera, but sometimes, even when money's tight, you don't want to sacrifice some essential customizations that'll make your rig truly your rig. About 3 years ago, DSLR Video Shooter's Caleb Pike  shared a video explaining how to build a rig using the CowboyStudio Support Pad, and this week he has updated the whole thing by replacing the old hardware with newer hardware. So, if you're ready to invest in some descent stabilization, but are scouring your couch cushions to do it, check out Pike's tutorial after the jump:

Now, if you're a professional filmmaker or videographer, a rig that offers more versatility, as well as stability (and a larger price tag) is probably what you're looking for. But, if you're just getting into filmmaking and wanting to experiment with something inexpensive, Pike's rig seems like a quick and easy way to do that.

From what I could see from the video, Pike's rig looks simple to assemble and easy to operate the camera once it is. I have heard that the downfall of the CowboyStudio Support is that it isn't really designed to be walked around with much, but for static handheld-looking shots. However, for the money, you're looking at some pretty decent image stabilization.

Here is a video showing some  footage shot with Pike's rig:

In the video below, Pike explains what materials you'll need, where to get them, and how to assemble them to make the rig:

Here is a list of the parts Pike uses to put his rig together:

So, depending on how you customize your rig, the final cost will range from $250 - $375, which is a pretty decent deal given the add-ons. It's easy to look at the latest technological advances in camera stabilization, like the MōVi and other 3-axis gimbals, and drool over the results, but sometimes you just need something easy and inexpensive to put together in order to start making films.

What do you think about Caleb Pike's rig? Feel free to share any insight into adding modifications and accessories onto shoulder-mounted stabilization systems.


[via Filmmaker IQ]