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My Facebook friend Jeff Bogert turned me on to The Frugal Filmmaker, which has quickly become an obsession. I threw together the $5 stabilization rig yesterday watching the Patriots game (before it got stressful). Literally $5 in parts. I had some tools. You might need the PVC ratchet cutters which are highly recommended. Hacksaws are for amateurs. The ratchet cutters are like using scissors to cut through the PVC. Get them here for $3.50 (I paid $10 at Lowe’s). It holds my GoPro, my iPhone, my DSLR and most likely any other camera you have. Takes some practice to get smooth shots, but for $5, I’ll practice. Mine will look considerably more badass once I get the black bicycle grips and hockey tape all over it. (Which will nearly triple the cost to roughly $15!!!)
Here’s a video where Scott (The Frugal Filmmaker) breaks down how to make the rig. I bumped the height up a bit and used 8″ PVC pieces instead of the 6″ Scott used to make room for the battery grip on my DSLR that adds some height to the camera. Email me with any questions.