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Stead i Cam

by frits297, published

Stead i Cam by frits297 Dec 3, 2011

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Description

Video of the Stead i Cam in action: youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=PDLClM5rk5o

The Stead i Cam is designed by Frits Stam en Koen de Greef

features of the Stead i Cam:
+ removable / adjustable camera plate
+ design incorporates a feet for easy storage
+ weight swivels to compensate for an unbalanced camera
+ air bubble for leveling the camera
+ adjustable handle position with a screw thread which allows for very fine adjustments of the center of mass
+ light weight design

This project originated from the urge to create tools that help designers create professional results in times of budget cuts. With ‘Tools for Design’ we aim to create a community that helps in the development of instruments used in the design process. The Stead-I-Cam is an example of one of these tools. It supports smooth and professional moving video footage. It is created from a single sheet of laser-cut material, making it easy for any student to create and assemble. This open-source project cuts costs for such a professional tool and makes it accessible for every student / diy'er.

We love to see your own Stead i Cam so upload a picture of it!

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This is a Neat setup Frits!

Absolutely Love it!

The little tab bit that holds the camera quick release section broke on ours :-(

i'll design up different parts for another derivative soon to print out. :-)

And here is some more fun!

This is my short gimbal handle -

http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

My Brother and I are ironing out some quirks in balancing - mainly because his camera has a Huge 'settings switches' handle and microphone on the hotshoe. Because the mic is off to the side it puts the balance off terribly. i couldn't get a photo with it on as yet, but will post pics with the bare bones camera.

Hi Dogbert, looking forward of a sleek 'carbon'-look Stead i Cam!

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Instructions

- get some bearings, lead weight a bicycle steer handle and a gimbal from an rc-store
- laser cut the files on 3mm MDF
- assemble laser cut parts
- balance your steadycam
- practice!
- go film!

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Dogbert on Apr 30, 2012 said:

This is a Neat setup Frits!

Absolutely Love it!

The little tab bit that holds the camera quick release section broke on ours :-(

i'll design up different parts for another derivative soon to print out. :-)

Dogbert on Apr 30, 2012 said:

And here is some more fun!

This is my short gimbal handle -

http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

My Brother and I are ironing out some quirks in balancing - mainly because his camera has a Huge 'settings switches' handle and microphone on the hotshoe. Because the mic is off to the side it puts the balance off terribly. i couldn't get a photo with it on as yet, but will post pics with the bare bones camera.

Dogbert on Apr 9, 2012 said:

Thankyou for the "built" STL - It has made the jigsaw SO MUCH easier!

I'm 1/2 way through building mine out of black acrylic.

I'm also designing a derivative to help join up the Steadicam and the 3D printed uni-joint.
Will post that soon!

And Pics!!!

frits297 on Apr 10, 2012 said:

Hi Dogbert, looking forward of a sleek 'carbon'-look Stead i Cam!

pafifo on Jan 21, 2012 said:

Hi, i'm writing from Chile, and i like to say the project is really awesome, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I have a laser cutter machine an i like to make this project, but i don't know what other things i need to can build it. Also, how much weight is needed? Depends on the camera i suppose, it has to be the same weight, more or less? Best Regards!

frits297 on Jan 21, 2012 said:

Hello pafifo,

Besides the wooden parts you will need a bicycle handle, some bearings and a gimbal (or you can print you own gimbal: http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... and of course some weights/washers and a bolt that screws in your camera.

About the weight, you will need to experiment a bit, we used lead weights.

If you have any other questions during the built feel free to ask them here. If you have any pictures of the built please share those to! :-D

kyle on Jan 20, 2012 said:

Awesome design! I have an older version of solidworks that won't open your file. Do you happen to have an assembled model that I can open in maya?

frits297 on Jan 20, 2012 said:

Hi, at the moment I do not have the assembled model in anything other then a solid work file, I'll look into exporting it in a different format. Are you planning on building one? :)

erselber on Dec 12, 2011 said:

work in progress ;)

had to split up the build area in 2 files to fit into the 300x600mm lasercutter size.

frits297 on Dec 12, 2011 said:

Hi,

Nice to see another Stead i Cam!, I hope to see it fully assembled! What are you using for the handle / gimbal ? If you have questions, please let us know!

;)

gicks on Dec 5, 2011 said:

Awesome thing! I've seen your design at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven at the ID'11 exhibition. It worked well with my canon 550d, great work!

_aron_ on Dec 4, 2011 said:

I've cut it in acryllic yesterday. I'll post an image as soon as I can figure how to get it together. A solidworks assembly would be greatly appreciated!

Beautiful design!
Thanks!

frits297 on Dec 4, 2011 said:

Hi, I am very curious on how the stead i cam will look in acryllic! I will upload the solidworks file very soon!

Frits

Dogbert on Dec 4, 2011 said:

I'll second that - Awesome design!!!

Could you please post it in DXF (or tell us how to open and convert it ourselves)?

Thankyou!!!

frits297 on Dec 6, 2011 said:

DXF is uploaded!

if you decide to make one please share a picture of it with us, we are very curious!

frits297 on Dec 4, 2011 said:

I will look into converting the files to DXF, hope to see your Stead i Cam soon!

Gav on Dec 4, 2011 said:

Very nice looking mount. Can you post the files in DXF too, please?

frits297 on Dec 4, 2011 said:

Very soon!

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