This design has been superseded by my new Pro 2 Model 4th Axis Stabilizer which produces at least 30% smoother footage.
There's also a similarly smooth Compact Pro version made for phone and action cam gimbals here:-
My original gimbal stabilizer does a great job but I wanted to make it take even better silky smooth shots as well as being more Pro friendly. Both myself and others wanted more features to adapt better to the variable camera rigs and shots that we have to contend with on shoots. They needed attachment points for gear such as field monitors, audio recorders and compact LED lights. They wanted tool-less adjustment for on-the-go changes as well as attachment points for load bearing harnesses such as the ‘Easyrig’ so they could film all day in comfort.
I made a great showcase video here:-
I've also made a DIY video here:-
UPDATE: The DIY video and full instructions is now added! Sorry it took a while... been swamped with orders for this stabilizer :D There's a slight possibility this model may only be available for a limited time... still working that out but in the meantime download away :)
UPDATE2 I've just updated the Spring Adjust parts to take a captured nut in the base that is mainly designed for the NEW! pro stabilizer stands! You could also use the nut to attach something else too. I've also updated the Gimbal Support to V3. I've still kept the previous version in case anyone prefers that. V3 has been changed so that the top mounting surface is flat so that quick release plates can be more easily mounted. It also has two more captured nuts but this time on the top side.
UPDATE3 I've just added a mount for the Zhiyun remote control handlebar mount so you can control your Zhiyun gimbal without taking your hand off the handle! Enjoy!
So then I went back to the drawing board and after many more more prototypes and some very thorough testing I’m now super happy with the results! Not only does it reduce 4th axis motion but I also find it reduces some of the 5th & 6th axis motion too. I’m sure you’ll agree it takes Gimbal cinematography to that next level!
Shots are smooth and flowing and not only can you imitate crane , dolly and pan shots with it you can also combine these techniques into fluid shots that have that filmic look. I’m definitely a very amateur camera operator with a dodgy knee and even I can get great shots with ease… imagine what you could do!
This Pro Model has some newly tweaked geometries and some design improvements so you will get even smoother results. It even rivals the quality of stabilizer systems worth tens of thousands.
The Original’s fixed fluid dampening has now been upgraded in the Pro Model to fully adjustable variable dampening. There’s dual independent dampening indicators so you can perfectly dial it in for anything from silky smooth gentle motion through to maximum dampening when you're shooting those ‘running like crazy to keep up with your talent’ kinds of shots.
Shooting situations can change quickly and you need to keep up. The tool-less design of the Pro model helps you quickly make changes so you're ready in seconds.
The Pro model can place the gimbal at 4 different shooting heights thanks to its 200 degree rosette adjustable handles and upright and inverted attachment wheels.
You can go from a high shot and with one free hand you can quickly change to an eye level shot. Then with the attachment wheels you can invert your gimbal for a ground shot for those low to the ground shots. And finally invert the handles to a medium-low shot.
The Pro model has 6 of the ¼ - 20 attachment points;
- With the two attachment wheel bolts
- Two front facing nuts ideal for audio or lighting
- Two handle nuts that can be used with a ‘Easyrig’ load carrier or maybe move your audio or lighting there too.
To further control the centre of gravity you can use a video quick release plate to counterbalance your gimbal by sliding it back and forth
Well, if you’ve come this far you know I’m super excited about this new Pro Model 4th Axis Gimbal Stabiliser and I’m really itching to see what you guys film with it!
You can check out my other designs here:-
You can see all my videos on my YouTube Channel, ScottyMakesStuff here:-
To start, there are a lot of parts and each has specific instruction listed below. I suggest printing models in the orientation supplied. As this is a model that uses close tolerances your printer will have to be calibrated correctly or you'll have problems.
I use the triangular infill as it's good and strong. With my Original Prusa MK2S running at normal speeds and Simplify3D slicing I find all parts need little to no post printing work and fit perfectly... don't rush it! I print mine in an improved PLA. This is good to 55C (130F) degrees so don't leave it in a car on a very hot day... but the same should be said of any camera equipment so I think improved PLA will be best for 95% of you. You can try other filaments such as PETG, ABS or PC but you'd want to have a special set up and be a pro at getting those to work flawlessly.
4thAxis_GimbalSupport_V3 or older 4thAxis_GimbalSupport_45mm_V2
Settings: 0.20mm layers, 3 perimeters, 25% fill, Supports, has two captured nuts
It's important to print the rosettes at a fine layer height as these will mesh together and as such needs to be as accurate as possible. I printed mine at 0.10mm. Better still, if your slicer can print variable layer heights then you can print fine layers where it's needed and then speed up your prints significantly.
The gimbal support and the two handles have captured bolts that will need to be inserted during the print. You can make sure you're there to pause the print and drop the nuts in or you could get a little funky with some gcode to stop the print for you. I typically use the free notepad++ to add some simple code to the gcode file just right before the covering layer is printed. Your printer will wait at this point until you hit resume. This is some example code (Note: please add X & Y coordinates to suit your print so that the print head gets out of the way for you) ;
; layer (whatever layer your print comes to), Z = 9.6 (depending on your print layer height the handle will need to be about this height when it stops)
; Add Nuts
M117 Add the nuts Scotty ; displays the message on your printer
G1 X(add your X coord here) Y(add your Y coord here) F8000 ; move out of way - you will need to work yours out relative to your print
M72 @pause ; pauses and plays the pause tune
; inner perimeter
4thAxis_SpringAdjust_R_V5 & 4thAxis_SpringAdjust_L_V5
Settings: 0.08mm - 0.25mm layers (see below), 4 perimeters, 25% fill, Supports
It's important to print the rosettes at a fine layer height as these will mesh together and as such needs to be as accurate as possible. I printed mine at 0.10mm. Better still, if your slicer can print variable layer heights then you can print fine layers where it's needed and then speed up your prints significantly. In that case I'd suggest printing all but the rosette at 0.20mm to 0.30mm and printing just the rosette at 0.08mm.
Settings: 0.15 - 0.3mm layers (see below), 3 to 4 perimeters, 25% fill, Supports, has a captured nut in each handle base
See above Gimbal Support advice for dealing with the captured nuts)
There's two of these to print. I print mine at 0.30mm and when I get to 15mm below the rosette I change from 3 perimeters to 4 and I also change the layer height to 0.15mm
SpringKnob, GimbalScrewKnob, DampeningKnob & HandleKnob
Settings: 0.15 to 0.20 mm layers , 3 perimeters, 25% fill, No Supports
TopArm_L_V3, TopArm_R_V3, BottomArm_L_V3, BottomArm_R_V3
Settings: 0.15 to 0.20 mm layers , 3 perimeters, 25% fill, Supports
DamperDynamicSide & DamperStaticSide
Settings: 0.15 to 0.20 mm layers , 3 perimeters, 25% fill, Supports
List of non-printing parts
Note: All fiitings are for 1/4 - 20 threaded
- 2 x steel washers
- 14 x thin brass washers
- 10 x Nylock nuts
- 8 x hex nuts
- 2 x extension springss
- 2 x small compression springs (optional)
- 2 x 1 1/2 inch bolts - handles
- 2 x 3/4 inch bolts - gimbal attachment wheels
- 4 x 3 inch bolts
- 6 x 2 1/2 inch bolts
- 2 x wingnuts
- Lithium grease or similar
- syringe for injecting grease (3 -10 ml size)
- two part epoxy glue (Araldite)