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   The cost of getting commercial grips and rigs is more often than not out of the price range of most of us. The solution??? Build them yourself!!!  Here are a selection of some of the rigs we have built and we also have step-by-step tutorials for them too!!  Most will cost you a fraction of the cost of buying a commercial ready-made unit!!! You can now get professional results at a fraction of the price. If you need any tutorials for the rigs below click the DIY Camcorder Rigs link on the menu above or just CLICK HERE  We also have added some quick FREE video tutorials here. Watch 'n Build. If DIY Rigs is your thing, be sure to check out our Mega Tutorial Pack with all 30 rigs in one easy file

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OUR ALL NEW PROSUMER RIG AND EVF

Do you have a Prosumer Camera that is a real pain to try and use handheld?? Would you like to be able to have it on your shoulder with rock-steady stability?? Is squinting thru the tiny EVF located at the end of the camera awkard and the image is really tiny??

WE CAN SOLVE ALL THESE PROBLEMS FOR YOU WITH OUR BRAND NEW PROSUMER SHOULDER-MOUNT RIG WHICH ALSO HAS A UNIQUE BIG SCREEN VIEWFINDER.

If you own a professional camera with a side mounted flip-out LCD and a rear mounted EVF like the Panasonic HMC40 , HMC150, HVX200, AC130/160, JVC HM100 or 150, Sony FX series or the Canon XF100 or 300 or an XH-A1 series then you HAVE to build this rig!!!

 

Click here to get the tutorial

Mods include :

  • Being able to use your handheld camera on your shoulder with rock solid stability
  • Having a new HUGE viewfinder using the LCD and a loupe magnifier (up to 8X larger!!!)
  • Having somewhere to mount accessories like Radio Receivers
  • The extra stability of two front mounted grip handles for tripod steadyness!!
  • You can even use a spring rod up front to allow the camera to be virtually weightless

FLYCAM 5000/COMFORT VEST MODS

Do you have a Comfort Arm and Vest/Flycam 5000 Stabilizer??? These sub $500 "stedicams" don't work very well straight out of the box BUT with a few simple modifications you can turn it into a stable and professional rig that will really do justice to your footage.  Having owned 3 of these now let me tell you some simple DIY tricks that will make your rig a real pleasure to use and you will NOT BELIEVE how well it will operate!!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Mods include :

  • Making the gimbal bearing work correct AND adjustable on the centre post!!!
  • Scrapping the terrible vertical handle and making an awesome horizonal handle
  • Adding an essential LCD Screen rail mount and Battery Pack
  • Offsetting the socket block so it works like a Pro version
  • Adding an extra spring arm so you have a dual arm stedicam!!!!!

 

EXTERNAL ON-CAM BATTERY PACK

At Last!! You can STOP paying ridiculous prices for camcorder batteries by building this powerful pack that will literally last a entire day shoot!!  What's more it mounts on the rear of bigger cameras AND also can mount on your smaller camcorder using the tripod mount so it's a neat pack under your camera. To compensate for the lack of "battery time left" that manufacturer's batteries sometimes provide, we have even included an integral LED level indicator. Can you imagine having nearly 10ah of capacity that will cost you under $60????

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • Awesome capacity (similar to the Anton Bauer Elipz packs that cost over $300) for UNDER $60.00!!!
  • Mounts on your camera either rear mounted or under camcorder mounted
  • LED Battery Level circuit included.
  • Uses inexpensive LI-Ion CCTV cell packs that are cheap on ebay!!  
  • The adjustable regulator maintains voltage exactly for your camcorder ..adjust for any camera voltage!!!

NEW!!!!!       MULTI-MODE STABILIZED CAMRIG

This will be the MOST USEFUL tool you will ever build for shooting video and you can build it using your existing monopod and a cheap mic stand for just a few dollars. It's balanced like a stedicam for awesome handheld shots and converts your monopod into a stable tripod that goes from ground level to the treetops in seconds. Shoot overheads with the harness and get unbelievable footage at the skateboard park in skatecam mode...You won't believe what you can do with this rig and to think that it started out as just a monopod!!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • All you need is an existing monopod, a cheap mic stand and a few parts (less than $30!! (excluding monopod/ball head!!))
  • Shoots in tripod mode from 2' to 6' and is stable!!! Way more useful than a tripod !!
  • Simple harness allows you do go over the heads in a crowd or do stable overhead pans
  • Just flip it upside down and you can film the dogs on their walk or your buddies on skateboards smoothly
  • The stabilized weighted feet and rotational control grip means smooth stedicam type handheld footage

STABILIZED SHOULDER-MOUNT FRAME

Build an awesome aluminium rig that converts your camcorder into a professional shoulder-mount setup just like the professional ENG cameras but without the expense. Rock steady stability with dual handgrips AND a really impressive gimballed body support too!!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • All the advantages of a shoulder mounted ENG style camera with gimballed stability!!!
  • Extra dual foam handle support and moulded ergonomic shoulder pad
  • Flexible support allows Dutch Angles... Removeable Handles too!!!!
  • A unique body stay support with built-in gimbal that gives an almost weight free camera

MINI-DOLLY TRACK SYSTEM

Build a Mini Dolly Track system for less than $50 that will do much the same job as systems costing 10X as much. Simple easy to get materials from your hardware store. (Estimated cost excludes tripod and ballhead)

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • Do tracking shots smoothly instead of panning..tracking shoots too!!
  • Really cheap to build with a super easy track sytem
  • Made from hardware store bits and pieces..no special components
  • Tripod or Stand mountable too

CAMERA SLIDING TRACK SYSTEM

Build an an awesome Camera Track system that will allow you to do professional left to right and back to front dolly tracking with a huge 50" range!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • Do tracking shots smoothly from right to left and back again
  • Use a forward back tracking shot instead of zoom..much more professional
  • Made from easily obtainable parts from Hafele at a fraction of commercial sliders
  • Versatile and adaptive..use it on the ground, on a table top or on a tripod

LED VIDEO LIGHT PANEL

Build a LED light panel for less than $50 which will out-perform current LED Panels that are selling for $1000's or more!!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • Include as MANY LED's as you want to!! The tutorial will show you how to make banks of any number of LED's. YOU choose the light output and panel size you need.
  • Use a simple easy to get (and cheap too) switchable power plug to drive your panel.
  • Super low current needed. Our DIY 48  10mm warm white panel runs off a 1.5amp laptop/wifi power plug
  • Versatile and adaptive..use it on a light stand for interviews or clamp it anywhere!! Only 5" square!!!!

You can build the same thing for less than $50!!

EXCITING LED VIDEO LIGHT

Build an "on-camera" LED light bank for less than $50 which will out-perform commercial lights that are selling for $399 or more!!!

Click here to get the tutorial

Features include :

  • Include as MANY LED's as you want to!! The tutorial will show you how to make banks of any number of LED's. YOU choose the light output and panel size you need.
  • Use any power source from AA alkaline batteries, NiMH rechargeables and also use your L-ION camcorder batteries too. A simple calculation at the design stage is all that's needed
  • Super low current needed. Our DIY 48 "superbright" panel uses a mere 480ma...run it on alkaline batteries for over an hour PLUS we show you how to use your spare camcorder battery so you have light for hours!!!
  • You can decide on whether you want 3200K light or 5000K light

STUDIO STYLE MONITOR

Build a studio style LCD monitor for your camcorder using a Sony Playstation Screen  When we do event shoots it's pretty hard to have to squint down at the tiny LCD to check that all is well so I salvaged a Sony PSOne Combo screen (cheap as chips on eBay) and we now have a nice big and portable monitor for under $50 that also has stereo sound!!!  

 

  We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

CFL LIGHTING UNIT

Build a Compact Fluorescent Lamp Video Light  Are you really tired of using halogen video lights that get hot enough to barbeque a steak and make everyone sweat??? You can now build a light that uses only 20% of the energy and best of all, a 400w (equivalent) one will cost you less than $30 to make AND it runs cool to the touch. Light output is at a convenient 5000K colour temperature too.

This project has it's own tutorial and it can be made in less than an hour

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

REMOTE CONTROL UNIT

Build a Remote for your Panasonic Camcorder  Most 3CCD Panasonic Camcorders come with a "MagicWire" remote BUT it only has fast zoom on it and NO way to use an external microphone!!!  You can now build our remote which mounts on your tripod handle and boasts both slow and fast zoom speeds, remote still photos, remote start and stop and you can plug in your external mike too!!!

Please note that this project requires the special 6 connector plug from the little remote that came with your camera so IF your GS Series camera does NOT have a MagicWire remote then you cannot use this project.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

DOF ADAPTER

Build a Depth of Field Adaptor for your Camcorder

  •  We have an AWESOME DOF adapter for your camcorder that will allow you to use standard 35mm still camera lenses and create REAL depth of field and it will cost you less than $30 to build too!!! This allows you to make video that looks like and has the depth of field of DSLR's

Take a look at facts on DOF here!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

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MATTE BOX

Build a Matte Box for your Camcorder  Matte Boxes usually cost hundreds of dollars as they are classed as "professional gear". Now you have a chance to keep all the nasty reflected light out of your lens and also add filters too! You may not believe it but this rig will cost you way under $10 to build and you must admit it makes your little camcorder look very professional too!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

Build a Camcorder Mount for your Rig using a cheap tripod  This useful idea will save you the cost of having to buy an expensive and hard to use ball head (around $40 +++) by simply using the top half of a cheap tripod that you can buy for often less than $10!!!  This tutorial is free for our visitors so you can download it from the link below

Free Ball Head Tutorial

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VEHICLE MOUNT RIG

Build a Multipurpose Camcorder Car Mount Rig  This useful and versatile vacuum mounted camcorder rig costs less than $20 to make and will support even heavy cams. The vacuum cups are rated at a massive 100kgs (220lbs) and this unit can also mount on the glass as well as be used as a steady mount on the hood of the vehicle!! Just jump out when you see the shot you want and lock it to the roof or hood and you have a powerful and stable mount!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

STABILIZER EXTRAS

Build two new improvements to the stabilizer  Our stabilizer didn't really have a very simple and easy way to adjust the counterbalance weights on the bottom sled nor was adjusting the camcorder position that accurate. Here are two modifications that you can add to your stabilizer to allow accurate camera positioning for balance and a real easy way to get around having to thread washers on the counnterbalance spindles. If have already built the stabilizer then get these 2 tutorials NOW!!!! They will make your life a whole lot easier!!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

STABILIZER VEST RIG

Build a Lite-weight Body Mount for your Stabilizer  Using our stabilizer for extended periods can become a little tiring on your arm so here is a REALLY INNOVATIVE harness that you just slip over your shoulders and clip your stabiliser onto for a completely "hands-free" operation. The unique swing arm takes the entire weight of the rig and allows a smooth motion.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

CAR WINDOW MOUNT

Build a Versatile Camcorder Car Mount Rig  This useful and versatile vacuum mounted camcorder rig costs less than $10 to make and you can get some amazing shots with it!!! Use it to film the driver or passenger or clamp it on the door panel for cool road shots. Each vacuum cup is rated at 10lbs (max) so it will carry most small DV camcorders

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

OUR FAMOUS MULTI-DOLLY RIG

Our AWESOME MULTI-PURPOSE RAIL TRACK DOLLY IS HERE!!!   This is the ULTIMATE rig for you to build. Super strong and super lite aluminium track dolly with a lite-weight accessory tower. Ultra versatile change from ride-on to mini-crane in minutes, then to pan head.

THIS IS ONE RIG THAT YOU MUST HAVE

  • Ride-On or Walk beside the track
  • Quik-Change Pan head add-on
  • Quik-Change Mini-Crane add-on

This is 3 rigs in one!! Use the crane, use the pan head, just ride the dolly and hand-hold or use your own tripod.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

CUSTOM CAMERA CASE

Build a Custom Case for your Gear  This really easy to make gear case looks the same as the ones you see in the camera shops for $350 and it will cost you less than $50 AND it's so easy to customise it EXACTLY to fit all the video gear that needs protecting. PLUS it looks professional too.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

FIGG STYLE PVC RIG

Making a PVC Stablizer Rig  You Here are step by step details on how to make this Ultra simple yet extremely useful rig that also has space to mount mikes, video lights and more. PLUS it acts as a stabilizer too!!! All you need is a trip to the garden shop and a hacksaw!!!  This will cost you maybe $20 and the commercial version is nearly $500!!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

MIKE BLIMP

Making a Mike Wind Shield and Boom  You know how hard it is to eliminate wind noise when you shoot outdoors so here is the answer to your problem. The mike blimp and boom are simple to build from easy to get materials and your audio will be perfect again.  Are you building this one yet???

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

CAMCORDER LCD HOOD

Making a Camcorder LCD Hood  You know how hard it is to use your LCD screen in bright daylight so here is the answer that we use on our camcorders. It's not very pretty BUT you will be able to make it from the pennies in your cookie jar!!  and you will wonder why you never made one before.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

CRANE FRONT END WITH MIC MOUNT

Making a front end for the Crane with a 'anti-shock' mic mounting  You For those who have already built the mini-crane, we have a new "front-end" tutorial for you which includes a very effective 'anti-shock' mounting for your shotgun mic (which you should be using always!) You can also adapt this to fit on the Rig below so the mic is shock mounted too!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

CAMCORDER FRAME

Making a Camcorder Mounting Rig  You know how hard it is to hand-hold a small camcorder so here is the answer that we use to get steady, professional looking shots that don't look like "home movies". This rig will cost you less than $20 and you will wonder why you never used it before. Plus it holds your external mike and other goodies too!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

MAKE YOUR OWN STEDICAM

Making a Camcorder Stabilizer   How would you like to be able to film while walking, running, climbing stairs and get the sort of smooth shots you see in the movies?? Well if you don't have the $1000's for a commercial steadycam then let us show you how to make your own for as little as $30!!!!

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

Learn to Balance your Stabilizer Here

SIMPLE TRIPOD DOLLY

Making a Dolly that runs on Rails

 You already know how difficult it is to pan smoothly. You have seen those Hollywood shots where the camera smoothly moves around a group of people ? The correct way to do it is to "track" which requires a dolly and track and LOT's of money...correct?? WRONG...our tutorial will show you how easy it is to build a dolly from ordinary irrigation pipe for just a few dollars and get those shots you only used to dream about.

 We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

 

OUR CAMCORDER CRANE RIG

Making a Mini Crane Rig  We have just finished our mini crane system that will make your tripod obselete!!! This clever new rig will allow you the stability of a tripod but the flexibility of being able to smoothly move up and down as well as rotate and all the actions you would only expect the professionals to use. We will show you how to build it yourself for under $50 and that also includes the tripod!!

  We also have a step-by-step tutorial available - click here

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