DIY stand to make your video recordings steady

No mater how good the contents for your video are if the camera was not steady while filming it, the overall quality of the video drops. Buying a professional stand can be quite expensive and can limit the movements of the camera. Through this DIY you can construct your own stand, through which filming a steady video will be a piece of cake.


2 old hard drives

Ball bearings


Aluminium sheet

Adjustable stand

Micro focusing rail slider

Step 1

Take out two old hard drives that you have laying around at home. With a screw driver remove all the screws and open it up, you will also need to remove all the screws that are attached to the brushless motor and the arms that is placed on the disc. After dismounting all the elements, you can mark the area where the arms were screwed earlier so that you can cut it out.

Cut out the marked area where the arms were screwed, make sure the cut out is big enough and not just the round screw part, you can use the picture a reference.

Step 2

Next you will need two ball bearings and a plexiglass base. Measure the size of the ball bearing and drill a whole into the plexiglass, the hole should be large enough to fit the ball bearings. Insert one ball bearing at the top and the other one at the bottom, you can attach the ball bearings with the help of some glue. The glue that is used to attach the ball bearings should not drip inside the ball bearing as it could case a problem later.

Step 3

Bring back the arms that were removed earlier and screw them to the cut-out area. Once you have screwed them together, you can mount them on either side of the plexiglass with some superglue.

Step 4

Next, you will need a plastic handle, place the brushless motor at the top of the handle and fix it on to it.

Step 5

Take out a 90 degree aluminium block and drill a hole into it so that it can fit over the brushless motor, you will also need to drill 6 smaller holes round the big hole so that you can screw the aluminium on the motor, make sure that the six holes are in the same place as the holes on the motor.

If you screw the aluminium to the motor you will need to take a base of another brushless motor and attach it on the other side of the 90 degree angle aluminium block, this is so that you can attach another brushless motor on the front. You can now screw the aluminium on the motor on the plastic handle. This will leave you with two motors, one on the front and the other one on the plastic handle.

On another sheet on aluminium drill a big hole for the motor and six smaller holes around it. Drill 4 more holes at the edge of the aluminium sheet.

Step 6

You will have to modify the arms of the hard drive. For this you will need two right angle aluminium sheets and place them onto the hands and screw the hands to the plexiglass securely, the right angle aluminium sheet should be facing each other. Once you are done with this you can check if everything is moving smoothly. You can now attach the plastic handle and the plexiglass together, drill four holes on the right-angle sheet, the holes should be in the same place as the ones drilled on the sheet that is attached to the motor, and screw them together.

Step 7

Take a long tube and insert it into the ball bearing and after measuring it, cut it at 8cms, you will now need a micro focusing rail slider and attach it to the tube. This is where you will place the camera.

Step 8

For this step you will need a long adjustable stand, so that you can decide how long the stand can be when you are using it for your recordings, you could use a cleaning stand too. The stand should be around 70cms long.

Fix the stand on an aluminium base, and drill two holes on either side of the aluminium base, you can the proceed to insert some big screws on the aluminium base, you then have to place some metal washers so that it adds some weight to the washers.

Step 9

You can now mount everything together. Take out the device that you had attached together and insert the stand into the tube that was attached during step 7.

You are now done building a stand for your camera, place your camera on the micro focusing rail slider and take it out for a test run.

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