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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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I needed a steadicam ASAP so I got with my business partner and told him to come up with something for me.

What he came up with was actually a pretty simple idea that works great.

I'll attach photos below and I have a video uploading.

Yes, it's a modified guitar stand.

We call it the R and B Steadicam (Russell & Brad), and yes, the pun is intended.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:24 PM   #2
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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Just as a heads up, thats a shoulder rig, not a steadicam rig.

It is cool though that is a guitar stand, not a bad idea to get something quick, easy, and cheap.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:30 PM   #4
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Moved to our Shoulder Supports forum and re-named.

What a great way to improvise. Well done.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:33 PM   #5
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I actually considered posting it in the other forum but I built it for a steadicam so that's what I went with.

Thanks guys.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 01:48 PM   #6
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Don't mind the legs showing in the bottom of the frame. I wanted to test it and didn't extend them.
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 04:42 PM   #7
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AWESOME!

Is it easy to steady witrh the front handhold being that u-shaped support? Can you hold the front support while adjusting the camera with the other hand, and still maintain stability?

I built the case for my Sony FX7 out of a hardshell guitar case. My tripod fits in the space for the neck, and I filled the rest of the case with foam and cut out a hole for the camera, extra tapes, cords, etc. I have gotten a LOT of compliments on it. I'll try to post some pics soon!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 04:51 PM   #8
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It really is functional. As far as the U-shape I don't see any issues. As far as it being "spinnable", that's an easy fix.

I have a LANC controller (focus, zoom, iris) that I use so it's not really a concern for me.

This thing is really confortable and practical. It's kinda neat, although unintentional that when you're done shooting you can just set it down. It amazes me how simple some things are!
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Old December 2nd, 2009, 04:53 PM   #9
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Also, if you look at the 2nd picture down on the left that the short "leg" of the stand would actually serve as a handle if need be. I haven't tried it yet, but you can see it in that picture.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:03 AM   #10
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Totally DIY! Love it!
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 11:29 AM   #11
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Thanks, we like it.

I got my LANC controller put on this morning and it works really well too.

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Old December 5th, 2009, 12:55 AM   #12
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I'll be shooting a music video next weekend with this rig and will post the Vimeo link when it's completed.
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Old December 12th, 2009, 05:57 PM   #13
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Cool!
Expect a run at Guitar City for video gear!
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