Part 8: How to manage stabilization and movement with light-weight cameras

“Do It Yourself” movement accessories

Under the generic “do it yourself” category, there are all of those movements using supports that are designed or adapted in the workshop. In English, the common abbreviation is DIY to refer to those ingenious and creative solutions to create the ideal base support needed to achieve a specific movement. Here is a small selection of tips and systems for creating your own solutions, which also happen to be among the most economical.

1- Alternatives to the tripod and the shoulder pod

The two tips that follow are a little simple compared to those studied solutions presented previously, but they still have the advantage of offering the best quality/price ratio on the stabilizer market since they don’t involve any cost.

The magic arm used as a shoulder rig isn’t very comfortable, but it can work if all else fails.

2- Alternatives to tracking

Here are some simple, effective, and very affordable alternatives for tracking shots:
remote control cars can generally support the light weight of the camera and they are a fun way to get a tracking shot (even though some rather obvious vibrations unfortunately may be inevitable); a wheelchair, a supermarket cart, or an ordinary forklift set right to ground level with a cameraman on it will give you better results that holding the camera up high.
These ideas are just a sampling of all of the existing and imaginable solutions. The Internet offers tons of ideas, layout, and various plans to achieve this type of independent alternatives.

Alternatives to tracking

Here is part seven, just in case you missed it.

The original article was written by the author in French and has been translated for the purpose of the MSoX website.

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