We've shown you some DIY camera stabilizers for lighter cameras, but if you have a DSLR or heavier camera you want to shoot video with, you'll need something a bit more robust. This DIY version of a Steadicam mount does the trick nicely, and all of the parts?available at any hardware store?will cost you about 15 bucks.
Jorge Martinez, the man behind the rig, explains that he got everything he needed at his local Home Depot, so any hardware store will do. The only piece he had to order online was the quick release plate ($50 at Amazon), which blows the $15 price point out of the water. Thankfully, he notes, it's completely optional?it just makes getting the camera on and off easier.
The video above does a great job of walking you through the components and how to assemble them all (he has another video with detailed instructions), but you will need to break out the drill and screwdrivers to make this work. You won't need any advanced tools though, so just about anyone can make this rig their own, and assembly is easy once you have all of the parts. Just make sure to get plenty of washers for counterweights, and give it a try when you're all finished. You can see Jorge's results at the end of the video, and it's smooth as silk.
$15 DIY DSLR Steadicam "The Silver Flyer" Stabilizer | YouTube