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September 10, 2006

DIY Pan and Tilt Camera Crane

at 6:02 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks


For only $60 this seems like a cool weekend project.

“For about $60, you can build a camera crane for a lightweight videocamera. The nifty thing about this design is that you can not only the move crane up and down and rotate it, but you can also pan and tilt the camera at the end of the crane. Plus, it’s pretty lightweight and can be easily disassembled and transported.

The design is really simple: on both sides of a telescopic extension pole sit a fixture that can pan and tilt, using two hinges. The fixtures are identical, except for the camera mount.
The fixtures are connected to each other by 3 pieces of wire. The resulting effect is that if you move one fixture, the other fixture copies the exact movements.
The range of motion is about +/- 45 degrees left&right and up and down. As there are no pulleys or complex lever systems, the motion is pretty smooth. The hinges need some more work, they tend to stick a little and make some noise. I’ll remove some material to make it smoother.”


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4 Responses to “DIY Pan and Tilt Camera Crane”

  1. Hockeytree Says:

    I reccomend
    as something else you might want to make to reduce any excess noise. And if your really cheap
    my design of that has it built into some pvc tubing (which i reccomend on this project instead of the metal to reduce noise and lower weight)

  2. Hockeytree Says:

    Ah it took me a bit of digging but another thing to be cheap with is this microphone zeppelin
    Sorry about the two posts. But i though i would help out in some way.

  3. /b/tard Says:

    Wow, it’s legal to keep baby mexicans where you live?

  4. DIY Camera Crane - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] building your own you could have a look at some of the other DIY Camera Crane designs that we have seen in the past to take the best ideas of […]

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