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March 21, 2010

DIY Camera Crane

at 6:46 am. Filed under DIY Hacks


If you want to add some of those cool video where the camera swoops in from overhead or pulls back into the sky? Well if you are handy with the tools and have $10 dollars to spare why not make your own!  This DIY Camera Crane uses two lengths of wood that pivot on the stand which allows the camera mount to stay true.

Thanks for sending it in Andrew.

“The two 2×2’s are connected to the pivot, camera end and operator end with 1/4” bolts and nuts. This system is simple yet effective. The brackets on the camera and operator side are exactly the same, and are made of thin sheet metal. I spot-welded the metal together at school. The central pivot point is made out of thick steel bar that has been bent into a rectangle. The two ends were mig welded together. If you do not have access to a welder, you could do the same with pop-rivets or screws. The central pivot point connects to the stand with a 1/4” bolt, as that was what the stand would accept. The stand was from an old utility light.”