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Sep 15, 2020 01:01:26   #
sjb3
 
I am assuming that the folks who subscribe to this part of the UHH forum dedicated to video have heard of Scott Eggleston, better known as the Frugal Filmmaker. He was the guy who got an idea for a "two-handed stabilizer rig" (as he called it in the July 2010 video he made about it).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZtlSVgG1h8&feature=emb_logo

I built my first one of these rigs about 4 years ago, following Scott's instructions as given in that original video. I'd always had a difficult time when hand-holding my bridge camera (Fuji S1), trying to produce a straight, smooth video; it never seemed to come out right, but when I saw him using that homemade rig I knew right away that it was well worth trying. Admittedly it wasn't very stylish (of course it wasn't meant to be) but one thing that was always something of a minor annoyance was the spring-loaded bolt that you mounted the camera on after first turning the rig on its side and then using a flat-tip screwdriver to secure it.

Over the years there've been a number of re-designs of the original by many different folks, and even the FigRig started showing up as a pvc-pipe construct (in an octogon) but all the versions of both that I saw had the camera still being mounted that same way: with a screwdriver. Heck, in some the bolt was fixed rigidly in place and the camera was screwed onto it; clumsy arrangement at best. I thought back to (and then watched) Scott Eggleston's original video. Right at the beginning of the video, on the very first rig (which didn't look anything like what he ultimately made and demonstrated) he had a small tripod head with a panning arm that the camera was mounted on, almost certainly with a quick-release plate.

Which leads to what I'm writing this post for (finally!). I did some minor surgery on my current Frugal Rig, one which has some modifications in the frame which I learned from watching a German video that was very well-illustrated. I'd also taken pains to size this one specifically for the Fuji S1, to allow me to reach the zoom button and to keep the opened LCD screen unobstructed.

I cut off the end of the pvc cap and pulled out the old bolt & spring, then substituted a slightly shorter bolt minus the spring back through the bottom of the Tee. It stuck up out of the Tee just far enough to enable me to permanently attach the base of the Tripod head/quick-release plate I'd found on Amazon; I had enough length to put a steel sandwiched to a rubber fender washer between the Tee and base plate. I mixed and applied some epoxy down in the inside bottom of the Tee and some more on the threads of the bolt going into the base plate, then tightened it gently but firmly and let the whole works cure for 24 hours.

Link to Plate I found: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07411HRF6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I ended up with a good solid platform; the end of the bolt was flush with the inside of the base plate, ready to receive the quick-release plate as attached to the camera, which fit perfectly and was a breeze to install on the rig. You can see the results.

I've recently acquired a Lumix DSC-FZ1000, which does really good video, so I want to make a stabo-rig for it, too. While cutting the pieces I decided it would be nice to show an in-progress view in case anybody here wants to make one. I am doing the camera mount part with the same Konsait brand tripod head/quick-release plate as before, only with my own take on how to integrate it into the frame of the rig. Sorry for being so long-winded; it's been hard for me to get enthusiastic about much of anything for a long time now, but on this I'm feeling a lot better. Anyone who in fact would like to make one of these (I made my own version of the octagonal FigRig, too) is cordially invited to PM for any info you might want.

Fuji S1 Rig with QR plate removed
Fuji S1 Rig with QR plate removed...

Fuji S1 attached to rig with QR plate
Fuji S1 attached to rig with QR plate...

Stabo Rig for Lumix FZ1000 under construction; pieces cut to size and loosely put together. It will be identical to the Fuji Rig except for being an inch taller.
Stabo Rig for Lumix FZ1000 under construction; pie...

Closeup of the Lumix camera mount w/tripod head/QR. Shown upside down. I will use epoxy to fix internal components in place but will not install onto the stabo-rig frame until fully cured. Aftrewards, the QR plate will be the only removeable part.
Closeup of the Lumix camera mount w/tripod head/QR...

Closeup view of the Tripod Head/QR PLate used in all my Stabilizing Rigs (Fuji S1, Lumix FZ1000 and General-use FigRig
Closeup view of the Tripod Head/QR PLate used in a...

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Sep 15, 2020 12:44:11   #
Bobspez Loc: Southern NJ, USA
 
I don't know much about stabilization rigs. I can't get level, shake free video without a tripod. But congratulations on the upgrade to the Lumix FZ1000. That is a great camera. The one inch sensor will give great results on video and still pics. Shooting 4K video will be very sharp. That camera also has built in stabilization and I believe you should have full control over over all settings for video and stills if you desire as well as auto modes. Also great continuous autofocus for video.

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Sep 15, 2020 16:23:06   #
sjb3
 
Bobspez wrote:
I don't know much about stabilization rigs. I can't get level, shake free video without a tripod. But congratulations on the upgrade to the Lumix FZ1000. That is a great camera. The one inch sensor will give great results on video and still pics. Shooting 4K video will be very sharp. That camera also has built in stabilization and I believe you should have full control over over all settings for video and stills if you desire as well as auto modes. Also great continuous autofocus for video.


I completely agree; in researching this camera, all the points you mentioned (and more) were stated numerous times by a variety of reviewers at many different places on the web; the most persuasive was a man named Graham Houghton who had nothing but good to say about it and provided some excellent tutorials). The ability to control all settings in what Lumix calls "Creative Video Mode" is what got me to place the order. I got my FZ1000 for a good price at B&H, and they threw in a Ruggard bag and 32-gig SD card.

As for the stabo rig, I'm building it mostly to pass the time while being stuck in the house; it could quite possibly act like a tripod does when a camera with good built-in stabilization is mounted: interfere with the stabilization, especially when panning. If I notice that when I eventually start using my homemade rig, I'll treat it the same as I would a tripod and simply turn off in-camera stabilization.

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