Lego Camera Stabilizer AKA Steadicam

lego-camera-stabilizerIf you have a lot of Legos lying around, and perhaps a few hard drive platters, this Lego Camera Stabilizer might be a good option for taking steady video.

This stabilizer features 2 axes in the middle of the handle assembly, as well as a rotational axis just below the camera mount.  Weights on the bottom keep the camera upright, while additional weights on either side of the camera keep it pointed in the right direction.  Check out the video after the “read more” to see it in action.  It does an impressive job of keeping things steady. Continue reading

Easily Customized Lego Follow Focus

Lego Follow Focus Today’s build features a Lego follow focus with coarse and fine modes of adjustment.  It can be fitted to many camera lenses, and, since it’s made out of Lego parts, can be easily customized. The thing that stands out about this was the build quality.

From the pictures, we can see that all the joints between the Lego blocks are reinforced. Additionally, joints between sides use axles and axle housings instead of a traditional Lego joints. This means it won’t fall apart in your hands and can probably be carried around in a camera bag without consequences. Check out the videos after the break to see how well the follow focus works and how to build it!

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Automated Camera Mount Aims and Focuses Using Blender

Here is another camera mount that uses LEGOs. Last time we talked about using Lego’s to hold smartphones. Now they are being used as part of a 4-axis automated camera mount. While the device is a little rough around the edges, all it would need is a little polish to make it a really professional looking machine.

If four axes of control weren’t enough, a blender animation is used to simultaneously aim and focus the camera.  This is used to program automatic movement patterns. As you can see from the video after the “read more,” the movement is not perfectly smooth, but for a hobbyist looking for a cheap way to automate camera movements, this could be the way to go. Continue reading