eSteady: The $200 Homemade Version Of The MōVI
Tom Parker, avid aerial photographer and videographer from Cambridge, UK, decided to try and make his own homemade MōVI rig without losing all his savings in the process. Parker is a Product Design and Manufacturing student at the University of Nottingham, where he got the knowledge on how to design and build the rig for his GoPro camera. The final result works great, and all he had to pay was $200. Not bad if you compare it to the $15,000 it will cost you to get the MōVI. Check out how he did it.
Tom created the rig using different materials and techniques – from 3D printed parts to bicycle parts he found on ebay, and it took him a week to make it. The rig can stabilizes on two axis (unlike the MōVI with 3 axis), which is useful as it only requires one person to operate it as the pan movement isn’t constrained. The motors are connected to a remote control so the operator can set the shooting angle of the camera and even change it while shooting.
eSteady is a great rig for run and gun photography, for mounting on moving cars and pretty much for any action shot you can think of (as long as you dont get it wet). The creator of the rig promises to work on a 2nd generation of the eSteady, that will keep a similar price point, and will also support 3 axis.
To read more about the eSteady and learn how it was made visit Tom’s blog