Building a Snorricam

With digital cameras getting cheaper and higher quality, we find ourselves more capable of using them to make videos. A Snorricam can be a very useful tool if you like the effect it produces. This specific design allows for adjustment of the height and angle of the camera allowing for even more possibillities. As you can see in the video after the break, it seems to work pretty well. It might be nice to add some kind of vibration absorbtion though. Anyone got any ideas on that?

Comments

  1. absolutezero says:

    I hear for steadycam they just use a counterweight, but I’m not sure how precisely it would fit into this design.

  2. absolutezero says:

    which is to say, I’m not sure how you’d counterweight the camera without hanging something off of his back.

  3. Gert says:

    Looks really fun to do. But i’ve seen better versions with an arm made out of a lamp stand, (how do i describe this?) the snake like thing you can fold in allmost any direction, made out of metal rings, quite sturdy build.

  4. worker says:

    a damper?

  5. chango says:

    Failing a working link in the post above, isn’t the Snorricam the rig created to film those city walking scenes in Pi?

  6. Joel says:

    I’d be tempted to put a gimbal mount on a plastic pipe, and mount the camera on a thinner pipe, with enough cheap shampoo between them to float the camera (diluted to give appropriate damping). Strips of polyethylene packing foam (the slippery stuff) might be necessary to help guide the inner pipe.

    Thixotropy is fun!

  7. Caleb Kraft says:

    @chango,
    I fixed the link, thanks for the heads up.

  8. rbz says:

    what the hell.

  9. chris says:

    There,s no need for dampers or counter weights that would make it a steadycam. The strange perspective this gives isn’t a flaw. it’s the point.

  10. This dude says:

    Worst project ever.

  11. TMH says:

    Why would you use wood? That’s the only thing I can’t understand. There are much better materials out there than heavy ass wood.

    You could have easily worked it out with PVC pipe or maybe just some random plastic material from Lowes or something.

    Anyway, it works. That’s all the matters right? Good job.

  12. Chris says:

    Pretty cool I think. Maybe wood is quite heavy for the job but it made a very cool looking video very easily so thats the important bit!

  13. rich says:

    Excellent tutorial on how to load up a person with 20lbs of wood. Next up, a backpack full of lead to counterbalance the front camera setup.

  14. techptolemy says:

    Might as well have one long line drilled out instead of a bunch of holes. It would make it EVEN more versitile in terms of the angle.

  15. omghax says:

    Damn, he is cute.

  16. Carter says:

    First off, thanks everyone for the comments, this project has been really fun and interesting. Just responding to some of the people here: I built it out of wood because that’s what I had readily available, its also not heavy at all, considering its 1×3’s and 1/2 plywood. Also, once the straps are tightened down, it feels like part of your body when using it. I would add weights to the back if i added anything more out front.

  17. supershwa says:

    looks great. hilarious demo video — definitely demonstrated usability!

  18. danman says:

    At the last mount point before the camera is attached, try boring it out some an inserting a piece of rubber hose over the bolts. It would dampen some the vibration. Make the piece of rubber hose slightly longer than the thickness of what is being bolted, so when the bolt is tightened, the rubber hose compresses. Does anybody understand what i just said?

  19. I love you says:

    what a bunch of faggot shit

  20. nubie says:

    I would try to get it supported from your hips, and counterweight it from the back, it should help a lot.

  21. therian says:

    what it doing here ?!

  22. Benny M says:

    Thats a really cool idea. Nice and simple too. The example video (“Wake”) made me WTF. Was that a Ninja playing Golf?

  23. blackman says:

    why is everyone picking on this? its a good hack, it worked and it makes a good video. Good work mate.

  24. grovenstien says:

    Love the shirt love the hack! sure it could do with some refinements but couldn’t we all?

  25. collinstheclown says:

    @Gert

    it’s called a gooseneck

  26. honeyelize says:

    I like beautiful blogs!

  27. anon says:

    vibration absorbtion though. Anyone got any ideas on that?

    steadycam

    however, there is a patent on the design and a union of operators

  28. az says:

    @chango

    Yep and A requiem for a Dream – Darren Aronofsky directed both and is well known for his snorricam use!

  29. Wwhat says:

    Looks a bit very silly, partly because of the wood, which is also wood colored, you would already improve on it if you painted it black.
    I myself would have gone for aluminium, you can buy rods and beams for relatively cheap at most all home improvement shops, and it’s not too hard to work with since it’s not super hard to drill and it’s lightweight, and there’s something about aluminium I like, but as suggested PVC would be lighter too, and less ‘edison’ looking.
    Of course you could roll with the old edison look and add some brass and stuff to make it steampunk, seems popular now, even that new scifi channel show ‘warehouse 13′ goes for the steampunk effect.

  30. M. Funkibut says:

    For vibration, how about Sorbothane?It’s a gooey insole material. So some in your shoes and some on the back of the chest “plate” and see if that helps. Cheap enough to throw away if it don’t

    HTH

  31. Carter says:

    @wwhat

    Considering you never see the snorricam in the footage you’re shooting with it, The appearance doesn’t really matter.

  32. clarke wind says:

    hey you gotta big hunk of wood hangin off you

  33. Greg says:

    Nice job and funny video. Im trying to improve on your design something that would be easier / faster to adjust. Have you made any design improvements?

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