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?

33 thoughts on “Building a Snorricam

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

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

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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?

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

  14. vibration absorbtion though. Anyone got any ideas on that?


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

  15. 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.

  16. 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


  17. @wwhat

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

  18. 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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