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. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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