This is my version of a project I found here that aims to mimic the so-called “Fig Rig” created by the film director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas). Made from PVC pipe for around $30, it is much more economical than the retail version which sells for around $300.
The whole idea of this device is to allow your arms to act as shock absorbers, creating a poor man’s steady-cam for use with a hand held video or still camera. I painted mine flat black to disguise the look of the PVC. To paint the plastic I had to use special plastic spray primer before applying the finish coats of regular spray paint. While I don’t have a true video camera, this is a fun project to use with a regular digital camera since most of the newer still cameras also take fairly good quality video.