How to Build a RotoRig: A Shoulder Rig that Transforms into a Camera Jib Crane!

DIY Projects January 27th 2013 6:26 AM 2 Comments

If you have started to get into HDSLR videography, then you know that camera support systems such as a Redrock Micro shoulder rig and ProAm camera jib crane are fairly expensive.

While there are a handful of DIY rigs and jibs, the RotoRig by Chad Bredahl of is arguably the first time that someone tried to combine both into a portable singular unit.



Chad also released a DIY video to show you how to build one for yourself with around $50’s worth of part. To learn more, you can visit Thanks to for the find!

The RotoRig

How to Build the RotoRig by Chad Bredahl

RotoRig, its a camera jib and shoulder rig in one! Ultra portable, weighs between 4 to 5 lbs and will cost approximately $50 to build. Here is the video of the build instruction, followed by the parts list:

Drill Hole Diagram Download:

RotoRig Drill Hole Diagram

Tools Needed:

  • Strong Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Regular plies or channel locks
  • Phillips screw driver
  • Drill
  • 1/4 inch Drill bit
  • Smaller pilot drill bit
  • Larger Drill bit to remove burs
  • Electrical tape
  • Something to mark drill points with
  • Eye and glove protection when drilling

Parts: (The x before the number represents that many packages of said item)

1. Monopods – Targus Digital TG-MP6710 67-Inch Camera/Camcorder Monopod x2 or similar monopods = $19.98

2. Flower Box Metal Wall Bracket from Home Depot (2-Pack) (Home Depot sku# 277-870) x1 = $4.96

3. Small Designer Shelf Brackets (Menards Black sku# 211-3630 single x2) or (Home Depot White 2 pack sku# 222-484 x1) = approx. $7

4. Ground clamps (Home Depot sku# 621-708) x7 = $11

5. 1/4″ nylon washers 4 pack (Home Depot sku# 595-058) x4 = $2.56

6. 1/4″-20 1″ Round head Phillps bolts (Menards sku# 233-8686) x3 = $2.46

7. 12 lock nuts (Menards sku# 232-9734) x1 = $.89

8. 2 fender washers (Menards sku# 201-1194) x1 = $.49

9. 6 pack 1/4″ wing nuts (Menards sku# 233-9148) x1 = $.89

10. 1 inch x 6 ft pipe foam (Home Depot sku# 419-949) x1 = $1.28

11. Scrap material (I used neoprene from beer cooler)

12. Rubber non slip material (I used a scrap non-slip rubber dish mat)


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  1. Will Case

    Instead of monopods, would using two legs of an old tripod work? I have one that I am missing the release plate for that I have been using as a support for my clamp lights, but this seems like a better use of the parts.

  2. Basit Zargar

    love it

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