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DIY: Make Your Own Anti-Vibration Drone Mount for $10

By Hanssie on July 29th 2014

Move over timelapse, aerial videos are the next big thing. And like all photography gear, it’s an expensive hobby. From the GoPro to the Quadcopter, you’re looking at around $1k or more already. Then comes the issues of mounting a GoPro to the drone. It causes a vibration known as the jello effect causing those who view your footage to get a bit of sea sickness. Many drone owners have then invested another $500+ on a gimbal just to be able to get usable footage.


Two grad students from USC have figured out a way to limit the jello effect from their DJI Phantom. Through 12 months of trial and error, none of which worked, the pair tested out many gimbal alternatives -from a propeller balancer to online anti-vibration systems. They then decided to create their own anti-vibration mount with wires, plastic, hair ties, masking tape and a few other odds and ends they found laying around – a total cost of $10.

They created the following instructional video for the “Human Resources” series presented by Students of the World and Pivot TV and have shared it so you can save hundreds of dollars as well by making it yourself. You can see the before and after footage at the end of the video.

For $10, it’s definitely worth a try.

[via ISO1200/Human Resources: DIY Anti-Vibration Camera Drone Mount from Jenna Cavelle on Vimeo]



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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Michael Moe

    yeah, it’s definitely worth a try!! ;)

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    Thanks for sharing I’l sure share to my friend who has a drone

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    This is a great article since I am thinking of buying a drone and make some great vídeo without having the vibration problems presented in the vídeo. Thanks again for sharing!

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  4. Kevin Formosa

    Actually I also failed many times but finally succeeded. But in my opinion they didn’t pinpoint the actual source of the problem.

    The jello effect will also appear if you have a 2-axis dc gimbal – I use an AlexMos controller.

    The problem lies with the speed the GoPro captures the images. In bright sunlight the speed goes up to 1/1000 – this is very bad because this will actually record every tiny vibration. Since the GoPro doesn’t have any manual control on ISO or speed (at least mine – GoPro 3 Black) the solution is an ND filter. I used a 4-stop ND filter to lower the speed down to approx. 1/60 (very near to the ideal 1/50 when shooting at 25fps). This speed will “blur” fast movements and will not be visible in the actual frame. For filmic look you need some bluring – hence the 2x frame rate “rule”.

    That solves the problem. You don’t need flimsy camera mounts – protect your GoPro or whatever camera you use. Just stick an 4-stop ND filter or don’t shoot at noon when sun is very harsh! An ND filter will cost approx. $25 but you will not throw away footage because of jello. I bought mine from PolarPro.

    Hope this helps people out there – and always search for the true cause of your problems.

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    • Matthew Saville

      That’s pretty brilliant, Kevin. I was noticing this on other action shots I was shooting hand-held in bright sunlight; having an ND filter to chop my shutter speed back down was a huge help. Good to know!


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