How to build Paco Warabi’s MultiPod Camera System

I’m often asked what camera equipment I use to shoot my photos and video so I thought I’d sprinkle in some posts about what I use.  Today’s edition features my 1/2 inch version of Paco Warabi’s MultiPod.

What is the MultiPod?  It is a multipurpose versatile camera mounting system.  Paco Warabi created it and put his video on YouTube.  His version is made from 3/4 inch Schedule 40 PVC and some basic hardware.  His camera mount is a bit more complex than mine, but his swivels.  Mine is stationary.

It can be used as a camera stabilizer, a panning stabilizer, a neck pod for point of view shooting, a car pod for car shots, a mini tripod (shown above), and many other things!

My version of the MultiPod is made from 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC and cost under $10 to build.  Paco’s version weighs in at 20 ounces.  My version is just under 15 ounces.  That difference could be significant if you are hauling a bunch of gear or on a long hike.

Here’s how to make my version of the MultiPod:

Parts List:

4x T fittings
2x 90 degree elbows
3x Caps (more if you want extra camera mounts)
3x 1.5 inch sections of 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC
1x 5.5 inch section of 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC
1x 6.5 inch section of 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC
1x 7 inch section of 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC
1x 9 inch section of 1/2 inch Schedule 40 PVC

Instructions:

Cut each piece of PVC pipe to the specified lengths.  Add the fittings and push together.  It is held together completely by friction and it quite sturdy.  That’s it!  Piece of cake!

How to make the Stationary Camera Mount:

Parts List:

1x 1/2″ PVC Cap with 1/4″ hole drilled in the end
1x 1/4″-20 x 3/4″ Long Panhead Machine Screw
1x 1/4″ Lock Washer
1x 1/4″-20 Lock Nut

Tools:

Screwdriver
Pliers

Here’s how it goes together:

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