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Friday, December 20, 2013

DPP Solutions: Jibbing

Get a cool move in motion shots and a new perspective in still shots with these versatile camera supports


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Here are a few selected examples of what's available.


Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler
Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler
Kessler is well known as an innovator in gear for DSLR filmmakers. The company makes several jibs in different sizes. The Pocket Jib Traveler is the company's newest and most portable jib. It collapses down to 27 inches in length and weighs 5.5 pounds. Kessler designed the jib to be ultralight and packable for any shooting endeavor. It has drag control and locks, and because of its unique folding mechanism, the Pocket Jib Traveler doesn't need to be taken apart for travel. You can attach a camera rig that weighs up to 10 pounds to the jib. For a DSLR shooter, that's sufficient for most situations. As with any jib, the Pocket Jib Traveler needs a weight for counterbalance. The unit has a sliding, extending rail for the counterbalance, which helps minimize the actual amount of weight you need to use. The jib has 3⁄8-16 and 1⁄4-20 mounting options, allowing attachment to any tripod. www.kesslercrane.com


DitoGear MiniJib
DitoGear MiniJib
DitoGear's MiniJib is great for working in small spaces. It's available with arm lengths of 1.0 and 1.5 meters, and can handle up to 7.5 kg for motorized operation and 15.4 kg for manual operation. You can use it three ways: motorized with the OmniHead; manually with the MiniJib Manual Operation add-on; or manually mounted on sliders, dollies and other supports. The MiniJib can be used with any of DitoGear's Motion controllers, from the battlefield-tested OmniController to the state-of-the-art multiaxis wireless Evolution. www.ditogear.com


Libec Swift Jib50
Libec Swift Jib50
Libec's Swift Jib50 features a telescopic arm that can extend 35.5 inches or slide back 12 inches toward the rear. This allows higher angles than other Libec jib arms. Maximum payloads are 22 pounds at full extension (75 inches), 33 pounds at 57-inch extension and 44 pounds at minimum extension (39.5 inches). The unit itself weighs 36.1 pounds. It's available alone or in a kit with a tripod and dolly. Ideal for budget-limited, small-crew projects, the Swift Jib50 is easy to operate from the rear or for delicate camera work from the front. ww.libecsales.com


Carbon XL 10
Carbon XL 10
The light and versatile Carbon XL 10 can become a camera crane, camera jib, dolly with track, motorized time-lapse track, car mount, zero-gravity head, remote-control camera and motorized rotating platform, all from a single kit of components. All Angle Balance requires less counterweight, while Aim and Shoot Controls make it easy to adjust the pan and tilt of the camera when it's located remotely at the end of the crane arm. Designed specifically for airline travel and difficult-to-access locations requiring hand-carrying, the carbon-fiber system weighs just 50 pounds (100 pounds including cases). www.Carbon-XL.com


Cinevate Axis Jib
Cinevate Axis Jib
Featuring a single-tube design, Cinevate's Axis Jib sets up quickly and provides strong, solid support for up to 50 pounds—anything from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III to a fully loaded ARRI ALEXA. The four-foot arm produces a seven-foot vertical arc. Dry-erase marker rings and a removable magnetic marker provide good repeatability of movements. The Jib's 100mm bowl indexes at 90°, has pan and tilt locks, and supports underslung vertical- and horizontal-mounted heads. The fully enclosed structure provides maintenance-free operation. www.cinevate.com

 

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