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Old August 30th, 2005, 12:28 PM   #1
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Home-made Jib

Just used the new home-built jib on a shoot this weekend. It's amazing how snazzy those crane shots look!

I looked at several designs on various web pages and came up with a synthesis of a couple of them. It took about 8 hours to build. Materials were oak scrap from another project, metal electrical conduit, a trailer wheel hub, some nuts and bolts, and lots of epoxy.

Wooden parts: http://www.sierratel.com/iisaw/temp/c1.jpg

Assembled: http://www.sierratel.com/iisaw/temp/c2.jpg

In use: http://www.sierratel.com/iisaw/temp/jib.jpg

$140 in parts to make $2000 worth of equipment. It's heavier than commercial jibs which makes it more of a pain to transport but the extra weight makes for smoother moves.
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Old August 30th, 2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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Looks good!
be sure to get it up on www.homebuiltstabilizers.com

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Old August 31st, 2005, 08:35 AM   #3
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Now all you need is a dolly to throw it on!

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Old September 3rd, 2005, 05:47 PM   #4
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nice design.....

It looks simple. Glad to hear it works well. Can't beat crane moves!
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Old September 4th, 2005, 03:40 AM   #5
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Can't beat crane moves!
..Well, except maybe with Steadicam...
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Old September 4th, 2005, 11:38 PM   #6
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Hi Eric,

Good on you. Looks great. How long is the boom, and what position (measurement) is the fulcrum to the cam. Is that a Canon xl camera on there?
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Old September 5th, 2005, 12:50 AM   #7
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Thanks Owen,

The boom is 10 feet long and the head of the tripod is at 5 feet, alowing for an extra high elevation. (13 feet from ground level to the camera balance point.) The camera end will also depress below floor level by about 2 feet. The fulcrum is 2 1/2 feet from the handle end. That's an XL2 I'm using.
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