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Old May 31st, 2005, 02:23 PM   #1
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My Homebuilt Camera Jib

I recently built the first model of my own camera jib. It cost me about 50 USD to make. I like it a lot, it gives me the ability to capture some really nice B-Roll for my weddings.
I wouldn't suggest trying this though, unless you have a lot of tools since I had to do a lot of special work on it.

Check it out!

There are still a bunch of kinks I need to work out but that's what the second version is for right? :)
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Old May 31st, 2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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Looks good!

Be sure to get it up on !

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Old June 2nd, 2005, 08:36 AM   #3
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A lot of people are using the wheel caster design for the pivot. I personally don't care for it, but if you use this method on your next one, you might try using a thicker aluminum. There seems to be a little bowing. Since the caster method carries all of the weight at the one point, the bottom boom should be pretty hefty (or make a shorter crane). For the counter weight, you might try lopping off the 'T' part and slide weight lifting weights directly onto the pipe. By clamping the weights on either side, you can move them up and down the pipe to fine tune the balance. If you put a little more distance between the top boom and the bottom boom, you'll be able to squeeze a little more reach out of it. And SANDBAG THOSE LEGS!!!

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