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Eric Elliott August 30th, 2005 11:28 AM

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.

Mikko Wilson August 30th, 2005 11:58 AM

Looks good!
be sure to get it up on www.homebuiltstabilizers.com

- Mikko

Dan Selakovich August 31st, 2005 07:35 AM

Now all you need is a dolly to throw it on!


Dean Harrington September 3rd, 2005 04:47 PM

nice design.....
It looks simple. Glad to hear it works well. Can't beat crane moves!

Mikko Wilson September 4th, 2005 02:40 AM


Originally Posted by Dean Harrington
Can't beat crane moves!

..Well, except maybe with Steadicam...

Owen Dawe September 4th, 2005 10:38 PM

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?

Eric Elliott September 4th, 2005 11:50 PM

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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