A $25 DIY Micro Jib

Mar 29, 2012

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

A $25 DIY Micro Jib

Mar 29, 2012

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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As we start getting into video production in DIYP (see our steel wool tutorial) I am constantly amazed with the production quality that can be brought to ghetto productions like ours.

I anticipate that as video gets bigger and bigger, small productions will have higher and higher production value, even if made at home with a limited budget.

One of the ways to increase production value is by using a jib (or a crane). A jib allows for a wide range moving shots, and after getting a slider, this will probably be your next piece of gear.

A $25 DIY Micro Jib

If you are using a small camera or just want to have a go at using a jib before spending mega dollars, you may want to try out this DIY jib from OliviaTech. The build is pretty straight forward and the cost is around two coffees and a couple of doughnuts. It uses a few aluminum pieces for the arms and nylon washers for “friction free” movement. (you can see a similar build that we had here).

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Now, if you find that using a jib is fun and valuable, you may want to upgrade to a branded (and more costly) jib, it will definitely function better. On the other hand, for $25 and an afternoon of makering with your kids you can have an instant jib to play with.

For the full instructions, jump over to How to Make a DIY Camera Jib.

P.S. If this is too ghetto for you, you can go for a DIY crane that is a bit more on the high end.

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Udi Tirosh

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Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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