Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Dec 15, 2011

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Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Dec 15, 2011

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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Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

If you are doing any videography, a jib (or a crane) is probably the third piece of gear you will buy (after a camera and a slider).

Jibs can bring huge production value to your videos. See this tutorial by J. P. Morgan for example. Alas they don’t come cheap. A small starters jib will set you back about $270 and a production monster like this one will be about a left kidney.

I just wish someone will have plans for a small and affordable crane. Lucky me you. Videographer Dan Colvin from Unitips has a tutorial just like this.

Parts

  • 2 hollow aluminum rods – The length of the rods will determine the length of the jib with the pivot being at a quarter of the length.
  • 2 “L” brackets
  • 1 Square bracket
  • Lots of bolts, buts and washers.

Tools

  • Drill-press – I know this is not a common tools, but the location and symmetry of the holes is crucial for this to work. (you can get the press with the money you save by not buying a jib, besides, it’s the only tool you really need for this).

Instructions

Step 1 – Prepare The Brackets

Depending on your local hardware store you may be able to get such brackets ready, join a few smaller brackets or make them yourself from scrap metal.

The size depends on how long/big you want to make your jib, and on the width of the aluminum pipes. We are going to use 3/4″ pipes that are 38″ long.

Each end-bracket has a plate (either for camera or counter weight) and two fins for mounting the rods. Drill a hole at the center of each plate. Those holes will be used to place 3/4 bolts that will act as a mini tripod.

To prepare the mount to the aluminum rods, drill 2 holes 1″ apart on each of the end fins and on the middle bracket. (Remember the drill-press, this is where it comes handy – the holes must be perfectly aligned)

The last hole goes on the base of the middle bracket so it can attach to a tripod.

Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Drill holes that are 2″ apart at the fins and at the middle bracket. Those holes will hold the bolts that hold the aluminum rods.

Step 2 – Prepare The Pipes

To prepare the pipes, make 3 pairs of holes on each pipe, 2 pairs of holes at each end, and one pair of holes at 1/4 of the way.

Optionally, round the end of the pipes.

Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Step 3 – Putting Everything Together

Attach the parts as shown in the image.

Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Step 4 – Mount on Tripod And Balance

Use the hole in the middle bracket to mount the jib on a tripod.

Balance the other end with a pickles can.

Build A Jib From 5 Pieces of Scrap

Video

If the written steps are confusing you, there is a video you can follow.

YouTube video

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