Jibs and sliders have been here for a while and we have seen how the the industry is adjusting from big need-3-crew tools to pocket and travel tools, and I think that the next step in this evolution will be movement tools like the C-Pan arm, tools which are double duty. We had a chat with Bo Christensen the inventor of the C-pan arm.
The C-pan arm is tool for creating cinematic movements with no tracks. It uses ball bearings to create both a slide move or a jib move (and all the weird angles in between). It is based on linear motion rather than tracks, and is counterbalanced, so it can stand on a single tripod.
It can deliver about 1.5 meters of movement and has a load capacity of 6-8 kilos, depending on how its mounted. We played with it, and it is one of the smoothest sliders we’ve seen.
The are two drawbacks for the tools, weight – about 5gk, and price, 1800 euros, but Bo tells us that there is a carbon fiber, smaller travel version of the tool coming soon too, as well as a motor.
It should start delivering next month, so stay tuned.