A jib or crane extends the height and reach of a camera. A good one also gives you remote control and precise movements. There are all kinds of jibs and cranes. Most of the time you’re better off renting.
Here are examples that might be a great, if your intention is to actually buy one.
Less than $500
What if you want to control the movements remotely? For that we have a motorized pan/tilt head:
A cheap motorized head will also be noisy with jerky movements. Obviously, as cool as this jib setup is, it won’t cover all situations – so think thrice before investing.
Less than $2,000
Less than $5,000
Libec Swift Jib50 Kit
Less than $10,000
Greater than $10,000
The Jimmy Jib Triangle is probably one of the most versatile jibs out there. it can reach 40 feet and can hold a maximum of 22.5 kg (50 lbs). Its motorized head can do dutch angles and the whole thing can be packed into a 3 feet container!
If you want to go old-school, and need the reach of a brontosaur, then take a look at this 85′ monster:
Here’s a video showing the Akela in action:
Jibs are good to look at, but are not very economical to own if you’re a filmmaker with other important matters on your plate.
Maintaining a full jib system with a motorized head and remote control is no child’s play. Some things are best left to the professionals.
We have completed the last of the ‘tripod’ rigs. Yes, in essence all the rigs have a tripod model as its base. Dollies have four wheels, but let’s not quibble over that. Next, we’ll look at specialized rigs, starting with underwater rigs.