I wanted to build a small mini-jib that I could use mainly indoors without it being too big and cumbersome. It had to be simple to build with no special tools, inexpensive and work well. It also had to fit in my small car. I found this great design on Vimeo and youTube and made a few minor changes. When completed it worked fairly well, I'm happy with it. You can see some footage later in this video. Costs: approx. $100 Materials: 2 — 1-inch square aluminum channels 6 1/2 feet long. 6 — bolts, nuts, wing-nuts, washers. 4 — angle brackets. 1 — 1/4 inch tripod plate screw for mounting camera on jib 1 — 3 1/2 pound battery for counterweight Construction: Build according to photos. Front and back booms are the same length. Use double brackets for on top of tripod head, this makes for solid and stable handling... minimal side-to-side sway. Use wing nuts - you can vary the tension and create smoothness and control breaking. Interface brackets with channel - no washers in between -reduces side-to-side sway. Use white lithium grease where washers and brackets interface with square channel, makes for smooth operation. Duct tape the battery as counterweight. Range of Movement: Vertical up and down (with one hand) Pans (with one hand) Combo pans and vertical movement (with one hand) Tilts: Unlock tilt control on tripod head Tilts with pans and verticals (need two hands and LOTS of practice) Zooming: Use hand held remote controller. Camera Settings: Camera: Canon XF100 Resolution and fps: 1080 60i Focusing: Auto Focus set on 'Instant'. The manual states that the Auto Focus is more responsive at 1080i that on progressive settings (30p or 24pp).+ More details
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