DIY Video and Photography Projects

Senna Five Second Head – Motorized Pan Tilt Video Head
July 15, 2013


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I received this motorized Pan/Tilt video head a short while back, but we finally just got around to mounting up this Senna Five Second Head up to one of our Video Cranes. Any time you can combine a motorized Pan / Tilt head to a video crane, you’re going to come up with some interesting [...]

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Portable Aluminum Mini Telescoping Video Crane Jib
June 8, 2013


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Looks like ProCinemaTools.com already has a short video review of that Portable Telescoping Aluminum Mini Jib / Crane posted on this blog a few days ago.

Results in the video look pretty good, and besides not including enough weights to support a Canon 5D Mark III at full extension, it’s seems like a decent jib for [...]

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10.5 Foot Scaleable Tilt Head Jib Crane
April 22, 2013


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The online store that carries the Wieldy Vest Stabilizer system recently posted up a new crane / jib that uses a cable driven tilt head.

This allows the operator to adjust the angle of the camera by tilting the angle of a Video Fluid Head (much like the Varavon Tilt Found Here). The total [...]

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Carbon Fiber Mini Crane Micro Jib Video Samples
February 28, 2013


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Here’s a fun little video a few friends of mine came up with to showcase basic dynamic camera movements using one of those new Carbon Fiber Mini Cranes (a.k.a Micro Video Jibs). This version breaks down into two pieces to about 30″ inches, but can telescope to a full 6.5′ Feet long.

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Zolinger 18ft. Camera Boom Spider Crane
October 28, 2012


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Demo video of Zolinger’s new 18ft. Camera Boom Spider Crane. The Spider Crane lists for an almost $1800 dollar price tag (too rich for most), but there’s currently one on auction that looks to have no reserve. Even generic cranes at this length will still run over $800 dollars, so it might be worth watching [...]

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Servo City MPT1100-SS Open Look Pan & Tilt System
August 1, 2012


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ServoCity.com posted a recent video showcasing the movement of it’s latest MPT1100-SS Open Looop Pan & Tilt System. The $650 Dollar unit is designed to mount to camera Jibs / Cranes to remotely control the movement of the camera through a simple Joystick. I have a small video insight of this unit in action and [...]

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Servo City MPT1100-SS Pan & Tilt System
July 16, 2012


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Here’s a very quick introduction on the parts that come with the new Servo City MPT1100-SS Pan & Tilt System. The complete kit is already assemebled for approx $650 US dollars. To start operating, you plug in a 12V DC power supply into a joystick remote. Either use the included AC wall adapter, or use [...]

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Servo City Pan Tilt MPT1100-SS
July 3, 2012


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Not long ago I quickly showed a new motorized Joystick controlled Pan & Tilt head from ServoCity.com. This was a product they were working on for a little while and I know many of you were already communicating with ServoCity.com about this. At the time I only had a prototype here and they were only [...]

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Light Craft Workshop – Trapezist Portable Mini Jib
June 27, 2012


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Light Craft Workshop, well known for their Variable ND Fader Filters has released a new Portable Mini Jib called the Trapezist. They list a special price for early bird adopters, but even when it goes to full retail price, it’s reasonable for such a product (compared to other mini-jibs). You can find more information following [...]

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Servo City New ‘Open Loop’ Pan Tilt Head for Video
June 19, 2012


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[Update] This is a new OPEN LOOP system that is not yet available. NOT CLOSED LOOP. Sorry, for the confusion.
New Motorized Pan & Tilt head from Servo City. I used these guys to pick up some parts for the DIY motorized Juicedlink Slider project (here), and at the time they didn’t have quite the Pan [...]

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Zolinger ZP1500 Ultralight Portable Jib Crane Review
June 18, 2012


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YouTube member 1sicknickel shares a review and some very good video samples from the Zolinger ZP1500 Ultralight portable video Jib / Crane [Thanks Peter]. These portable jibs folds down to about 25″ and extends to a full 90″ and only weigh about 13 lbs. You can find out more about these Zolinger Jibs sold on [...]

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Zolinger Video Jib or Weifeng Camera Crane?
April 15, 2012


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Vimeo member Zolinger puts up an example of a compact video jib. Pretty cool stuff, but I have to say it looks very very close to some other models available on eBay for about half the price. You make the decision.
Here’s a link to Zolinger’s eBay store (click here)

Zolinger Camera Jib.
Here’s where [...]

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Davis & Sanford FM18 ATPG18
June 21, 2011


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When you need to support a bit of weight for a new 4ft Jib / Crane or Camera Slider, you’ll need a solid base. As an inexpensive solution i’ve been suggesting the FT9901SLV. I have no issues with this tripod under my short 3 foot Konova slider or the latest 4ft. Glideshot crane, but under [...]

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4′ Mini Jib / Crane
June 14, 2011


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Ok, so another 4 is available online just today. These things have been moving very very quickly. I just received mine and wow this thing is very well made indeed. At all pivots they use nylon washers to reduce friction, but in between the frames there are actual little ‘bearings’ for extremely smooth movement. This [...]

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Compact 4 ft. Video Crane Jib – Back
June 9, 2011


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I posted this article about a week ago. A few minutes after posting the first item was off the grid. It’s back if anyone was looking, found here: http://cheesycam.com/4-ft-camera-video-crane-jib/

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4 ft Camera Video Crane Jib
June 3, 2011


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Frank passes along a tip about this inexpensive 4ft. Camera Jib. 4 feet is the perfect size for a tool like this to make traveling a bit easier, and at the same time provide you with sweeping and booming shots. Adding a bit of camera movement always helps to up your production.
In a restaurant, [...]

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