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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.

In this video you can see that the crane was not used at full extension. Unlike a fixed length crane, these telescoping versions are handy when the project doesn't require as much travel, or if you're in tight spaces. It also helps to use it at shorter lengths so you can work with less counterweights. You can find these Carbon Fiber Mini Video Jibs following the link via eBay (Click Here).

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The next product i'll be working with is the new Aviator Travel Jib (seen above) which is a one piece (not two) design, and collapses to an amazing 24"! It can still be telescoped out to a full 6' Feet and comes with a fluid base installed. This not only saves you money from buying a strong video head, but it also means you don't need to pack a bulky video head for panning. You really have to see it in person to appreciate the convenience of traveling with this little jib. The Aviator also has bearings at each pivot point for smoother vertical operation. The one piece design allows you to setup very quickly and break down just as fast.

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I liked everything about the Aviator, but at a $500+ dollar price tag (seen here), I feel it will really target those who specifically need the convenience of traveling with a high quality uber-compact crane. If your goal is to get smooth Jib footage, of course that can be achieved by many different and less expensive products. If you are looking for a mini crane that is easy to travel with, can be set up quickly, and folds down to just 24" inches this may be the only current option. I will publish a video using the Aviator pretty soon. The Aviator is available in Mag Alloy or a lightweight Carbon Fiber version. More about the Aviator Jib can be found via Amazon (click here)

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Here's a quick look at one of the lightest and most portable jibs on the market. This new Carbon Fiber Telescoping Mini Jib/Crane breaks down to fit a 32" travel bag (less than 3ft.). It's extremely lightweight with a high quality build and finish. Very smooth operation for any lightweight camera setup, and all parts with anodized coating (not cheap paint).

YES I have had this crane for over a month, and have even been flying the BlackMagic Cinema Camera at full extension. This crane works great for DSLR Video shooters on the run. I will try to get a short video out this week.

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The Carbon Fiber Telescoping Mini Crane/Jib comes fully assembled except for the rear counterweight rod. Telescoping poles slide out very easily and are locked in place with large metal knurled textured collars. The rear counterweight rod can be adjusted in or outwards to fine tune balance. A sliding ring can be used to hang other types of weight if you don't want to travel with the gym style weights.

The benefit to this crane is it's extended counterweight section that allows you to use 'less weights' than other cranes that have a short rear arm requiring a 3:1 counterweight setup. I'm able to fly my Canon 5D Mark III with just a single 5lb + 2.5lb counterweight. The other cranes i've used required up to 20-25lbs of counterweight.

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Other small 4ft cranes which do not telescope use 3ft up front, and 1ft towards the rear. Since these cranes actually telescope, it can extend up to 4ft up front, and 2ft to the rear - thus requiring less counterweight. When this crane is mounted to my Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod (without center column extended), I can reach approx 9ft in height. Since the crane is adjustable, it's not always required to use it at full length when working in smaller spaces.

I have seen, tested, and owned other small portable cranes. This new Carbon Fiber Telescoping Portable Mini Crane / Jib is an amazing portable lightweight tool for DSLR Videographers and can be found under $380 eBay (click here).

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There is also a (more expensive) aluminum version of this 'Telescoping' Mini Crane/Jib design which can also be found via eBay (Click Here)

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