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Sturdiest jibs and cranes


The stars of video production equipment are not tripods, dollies or jibs. That’s not their role. They are meant to blend into the background, be sturdy and dependable and never have tantrums on set. Of course, they may be typecast into supporting roles, but replace that sturdy, fluid and dependable friend with a loose lackey, and all of a sudden, everything else doesn’t seem to matter. Broadcast Video Producer chooses the best ones for you!


iFootage M1-III Mini Crane Jib Arm


The M1-III Mini Crane from iFootage is a compact, portable jib arm featuring lightweight carbon-fiber construction, a telescoping square-arm tube, and multiple mounting options. Its square tube design helps to minimize potential shaking during operation. The M1-III has a maximum payload of 33 lb in standard mode and 22 lb in low-angle mode. The main jib arm and the counterweight arm each have one telescoping stage (two sections) with locking thumb-lever knobs. Standard barbell weights (available separately) may be used as counterweights.
Mount your DSLR (or other small camera) on either of two included quick release plates: the M1 or the Motion X2. The M1 plate has both a flat camera plate and a ball mount, enabling use of a fluid head (with a 60 or 75mm ball). The Motion X2 plate is used with micro cameras or when using wide- angle lenses. Both the arm base and the camera base incorporate 1/4”-20 & 3/8”-16 holes for mounting accessories.
The adjustable tilt-damping knob, the tilt lock, and the pan drag function give you added control over your crane shots. For programmable moves, the M1-III can be used with the iFootage Motion X2 or other motion control systems.


ProAm USA Orion DVC210 8’ DSLR Camera Crane / Jib


Capture smooth, dynamic sweeping pans and camera rises with the Orion DVC210 8’ DSLR Camera Crane / Jib from ProAm USA. Features an overslung platform, the jib is designed with DSLR and mirrorless cameras in mind, supporting camera and lens combinations weighing up to 10 lb. The 8’ arm adds 5’ of reach from the fulcrum point, with an optional 4’ extension available for additional length. The jib is constructed from 1” and 2” aluminum tubing, setting up quickly and without tools to benefit on-location productions. At the end of your shoot, the jib breaks down into two 4’ long sections for easier travel and storage. To balance your load, a 1” counterweight bar at the rear of the arm accepts standard and readily available dumbbell weights.






Genustech Mini Jib

The compact and travel-friendly Mini Jib from Genustech lets you capture those classic sweeping camera moves that only a jib arm can, but without the typical size and weight that comes along with it. Ideal for smaller operations or for filmmakers on the go, the Mini Jib supports loads up to 9.4 lb and extends provides up to 6’ of reach, all while collapsing down to 33” and weighing only 3.5 lb. Genustech recommends using dumbbell weights as counterweights to balance the jib arm, which are attached using two Lock Collar Clamps. These clamps allow you to move the weights closer or further away to fine-tune your balance.


CobraCrane 1 Single-Arm Camera Jib (5’)


The CobraCrane 1 Single-Arm Camera Jib is for small camcorders. This crane offers an 8’ (2.4 m) reach when matched with a 5’ tripod (not included) and can sweep the ground for low-angle applications. Mounting the crane on an optional tripod with a fluid head adds tilt capability. From the ground level the camera can be tilted up over 90°, allowing the user to obtain a great perspective shot. Sweeping vista shots of landscapes, panoramas and sporting events are possible. The over the top shot is also ideal for cooking videos, food marketing videos, and variety of higher perspective shots. In basic configuration, the camera platform stays set and does not tilt as you crane up and down. However, mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the cranes camera platform follow the motion of the tilt.




ProAm USA Orion Jr DVC60 4’ Compact DSLR Camera Crane/Jib


The Orion Jr DVC60 4’ Compact DSLR Camera Crane/Jib from ProAm USA is a compact, travel-friendly solution that will boost the production value of your videos by letting you capture dynamic, sweeping camera motion. It supports loads up to 12 lb and extends to provide 2 to 3’ of reach from its fulcrum point. While designed with DSLRs in mind, its load capacity coupled with a longer camera plate makes the jib also suitable for compact camcorders and cinema cameras. The arm features one vertical and dual horizontal counterweight bars at the rear that accept standard, readily available dumbbell weights, and has an auto-leveling design that keeps your camera horizontally level as you operate. An optional manual tilt handle is available.


CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib (5’


The CobraCrane Backpacker Portable Camera Jib is a single-arm jib arm for small camcorders. This crane offers an 8’ reach when matched with an optional 5’ tripod and can sweep the ground for low-angle applications. From the ground level, the camera can be tilted up over 90 degrees, allowing the user to obtain a great perspective shot. Sweeping vista shots of landscapes, panoramas, and sporting events are possible. The over the top shot is also ideal for cooking videos, food marketing videos, and variety of higher perspective shots. In basic configuration, the camera platform stays set and does not tilt as you crane up and down. However, mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the cranes camera platform follow the motion of the tilt. This device is easily assembled with a quick no-tool set-up system. The CobraCrane is solidly constructed from metal and is built to last. The CobraCrane Backpacker has the same reach as the CobraCrane I but, breaks down in two sections, one two foot section and one three foot section.


Kessler Crane Pocket Jib (without Swivel Mount)


The Pocket Jib from Kessler Crane is a compact, portable jib. The jib is fully collapsible for easy transport, and can also mount the Kessler Pocket Dolly or CineSlider to it, offering both a jib and mini-dolly in one unit. The Pocket Jib has a telescopic dual rail arm design that has a maximum reach of 5’, fully extended. The end of the crane arm features a ball relocator with 100mm bowl, so you can mount a 100mm ball fluid head. The weight bar system is also telescopic and collapses and folds away for easy transport. It supports cameras and accesories up to 20 pounds when fully extended and 40 pounds at minimum extension. It is suitable for use with Digital Cinema Cameras such as the Arri Alexa and Red Cinema cameras and accessories with adjustable drag control and locking pin.



CAME-TV Accordion Crane Jib


The CAME-TV Accordion Crane Jib features an extending scissor arm that puts the camera right where you need it. The accordion motion allows the arm to extend 15’ out and then retract back in. The drive is powered by a V-Mount battery (sold separately) and is controlled by a rocker switch. The max payload is 33 lb and works well when paired with the Argo, Prodigy, or Mini 3 gimbal. These gimbals can be remote controlled with the Bluetooth joystick for controlling of the camera. The kit weighs in at 77 lb and includes tripod, wheels, and aluminum cases.



CobraCrane CC2X Dual Arm Camera Jib (8’)


The CobraCrane CC2X Dual Arm Camera Jib is a dual arm jib arm for mid-sized camcorders. This crane offers an 11’ reach when matched with a 5’ tripod and can sweep the ground for low-angle applications. This model comes with a 3’ extension kit for an upgrade from the standard CorbraCrane CC2. Mounting the crane on an available tripod with a fluid head adds tilt capability. From the ground level the camera can be tilted up over 90 degrees, allowing the user to obtain a great perspective shot. Sweeping vista shots of landscapes, panoramas, and sporting events are possible. The over the top shot is also ideal for cooking videos, food marketing videos, and a variety of higher perspective shots. This device is easily assembled with a quick no-tools set-up system. The CobraCrane is solidly constructed from metal and is built to last. The extension kit allows 3’ more length above the standard CobraCrane II. In basic configuration, the camera platform stays set and does not tilt as you crane up and down. However, mounting the crane on an available, suitable tripod with fluid head allows you to tilt the fluid head and have the cranes camera platform follow the motion of the tilt.


Glide Gear 8’ Portable Quick Jib


The Glide Gear 8’ Portable Quick Jib System is comprised of the 8’ Quick Jib and a wireless monitor. The wireless monitor includes a 2.4 GHz transmitter and receiver, and a 7” RGB LCD monitor (800 x 480). The Quick Jib is made from lightweight 6061 CNC machined aluminum, with tight tolerances, and a sleek black scratch-resistant coating for smooth operation. It is easy to set up and supports DSLR cameras weighing up to 7 lb. The wireless monitor allows for a wire-free POV shot. This 8’ Portable Quick Jib from Glide Gear is designed for use with DSLRs or other cameras weighing up to seven pounds. It telescopes from 4 to 8’ and is 12 feet in total length. No need to purchase special weights; this portable jib uses standard barbell weights or sandbags as counterweights. It offers a quick and easy setup, and weighs in at 11 pounds (without weights). Other features include an adjustable tension cable for added stability, a foam rubber–padded guide handle, both 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 camera-mounting screws, and a scratch-resistant black finish to minimize visibility on set.


Battle Tested Film Gear 954-P-WAVE-TS Proaim 7-Feet Wave DSLR Video Jib Crane


Top to bottom, Hi or Low, our Proem 7’ DSLR video jib crane covers all the angles. For the many times, operators would like to be more creative in their shot composition and selection, this flexible DSLR video jib crane system is the answer and more. Studio or remote location, this lightweight but sturdy camera platform opens up a host of new creative possibilities for operators and producers alike. Another quality product from The cine city. A fully featured crane system for film or video cameras up to 22lbs(10kg). Easy set up and easier to use. Maximum boom extension of 7’. Tripod mounting allows for over-head and ground level shots. Mounts to tripods featuring 100mm bowls. Infinite balance options designed in. Compact and lightweight. Accepts 100mm fluid heads. Our Quality Assurance Guarantee. What’s In The Box: Wave DSLR Video Crane Jib, 100mm Camera mount, Assembly Hub, 100mm Bowl Tripod stand, Tripod Spreader. Specifications: Load Capacity - 22lbs. Tripod mount of 100mm diameter. Robust Aluminum and Steel construction. Stainless Steel under mount with a 30 pounds capacity. Weight - 65lbs. Pan Radius of 360 Degrees.