The finished product – DIY camera jib
I’ve recently built my first DIY jib – I’ve always wanted one but couldn’t afford it.
Check the video above to see it in action, I purposefully didn’t stabilize the jib footage in post so you can see its full potential.
Below you’ll see the parts that I initially bought for this project:
- 2x Cheap Millenium microphone stands
- Several steel/aluminum parts (flat perforated steel, brackets, screws etc.) for testing purposes
- Metal 1/4″ to 3/8″ to 5/8″ Adapter Screw for mounting the DSLR to the top stage bracket.
Base section, version 1 (above) was not strong enough and was twisting all the time so I had to replace the flat perforated steel with bulkier steel parts (below)
Mounting the tilt control arm (above) that will enable us to change the camera angle while shooting. I first got this idea watching this YouTube video – pretty neat, right? Whenever the screw is in place, the jib is in auto-tilt mode and the camera will stay in horizontal position. However, when I remove the screw I’m able to control the camera angle as well.
Finally, as you’ve seen on the first image I decided attach the entire jib to an office chair base with a single large screw since my cheap tripod couldn’t possibly hold the weight.
So far I’m really happy with the results as smooth tilt, pan and up/down moves are easy enough to achieve.
Any questions? Fire away!