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Carbon fiber jib crane for MoVI and Ronin camera stabilizers
The carbon fiber Carbon XL 7 crane and jib system is designed for use with camera motion stabilizers and Arri Alexa Mini, Red Epic or Dragon, Sony F55, Canon C500, and many other professional video cameras. The camera and stabilizer are used on the Carbon XL 7 crane at extensions of 3 feet to 18.5 feet from the camera to the tripod. FreeFly MoVI M10 or M15 camera stabilizers attach quickly to the end of the crane for impressive sweeping horizontal or vertical camera moves with a single operator. The camera can also be operated on the crane manually, with the crane supporting the full weight of the camera and stabilizer. Built mostly of carbon fiber, this super-lightweight 37 pound professional grade crane packs in only two cases for easy transport as airline baggage or in the trunk of a car. The Carbon XL 7 crane is half the weight of most similar aluminum cranes, and requires only 80 pounds of ballast to support a Red Dragon and MoVI 15 at 18.5 feet extension. This system is designed specifically as a professional length crane for airline travel and use in limited or difficult to access locations. Continue reading →
Over the summer of 2013, I headed up the Second Unit on a new natural history film presented by one of the world’s greatest naturalists, David Attenborough. Our aim was to bring the Natural History Museum in London to life, in 3D.
The finished program, “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive” premiered on January 1, 2014 on Sky1 TV in England. An advanced “Black Tie Premier” was held at the museum and attended by selected guests, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The next showing is scheduled on Sunday, February 16 at 8:30am on Sky TV.
3D is generally a slow way of filming, using more light and heavier grip than 2D. So, it was decided in this film, to shoot the Second Unit sequences on stills cameras. They are smaller, lighter, and can have exposure times of seconds meaning lighting levels could be greatly reduced.
I have been using a great new jib setup almost daily for 8 months now, and I am really impressed with how mobile and effective it is . To get the motion we need, I mount my Red Dragon or Alexa Mini camera on my MōVI M15 stabilizer, which is attached to the Carbon XL 7 jib crane. What is particularly interesting about this setup is that I can quickly swap between handheld MōVI mode and jib mode, and because I already have my camera package trimmed down to be incredibly light for handheld use, it is ideal for using with the jib. The jib is also carbon fiber, so it requires very little counter-weight. Even at full length, which is 18.5 feet, I only need about 80 lbs to counter balance the roughly 20 lb camera and MōVI setup.