_DYI Video Jib for $60

It's been a little while since my last post, so I apologize for the tardiness of keeping my posts frequent. Unfortunately between work, school, training (and trying to get my fingers to heal), things have been keeping me pretty busy.


or the upcoming climbing trip at Joe's, my buddy Duc and I are planning to film our whole trip. Without going into too much detail, I had the idea of really stepping up the quality of our shots and go beyond what a normal tripod and fluid head can do. We have a couple of slider bars to add dramatic pan shots, but I concluded that having a jib also would allow a whole new dimension of the type of shots we can capture. 


The problem is, like all camera hardware, it's incredibly expensive. A non-telescoping jib will run you at least $150, and a portable, telescoping one can range between $200 to crippling thousands of dollars. I basically have a good idea of the mechanics behind a jib, so I figure it would be fun to just build one.

The jib I built was based on a model I found on YouTube, which used two monopods to act as the telescoping arm of the jib. The rest is pretty simple to figure out if you're familiar with a tools and hardware. Here's a quick summary of the parts:

  • (2) monopods - the ones I got were $10 from Walmart
  • (7) grounding clamps
  • (2) pairs of lack shelving brackets
  • Electrical tape
  • Insulating pipe foam
  • Rubber taping
  • Various hardware including nuts and bolts, regular, nylon, and fender washers, wing nuts, etc.

ll of the mandatory hardware costs about $60. Additional parts included a quick-release plate of your choice for easy mounting to and from your tripod and camera, and a 5lbs gym weight for the counter-weight.


or $60 this came out much better than I expected. I currently don't have a wide angle lens on hand to do a proper video test for the type of shots I imagine I'd be doing during the trip, but from just using my prime lens I'm pretty happy with what I can now do for the video.



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