What’s a camera jib and why you should be using one

What’s a camera jib and why you should be using one

 

A jib is a very useful piece of hardware that allows vertical movement of a camera in order to achieve movements and angles what would otherwise be difficult or impossible to get.  Professional jib systems are expensive and out of reach for most indie film-makers, but you can make you own and save a huge wad of cash to use on more important things like ice cream and beer.

So why should you use a jib?  To put it simply, it will give you the freedom you have been missing in your shots previously.  You now not only have horizontal camera movement but also vertical.  It’s like switching from 2D computer graphics to 3D.  Once you make the switch you rarely want to go back to only a 2D system.

The video at the top of this post gives a great description of how to build a cheap but effective jib.  If you want to go a step further, you can even add controls for your camera using a remote control and an LCD screen so you can see the shot as you are filming it.  Just be careful when running the cables so they don’t interfere with the movement of the jib or get caught in the hinged areas.