This little crane dropped into the Cheesycam studio and it was so easy to setup, we thought we’d take it out into the city for some fun. The weather was also great, so that was another excuse for us to go and and shoot. The crane itself is extremely lightweight, and the roller bearings in the pivot points make it smoother than other small cranes we’ve tested. Getting perfect balance is key to smooth shots. Tips on getting it balanced and information on the tripod and bag we used can be found here: http://cheesycam.com/4-ft-jib-back-in-stock/
While most decent sliders will run you upwards of $400 dollars, this crane available for less than $130 can provide you with camera movements that is otherwise difficult to replicate. The size makes it perfect for interior shooting in small rooms, restaurants, or offices. Just having the crane available can turn just about any drab scenery into creative and dramatic footage.
Unfortunately, these Cranes have been out of stock. We will update this article if we see these are available again. Here are some other options for Camera Cranes via Amazon (below).
Portable 4′ Roller Bearing Video Crane / JibCamera Jibs Crane
If you can’t find one available, the next best option is the ProAm versions found below
ProAm Video Camera Cranes 4 ft., 8 ft.,12 ft.ProAm Camera Jib Cranes