OliviaTech DIY Mini Camera Jib Crane ($40) Covered In Detail - The Basic...

Build this OliviaTech DIY jib for about $40! I give all the details, dimensions, hardware, test shots and comments. And yeah, it's awesome! Read the description...there's a lot of info here!

About this video:

I ran across this jib from OliviaTech.com and decided to build and test it. After figuring out all the exact dimensions and hardware, I decided to share it for all and make a DIY video. OMG!!! You guys who do DIY videos...Master Kudos! these take a LONG time to put together!

I include a full explanation of everything, all hardware needed, all aluminum parts needed, how to build it, the links to OliviaTech, and even some awesome test shots!

Check out OliviaTech.com for this jib and other cool stuff:

OliviaTech jib: http://oliviatech.com/how-to-make-a-diy-camera-jib
OliviaTech video: http://youtu.be/dyPvfpouPzk

Aluminum parts can be obtained from: http://www.onlinemetals.com.

You'll need:

1" x 1" x 1/8" thick channel (angle)
(3) 3" long
(2) 7" long

3/4" x 1/16" think square aluminum (tube)
(2) 7" long
(1) 3 foot long
(1) 4 foot long

Hardware can be obtained from Home Depot, Lowe's, an auto parts or local hardware store.

You'll need:

1/4-20 Hex Head Bolts
(3) 3" long
(4) 1-1/2" long
(2) 1" long
(1) 3/4" long (specific to my mounting

Lock Nuts
(9) 1/4"-20 as shown

Nylon Flanged Bushings
(8) 1/4" (inside diameter) x 5/16" long

Flat Washers
(16) 1/4" (inside diameter)

Fender Washer
(1) 3/8" (insider diameter) specific to my weights

PVC Plugs
(3) 3/4" specific to my weights

Furniture Tips
(6) 3/4"

Your weight and mounting system may be different. Here's the weights from OliviaTech.com and my Manfrotto mount and plate:

Weights: http://tinyurl.com/84g55rd Amazon
Manfrotto Mount: http://tinyurl.com/82kujdz Amazon

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About the gear used...

DIY Jib, White Balance Filter, Green screen with 2 lights, 3-point lighting, Canon DSLR, 35mm lens, off and on camera mics, edited in After Effects and Sony Vegas Pro.

Where to get some not so expensive (relatively) gear for filmmaking...

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50mm Lens (low end): http://tinyurl.com/7c7wsaa Amazon
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Zoom H1: http://tinyurl.com/7mu5tb2 Amazon
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  1. Nylon Flanged Bushings are officially the hardest part to find for this project. W/O driving yourself crazy, I suggest people settle for nylon washers. Home Depot does not carry the bushings and my NAPA doesn't have any. Most people will look at you oddly when you ask about this one little part. Best of luck to those that are willing to tackle this DIY project. I've got all the pieces, but I need to dust off the drill press this weekend and put it to work. Thanks for the detailed video. It really helps to have the measurements of the holes you drilled into the aluminum square tubes.

    1. Hey Steve! Go to Amazon.com and search for "1/4 x 1/4 Nylon Flange Bearing" and you'll find 25 pieces for $6.08. Hope that helps!

  2. Thanks for the quick response. No prime shipping, but I'll bite. Ill wait for them to arrive in the mail and give them a try. Thanks again!

    1. I haven't actually tried these particular ones. As I said, I used the ones from Napa Auto parts assuming they were widely available. If you could let me know if they work well, I'd really appreciate it.



  3. are these the right size
    Aluminum 6061-T6
    Extruded Square Tube
    1" x 0.125"
    Cut to: 3"


    Aluminum 6061-T6
    Extruded Square Tube
    1" x 0.125"
    Cut to: 7"

  4. Thank you so much for sharing this post, its been a really great helpful read!
    JIB Crane

  5. thank you so much for sharing this one. it is really amazing. but wait, could you please help me on where will I buy some Crane parts ? because im currently fixing my cranes. thanks.

    1. Hello! Crane parts...best advice is to search the internet. Find the original manufacturer of the crane and reach out to them for parts. There are also web sites that will machine parts for you. There are so many resources out there it would be really hard for me to list them all. Good luck. :)

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