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Camera Crane, Jib, Dolly and Motorized Time lapse made of Carbon Fiber
Camera Crane, Jib, Dolly and Motorized Time lapse made of Carbon Fiber

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Carbon XL 7 Crane for MoVI and Ronin camera stabilizers, carbon fiber

For more info: http://carbon-xl.com/carbonxl6system.aspx

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.
 
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    18.5-ft crane-jib reach from tripod, (range: 34-in - 304-in x 30-in, 860-7720-mm x 750-mm)
    (Red Dragon Camera and MoVI 15 need only 80-lb ballast at 18.5-ft crane extension)
    Ultra-light, ultra strong carbon fiber construction
    56 feet, (17 m), of carbon fiber tubing and two carbon fiber molded supports
    Camera and stabilizer maximum weight: 20 pounds, (9 kg)
    Precision all angle balance counterweight adjustment feature
    Rapid assembly without tools
    Packed in 2 cases for airline travel: 63 pounds (29 kg)
    Crane rotation: 360 degrees
    Effortless one-person operation for elevate and sweep
    Includes packing case and tube case with laminated assembly and packing instructions with USB video
    Made in USA
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Using the Carbon XL 7 carbon fiber jib with a MōVI M15 and a Red Dragon
By Jon Firestone, DP

A video of our crew using the system: https://youtu.be/R7MWyPwCJ64
View the Carbon XL 7 crane info: http://carbon-xl.com/carbonxl6system.aspx

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.

I fly to most of my jobs, and rather than ship the gear ahead of time, we generally fly with the equipment. So keeping the number of cases and weight of the cases down is really important. I use a Manfrotto 536 CF 100 mm ball tripod that we've beefed up to support the extra weight to support the jib and it is generally mounted on my CamDolly for additional mobility. The CamDolly is also really portable and can be broken down to fit in a case, so it gives us the ability to easily move and transport the jib. The result is an incredible lightweight system that I can easily travel with and I can operate with a crew of three people.

We equip either my Red Dragon or my Alexa Mini with a Teradek Bolt Pro 300 wireless video system and mount it on my MōVI M15 along with a wireless follow focus. We run the Camera, wireless follow focus and Teradek off of one lightweight IDX camera battery , so everything is wireless with minimal batteries to deal with. The Carbon XL 7 Jib also has a unique weight setup that allows us to pull the entire counter weight off as one piece which speeds up the process of weighting and de-weighting the jib. With this setup, we can shoot handheld with the MōVI, and switch to crane shots in about 3 minutes. The Carbon XL 7 crane adjusts from 3 to 18.5 feet from the tripod, so we can easily do wide sweeping shots and low-to-high-to-low shots as well as jib shots in tight quarters. You will see some examples in the video.

We frequently mount the Carbon XL 7 crane on a CamDolly so we can move it around fully assembled, and then we can quickly pull off the crane head and tail assembly to roll the whole system into an elevator. The crane is then still mostly assembled when we arrive at the next setup location. By using the Teradek and MōVI Controller, we avoid any wiring attached to the jib. This allows us to re-assemble the full 18.5 foot jib at the new location in less than 10 minutes. And the CamDolly lets us quickly change the location of the jib.

The Carbon XL 7 carbon fiber crane weighs only 37 pounds, (62 pounds in the shipping cases), so we are able to travel with only a total of 8 equipment cases at an average baggage cost of $200 each way. (Between Airline Status and Media Rates) Frequently we can use the exercise weights at the hotel for crane counter-balance weights. The Carbon XL 7 crane setup also works with a Ronin or other camera stabilizer, (though the heavier Ronin will need more counter weight than the MōVI). All the jibs we used in the past were much heavier, required a lot more counter weight, and more costly to ship as airline baggage. This is a big improvement.

I am really pleased that our 3 person crew can travel this light and still get these amazing 6K camera motion shots every day. After doing hundreds of crane setups, we put a lot of trust in the crane and we frequently do shots over swimming pools, off bridges and from building overhangs. As you will see in the video, one person can shoot the moving crane shot, often using only one hand.

This is a very cool setup and I love using it. Check it out.

Jon Firestone, DP



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Carbon XL 7 carbon fiber crane for use with MoVI M15 and Red Dragon or Alexa Mini cameras

By Jon Firestone
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.
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The Carbon-XL's Super-light Camera Crane-jib can be used with tripod or for a Camera Dolly Track Rail. Easy one-person setup/break-down: ideal for remote or difficult to access location work. http://bit.ly/1mLiAJ1
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Shoot on up to 21-ft of camera dolly track supported with 3 tripods. Add more camera dolly rail tracks as required. Comes with a camera dolly time-lapse motor drive and can be set up for top mount or under slung shooting. http://bit.ly/1e31yxG
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Imagine, a carbon fiber camera tripod so light you can hold it straight out at arm's length with ease. With ultra-light and ultra-strong carbon fiber tripod construction, the Carbon XL is the premier camera crane for film professionals. http://bit.ly/1mllNii
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Install the camera on a tripod or dolly mount and operate it from 30-ft, 13-m, away. Use Aim and Shoot to remotely control camera pan, tilt, focus, and record from a distance, just as you would if you were at the camera tripod. http://bit.ly/1faYVdM
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Carbon XL manufactures the world’s lightest carbon fiber camera support systems, booms, cranes, jibs, car mounts, tripods, dollies, and controls for professional video and film production. Designed for the serious video and film professional, Carbon XL delivers sophisticated camera motion at shooting locations where a grip truck and crew are not feasible. http://bit.ly/1mllNii
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Carbon XL's unique Aim and Shoot camera control makes it easier to get the quality shot you want. Now you can control all camera functions with one hand while guiding the camera crane or jib with the other. Learn more about this feature and watch a demo at Carbon-XL.com. http://bit.ly/1mhuZEp
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With 10 products in one, the Carbon XL camera jibb is the one tool that every filmmaker could benefit from! Lightweight and easy to use, once you realize how much simpler it is to capture specific shots on film using the Carbon XL, you will want to have it on set for all film projects! http://bit.ly/1e31yxG
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