Using a Carbon XL 10 carbon fiber camera jib crane to shoot a 4K Movie

Using the Canon 4K camera with a carbon fiber jib crane.

Shooting a high angle shot with the carbon fiber camera jib crane.

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The carbon fiber Carbon XL System 10 was recently used by Canadian Cinematographer Luis Gonzalez to shoot a feature movie in 19 days on location in New York City and Long Island.

Shooting in 4K using the new Canon EOS-1D C, Luis was able to achieve “Hollywood” style camera motion with a minimum crew. Continue reading

Shooting with the carbon fiber Carbon XL 7 jib crane with 3D cameras in the London Natural History Museum


Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough filmed on location in the Galapagos islands

Galapagos 3D with David Attenborough filmed on location in the Galapagos islands

By Robert Hollingworth, DP

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Over the summer of 2013, I headed up the Second Unit on a new natural history film presented by one of the world’s greatest naturalists, David Attenborough. Our aim was to bring the Natural History Museum in London to life, in 3D.

The finished program, “David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive” premiered on January 1, 2014 on Sky1 TV in England. An advanced “Black Tie Premier” was held at the museum and attended by selected guests, including The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The next showing is scheduled on Sunday, February 16 at 8:30am on Sky TV.

3D is generally a slow way of filming, using more light and heavier grip than 2D. So, it was decided in this film, to shoot the Second Unit sequences on stills cameras. They are smaller, lighter, and can have exposure times of seconds meaning lighting levels could be greatly reduced.

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Using the Carbon XL 7 carbon fiber jib with a MōVI M15 and a Red Dragon or Alexa Mini

By Jon Firestone, DP     Jon Firestone

Carbon XL 7 jib crane with MoVI M15 and Red Dragon

Carbon XL 7 jib crane with MoVI M15 and Red Dragon

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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.

Carbon XL 7 crane with Alexa Mini 1

Carbon XL 7 crane with Alexa Mini 1

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