Cinevate has announced their new “axis jib” and based on this comment from the grand poobah of Cinevate Dennis Wood, it looks like a winner – being able to set it up in about 60 seconds would be a real joy to the filmmaking crew.
There is quite a story behind this jib, the first “version” going back nearly nine years. Version 2 was a carbon unit that did not get too much excitement from our pro shooter inner circle. What we heard loud and clear was make it simply, super rigid, fast to setup and easy to transport. Now, version 3, revision 3, with a mass of 27lbs, but a payload over twice that number.. and deployment in under 60 seconds… this design was the keeper. It was important to us as a company to begin with this model which was designed for the demands of early testers like StillMotion, Imaginarium, Casey Warren, and Kevin Shahinian. We'd like to thank these guys and gals for pushing us to excellence.
Axis Jib Press Release
The Axis Jib is the ideal tool for industry professionals looking for a jib they can rapidly deploy and operate in minutes. The single tube design not only eliminates pinch points during setup and use but also makes for an incredibly strong and rock-solid support. This stiffness lends to the Axis’ ability to comfortably hold 50 lbs, covering anything from the 5D Mk III all the way up to a fully-loaded Arri Alexa. Even with a heavy payload the Jib’s movement is smooth and consistent. Furthermore, the Axis aids in repeatability with its pan and tilt dry-erase marker rings. The unit itself drops into any 100mm tripod while the front end accepts 100mm tripod heads.
The Axis Jib’s 100mm bowl indexes at 90 degree allowing you to mount your tripod head at various angles to gain unique perspectives. The center yolk of the unit holds the pan and tilt locks as well as a variety of cheese holes for mounting accessories. The back end of the Jib features a handle to accept common weight sizes as well as a 2 lb trim weight which easily slides along the Jib tube for fine-tuning of the balance.
These time saving features, along with its maintenance free operation and use, make the Axis Jib a must have for any serious filmmaker.
The Axis Jib is now available on Cinevate.com and at various resellers for $2,299. The first run of Axis is available in limited quantities so interested shooters should act fast. New orders will begin shipping January 14th, 2013.
Axis Jib Demo Vid
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)