If you’re looking to take your home videos to the next level, upgrading to a capable camera and high-quality lens is just the tip of the iceberg. A little camera movement goes a long way when it comes to make pictures more convincingand now Edelkrone made its JibONE Crane even smaller. With that, no matter where you shoot, your camera will supposedly work looks like you splurged for a professional crew.
Now that the Internet and social media have given amateur filmmakers and videographers an easy way to reach millions of viewers, more and more companies are creating digital movie making tools specifically for those lacking gigantic budgets in Hollywood. Sony ZV-1 and Alpha ZV-E10 are sub-$1000 digital cameras optimized for video, but it’s the other budget movie-making tools that we’re most excited about, with Edelkrone releasing some of the most innovative we’ve seen to date.
The Edelkrone SurfaceONE is a $690 miniature motion control rig which can roll a camera on a flat surface, while the Edelkrone Standplus IIt’s an innovative approach to tripods with a smaller footprint. The new JibONE v2 is an updated version of Edelkrone’s compact camera crane that can move a camera in multiple directions with incredibly smooth panning movements, all without the need for an operator standing right next to it. That makes this useful for streamers or vloggers working without a team that doesn’t want to settle for a camera locked on a tripod.
The upgraded version of the JibONE can be reduced to just 24 inches in length, allowing it to slip into a larger backpack for storage and travel. But when installed and attached to a tripod, it offers nearly 20 inches of vertical, horizontal or diagonally. Assuming your camera weighs less 11 pounds, of course.
Other upgrades include enhanced wireless capabilities, because the JibONE v2 can be controlled or programmed using a free mobile application running on a smartphone or tablet. You can also now the cable connects the crane to other equipment, including laptops and remote controls, for users who find wireless connectivity less reliable or less convenient.
The JibONE v2 is available now via Edelkrone website for $999, which actually includes a $300 introductory discount until May. Come May 1st the price will increase. Bbut you may still want to increase your budget, as the crane is designed to work with other Edelkrone camera control accessories, including moving head and face tracking hardware that adds more complexity to plans without the need for dedicated operators. Edelkrone has prop bundles that push the price past $3,000, and while that might seem expensive if you’re just filming Grandma’s birthday party, it’s still a lot cheaper than the equipment that Hollywood has to pay for.