Jimmy Jib, Steadicam Specifications

Jimmy Jib Specifications

Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Standard - 6 Feet

Standard – 6 Feet
  • Reach: 6ft (1.8m)
  • Height: 13ft (3.9m)
  • Head Capacity: 29.4kg (65 lbs)
  • Weight (inc. Remote Head): 37kg (82 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Standard Plus - 9 Feet

Standard Plus – 9 Feet
  • Reach: 9ft (2.7m)
  • Height: 16ft (4.8m)
  • Head Capacity: 27.2kg (60 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Giant - 12 Feet

Giant – 12 Feet
  • Reach: 12ft (3.6m)
  • Height: 19ft (5.7m)
  • Head Capacity: 22.6kg (50 lbs)
  • Weight (inc. Remote Head): 46kg (101 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Job - Giant Plus - 15 Feet

Giant Plus – 15 Feet
  • Reach: 15ft (4.5m)
  • Height: 23ft (7m)
  • Head Capacity: 22.6kg (50 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Giant Plus - 15 Feet

Super – 18 Feet
  • Reach: 18ft (5.4m)
  • Height: 25ft (7.6m)
  • Head Capacity: 22.6kg (50 lbs)
  • Weight (inc. Remote Head): 59kg (130 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Super Plus - 24 Feet

Super Plus – 24 Feet
  • Reach: 24ft (7.3m)
  • Height: 30ft (9.1m)
  • Head Capacity: 22.6kg (50 lbs)
  • Weight (inc. Remote Head): 68 kg (150 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Extreme - 30 Feet

Extreme – 30 Feet
  • Reach: 30ft (9.1m)
  • Height: 33ft (10.6m)
  • Head Capacity: 22.6kg (50 lbs)
  • Weight (inc. Remote Head): 79kg (174 lbs)
Jimmy Jib and Steadicam specifications | Jimmy Jib - Extreme Plus - 40 Feet

Extreme Plus – 40 Feet
  • Reach: 40ft (12m)
  • Height: 40ft (12m)
  • Head Capacity: 11.3kg (25 lbs)

Jimmy Jib FAQ

What size does the Jimmy Jib go to?

The Jimmy Jib is a modular lightweight crane and extends from 6 feet to 40 feet from the axis. This gives an effective reach of 40 feet and a near equivalent total height as well. The exact specifications and a footprint diagram can be provided upon request but for basic calculations, please see above.

What does the Jimmy Jib come with?

Each jib system comes complete with the remote head system, controllers, monitor and all rain covers. A standard package includes up to 18 feet and an extended package can include up to 40 feet, jib tracks, extra monitors, cameras, comms and 3-axis options. In short... anything required to service the job.

How long does it take to set up a Jimmy Jib?

This is probably the most commonly asked question and it really does depend on a few things. Typical field shoots can take anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size and complexity of the camera setup. Location and van access will play a part but if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to call +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk.

How much room does the Jimmy Jib require?

The "footprint" of the Jimmy Jib varies depending on the length of the build. As the length extends, the rear of the jib is also extended to counter the extra weight distributed forward from the axis. For more specific measurements or a copy of our footprint diagram, please call +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

Do you dry hire the Jimmy Jib?

No. The Jimmy Jib has a lot of parts and requires experienced and trained professionals. Any given job will always come with an operator and a trained technician that can handle the equipment safely and efficiently. This allows for less risk on set and higher shooting efficiency.

Can all cameras work with the Jimmy Jib?

Any camera can work with the Jimmy Jib but each camera is unique. Physically, the Jimmy Jib can handle quite heavy cameras. We’ve had anything from DSLRs through to RED and Arri Alexas and 535s. We’ve even had a RED camera with a Cooke 25-250mm Zoom Lens on it. Although we always try to recommend reasonable setups, we will always try to accommodate any production’s requirements within the safety recommendations of the Jimmy Jib. We will establish what camera is to be used with the Jimmy Jib and then advise how best to achieve the maximum control of the camera and lens for your production.

Do you supply the camera as well?

Most of the time, we are asked to supply the camera as well. Here at The Motion Mechanics, we own numerous cameras such as RED MX, EPIC and XDCAM. We also have great relationships with camera suppliers so if you’d like us to organise the camera, please don’t hesitate to ask.

How portable is the Jimmy Jib?

The Jimmy Jib is made of aluminium and is considered a lightweight crane. In fact, its lightweight and modular nature have been the assets for which the Jimmy Jib has become an industry standard over the years. It can be broken down in to its cases and transported anywhere. Alternatively, two or three people can carry the Jimmy Jib as a fully rigged arm.

How is the Jimmy Jib transported?

The Jimmy Jib is transported in a specially designed Volkswagen Transporter that allows easy access to all the cases. Depending on the location’s difficulty, the Jimmy Jib can be transported in a 4WD or flown in with a helicopter. This is quite common for those remote locations.

What is the maximum camera weight the Jimmy Jib can take?

The Jimmy Jib is rated to a maximum camera weight of 23kg for up to 30-ft and 11kg for up to 40-ft. Again, our jib technicians and operators can advise on this prior to the shoot.

How safe is the Jimmy Jib?

Safety and the assurance of it is a legitimate concern when swinging Jimmy Jibs around. The Jimmy Jib itself is very safe but, in the wrong hands, it can be a safety nightmare. Each job's risks are different and we would always recommend a site recce with an operator to measure those risks beforehand. If a recce is not possible then we can provide a standard risk assessment upon confirmation of the job. This will outline generic risks associated with Jimmy Jibs in most situations. We do, however, always state that continued safe operation of the Jimmy Jib is at the operator's discretion.

Yes, our Jimmy Jib meets L.O.L.E.R. safety requirements. Before, during and after each job, both operator and technician will also carry out visual inspections of the equipment. All electrical equipment is PAT-tested as well. For copies of the necessary documentation please call +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk.

What about insurance?

The Motion Mechanics has employer's liability insurance and all operators and technicians that work under The Motion Mechanics banner have their own individual public liability policies. The Jimmy Jib itself is insured as well but we do expect the production to have its own insurance policy regarding all equipment and crew. Documentation can be provided upon request.

How much does it cost to hire a Jimmy Jib?

The cost of the Jimmy Jib can vary, depending on what is required. Following a short conversation about the job we can give a definitive quote, so please call +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk.

Steadicam FAQ

What types of cameras work with the Steadicam?

The majority of broadcast cameras and modern digital cinema cameras are easily accommodated on the Steadicam. The sled has a camera payload capacity of approximately 12kg, which comfortably allows for most broadcast camera set-ups and we have regularly had larger digital cameras on the rig such as the Arri Alexa, Red One/MX and Red Epic. Some cameras will require specific mounting brackets and/or accessories to allow them to be adapted for Steadicam use. It is always a good idea to discuss camera setup with the Steadicam operator before a job to avoid any potential pitfalls you might encounter in this area. Any questions, please call on +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

How fast can the operator / Steadicam move?

A Steadicam operator can comfortably operate at speeds up to approximately 25mph. Shooting environment, duration of shot and safety are all factors that have to be considered when executing a Steadicam shot. If you are intending to execute shots beyond a reasonable running pace or you wish to execute a large quantity of fast shots throughout the day, then it is often recommended that the option of using a Steadicam rickshaw or tracking vehicle be discussed to ensure you get the most out of your shooting time and budget.

When should you consider a rickshaw or tracking vehicle?

Rickshaws can be used for a wide variety of shots in a wide variety of environments up to and including medium- to fast-paced running shots. Tracking vehicles can be especially useful for extended exterior chase scenes, extended fast-paced running shots or even tracking other low-speed vehicles such as bicycles and mopeds.

How high / low can the Steadicam go?

The camera can be flown anywhere from a few inches off the floor to close to 8-feet high. Maximum / minimum camera heights can vary depending on the shooting environment. For safety reasons, though, it is recommended that fast-moving super low-mode shots are not executed without the use of a rickshaw or tracking vehicle.

How much room does the Steadicam require?

For build and set-up all the main Steadicam equipment components fit comfortably on to a customised Magliner Junior Cart. In terms of operating space required, it really does depend on the shot being executed so it is recommended to always discuss locations with the operator prior to the shoot.

How portable is the Steadicam?

The Steadicam is quite portable in its basic form so an entire kit with accessories can fit in a normal car but extra equipment such as Magliners would require a small van.

How long does it take to set up a Steadicam?

You should allow at least 30 minutes to properly set up the Steadicam with a simple camera build. If it is a complicated setup then it will take longer. Conveniently the Steadicam can be pre-rigged to a degree away from set without disturbing the working environment then, when required, rolled in to place and be ready to receive the camera. Also, moving our Steadicam equipment throughout the day is quick and efficient thanks to our custom-built Magliner cart with quick-release docking station.

Legal Stuff

All equipment is insured under an extensive business insurance policy with Performance Media Insurance. All operators and technicians hold their own public liability. For a copy of any insurance certificate, please call on +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

Our Jimmy Jib meets L.O.L.E.R. requirements. It has been tested by qualified engineers for the necessary load-bearing requirements. Not all Jimmy Jibs are certified this way so it is worth asking the question. This is basically a stress test that will determine the safety of the device. If your Jimmy Jib supplier cannot produce a current certificate that meets L.O.L.E.R. requirements, for legal and safety reasons, it would be recommended not to hire from them. For a copy of our certificate, please call on +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

The Jimmy Jib/Steadicam is visually inspected on a job-to-job basis. During the assembly, operation and disassembly, the jib/Steadicam operator and/or assistant/technician will check the equipment. All equipment is not used if any visual faults, obvious stress fractures or known electrical issues are noticed. For a more detailed schedule of maintenance, please call on +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

The Jimmy Jib/Steadicam operator and/or jib/Steadicam assistant/technician are the only people qualified to make a decision relating to the safety and operation of the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam. Any action contrary to this will be deemed outside of the scope of the responsibility of the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam operator and/or assistant/technician.

Upon arrival at the location, the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam operator will outline the risks associated with the specific job. Standard risks as well, such as power lines, the public, extreme weather, unseen ground, etc, will be outlined by the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam operator and/or jib/Steadicam assistant/technician at the beginning of the job and re-evaluated during the job thereafter. If, at any time the jib/Steadicam operator and assistant/technician deems it unsafe to continue operation of the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam, the operation may be halted, until they deem otherwise. For a more detailed risk assessment, please call on +44 7823 538080 or email info@themotionmechanics.co.uk

The Jimmy Jib/Steadicam is built and operated according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Only the jib/Steadicam operator and assistant/technician is authorised to assist in the build and/or operation of the Jimmy Jib/Steadicam. Only those persons authorised by the jib/Steadicam operator to assist the operation, assembly or relocation of the jib/Steadicam may do so.

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