January 9, 2013

Cinevate Launches the Heavy-Duty Axis Jib, Capable of Handling Camera Rigs Up to 50 Pounds

Back at NAB 2012, I stopped by the Cinevate booth to check out some of their newest products, and one that many around the booth seemed most excited about was the Axis Jib. The heavy-duty jib, which has gone through a number of iterations to satisfy the needs of shooters, has finally been released by Cinevate. Many people might be familiar with newer and lighter jibs that have been designed smaller and more compact for DSLRs, but this is a real, professional jib for heavy cameras. Check out the introduction video:

A rundown of the features of the jib:

The unique (and patent-pending!) design of this jib contains all of the mechanical components inside of a single tube, giving it a sleek look while being incredibly easy to setup. The Axis features a 4 foot reach, a 7 foot vertical arc and effortlessly supports up to 50 lbs (22.7 kg). The Axis was designed and stress tested using 3D modelling software to ensure industry defying stiffness. You can also achieve repeatable pan and tilt movements when indexing the magnetic dry-erase marker rings located on each side of the jib...an industry first. Construction of this jib is 100% CNC machined 6061 aluminum, which is fully anodized in our typical flat black, non-reflective lifetime finish.

The Axis Jib comes with a fixed 100mm half ball and will drop into 100mm bowl tripods. At the end of the jib is a 100mm bowl mount which will accept any 100mm video tripod head. The 100mm bowl at the jib head can be oriented in 3 positions to achieve low angle "ground scraping" shots. 75mm heads can be mounted as well using a 75mm-to-100mm bowl adapter.

Here is my video with Dennis from Cinevate, if you skip to 3:24 you can check out the Axis:

There is certainly a time and place for heavy-duty gear, and if you're operating on a bigger budget than DSLRs, this is going to give you the performance to match. When I used it at NAB it felt smooth and precise, and I have to imagine that if you have the proper counterweights, it will still be just as smooth with heavier cameras. One of the interesting things that I haven't really seen in another jib in this price range is the marking rings on the body. If you want to repeat a move it's going to be much easier when you can see your goalposts and where you're supposed to be.

At $2,300, it's definitely not going to be the cheapest jib out there, but if you're doing a lot of work that requires movement, you want something that is quick to set up and easy to break down, and you're flying a rig that's 15-20 pounds or more, it might just be the ticket.

What do you think? Keeping in mind the budgets that you're working with, is this a product you could see yourself using?


Disclosure: Cinevate is a No Film School advertiser.

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Looks pretty cool but did anyone else notice quite a bit of "shake" in some of those shots? Could just be my eyes playing tricks on me I suppose.

January 9, 2013 at 10:43PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Not just your eyes. I didn't see shake, but there was no ease in and ease out from the moves... personally I've never been a fan of Cinevate's stuff, but who knows... I've never had the proper chance to actually put it up against any of its competitors

-- Ron Parida, Los Angeles based Automotive Commercial Director and Photographer

January 10, 2013 at 1:16AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


It looked a bit shaky with the red on it... and that was a pretty light setup

January 10, 2013 at 12:31PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I think that the connections between the tube sections were a bit loose from the way they put it together so fast and easy as well. But I think this product is worth looking into.

January 11, 2013 at 3:28PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM

Gary Simmons

Most of the problem is probably vibration transfer from those crappy tripod legs.

January 10, 2013 at 1:52AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I give it 3 months for the Chinese or Koreans to come up with the exact same thing for 1/8th the cost.

January 10, 2013 at 2:27AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Given the budgets of my personal projects and that I don't hire myself out with any gear as a Producer or AD, I have no use for this.

I had to laugh in agreement with Shervin about this piece of gear.

January 10, 2013 at 10:32AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


I've got a few really great products from cinevate that a durable and function well. Their follow focus and atlas 30 slider. This definitely interests me, but I'd want to try it out first... But I live in Western Australia :-(

January 10, 2013 at 10:38AM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


With the 50lb limit, I'm tempted to throw the CC3D rig up on it.

January 10, 2013 at 12:51PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Cinevate is a good brand, most of my rig consists of their gear- just ordered the Atlas 10 slider as well- will let you all know how it works out.

January 11, 2013 at 5:44PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM


Looks interesting, I like the simplicity. I've had good experiences with their sliders, but I'm not a fan of a lot of their DSLR rigs and such. Seems like they use a lot of off the shelf components on some of their stuff and mark up the price x3.

January 16, 2013 at 1:18PM, Edited September 4, 10:54AM