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Machining the shoulder part of our crane Tripod from a solid solid aluminum block. We do not use molded parts on our crane tripods nor telescoping legs.
VariZoom's incredibly versatile SnapCrane is in a class by itself with our fast yet secure dovetail joint assembly, compact modular design allowing 4 different lengths, and painstaking quality control - no expense was spared. The SnapCrane was designed for years of trouble-free operation and it has the fastest tool-free setup and longest reach of any crane in its price category. Proudly manufactured in Austin, TX with attention to every detail, the SnapCrane is a truly professional tool that will last a lifetime with proper care.
Every SnapCrane kit includes the dolly, tripod, and carrying case so you get a turnkey system that's been matched, assembled, and functionally tested prior to shipment. Quality, performance, and safety are all taken very seriously with the SnapCrane, so we make no compromises in materials or labor. There are less expensive systems on the market, but none of them come close to the build quality or versatility of the SnapCrane.
Jib Arm / Crane Body - Crane sections made from stiff, lightweight tubing are precision machined and powder coated before assembly and quality inspection. The upper extension section has a truss pattern cut into the sidewalls to retain strength while minimizing weight and reducing air resistance in light breezes (caution: never use a camera crane in windy conditions). The heavily reinforced, cable-tensioned design of the SnapCrane allows it to reach farther and higher without any sacrifice in stability or performance.
Pan/Tilt Base & Brake System - Our ultra-smooth, high-capacity pan/tilt base is built to exacting standards with oversize fasteners, sealed bearings, and beefy construction for a remarkably stable fulcrum point. Superior design, proud craftsmanship, and the finest components set this pan/tilt base apart from those used in other crane systems (it's also a significant upgrade over the QuickJib's). Our brake system utilizes a heavy-duty plate on the crane pivot section and a variable drag mechanism built into the right stator of the pan/tilt base. This system was designed to add significant variable drag and hold any position, but it's forgiving enough to slide under extreme force that could otherwise topple a jib with a locking-brake system.
Machined Dovetail Joints - Dovetail joint assembly allows for quick, extremely secure no-tools connection with redundant safety locks. A hefty stainless steel latch (w/ internal safety catch) clamps the joint from above while a secondary thumbscrew assures a tight and secure fit from below.
Cables and Couplings - Our modular cable system boosts crane stability and ridigity while keeping overall weight down by allowing us to use a single line of compact, lightweight tubing for the main arm. The superior-quality cable tensioning system keeps the SnapCrane taut, rock solid, and easy to control. The smooth-coated, corrosion resistant cables are easy to handle and will last a lifetime. Marine-grade stainless steel hardware is used exclusively throughout the SnapCrane, ensuring long-term field reliability.
Crane Case - Comes standard with VariZoom's new lightweight, heavy-duty Soft Case (hard case optional). Also available for purchase is the optional rolling hard case, for the ultimate in protected transport. Optional Hard Case: Exterior 63" x 15" (round); Interior 58" x 12" (round); Weight 20.5 lbs. DCR100 Dolly - Our heavy-duty dolly has an ample spread, rugged solid-rubber wheels, foot brakes, and a positive leg-locking system that securely captures our TCR100 crane tripod. Includes padded carrying case.
TCR100 Crane Tripod - Our custom TCR100 is the only tripod we recommend for use with any crane, no matter the brand. When supporting an expensive camera on a jib elevated above other valuable equipment or people, it is simply a no-brainer to eliminate all risk and use a single-section tripod instead of a telescoping type.
CP JR-K5 motion control head This high performance compact Jibstick Jr control kit offers the simplicity and intuitive video-game type thumb control design favored by many modern operators. It is a more streamlined version of the Jibstick Pro - there is no built-in lens control, no motion limits for pan/tilt, no motor disable, and no camera record start/stop. The Jibstick Jr has all of the electromechanical performance of the other kits, but without full motion control capability. The Jibstick Jr uses a precision thumb control joystick on a compact handgrip control box. All controls and settings are within reach of your fingertips. The new Jibstick Jr allows you to reverse direction on pan & tilt independently, adjust speed limits for pan & tilt independently, adjust joystick deadband, and set smoothing control for softer starts & stops.
With independent speed and direction controls for pan & tilt, smoothing/ramping control, and adjustable deadband for our precision thumb joystick, you'll have exceptionally smooth and dynamic remote pan & tilt control up to 2500'. The addition of the optional advanced console enables full motion control capability, as well as the ability to control the head using cine-style hand wheels or broadcast-style pan bars. These upgraded systems offer full pan/tilt/zoom/focus/iris control within the following modes: motion-linked intervalometer for time-lapse and stop motion, record and playback of 1 hour and 2000 takes, frame-accurate repeat pass, up to 2000 position marks, the ability to import and export all motion control data, and much more.
Incorporating such high-end features as precision enclosed drivetrain, exoskeletal construction and a slip-ring base, the Cinema Pro JR represents a new standard for lightweight, cost-effective pan & tilt motion control heads. The Cinema Pro JR is precision-made yet rugged and becoming the logical and affordable choice for a much broader scope of users than any head on the market. Cost effective not only for big budget motion pictures, but for worship facilities, sports, concerts, newsrooms,military,government, and other film, video, and HD applications.
Proudly Made in the USA, the CP JR is constructed from exoskeletal body sections that are CNC machined from solid billet to exacting standards, so rigidity and structural integrity are second to none. The custom slip rings and robust motor drives are designed and tested intensively to perform flawlessly under the most demanding conditions, and the electronics & software have years of field testing behind them. Add to all this the painstaking assembly and QC done in our state-of-the-art facility, and you've got a motion control head of the highest caliber.
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