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DIY Camera Jib Project 2: Dogs Ever Vigilant

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Brian Spellman, KET


Here’s our latest assembly and video test of a camera jib support, based on the online Oliviatech build that’s been enhanced with useful directions, diagrams, and parts lists by The Basic Filmmaker. See also our earlier DIYcamera jib project, a DIY camera slider project, and a simple camera stabilizer project.

This version was pretty easy to put together. School staff should be able to assist students in building it easily and it will help students understand and make lovely crane-type camera moves as seen on tv and in film productions. Be sure to wear protective eyewear when cutting, drilling and filing, and remember: cut aluminum is shaaaarrrrp, as I found out when my pliers slipped and I gouged a finger. Before assembling, file-off any sharp edges of the tubing; the metal is soft and it’s easily done. Also be careful of the tiny metal filings that accumulate around the workspace. Wipe the filings off of the parts before they make it into an eye. This would be a great shop-related project, or a special project for other classes such as, “Explorations in Fabrication of Education-Related Camera Support Equipment”…

Most of the parts were from a local hardware superstore. I followed the Basic Filmmaker’s suggestion and ordered the aluminum tubing online already cut to size. Had to search a bit further for the nylon flange bearings but found them on from You may be able to find all of the parts locally at hardware and auto parts stores. Check the helpful directions for parts specifications.

Once the jib was assembled I mounted an inexpensive but solid little quick-release camera plate found on (available for around $10.00), and used a iPhone adapter and an iPad adapter to shoot test video. Thanks to KET’s J. R. Pemberton, who kindly cut and drilled the aluminum tubing and angle stock, and to Bill Osborne for his helpful assistance. Check out the The Basic Filmmaker for a very thorough project overview and jib project plan, then build one with your students or for yourself and have fun making those special camera shots that add so much to a video production.

Eastside Technical Center – Engaging Multimedia Instruction

Thursday, January 10th, 2013 by Brian Spellman, KET

Eastside Technical Center of Lexington, Fayette County Schools, has a new set of multimedia production classes and a new teacher: Ms. Michelle Rauch, an enthusiastic leader experienced in multimedia production, having worked for several years in local television.

Students who attend Ms. Rauch’s classes are from Fayette and the surrounding Jessamine and Woodford school districts. Here are some students working on creating and editing music for multimedia projects.

Student projects include a periodic news magazine program that’s shown over the school network, PSAs (public service announcements), and various other special projects, such as this example on student gender issues, People are People, No Matter What, which was also uploaded for sharing to the KET School Video Project website.

Michelle Rauch will be at KET next July 9 and 10 to present at the next KET Multimedia Professional Development Days event on how she and her students are using their new portable a/v production switcher, the NewTek Tricaster pictured above). She’ll be joined by Tim Withers, Wayne County High School Art/Multimedia teacher, who will present on his class’ use of another useful and exciting portable a/v production switcher, the Edirol VR-5. We hope many Kentucky teachers and staff will again join us for the event. Details and registration information will be available at the project website later this spring.

AMLE “Taking the Lead” School Video Contest

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 by Brian Spellman, KET

Student video-producing schools interested in contests will have to hurry for this one because the due date is Oct. 24, 2011.

Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), formerly known as NMSA, is accepting video submissions to be played at its 38th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, Nov 10-12, 2011. More than 7,000 educators from around the world will view the winning videos at the general sessions and will also see them recognized on SchoolTube and in the conference program books.

The conference theme is “Taking The Lead.” Challenge your students to use their 21st century technology and communication skills to showcase how they are taking the lead in their classroom, school, or communities.

Contest Details

  • Open to middle grade students (5-9)
  • Those working on the video must be 10 to15  year – olds, but teachers may submit the videos.
  • Each video must be 3 minutes or less.
  • Video(s) must be submitted via SchoolTube.  Information and instructions are at the Taking the Lead video contest information page.
  • Schools may enter as many videos as they would like.
  • Deadline: Videos must be uploaded no later than October 24th, 2011, at 11:00 pm EST.
  • Top 3 winners will be notified by November 7, 2011.
  • Top 3 Winners will recieve Best Buy Gift Cards for classroom use and cool SchoolTube gear.
  • To become eligible all videos must be uploaded by clicking the “Enter Now” button on this page.

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