iFootage Launches SpiderCrab Quick-Release Magic Arms

iFootage has just announced the launch of a new magic arm system called the iFootage SpiderCrab. Available in two lengths, the SpiderCrab magic arms feature a quick-release mechanism on both ends that allows you to quickly and securely attach any accessory to your camera rig. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Image credit: iFootage

 

iFootage SpiderCrab

During our cinema5D Virtual Show, Madison Lee from iFootage gave us a sneak peek at their new iFootage SpiderCrab magic arms. Available in 7-inch/18cm and 11-inch/28cm long, the SpiderCrab is entirely made out of metal and features one big knob that simultaneously locks everything in place. At this point, nothing revolutionary. But, the main selling point of these SpiderCrab magic arms is the quick-release system on both ends of the arms.

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Image credit: iFootage

Indeed, the concept behind this product is that you attach a module to your camera or accessory. Then, all you have to do is snap the SpiderCrab into the modules and secure it into place with the jumbo buckle lock.

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Image credit: iFootage

Several modules are available to mount the SpiderCrab to nearly every accessories or camera, including:

  • A standard 1/4-20″ module that can attach to almost any camera accessory.
  • One 3/8-16″ module with a spring-loaded 1/4-20″ adapter that features ARRI anti-twist pins.
  • A cold shoe adapter, perfect for mounting a SpiderCrab onto your camera.
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Image credit: iFootage

Pricing and Availability

There is currently no word on pricing yet. Still, the SpiderCrab should be available to pre-order mid-May, with an expected delivery date around the end of June, depending on the current Coronavirus situation.

A magic arm that features a built-in quick-release system is not something new. Indeed, the Zacuto Zamerican arms are available for quite some time now, as well as the quick-release adapters for the Bright Tangerine Titan arms. Otherwise, I think that iFootage SpiderCrab magic arms will be priced at a much more affordable price for filmmakers on a budget.

What do you think about this iFootage SpiderCrab magic arm solution? What magic arms are you using at the moment? Let us know in the comments below!

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I need this right now.

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Nice interview Johnny. Simple and to the point. Keep them coming during this time and we won’t miss NAB. Cheers

Johnnie Behiri
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Thank you Clayton. All experimental but yet, very much enjoyable. Much more to come. Stay tuned.

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I stopped using magic arms because of the screw-based system (equipment unscrewing itself, sometimes dangerously). Rather than making something with a twist, we need magic arms *without* a twist! This seems to help, but will really only work if the equipment has the corresponding Arri anti-twist holes. I guess you could also attach the modules much more tightly than normal to make semi-permanant, then rely on the quick release.

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