The $200 Jib That Makes Your Video Look Like $1 Million

  • Episode 306
  • July 30, 2013

A sub-$200 jib rig that gives your video production that "fly over" look. With special guest appearance by Owen the Great, arguably Canada's youngest magician.

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Topics Covered:

  • Robbie Ferguson and Sasha Dirmeitis present from the Category5 studios in Barrie, Ontario.
  • Thank you to viewers who have sent in donations to help us pay the bills or develop Studio D.
  • {play 5:14}Special Guest: Owen the Great, arguably Canada's youngest magician, visits us in the studio to perform some magic.
  • {play 20:26}Feature: The $200 Video Jib Rig That Will Make Your Video Production Look Like a Million Bucks
    • What a jib is.
    • Looking at the 8' Jib from Advanced Digital, available at
    • Setting up the 8' Jib takes only a few minutes, making it an excellent solution for small video companies or home users who want to produce spectacular looking videos.
    • Using counterweights to offset the weight of your camera.
    • Using the jib takes practice, but is easy.
    • Advanced Digital provides exceptional service, as Robbie experienced when he received a defective unit.
    • The 8' Jib can be operated from the camera end of the butt end since it is well counterweighted.
    • This sub-$200 camera jib is preferable over a DIY project.
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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Sasha Dirmeitis


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