The Pocket Jib Traveler was introduced by Kessler a few months ago – and ever since I saw it at NAB 2013, I couldn’t wait to try it myself.
One big downside of jibs and cranes is their size – they are often bulky and difficult to transport, and the setup usually takes a while. The Pocket Jib Traveler does away with this – it’s the smallest and most portable jib I have ever encountered.
The good stuff: you can put it onto your normal tripod. In my test, I simply used my Sachtler FSB8 (a 75mm bowl head) with the Pocket Jib Traveler, so it wasn’t a heavy duty tripod – and it worked just fine. Also, the jib is extremely easy to set up – as you can see in the review video, it’s very simple to pull out the joint to twist it into its “jib state”.
Kessler used to be called Kessler Crane, but they have long moved beyond cranes – with many other products. First and foremost their sliders, they have taken the filmmaking world by storm (and I have to add, if you look at the quality they deliver, quite rightfully so).
Sebastian Wiegärtner will be teaching a German Speaking HDSLR workshop in Hamburg, Germany November 27th, 2010. There is a 15% discount right now if you register soon. The cost of the workshop is 299 € and 249 € for students.
Here is a rip from his site.
Click here to register.Click here for more workshops and meet ups from Sebastian.
“Shooting with DSLRs really is a different way of working if you are coming from traditional video or even photography backgrounds. One has to work around these cameras’ quirks in order to reach their huge potential, which can result in images that are practically indistinguishable from shooting on film stock. In terms of practical on-set work, it is more similar to working with a film camera than a traditional video camcorder, and this definitely has to be trained.
I will teach you everything you need to know about these cameras, and more importantly, how to use them properly and efficiently in different set situations. You will learn the gear inside and out! The workshops are sponsored by Carl Zeiss Lenses, Genus, Letus DSLR, Kessler Crane, Denz. You can use all the gear of these great companies and try them out in different set situations.”