Welcome to another BizVid Communications video blog. As a San Diego video production company, we use all kinds of tools in the producing of our videos. These are witty inventions that help make the process easier and, in most cases, take the video to a higher level in terms of the look and professionalism of the final product. One such tool is the Jimmy Jib or jib as it is called. In simple terms, the jib is an extension arm with a camera mounted on the very tip. Ingenious because it allows the camera to be positioned where a person cannot go.
In its ultimate configuration, the camera is at one end of the extension and the jib operator is at the opposite end. From his position, he has total control over its movement including pan left or right, tilt up or down or make swooping motions. Plus, he can see every shot he makes because of a video monitor mounted at the rear, near his controls. The jib we are using today, can extend out some 31 feet or, it can be configured to be shorter depending upon the need. In the past, we’ve used jibs in medical operating rooms so that we could suspend the camera over the surgeons shoulder, for concerts and music specials and today, we are using one for the taping of Dr. James Dobsons new “Building a Family Legacy” series. The jib will allow us to swoop over the audience in a flowing motion giving a great visual perspective to the overall production.
Watch this video to meet Mark Koonce of JibWorks . He speaks about his rig and the type of productions he works on. As you will see, the Jimmy Jib is only limited by the imagination of the jib operator who works in concert with the director and, together, they figure out shots and determine the various ways it can be used for that particular production.
In upcoming blogs we’ll talk about other tools of our trade and how they contribute to what you as a viewer, enjoys. To see samples of our work, visit BizVid Communications.com or spend some time on this blog site to learn more about the exciting business of video production. Thanks for joining me.