If you like to shoot videos, and do so frequently, chances are you know how obnoxious it can be to have shaky footage. Even if you have steady hands, you can only provide certain shots well. If you’re trying to be any bit professional, people will notice when you are moving above or around objects with or without a jib.
A jib is an arm with a weight that will stabilize your camera, but they are quite often expensive. If you’re trying to work your way up in the cinematography world, you’re going to need your work to look as though it has a substantial budget. While you can’t go around dropping thousands on fancy equipment, a couple hundred on the Aviator Travel Jib may not be so bad. This is a Kickstarter, but it has three times the amount of its funding, and about 20 days to go, which should be quite telling. The Aviator weighs under 3 ¾ pounds, and breaks down to 24 inches. Setup takes less than a minute, and it is six feet at full extension. This makes it perfect for travel, outdoor shooting, and much more. If you hop on the bandwagon during its funding phase, you can get the whole kit for $399. Should you choose to wait, it will likely retail at about $525 including shipping.