Vidpro CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs

Vidpro CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs

Vidpro CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs

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Product Highlights

  • Supports Up to 8 Pounds
  • Flat Base Tripod Mounting
  • Tripod Legs Incorporate Center Column
  • Bubble Level
  • 3 x Counterweights
  • Flat Base Camera/Head Mounting
  • Sliding Camera Platform
  • Included Removable 75/100mm Bowl Base
  • 2 x Interlocking Carry Bags
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  • 1Description

The Vidpro CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs is a small jib arm well suited for bringing dynamic jib shots to your videos when using DSLR and small video cameras that weigh 8 pounds or less. It includes an aluminum jib arm with a 4 foot reach beyond the fulcrum, a set of aluminum tripod legs, and a locking pan module with integrated bubble level. The three included counterweights help balance your camera on the jib, and an empty sandbag that you can fill on location so you don't have to transport additional weight.

You can mount a camera directly to the jib arm's mounting base or mount a flat base video head as well. If you wish to mount a video head with a leveling ball, the Travel Jib includes a removable combination 75/100mm bowl that can accommodate most available ball leveling video heads, not included. The Travel Jib packs away into two carry bags that you can connect together using the attached heavy-duty buckles.

The jib arm is made with two aluminum arms that use collar locks that allow you to extend or retract the arms. A third aluminum arm extends backwards, and you adjust the length of the third arm and the amount of counter weight to balance the jib.
The Jib head incorporates two spirit levels allowing you to check the level of your camera at the jib head. The camera platfom features approximately 1" of sliding adjustment and accepts the removable bowl adapter.
The pan module features index lines at 5° increments and a witness arrow, allowing you to repeat moves. Although you can mount the jib directly to the included tripod legs, that configuration will not allow you to pan or adjust the position of the jib arm. However mounting the pan module to the tripod legs, and then mounting the jib arm on the pan module provides 360° of pan rotation. The pan module incorporates a bubble level, rubber mounting ring, and a locking lever to lock the pan position.
The tripod legs feature independent leg angle and a spreader-less design, and it incorporates a center column with a 10" height adjustment range.
Featuring a flat camera platform/mounting surface for an available camera or flat base video head that provides additional pan and tilt control. The included 75/100mm bowl adapter mounts to the camera platform by two screws and allows you to use an available video head that features a 75 or 100 mm ball for quick leveling. The design of the bowl adapter extends the reach of the jib without significantly increasing its height.
UPC: 026127320951
In the Box
Vidpro CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs
  • Pan Module
  • Refillable Sandbag
  • 3 x Counterweights
  • 2 x Allen Keys
  • 2 x Carry Bags
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Vidpro CX-400 specs

    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Load Capacity 8 lb (3.6 kg)
    Length from Pivot 4' (1.2 m)
    Tripod Attachment 1 x 3/8"-16
    Head Attachment Flat base with anti-slip rubber strips
    1 x 3/8"-16 threaded screw
    1 x 1/4"-20 threaded screw
    Combination 75/100mm bowl
    Tube Diameter 1.1" (28 mm)
    Weight 4.2 lb (1.9 kg)
    Counterweight Disc
    Number 3
    Weight 1.4 lb (0.64 kg)
    Material of Construction Aluminum
    Head Attachment Fitting Flat Base
    Center Column Extension 10"
    Load Capacity 26 lb (11.8 kg)
    Height Max: 6' (1.8 m)
    Min: 26" (66.0 cm)
    Sections 3
    Locking Mechanism Twist
    Tube Diameter 1.2/1.1 (31/28 mm)
    Weight 5.2 lb (2.4 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 19.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 36.0 x 11.0 x 10.5"

    Vidpro CX-400 reviews

    CX-400 Travel Jib with Locking Pan Module & Tripod Legs is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great value. Very portable with a few quirks. I'm a pro videographer with 18 years experience. I've used this jib over a year now. Here are my observations: PROS Very portable. Quick assembly. Great for indoor use in small rooms and spaces. Tripod is very stable. CONS Fluid tripod head is a bit too stiff. Jib wobbles a bit at the end of movement. Make double sure you tighten the legs tightly or you will end up with a camera on the ground. Not enough weight. I had to purchase 2 small steel dumbell weights from Walmart (inexpensive) to properly balance my Canon 6d. Jib arm plate is difficult to screw to the tripod. If you're not careful, you may strip the thread hole on the jib arm. I know. I listed more cons than pros. But at the end of the day, I have shot some very stable, usable footage with this jib. For the money, I'm very happy.
    Date published: 2016-10-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Bang For The Buck! Compact. Very portable. Love the way the 2 cases lock together. The supplied weights are not quit enough to counterbalance my Canon 5d. But the inclusion of the weight bag give you the option to bag some sand, rocks or whatever you can find to offset the camera weight. Proper counterbalance is critical for smooth movement because, without it, you are fighting gravity. Not enough weight means your arm muscles are working to keep the camera from falling. That can create jerky lateral and vertical movements. The build seems to be of superior quality. The tripod swivel is smooth. Note: I have never been a fan of screw type tripod legs. These were invented to save manufacturing costs. If they are not screwed tightly, the whole rig comes crashing down (which happened to me). I acknowledge that this was my fault. I did not have one leg screwed tightly enough. However, it is not a pleasant experience to see your camera and lens hit a concrete driveway! I would have given a 5 star rating if the tripod had type leg locks. But, at the end of the day, I would still heartily recommend this jib. It is well made, does the job and is an excellent value.
    Date published: 2016-07-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent jib for small cameras. In looking for a compact jiib for DSLR work, I went out on a limb (with bvery little consumer response out there for this jib) and purchased one. I have had it for a couple of weeks now, long enough to put it through the paces and to figure out its quirks. To start, I went into this purchase fully expecting a low-bidget jib, so my hopes were only set on usable functionality. I think I got that, and maybe a little more, but there are some things any potential buyer should know. This kit comes with *almost* everything needed to be up and running in a short amount of time. That it packs up into two small bags is even better, and truly makes for a portable kit. The pan module being separate is a bonus as it can also be used completely apart from the rest of hte kit. The specs say that the jib has a load capacity of 8lbs. When looking at what was included in the kit, this becomes a little ambiguous. Is it 8lbs. of camera rig, or 8lbs. total including counterweight? The included weights total just over 4lbs., pointing toward the latter. BUT, the included sandbag, to be used as additional counterweight for fine-tuning, and the included 75mm/100mm bowl adapter would seem to indicate the former. It would be self-defeating to keep the camera rig at or under 4lbs. with a half-ball and tripod head, so I assume the former (though I did end up having to buy a smaller tripod head to minimize the load underneath the camera). The inclusion of the bowl adapter was one of the sales points for me. A camera bolted straight to a jib with no pan or tilt control leaves the available jib movement a bit constricting, so the addition of a fluid head is necessary to get more complicated moves. The bowl adapter is bolted to the edge of the included quick-release plate, and the two bolts holding it in were a bit loose. A 2.5mm hex key (not included) fixed that, for now. Assembly is fairly easy, but with no instruction manual there may be a little guesswork. The counterweight arm attaches with a threaded collar that also loosens to allow arm length adjustment for fine-tuning. The threaded bolt to which the threaded counterweights mount can be adjusted as well, but it is an odd size. I opted to ditch the included sandbag as hanging balast can swing, causing wobble. So, I purchased some barbell weights at the local fitness store and searched for a wingnot or hex nut to be able to secure them. The mounting bolt is 16mm 2-pitch, and nuts are hard to find in that size. The tripod is fairly solid, and I have yet to experience any slipping in the legs when extended. The jib arm is made of tubing, extendable in sections. On setup, it is necessary to check the arm after extension, as the tubing and lack of cross-bracing allow for twisting that can set the camera end off-bubble. That's to be expected wtih this design. I decided to test the jib with my EOS-M, rigged with the heaviest lens I would use (Tokina 11mm-16mm). I also used a Manfrotto 75mm half-ball and a Benro S4 head. This required lots of counterweight in order to use the jib at near-maximum length. WIth 1x5lb and 2x2.5lb barbell weights, plus two of the included kit weights, I was able to get the jib to work in a manageable way. It is still very difficult to get truly balanced, and the jib kept wanting to come back to center no matter which end was left up. Nonetheless, it was balanced enough to be able to work with a feather touch. The tubing had a small amount of flexing, but I was still able to get smooth movements with a little TLC. The pan mechanism is smooth, at least. Fully extended, there is very little overlap between tube segments, which can be worrisome. Therefore, it is advisable not to extend fully, but to leave at least 3 of each section retracted for greater stability. The included quick-release mount uses a plate that is compatible with the Manfrotto 501PL and 501PLong plates, which can be very helpful if that is the system used with other mounts on set. In the end, I have found the movement to be smooth, despite the challenges in balancing heavier camera kits. The side plates on the fulcrum are thread-tapped for accessories, so mounting a monitor with a magic arm is a breeze and does not affect the balance of the rig (save for the cable run from the camera). For use with very light camera rigs, this jib kit offers great performance for the price. The more it is weighted (and counterweighted), the more finicky it will become. If using a camera with no fluid head or half-ball, balancing with the included weights is possible. If, however, tripod head movement is desired, it will be necessary to add further counterweight. It is not on the same level as the more expensive jibs, but can do the job well as long as the user knows its limitations.
    Date published: 2015-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Value! This kit is all-inclusive and complete with all parts needed to set up a jib fast and easy. The pan head operates smoothly and the tripod legs are very sturdy. A great feature is the ability to join or separate the interlocking carry cases allowing me to take along everything or only the jib/tripod as needed.
    Date published: 2014-12-30
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