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This also applies to cable, chain, and webbing.

Gear that is anchored includes anchors, rocks, trees, tripods, trucks, etc.

A "bight" is a simple loop in a rope that does not cross itself.

A "bend" is a knot that joins two ropes together. Bends can only be attached to the end of a rope.

"Descending devices" (e.g., ATCs, Brake Bar Racks, Figure 8s, Rescue 8s, etc) create friction as their primary purpose. The friction in descending devices is always considered when calculating forces.

The "Safety Factor" is the ratio between the gear's breaking strength and the maximum load applied to the gear (e.g., 5:1).

Free Training Videos

These free training videos are an excellent way to learn how to use vRigger. You may also be interested in the sample rigging files.

If you are considering purchasing vRigger, the videos are a great way to see its capabilities. If you recently purchased vRigger, an hour spent watching these videos will significantly enhance vRigger's value. Even if you are already a vRigger expert, you'll find gems of knowhow throughout these lessons.

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Key Topics (important information everyone should know)

Getting Started (04:39)

Learn the basics to get started with vRigger in less than five minutes.

Gear Manager (02:32)

Learn how to use the Gear Manager to select which gear is available in vRigger.

Adding w/Gear Finder (01:20)

Learn how to add rigging gear to the workspace using the Gear Finder.

Adding w/Gear Panes (01:51)

Learn how to add rigging gear to the workspace using the gear panes.

Adding w/Gear Toolbar (01:12)

Learn how to add rigging gear to the workspace using the Gear toolbar.

Selecting, Moving, Deleting (04:40)

Learn how to select, move, nudge, connect, undo, and delete gear.

Sizing and Rotating Gear (03:03)

Learn how to size, rotate, and flip gear using your mouse or the properties pane.

Using the Properties Pane (05:24)

Use the properties pane to change the color, strength, weight, rotation, size, etc.

Ropes and Webbing (06:59)

Learn about ropes, webbing, slack points, rope benders, and much more.

Rope Angles (01:37)

Learn how to display rope angles and the effect of rope angles on rigging forces.

Rope Benders (01:51)

Learn how to create curves in ropes rope benders.

Rope Joiners (02:28)

Learn how to use rope joiners to create runners and slings.

Rope Slack Points (03:33)

Learn how to use slack points to route rope, webbing, and chain anywhere on the workspace.

Webbing (03:35)

Learn the nuances of working with webbing in vRigger, including using water knots, rope joiners, slack points, and more.

Zooming and Scrolling (04:18)

Learn how to zoom, scroll the workspace, and snap gear.

Optional Topics (important information if you use these commands)

Shortcut Menus (01:21)

Learn how to right-click within vRigger to access shortcut menus.

Drawing Order (03:39)

Learn how to use the "arrange" commands to move gear forward and backward.

Using the Clipboard (03:35)

Use the clipboard to copy gear and put images in Microsoft PowerPoint or Word.

Working with Snippets (02:19)

Use snippets to quickly add several pieces of gear to the workspace at one time.

Locking Objects (01:39)

Lock items so they don't interact with your mouse.

Inserting Images (03:05)

The Insert Picture command lets you insert your own images into vRigger.

Customizing the Interface (05:12)

Customize the vRigger user interface to serve you!

Working with Chains (06:37)

Learn how to use vRigger's rigid and flexible chain in your systems.

Working with Text (02:37)

Learn how to add text and symbols to annotate your rigging system.

Firefighting (04:30)

Learn how to create firefighting illustrations in vRigger.

Advanced Topics

Calculating Forces (09:11)

Learn how to calculate forces and the intricacies of friction, rope angles, and safety factors.

Creating Custom Gear (12:37)

This video explains how to add your own gear to vRigger using the Gear Builder. Adding gear is a little more complex than other tasks in vRigger, and as such, this video is a little longer than the other videos.