Benny Cam takes the social media world by storm
FOR Monto residents, Benny Cam Videos is a household name.
If you've ever seen his online videos of the town's best tourist attractions, events and outback trips, you've probably heard Ben Lobegeier's trademark booming voice.
For years now Mr Lobegeier has documented the best that Monto and regional Queensland has to offer.
Offering an audio-visual experience, his clips spread like wildfire on Facebook, garnishing thousands of views.
Mr Lobegeier said he first created the videos to document what it's like living in regional Queensland for relatives in Europe.
"I started doing the videos over four years ago after a trip to Belgium to see my relatives," Mr Lobegeier said.
"While I was there I was trying to explain to them what we get up to, whether it be woodchops, chainsaw races or cricket matches in the bush.
"After I posted these videos for my relatives I decided to get the information out there and share it to the community."
Mr Lobegeier then began to share his content in tourist, backpacker, caravan, and camping groups on Facebook, to show those visiting what it was like living in the bush.
Benny Cam Videos covers everything from Beef Week, Melbourne Cup Day, to ag shows, all earning 50-100 shares and thousands of views per video.
One video that went viral, attracting 129,000 views was of a tractor pull by an antique restored Chamberlain Super 90, a vehicle Mr Lobegeier said "yells and screams".
"There was many a deaf farmer due to this big screaming monster," Mr Lobegeier said.
The cameraman said there were a multitude of factors that went into the perfect video.
"Well it's got to have a great background, nice scenery, good action, and someone explaining what's going on," he said.
"That's why I think my videos have become so popular, because mine have a running commentary.
"Both voice and visual are important to each other, it's kind of like watching television, they compliment each other.
"It also helps me gently persuade the people watching, so they know I'm not talking porkies or telling tall stories."
So what is the best video Mr Lobegeier has made during his career?
In his words, it would be of his best mate, Jack the Jack Russell, who died recently at the age of 15.
"Probably the video of him opening the door with his nose would be my favourite for sure," Mr Lobegeier said.