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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Male 1: The menus on the GoPro were designed for a small screen, for people who have good eyesight. Male 2: You could say that. I think it measures about maybe a quarter of an inch. Male 1: Yeah, they, they pack a lot of information in there. I think they were probably first on the market with the retina display. Male 2: By retina you mean squinting. Male 1: Yes. Absolutely. Male 2: No, in fact it just goes without saying that this display on the actual GoPro, of course it's small. And it's meant to be a quick fix, a quick pinch.
You know, to be able to adjust some basic camera settings. Yeah. Navigating the actual display itself can be a little challenging. There's a couple of tricks to it. Male 1: So, you just tap the Mode button. And every time you do, it basically switches mode. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: So you've got a Timer mode. Now, now we're in Settings. Male 2: Right. Male 1: And this is the most important mode, because this is where you access everything. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: Now, when you press that, it engages, and you get this little sort of cute picture icon for each one. Male 2: Now just to be clear, to actually get into a particular mode, you press the Shutter button at the top of the camera.
Male 1: Correct. And, and then once you get on that mode, you press that button again to change its value. And so here we're cycling through those different options for each thing and you see it's telling us about that particular setting, and then when we press that button, you know, oh I turned the WiFi on or off. And you can end up with this little menu here as well. And you cycle through. And it's a little bit difficult because the logic of push the top button versus the bottom button isn't always even constant. Male 2: Well, I gotta tell you, Rich, I mean, when I first got my GoPro and I was out there in the field and I was just sort of, like oh, I need to change something.
I was, you know, bright sunlight. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: I had my sunglasses on. The LCD was completely washed out. And I couldn't figure out what, what I was doing. So, a great option that a lot of people go to, not just for its viewing capabilities, but also because it's actually a touchscreen. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Is this guy. And we talked about this in a previous movie, but basically the way this works is that it simply attaches to the back of the camera, right? Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: There's like a little hook right here, it kind of hooks to one side of the camera, then you just kind of snap it in, and now you have the LCD back. Male 1: Right. Male 2: Now the thing to keep in mind is that, that back also needs to be charged or have power going to it.
Male 1: And, essentially what you're seeing there is these are all buttons and you can navigate through. You can, you know, tap to switch the sections that you're in. But this a lot easier to do if you're just looking right at it. It's pretty simple. You tap. You step through. You've got controls. And now, really, to me, it feels a lot more like a DSLR, right? Male 2: Oh, absolutely! I, I will say one thing. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: I got myself in trouble with. I was mountain biking with some friends and I had gloves on. Just like your iPhone or your Android phone, gloves sometimes don't work with this so you may have to strip off your gloves Male 1: I, I have those, I, I, I have those geek gloves.
Male 2: Those touch gloves, yeah. Those are cool. Now this is great! So we got from the small, little LCD screen to the touch back, but there's another option, Rich. Male 1: Oh, one of the things, yeah, I love. There is an HDMI port on this. Male 2: Yeah, so the camera has a little micro HDMI port right next to the USB port on the back of the camera. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: And all you've gotta do is take that and plug that in. Now, you'll notice that I already took the back off, sort of the LCD back. I found that in my experience, especially if you have multiple input devices going on the camera, Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: sometimes it gets a little confused. So I took off the little touch back before I plugged in the HDMI cable to the camera.
Male 1: Well, now that you know how to access the menus, whether it be through the two button method, the touch back LCD, or using an external monitor. You see there are a lot of menus. When we come back we're going to walk you through what some of the critical settings are.
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