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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.
Robbie Carman: Okay, Rich, so we talked about the GoPro unit itself. We've talked about the GoPro app. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: And now here's our copter. This is actually a pretty straightforward quad copter, and what I mean by quad copter obviously is that it has four rotors. Now, I found in my experience that these are the easiest to fly. You can actually find the tradi-. Rich Harrington: Easiest not easy. Robbie Carman: Right. You can actually find helicopters that are going to have a traditional rotor on top and a rotor in the back. I found those actually to be really hard to stabilize and fly when you have a camera. So the quadcopters, not only are they easier to stabilize, they also tend to be able to lift a little bit more than a traditional helicopter.
Rich Harrington: And this one has the mount on the bottom with the GoPro mount. It does come with its own frame, but we, let's just be honest, we found that if you crash it, the chance of that frame breaking, pretty high. And we want to put some extra protection on the camera, so we put it in the waterproof bang around sports frame. Robbie Carman: And I got to be honest with you, you're going to crash,' kay. Just is a fact of life until you become an expert pilot. So therefore, it's a good idea to either get some of the original manufacture's frames for the for the GoPro. Rich Harrington: A couple extra. Robbie Carman: Or buy a couple extra ones from GoPro proper just to protect your investment in the camera.
So, we got the GoPro here. All it has is this little threaded mount right here. And I'm simply going to put that in, like, right like that and put this guy through. There we go. So I got through on that side. And then I'll just screw it in. There we go. Okay. So just a few turns and the cool thing about this is that you can actually position it however you want on the camera, you know, in terms of angle and stuff like that. So you can position it down, at an angle. Just want to make sure that it's nice and tight on there. Something like that works pretty well. Couple more turns. Okay.
Rich Harrington: Now I'm noticing as I look at this guy that the camera is upside down. Robbie Carman: It is. Yeah, and so this particular mount that we had on here allowed us to only mount it in an upside down view but that's actually not a problem. Using the GoPro app, we can actually flip this the other way as we're previewing. So you know, cause it's hard enough to fly. It's really difficult to fly upside down. Rich Harrington: Yeah, so that looks good. Why don't you hold that. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: And I'll just launch the app back up. And one of those settings in the app is to flip the image, because this is designed to be mounted on jibs and poles and. Robbie Carman: Mm-hm.
Rich Harrington: You're going to see that. So we'll just mount that back up. Let's launch it. It's going to connect. We'll go to settings. And we just simply need to take advantage of the option here called Upside Down. So that's in good shape. Robbie Carman: Okay, cool. Rich Harrington: Alright, so we've got it connected. What we now need to do is get the quad copter powered up and calibrated to sync it to the controller.
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