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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: So Rich, once you have the GoPro mounted. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: You want to be able to control it and do things but the problem with the GoPro is that everything is done on these little, you know, LCD screens like this little one right here, or if you have you know, the LCD screen back. Not a lot of big control and you can drive yourself bonkers. Rich: Yeah my finger is definitely bigger than that control surface and it practically fills this one up. Robbie: Right. Rich: I don't do well with little buttons. Robbie: And you can drive yourself crazy going through all these little buttons. And the buttons are kind of like soft and, you know, kind of squeezy. It just, trust me, it just gets a little frustrating trying to configure all the things that you need to configure after you get it mounted and you're get ready to shoot.
You know, if you need to change the resolution you're shooting at. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: You know, you want to change metering and stuff like that. Rich: Now the big thing we learned is that you want to get the camera and the WiFi network setup before you go into the field, because what happens is, is you need to download the latest version of the GoPro firmware update, depending upon when you bought your camera, they started shipping the GoPros before the iPad and the Windows app and the Droid app were ready. And they've updated it several times. So, you want to make sure that the app and the firmware are in sync.
This is a lot easier if you do it in the studio. You basically, connect it. Go to the Go Pro support page, it detects the camera, it transfers it. You gotta restart, you gota do it again, and maybe a third time. Robbie: I've got to tell you also, I found better results using say Firefox and Chrome than I have with Internet Explorer and Safari. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: Just, it's a little bit of a tedious process, and I'm sure the team at GoPro is working on getting it more streamlined, but it's not something that you want to do with clients standing around, waiting to go, and you're figuring out how to update the firmware on the camera.
Rich: So, once it is working and you've got the app installed, you basically turn on the camera, and you make sure you push the button you see there. Robbie: Mm-hm. Rich: The little blue light's blinking, that means the WiFi network is on. It also means the battery is being sucked down, so you have to have more batteries if you're going to use this for wireless shooting. And that's pretty simple, you just fire up your device, and you go into your WiFi settings. And you pick your camera. Now, the camera and the password are a little bit tricky. When you set up that firmware and you install it, it asks you to name the camera and give it a password then.
Really good idea to take that step and do that back in the studio and not on the field. Robbie: And write it down somewhere or put it in a password manager or something because we've actually also been in the situation. Where we've gotten out. We know we've set it up. We know, you know, the firmware's updated. But nobody can remember the password to connect to the camera. Rich: We're trying our kid's names, our dog's name. Like we can't remember. So we pick it and it connects. Robbie: Yep. Rich: Now the regular data plan is still going to be in use. It's just creating a WiFi network. Robbie: Mm-hm. Rich: You can still use your regular data, so it'll work with the phone. And then you switch over to the GoPro app.
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