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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.
So, Rich, we've attached the CamRanger sort of base unit to the camera. We've powered it on. You can see I have some green indicator lights here. Rich: It looks like it's fully up-and-running because it's sending out a network. Rob: Yep. Yep. So now the next step is, all we have to do is attach the iPad to the device and we do that through a Wi-Fi network. Rich: Yeah. And this is really the big deal here because there are lots of ways to physically tether from the camera to a laptop or an iPad. There are adapters, and people have been doing this for a long time. What's different here is we're putting a wireless device sort of in between that cable, so.
Rob: Yep. Rich: I'm going to start, I've just got my iPad running, this will work on an iPad mini or work on a phone. Rob: Yeap. Rich: And I'll go to my Network settings, and essentially, I just need to find it, and so CamRanger appears in my network list. Rob: Yeap. Rich: So I'll select that, and it may ask me for the password if this is the first time I've connected, and the password is just the serial number on the device. Rob: Yeah, and this is actually a little interesting point here. If you're in the field and you know searching for what the serial number is, do yourself a favor, print out a little sticker put it on the back of the unit or the front of the unit so you are not always having to search what was that password? Makes it a little more convenient.
So yes so what all you need is to enter the password. Rich: Yeah. So it's successfully connected. Rob: Yeap. Rich: And now I can go ahead and launch the CamRanger app. Rob: LAUGH Rich: And it's going to go ahead and launch, and let's make sure the camera is on. That's good, Rob: That usually, that usually helps, yeap. Rich: It is and it should be sending out a signal, so it's starting the camera session. Now, in this case, it's telling me we don't have a card in the camera. But that's actually good information to have, right? Rob: Yeah, absolutely. Rich: So, it says it's successfully connected. Rob: Yep. Rich: You see we've got the ability to just tap the movie button there? Rob: Yep.
Rich: And what it's going to do is engage. Rob: Yep. And this is crazy Rich. I mean I know that you're only two feet away from the camera itself. Rich: Yes. Rob: But, so you have a preview there on the screen of the scene that we're looking at. Rich: Yah. Rob: And then over here on the right, we have a whole bunch of different controls. Things like for example changing the shutter speed, I can just simply click on this and say hey, you know what, I actually want this to be 150th. Rich: Yeah. Rob: And instantaneously it changes on the camera itself. Rich: And, I'll change the ISO for the shot and adjust. We have the ability to work with auto versus manual focus, which is kind of cool.
Rob: Yep. Rich: And, and with the, you know, when I tap to start the focus session, this allows me to now tap on places on the screen and have it adjust the focus to where I'm tapping. Rob: Yeah, and of course the thing that to be aware about this, is that there is a slight delay between, you know, you pushing the button on the iPad and the camera reacting. So don't think of it as a true real-time system. Rich: Yeah. Rob: But, it could, you know, and in a situation where you're trying to pull focus and it's not, you know, critical, the timing of it. That's almost like a remote follow focus system, you know, be able to adjust that, which is pretty cool.
Rich: Yeah and we've got the ability here. We're seeing the histogram on the shot. Obviously, this particular shot's a bit low. We could take the focus here, and we actually get fine-focus controls. The ability to go ahead and step-through focus, which is nice, or, of course, you know, I've knocked it out of focus there on purpose, so you see, but a quick, we'll just go tap to set focus, boom. Comes right into focus. Rob: It's really kind of amazing to be honest with you. I mean, the thing I like the best about this application is that besides, you know, situations where you have the camera in a you know, small location or a place that's not really accessible.
The thing I really like about this app, is that it's great for clients on set. Hand the client the iPad they can watch it. I would just make one suggestion to the client. Please don't touch any buttons. Rich: LAUGH Rob: And, you know, it's, it's, it's funny. We, we'll. Rich: You can turn that off. You can just let them monitor. Rob: Right. And we'll, we'll talk about this a little bit more in depth later on, but the thing about this is that, besides the client, talk to you DP about how this is being used too. I know a lot of DP's are very sensitive to I don't know. Them running the camera instead of, you know, you the director or the client, or whatever.
So just be aware of that. Rich: But I really like the large screen for focus. Being able to get in there and see what you're doing. Really comes in handy. Tap-to-focus is one of those features that's missing on a lot of cameras, which is great. And we're starting to see even new features for things like time lapse photography. Rob: Yep. Rich: Which is going to be cool for those in it. You could change the white balance right from here. So, if the, if the, you know, maybe the scene changes, right? Like, you have rigged the camera up, and it was a beautiful sunny day. Rob: Clouds roll in. Rich: Boom. You could just go ahead and switch the white balance to cloudy.
Rob: Yep. Rich: And it's changed. This is awesome. Now on a future episode, we're going to explore using this at the end of a jib, which is one of those ideal places where you've rigged the camera, you know several feet in the air, it's like, oh I need a change. Rob: Yeah, I mean this is, I mean this has happened to us so many times. So like you get the camera up in this elaborate rig and you go, the frame rate's wrong. Rich: Yeah. Rob: You know or something, something like that you know. Rich: Yeah, so this is perfect well, let's head out into the field and put this into action, and show you exactly how it works.
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