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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: You open up the Go Pro box - its filled with stuff, and they've got it all tightly packaged together. I think the first thing to cover is that its going to come with a case something like this. Male 2: Yeah, and you know, if you've ever watched action sports on TV, you know, a guy, you know, whatever, a race car or riding his mountain bike or something. Yeah. This is the most visible thing that you see, and these case Male 1: Its great marketing. Male 2: Yeah its great, and these cases are great. I mean they're You know, high quality polycarbonate, so they're going to take a licking and keep on ticking. Now, I don't advise you to put it through its paces to see how much force it actually takes to break.
But, you know, if you were riding a bike or something and you crashed, my experience, they do protect the camera quite well. Male 1: Well it's the same sort of material that helmets are made out of. And let's cover the two parts that are the trickiest. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: The first is opening the thing. Male 2: Male 1: You're like, I just pull here, wait, and I've see people break it. Male 2: Oh yeah. Male 1: It's a two part switch right? So the first part is you push the triangle Male 2: Yep. Male 1: in to release and then you lift the second triangle. Male 2: Then it just opens right up. Male 1: Yeah, and notice, Rob, we got one back on here. It comes with two backs in the case Why the holes? Male 2: Well, a couple of reasons.
First, if you want to have in the holes, if you want to get things like hear audio from the camera. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Or, you know, be able to, control other devices and other parts of the camera, that's one reason. But then the sealed back ones, I think you have one there. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Hey, maybe you need to waterproof the, the case if you're going on a surfboard or something like that. So you definitely, if you're going in the water or anywhere near water, you definitely don't want holes in the back of the case. Male 1: Yeah. And I've seen people make that mistake. Male 2: Right. Male 1: And they just kind of rush, so This just simply pops off you, and it's a little tricky, you gotta kind of like, find it and wiggle it, but it pops right off. Male 2: Yup. Male 1: And you can switch between, and that'll just snap on the bottom there.
Male 2: Yup. Male 1: And then we're back in the business. Male 2: Right. Male 1: Now, that's fine, and everything's good. This case is still adaptable, I'll cover some of the other backs in a second. Male 2: Yup. Male 1: You're going to have these little. You know, gizmos basically. This is the one it comes with. It snaps into place. Male 2: Mm-hm. Male 1: And what's the idea here? I. Male 2: Well, these are different mounting options and again, the thing that really makes the GoPro so versatile, is the amount of mounting options they have. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: Like this particular one is just an adhesive back, so I could put it on a table or, you know, on the ceiling or wherever it may be. Male 1: And this one's curved, actually, bluntly for sticking it on a helmet Male 2: Male 1: You'd probably put it on top of the helmet but it's actually designed to match the curve A, and this one's flat.
Male 2: Right. Exactly. So you're going to di, different, you know, different places a mount. There's actually if you go to the Go Pro website you'll even notice that they make specific kits for different things. Like I think they have a, a surfboard, you know? Male 1: Oh yeah. Male 2: A surf option and and a mountain bike option. Male 1: And they got, they got the chest harness one and they got the headband one. Male 2: I kind of like this one so you can mount it on the handlebars, right? So you got, or a pipe or something like that that you need to. Yeah, there's a plethora of different mounting options, and the thing to keep in mind is that, you know, just the basic one comes in the actual kit. If you need to have, you know, specific situations where you need the mount, just go to the GoPro website.
But also, I will say Rich, that a lot of third parties Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: I've kind of gotten in to this whole mounting game with GoPros. And are making really, really, really unique ones. In fact, the other day I saw one that was an adhesive plate, but then it had a little slider, so it would slide about. Male 1: Oh, nice. Male 2: Three or four inches. Male 1: Nice. Male 2: Which is kind of cool. Male 1: Well, and if you're going to take advantage of the third party ones, this is something made by GoPro. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: That I find essential. Now, notice here, we actually knocked the nut off the one side. Male 1: Mm-hm. Male 1: This is one thing that tends to happen. It's very easy to lose this.
Piece. So you always want to keep some extras of those around. Male 2: Yep, yep. Male 1: But this allows you, with a standard thread, to mount this to almost any third-party device. So here I have a simple handle to transfer that. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: What do you have over there? Male 2: Yeah, I have a little mini tri-pod here, the Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: and yeah, it's just a standard thread. So I could mount that thread on here, put the GoPro And this is great for things like, hey, maybe you're going to be out in the field and you want to do time lapse with your Go Pro, or you want to take something like this and, you know, wrap it around a fence or wrap it around a light pole or something like that.
And that standard thread with that adapter is going to make simple work out of mounting the Go Pro. Male 1: Now, a little later, we're going to actually talk about the menus and specifics, but there's one menu that's critical that most people don't know about. That is that you can step in and actually flip the image. So if you want and you have to, you can end up mounting the camera upside down but still have a right-side image. Male 2: Now, Rich, there is one other piece of gear that's not mounting related Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: That I want to, I want to talk about, because I know that you have some other, other pieces that you want to talk about too. But that's this little guy. And I find this to be an essential piece of kit, with, with the go pro.
So, you'll notice that the, there's a tiny little LCD screen for basic functionality on the front of the camera. I don't about you Rich, I'm getting older, that is, that is, a little small right? Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: However, I can take this guy. Snap it on to the back of the camera, Male 1: Yep. Male 2: and now I have an LCD screen. Directly on the back of the camera itself. Male 1: and it is not just an LCD screen. Male 2: No. Male 1: It's actually a touch LCD screen, so rather than sit there having to oh, menu button, cycle cycle cycle cycle cycle, you could just tap on what you want.
Male 2: Yeah, it's great. I mean the thing about this though, is that it's an accessory, it's an additional piece. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: And there, since they are quite small, just make sure you keep track of the actual case. Label it, that kind of stuff. I've misplaced mine for weeks at a time, because it was in the back, you know, the bottom of my backpack or something like that. Male 1: And if you are going to do that, the good news is, whenever you buy one of those accessories, you get the companion piece. So I could pop this piece off, there we go, so that comes off, Male 2: Yep Male 1: and then this snaps on, there we go, and Feel that backside there.
Male 2: Yeah. It's kind of like, flexy. You can actually still get Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: a capacitive touch on the LCD screen, which is nice. Male 1: But it is extremely water resistant Male 2: Right. Male 1: and virtually waterproof to the right level. Male 2: Right. Male 1: And they try to cut down on that, like I had another manufacturer system that's for the Go Pro that I use for diving, Male 2: Sure. Male 1: and it was a single flip lever. And I was out snorkeling with my son. And he just like pulled the lever when we were 20 feet, you know, over the water. Male 2: I'll just say this to, to cover all the bases. When it comes to water and cameras, especially protective cases, my go to test is to seal the case up, put it in the bathtub for over, overnight.
Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: And see if any water gets in. Now, of course, it doesn't take into account pressure or anything like that, but it's a good idea to test. Male 2: And they do make little adhesive pads that you can drop in there. In fact they do recommend this. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: Because sometimes you just get slight moisture Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: and it doesn't take much moisture to damage. This will soak that up. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: If the case floods, you are screwed Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: but if there is just a little bit of condensation this will pull that in. That's looking pretty good. I do want to mention one more thing for power. And, and we're going to cover powering the camera in just a moment.
But that is, there is no plug that comes with the GoPro. You, you get the USB cable, but there's no. Male 2: You, you get this guy, Yeah, but that's not going to get you too far. Male 1: Yeah, I mean, I have actually seen electrical outlets with USB ports these days. Male 2: Sure. Male 1: It is the modern world. But you're going to want to pick up A plug. Now, if you've got a phone charger around, fine, you want to plug this into your computer, fine. I actually do like the Go Pro 1. Male 2: Yep. Male 1: Two plugs, so you can change two devices at once. And they actually make it, much like the Apple and other laptop adapters where, if you're in a foreign country, Male 2: Yep. Male 1: you can swap that out.
Male 2: Really handy. And it comes with all of them, so don't throw those away. So we got all that, it comes together, you know, we got these accessories. I think the thing that a lot of folks need to realize is that when they put together their Go Pro kits, you're going to have the camera, and they you're probably going to end up over time spending as much or maybe even more on all the other little pieces. Male 2: Yeah, and I mean, the thing you have to, at least if you're anything like me, the thing you have to resist is the urge to get all the little gadgets and doohickeys. I mean, like, great, having the surfboard mount would be awesome.
Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: But the amount of times I actually use it you know, because I'm not that big of a surfer. You know, wouldn't go there. So, I mean the thing I think when you're building the kit is spend some time on the go bo, GoPro website. Look at all the accessories think about the type of shooting that you're going to do, what's going to be most useful. And you know, it's not an all or nothing propersition. I mean you can always go into a situation where you can buy a basic kit. Buy a couple of accessories and then just add on. And don't forget there are a lot of third party manufactures making varies accessories for your go pro. Male 1: One last caveat that's just a bit of a danger.
Which is I did have some accessories that I bought. Male 2: Yup. Male 1: Not all third-party manufacturers, clearly specify for GoPro 2, or GoPro 3. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: And so I brought, I bought a case for diving that was this cool wrist-mount case, so I could just, you know, wear it on my arm while I was diving Male 2: It only fit the 2 or something. Male 1: It only fit the 2, and I'm like oh. Male 2: Yeah and in just like anything else, your mileage will vary. I find of course that the original equipment manufacturer often makes The best stuff but yeah just see what's out there.
Male 1: Alright, well when we come back we're going to talk about powering the camera we already mentioned you're going to need a power supply but there are a few other things that are pretty important to pick up if you want to use this in a real world production situation.
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