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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.
Rich Harrington: All right, we've got everything connected, we've got our green lights, we've got our iPad back in hand. Robbie Carman: Mm-hm. Rich Harrington: Go ahead and engage the record. Robbie Carman: Yup, got it. Rich Harrington: All right. Now we're going to start the propellers going. To do that I take the controller and I hold both joysticks downward and inward. Robbie Carman: That's a good sign. Rich Harrington: Yeah. And at this point we're going to back up. Robbie Carman: Rich Harrington: Now, the goal here is to get it to hover. And it may go or it may not depending upon balance and a few other issues. So we'll take it up slowly. Little more.
And you want to get it slowly off the ground. There we go. Robbie Carman: Now the thing here Rich is obviously you're being very cautious so it's in the line of our cameras, but you gotta be careful too because these things, as we've seen, can actually take off pretty severely. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: And being in a nice big field is nice because you can practice how it turns, how it moves, why don't you try a little turning there, and you can see that it can move off in the distance. We're getting our crew back here filming us.
Rich Harrington: I just have this vision of it coming right at us Rob, just for the record. SOUND Huh. And I landed it. Robbie Carman: This was a one in a million chance that Rich got. No, seriously. I want to just emphasize the point, Rich, that this does take a little practice. You did a really good job hovering it. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: But, in terms of swooping into shots, in terms of turning it and that kind of stuff, it does take a little practice. So, make sure you're in a nice wide-open environment like this, again, where you're just not going to damage property, people, all that kind of stuff.
Rich Harrington: Yeah, so we'll do a little bit more flying and we'll walk you through a couple of tips, but what we did right there with just a low take-off, little bit of hover, move around, bring it back. Do that. Treat this like swimming. Start by swimming when you can actually reach the edge of the pool. Don't have yourself dropped off in the middle of the English Channel and attempt to swim it. So, let's do a little bit more flying. And, we'll just again hold those two triggers together. Robbie Carman: Yup. Rich Harrington: Good. And you're recording? Robbie Carman: I'm recording. Rich Harrington: All right, let's see if we can get a little bit more flight.
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