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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: So, Rich, when you start looking at GoPros, and you go to the GoPro website, you'll notice that there's actually a few different versions of the GoPro, right? There's the silver, there's the black. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: There's the white. And, you know, actually I will give it to the guys at GoPro, they have really good explanations on their website about the different models and the different cameras. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: But let's break it down for folks and talk about the different versions of the GoPro. because as of this recording, the current version of the camera is the Hero three, but I would imagine that we'll have the Hero four, five, six, seven, eight, one of these days. Male 2: Yeah. And, and that's not an Internet rumor.
We're just saying, there was a one, there was a two, there was a three. There's probably going to be a four at some point. Male 1: Right, you would, you'd think. Male 2: But here's the good news. They basically break down with a collection of features and there's typically about a $100 price jump. Male 1: Okay. Male 2: I don't want to go through every feature, but it really comes down to a couple of key factors. When you step up to the black, you tend to get things like the remote control. And this you know, why do I need a remote control? Well if you've hung the camera up above your set to shoot a timelapse or to shoot behind the scenes video, and you send somebody up on a grid or a ladder to hang it, you know, thirty feet in the air.
You don't want to have to keep sending somebody up there to push the start button each time. Male 1: Yeah, especially because the start button's actually pretty darn small. Male 2: Yeah. So, that makes it easier. And, you know, that's fine. Now the good news is, is even if it doesn't come with a remote, you could buy it separate. Male 1: Mm hm. Male 2: Of course, the remote costs pretty much the same price as jumping from the silver to the black. Male 1: Right. Male 2: The black has some higher resolutions. You started getting into, you know, 4k versus just 2k, versus just HD. Male 1: Now, I will say about the, you know, every, everybody's talking about 4k these days. And I just want to make one, sort of caveat asterisk about 4k on these cameras.
Is that, yes, it's 4k resolution, but something suffers. And that's the frame rate. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: When you go to the full 4k resolution, you're shooting what is it? About 15 frames a second. Verses true, you know, true motion of 24, or 30. So that's something to be aware of. I've actually been using a lot of the, I believe it's the 2.7K mode. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: Which is giving you, you know, higher than HD resolution, but you also get full frame rate. Which is great, if you need to push in on things, or reframe things a little bit. That's a good mode to go to. Male 2: You absolutely can essentially crop the video. Which is going to be important, because if you are dealing with a oversize image with a wide angle, it's not atypical to get stray objects in there or to have some distortion at the edges.
Or the ability to essentially go in and crop and post, so. And that image is actually wide enough that if you rotate the camera on its side, you can actually, you know, still crop out a good HD image from the middle and have some more top to bottom resolution. Some people are using that to shoot architecture or you know, sporting events where they want some flexibility because, you know, typically you're using these cameras in an unmanned or unstaffed situation. Male 1: Right, right, right. Well the other thing I think that's important to understand about these cameras too is that all of the controls and buttons are actually pretty small, On the side we have, USB and micro, HDMI ports.
We have, SD card slot. Male 2: Micro-SD card. Male 1: Micro-SD card slot. On the front here you have a minuscule LCD screen. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: A power button and a shutter button. So, it's all really self contained. But the thing that blows me away, when I, when I bought my Go-Pro. Is the amount of stuff that it comes with. Male 2: Yeah. So, so the box is a bit deceptive, right? Male 1: Right. Male 2: It's like this little, clean pillar of modern design, and then you open it up, you're like, boy there's a lot of stuff. Male 1: Yeah, I mean, we have, you know, frames and little mounting gadgets. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: And the thing about it is if you go to the GoPro website and go to accessories.
Oh my goodness I mean there's literally accessories for everything. From surfboard mounts to you know, bicycle mounts like this one to helmet mounts. Sort of the sky's the limit but there are some sort of key pieces that come with it for basic types of mounting for you know, basic Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: You know, protection and that kind of stuff. Male 2: Well, when we come back let's actually break that down. Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: I want to take a look through some of the ones that come in the box. And then I want to show folks some of my favorite add-on ones Male 1: Sure. Male 2: As well as third party ones. Male 1: Cool.
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