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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: So Rob, we are literally out here in the field with a GoPro. Robbie Carman: In the in field, yeah. Rich Harrington: Yeah, we've come out here to a baseball diamond and we're looking at getting the GoPro up higher in the air. Of course there's all the traditional ways. You know, we could attach this to a jib, we could mount this overhead, climb up the back of the wall of the ballpark here and hang it. Robbie Carman: Yeah. Rich Harrington: But, but I think we should try something new and, and cool. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and I'm really excited about drones, or quadcopters, or whatever name you want to give them, and that's the idea of actually flying a camera.
And you're thinking to yourself, what, flying a camera? I'm not joking. We're actually talking about mounting the camera to a flying device like a helicopter or a quadcopter, or something like that, and getting it up in the air. And the cool thing is, Rich, is that, over the years this was something that, like, you know, the military was doing, super high-end productions were doing. Rich Harrington: Couple years ago at NAB, I went and I saw some of these copters. And there's really big ones for big, pro cameras. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: And they're ten, 20, 30. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: $50,000. Robbie Carman: They are, yep. Rich Harrington: We don't have that type of budget. Robbie Carman: No and what's cool though is in the past couple years, as we see a lot with technology of course, is that things start to trickle down, and now we're getting copters that fit something like the GoPro that you have there on your camera or lighter cameras like that GoPro for, you know, five, six, seven, 800 bucks, which is still a lot of money, don't get me wrong.
Rich Harrington: You don't want to accidentally say like I did, crash it and just hope it didn't break. Robbie Carman: Right. Rich Harrington: Maybe that happened. Robbie Carman: But that's a really affordable price that you can get into, and I gotta tell you guys we'll see this week and over the next couple weeks as we work more with the GoPro, this provides an amazing dynamic look to your footage. Actually flying it above a scene. Something like this where we're out here on a sports field, it's really, really cool and it gives you a look that you can't really get any other way. Rich Harrington: So what you're going to need for this if you want to try to follow along is, of course, your GoPro. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: Probably a sturdy case, because it can crash, and so using the more robust case is going to protect the camera.
Robbie Carman: We, we've only done that 12 times this morning, that's fine. Rich Harrington: Yeah. I recommend you update the firmware on your GoPro so can connect to the remote app. And we're going to do that in just a second. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: It makes it easier to control the camera, start and stop it, as well as, let's say you were to accidentally lose it. You could set the camera to be beeping and find it. Robbie Carman: Yes. Rich Harrington: See, we were supposed to actually start rolling about an hour ago, but I lost the helicopter. I'm just going to be honest. So with that in mind, now that we've done everything wrong before we rolled the cameras, let's do it right, and we'll let you see how to get this device set up and start to fly it.
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