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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: Hi, My name is Rich Harrington. Robbie Carman: And I'm Robbie Carman. Rich: And today we're talking all about power. Now the thing is, is that without battery power, you are kind of screwed. Robbie: Yeah, the world really stops spinning if our batteries just kind of stop working, and this is particularly true when you are out in the field and shooting. Very rarely are you going to be tethered to an actual outlet and plugged in. Now you might have that capability if you are in a studio situation. But in the real world, on set and on location, power is going to become a principal concern of yours.
That power's mainly going to come from batteries, but we can also, if available, plug in to things, and that's exactly what we are going to talk about today, Rich, is this idea of how to sort of properly manage the power that we have, sometimes when situations where we can plug in and sometimes not. Rich: Yeah, you really nailed it. It's all about management and strategy. One of the things I like to emphasize is that if you don't have power, the whole shoot could grind to an absolute halt. Imagine not getting that sunset. You have to come back the next day, or you had no spare battery to go to, and now you're running around trying to find a battery you can get charged up, put it back in the camera.
It's not that simple. We've all experienced a dead battery before, and it's incredibly frustrating. So what we're going to look at today are strategies for when you do or do not have the option to plug in, as well as some very practical tips, things you could employ to preserve or lengthen the battery life.
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