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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, we've already talked about sort of the need to sort of protect your cards. Right? Rich: Yeah. Male 1: The thing that I really like to think about though when I'm in the field is not protecting necessarily physically my cards in a card wallet. Rich: Yeah. Male 1: But how I can actually protect the data that's on those cards. And there's the concept that we talk about often, and there's different ways that we're going to talk about it today, about mirroring data. Rich: Yeah. Male 1: And what do we really mean by that? Rich: Well, you want to have more than one copy. Male 1: Right. Rich: I mean, lots of things can happen. Production assistant, God forbid, driving back could get in a car accident.
You could get mugged and have your camera bag stolen while walking through New York City, you know? Male 1: Mm-hm. Rich: Just about anything could happen, and so if the data is only in one place. Or you're stuck on runway for five hours waiting to get off of there for a plane, and your crew needs to start editing. So, in any case, there's lots of issues that you could run into where only having one copy of the data, is pretty risky so you want multiple copies and a mirror, just like if you look in a mirror. It should be an exact reflection of what is there.
Male1: Right I look in the mirror, I go you are Rich: Who is that good guy? Male1: You are a redundant copy of me Now and. Rich: Have you been working for me today? Male 1: Exactly. Well, and one of the places that can happen first and foremost is on an actual camera body itself. A lot of cameras actually these days have two memory slots on the camera. So a lot of times you can configure the camera to either make an exact copy To roll over, and so forth, on the, on the actual memory card slots on the camera. So that's one place, but the next place is by using some additional gadgets that you might might bring with you in the field.
And we have a couple different options, and one that I'm actually becoming a big fan of, and there's a lot of devices like this, this is actually the NEXTO the iBox. And what this allows me to do, is that it sort of one part hard drive. Rich: Mm-hm. Male1: Another part card reader. Rich: And computer, built in. Male 1: Yeah, so on this one, for example, I can plug in SD cards. I can plug in compact flash cards. Over here on this side, I have the Express 34 form factor, which is popular for like P2 camera cards, for example. And all I need to do is simply take the card, snap it in there, and in just a second, the device, when I power it on.
Recognizes that there's a card in there, and I can simply transfer that footage from the card to the internal hard drive on this particular device. Rich: Yeah. And what's nice is, you're working with this guy here. You know, will just get that powered on. Is that you can actually see the verified copy. So when it goes through and it runs and it does that copy, is that you see there it verified the card, it sees it, tells me oh, there's 56 files on this card. It's an SD card. And I've already put this card in here because I already transferred this one. Male 1:One nice thing too is that you can verify it which is also not just copying, but verifying that your copy Is in fact, an identical copy, which is a nice thing to be to be sure of. Rich: And what's good here is that even though the card was the same name. Let's say I took this card and brought it back out and shot a little bit more. Male 1: Mm-hm. Rich: Well, I put it back in, it's going to be smart enough to go, oh, there's only ten files on here that are different. Male 1: Right. Rich: Would you like to copy those? Male 1: Right. Rich: Now, very simple operation. I'm just going to say, you know what? I don't need to copy this. I don't need to verify it. So I'll just go back. And I could remove the card, and it's very easy. Once that's done, what's nice, is that you can actually see the footage on here. So I could just go back and I can actually look at the material, I could preview the files And I'll just select that there. And I'll say oh, go off of the internal drive. Male 1: And that's actually a good point too Rich. That you can actually plug into this particular device. External drives. And we'll get to external drives in just a second. Rich: Yea. Male 1: But you don't, you're not just limited by the data on this device, or the, the drive size. You can plug in other drives to copy to this. Rich: Yeah, so you can actually read other drives or dump this directory drive. I mean think of it this way. This is basically an alternative. Really small, versus having to take a full laptop in the field. Male 1: Precisely. Rich: We're so used to a laptop and a hard drive and a card reader which I often have because I don't usually travel without one. But if I'm on a run and gun situation, I want something safe, the ability to put it right to the drive, the ability to go back and say, oh let's see that video clip. Let's play that back and watch it. Male 1: Yep. Rich: I'm seeing the video clip playback right on that device. Male 1: Yep. Rich: It's great, and I have total control over mirroring things. Now, these are, I don't want to say pricey, because you know, you, if you think about it, all it is is it's a computer, it's a card reader. This is not a $100 device. Male 1: It's not. Rich: So you're going to want to go out there and, and consider and get the right capacity, but This is kind of the top of the line if you're looking for the ultimate security, but what are some of the other things we could do? Male 1: Well, you mentioned the laptop, right? Rich: Yeah. Male 1: So, if you're travelling with a laptop, the other thing to consider is something just as simple as this. This is just a Firewire portable drive. I have a USB 3.1 right here. You can even get Thunderbolt portable drives these days. And the idea would be that you use your computer, as a card reader and if you don't, if your computer doesn't have a built in card reader you might plug in a third party card reader. Right? Rich: Now I want to talk about that because see, people are like, oh, I got an SD card built in, it's so fast. I thought the same thing, right, I was like, oh, this is awesome, I'll just pop it in. And then the other day, I was in the field and I had a lot of footage to pull down. I was actually going and, we'll talk about a device like this a little bit later, I had a Drobo Mini, which is four drives strapped together for redundancy, and I was dumping down footage for myself. And a second shooter. Well, it's connected via Thunderbolt. You're like, oh, Thunderbolt, it's so fast. I popped in the card, and it was like an 8-gig card, and it was like 10 minutes. I'm like, that just doesn't seem right. Male 1: Yeah, yeah, especially going to be Thunderbolt storage, you'd think it would be pretty quick. Rich: I was like, come on, come on. So, but we popped in a card reader, like the one you have there, actually that very one, USB 3. And it was two minutes for that same card, and I'm like oh, I guess it could, even if you have fast storage with fast connections. Maybe this isn't the fastest thing out there. Male 1: Yeah I mean sometimes you're limited by the internal bus speed on the computer. If your computer does have an internal reader like that. And often times, they're kind of second-thought kind of add-ons to the computer, so they're not necessarily going to leverage the fastest bus speeds on your machine. And you're right Rich, in my experience an external card reader sometimes is a little bit quicker. Rich: Well, in my case here it was four times faster, and for perspective, this is the top of the line current laptop. This isn't a couple years old, this is like the newest shipping model. And Im like, oh, so you mean I buy the $50 USB 3 card reader and it blows away the $3,000 laptop? Apparently that SD card is like for Mom and Dad's with their little point-and-click jpeg cameras transferring five at a time into iPhoto. You're not that person. You have tons of data, get a real card reader. Male 1: Right. Rich: So there's a lot to this thing when it comes to having all these pieces, having a good workflow. We've gone through the field portion here, I think pretty well. Male 1: Yeah. Rich: Let's talk about next week. We're going to take a deeper look at how you can get this stuff organized for the edit as well as how to securely transfer it when you're ready for that editorial stage, right. Male 1: That's right. We talked about all the various things from card wallets and you know, in field transfer devices. We talked about card readers and plugging in cards but next week we're really going to get into sort of a meat and potatoes of it, if you will. And talk about that work flow of copying stuff from a memory card to external drives. And using additional applications to help kind of automate that process. Rich: All right so be sure to tune in and don't miss that second part. We explore in much greater depth how to get that footage organized and ready for edit.
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