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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: I've got this small little GoPro. Robbie Carman: Mmm-hmm. Rich Harrington: Really flexible legs, so this is going to be a piece of cake. I'm just going to drop this in on the dashboard area. Robbie Carman: Okay. Rich Harrington: But explain what you got there. Robbie Carman: Well, I got a giant suction cup. That's what I got here, Rich. And suction cups are very versatile things, especially for car shooting. If you go to you know, any major car commercial set, there's going to be suction cups everywhere. For lights, and cameras and other rigs that are hanging off in various ways in the car. And the thing about suction cups is that you want to be able to get sort of these industrial grade ones.
I would not go on Amazon or eBay and buy these little dinky ones and trust your valuable gear to those suction cups. Even with these industrial type suction cups, like this one where I can actually mount a camera, has a regular mounting place on it. I can adjust its angle and its tilt and all that kind of stuff. The other thing that you want to make sure, especially if you ever mounted it to say, a window or to the side of the car, that you secure it in some other way. A strap or a piece of, you know a piece of rope or something like that around the body of the camera or the light.
Or whatever else you're mounting. Rich Harrington: Sometimes you can get Velcro straps or safety ties, Carabiners. Just got to a you know a camping store. They've got all sorts of stuff that'll work well. Robbie Carman: Absolutely because the worst feeling in the world is when you hear that slow suck sound and all of the sudden it goes pop and then the next thing you know, you look back down the road and there is your camera in the middle of the road. Rich Harrington: Yeah and it's never in one whole piece when it hits the middle of the road. Robbie Carman: No. Absolutely not. Rich Harrington: So, these are pretty straightforward. Pick up a good one if you want it. Just use the little small things. You can get these from lots of places.
There's surf board mounts. With the whole go pro movement you're going to find more and more of these. Robbie Carman: Helmet Mounts Rich Harrington: Yeah, the real important thing though is make sure actually weigh the camera before you attach it. And I always go with using half of what it says it could support. Robbie Carman: Absolutely. You never want to overload these things. And I have a test that I call the pillow test. Rich Harrington: Okay. Robbie Carman: And here's how it works. I go into my house and I have various pieces of material. Glass, piece of wood, maybe a sheet of metal. Rich Harrington: A Carmen test labs. Robbie Carman: Right at the test labs. My patented test labs. And I'll put whatever I want on there.
And if it sticks up there for an hour without falling Falling on to the pillows below, I feel safe about using it out in the field. Rich Harrington: Absolutely.
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