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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 the basic controls set up, but that's a really tiny little picture. Robbie Carman: Yeah it actually, you know at first I thought there was something wrong. I was flipping the iPad around. I was like, why is this not working? But all you actually have to do to get out of this small preview, Rich, is just tap on the little preview and now you have a nice big preview. Rich Harrington: Oh, and now see, now we feel like we're in control here. It's like, oh I am the commander. I can see everything. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and just like we've talked about in previous episodes with other remote control apps like Camranger and stuff like that the cool thing is, is that you could, you know, hand this to a client, you could put it in the hands of a producer on set and they can see it.
And this allows you to like, not have to, you know, get up and fuss with the camera, do other, some other sort of wiring out of the camera to monitor Rich Harrington: Yeah Robbie Carman: It makes for a nice easy preview. But again, the thing to remember is that it's not perfectly real time, you know, it's it's a little delayed simply because of the WiFi network. Rich Harrington: Yes, as we pan that there you see there's about a four second delay as it handed off the frames, but it did adjust. I could see everything, I could toggle the preview off to save battery life. So don't run the preview all the time. Every time you're pulling that preview down, you're using more juice on the device as well as here.
Robbie Carman: Right. Rich Harrington: So, once you've got the shot rolling, you know that it's fine, you can turn that preview on, you know, get it to engage. Oh, okay, the shot looks good, let's fire that off, we'll frame that up just a little bit. I've got my battery meter, reads that it's charging. Everything's fine. Well, while it's still recording, I could turn the preview off, which is going to save the battery. Robbie Carman: Absolutely, And again, I use this all the time just to basically spot-check things. If I'm bumming set, and I'm like, hey is that camera really rolling? What angle is it? Did it, something in the shot changed, you know, something in frame.
I'll just turn it on real quick, take a look at it and go, yep, everything's good, and then just bounce it off again, just so I'm not wasting battery on both my GoPro as well as the iPad itself. Rich Harrington: Alright, so there you have it. Make sure you download the latest version of the app. This'll give you the ability to remotely control the GoPro. The app is available for iOS, Windows phones, or Google Android, which is going to cover most users out there. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: If you do run problems, couple troubleshooting tips. Robbie Carman: Yeah. Rich Harrington: First off, make sure you update the firmware and the app, and that those are matched together. Robbie Carman: Yeah, that's a big one.
And the other thing that I've found that's important to do is that when you actually go to the GoPro website, and you update that firmware? You're going to be asked to put in a name for the camera, and a password for that camera. Rich Harrington: Write it down. Robbie Carman: And your, well your first thought is, oh, this must be a website registration. It's actually for the camera itself. So when you actually go onto your phone or your your tablet, and you're going to log into that Wi-Fi network and saying, hey, you know, what's the password? That's the password that you set up when you configure and updated the firmware on the GoPro website. Rich Harrington: And I'd recommend that you use the same password that you use for your home internet network, or the network in the office.
Something that's easy for you to remember. This is not high security, it's not like you're keeping valuable data on there. But make it something you're not going to forget. If it doesn't work, power off the device, power it back on, and make sure you hit that WiFi button. And here's the tricky thing, the camera can actually be, "off" with the WiFi feature still on. So you're going to want to make sure you take a look at that and make sure that both buttons are on, both the WiFi and the power.
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