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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: Rob, we've headed back into the field, we've got our GoPro with us, and we're going to start putting this into action. Robbie Carman: Yeah. Rich Harrington: One of the first things I think you need to look at is attaching it. And by itself, this doesn't look that friendly to attach. Robbie Carman: I mean, these things, I mean, first of all, not losing it is, you know, a part of the battle too with the GoPro. I mean this is such a small device that you can put anywhere that you need to be careful of it, that you don't, you know, put it in your pocket and run it through the washing machine, that kind of thing. But you're right. Just looking at it by itself there's no. Rich Harrington: There's no mounting points.
Robbie Carman: There's no mounting threads. I mean, I guess I could kind of jam the USB port down here on a tripod and see what happens. Rich Harrington: Well fortunately, there's different cases, and most of these are add-on accessories, so you need to sort of know what you're doing. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: They make, it comes with sort of this clear plastic case. Robbie Carman: Yeah. Rich Harrington: It's meant to be waterproof. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and it's nice and heavy duty, you know, it's a nice, polycarbonate there. It's got a nice heavy front in front of the lens. And you can just pop this guy in there, right there, put it in there, lock it off. And you know what? It's nice and stable in there. It's not going to shake around, it's not going to move around.
It's, I wouldn't say, impervious to the elements, but it's relatively waterproof. I had, I got, I had a couple drops get in every once in a while, but nothing that's going to ruin it. And this is, as you said, sort of the basic heavy duty case. Rich Harrington: And this is included with the kit when you buy it, but what you would need to realize is, it's very difficult to get accessories on here. So if you've put things like the external battery, or you're using the monitor back, you need to buy the plastic bubble that goes on the back to extend it. Robbie Carman: Right. Rich Harrington: But you also don't really get the benefit of the mics here and you can't really access the ports.
Robbie Carman: Yeah, this would be great for something like, you know, putting it on a surfboard or, you know, maybe attaching it with one of the helmet mounts, if you're out mountain biking or something like that. Rich Harrington: Yeah. All sorts of different things. You mentioned some of the suction cup ones. You also get these adhesive ones, if you want to mount it to the dashboard. The thing is, is, they recommend when you attach these, you let them dry for 24 hours in advance. So, you want to give it some thought of where you're mounting it and not just, oh, I'll just stick it here real quick. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and I would, again, you know, urge everybody to go to the GoPro website, because they have a lot of great instruction on how to properly mount the cameras with the different mounts.
Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: As you said, how long of a time to wait for the adhesive and things of that nature. Rich Harrington: But a lot of times, I like to get it out of this case. And let's just pop this out here real quick. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: And if I'm using this say for time lapse, or other type of shooting. Robbie Carman: Uh-huh. Rich Harrington: I prefer to use these guys. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and these are obviously going to be uncovered mounts in terms of the back and the front, which is going to allow you to do things like, put the monitoring back on Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: But also have, you know, not another piece of plastic in front of the actual lens element. And the cool thing about this is that, this particular one and this one as well both have actually the shutter button right on top so, you know, because obviously the shutter button on the GoPro is right on top.
So if you're covering it with a frame like that, it can be a little difficult. And it just wraps right around the camera, and you have access, obviously to the lens, the shutter button on top. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: And in fact, even on the side, you have access to the WiFi control on this particular camera and the USB control. Rich Harrington: And you're like, well what, what's the big deal about the USB control? Here's the best thing, right. Can you grab that battery there? Robbie Carman: Absolutely. Rich Harrington: So, what I have here is an extended battery that you might use to charge a phone or an iPad. Robbie Carman: Mm-hm. Rich Harrington: I've done time lapse shoots with the GoPro where I've shot for close to two days off of that battery. Robbie Carman: Right, and you simply take the USB end, plug it in to the USB port on the camera, and these batteries can hold a lot of charge, especially for something as small as the GoPro and as you said, perfect for time lapse events, that kind of thing.
Rich Harrington: Yeah, so once you've got it into some sort of frame, you're going to want to mount it, and from there, I recommend you pick up this little optional accessory, which is the basic thread mount. And that's going to work with all sorts of production gear we already know. Why don't you grab some of this stuff we got over there. Robbie Carman: Sure. So, you know, the, the cool thing about the thread mount, is obviously, a lot of the gear that we're already going to have is going to work with this type of thread mount. For example you could find a little base plate like this that would put into like some sort of a hot shoe. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: You could find you know, a little mini tripod like this like this Joby right here.
Rich Harrington: Yea. Robbie Carman: There's a lot of different options. Rich Harrington: I could screw this in, and this would go to a light pole. You know, you could mount to a lighting stand, or I could put that right there. Or even simple handheld grids or steady cam type units. I love something like this. It's very simple to just screw that into place. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: And I basically have a sled. Now you might be thinking, why in the world did you take such a little camera and make it so much bigger? Robbie Carman: Well, because the smaller the camera is the more its going to see that shake, you know? It's hard, you don't have any stability and heft with it. So getting a little heft with it is going to give you a little bit of a fighting chance of getting a nice steady handheld shot when you're walking around with it.
Now, there is one thing I don't want people to forget with all these different mounting options. When it comes to the GoPro. Is that the viewing angle of the GoPro lens is extremely, extremely, extremely wide. So when you're thinking about taking say like a C stand or a light stand and mounting it. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: You just have to be aware that were you're placing this mount is going to, you know, be important because of such a wide angle on the camera. Rich Harrington: Yeah, don't put that all the way at the back, move that to the front. And remember within the GoPro app, or the menu settings, you often can adjust the field of view, going to a medium field of view instead of a true wide angle. That's often going to be useful.
But all in all, pretty straightforward. We've got it mounted to something. And when we come back, we'll walk you through how to actually use that app, so we can adjust the camera settings.
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