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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.
We've got a simple sort of, what often is called a skateboard or a, a wheelie dolly and this is used for table top type shooting. There's lots of manufacturers out there. >> Oh yeah, I mean, you can find them in all shapes or sizes, from square ones to triangular ones like this. This one is actually kind of neat in that you can adjust sort of the angle of the wheels, if you need to do a circular pattern. >> Yeah. >> Or a linear movement, that kind of stuff. And they come in a lot of you know, different shapes and sizes. This one I actually kind of like because it's perfect for, well, a table top. And you're going to find yourself a lot in shooting situations, where you have a table top.
Maybe a countertop or something like that and you want to do just a nice, smooth move. And this is really easy, nice and compact. You see we just have a sort of pistol style tripod head on here, so we can position the camera anywhere that we want. >> Yeah. >> Then we have these wheels that are sort of polyurethane wheels that you know, give you nice rolling. So they're going to sort of absorb any sort of impurities in the surface. >> Yeah, these are like the type of wheels that you'd find on a Rollerblade skate. And now the thing is, is if you take these outside and you're putting this on the pavement, they're going to get chunked up.
>> Yep. >> From the gravel. So this is really designed for indoor use or you bring a board with you. But there's easy handles here, so I could just put my hand on that. >> Yep. >> And just gently move with the body. >> Yep. And get nice, smooth movement. >> Yeah, and this is particularly great for doing, again, for things like product shots, right? If you were in the studio and you had, I don't know, a piece of gear that you were doing a product shot for, you could set up a table or board just like this and do a nice move around it. And what I particularly like, as I mentioned, is what you're doing now, adjusting the wheels. So we can do things like a circle around the product and that kind of stuff.
>> Yeah. >> And this really gives you a lot of versatility and as you pointed out though, unless you're going to bring some additional gear with you like a tabletop board or something like that, it can be a little difficult to get smooth motion. So it's best for this kind of dolly or this kind of slider to be used, I think, in the studio. Well, if I rotate those so they're all sort of pointed in a circle, it's almost becomes like a panning head. >> Yup. >> But you could tweak that and we can get more of an arc. So if I keep two of these wheels straight and I've got this one set in an arc, now it's going to do more of a sweep.
>> Mm-hm. >> And you just push that. And this can really be useful. You've got handles here to grab and the whole idea is that you get the flexibility that you want. And it's not that uncommon if you are traveling, let's say you couldn't ship a full dolly with you, you could stop at a hardware store. You could pick up a piece of countertop or even a couple of boards. >> Yeah. Plywood or something like that, yeah. >> Yeah. And you're going to get what you want. So these are really affordable. And it's just one of those little gizmos and gadgets you might want to add to your kit.
Now, I think it's time to head out into the field and we're going to step up to some more professional versions of this. And using a rail system as well, right? >> Yeah, we're going to take a look at a a little bigger slider that can go on a tripod, which is really nice and versatile. And then as you mentioned with DP Kevin Bradley, we'll take a look at a more heavy-duty sort of professional level slider system that's going to deliver a longer track and it's going to be a little bit more heavy-duty for things like heavier cameras. >> Alright so let's jump out into the field.
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