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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: Okay, so we're going to talk about the D IN O tripod head, and this actually has its roots as being something you would use for a telescope. So it has great wide angle view. Rob: Yeah, it's really, and when you first showed it to me I was sort of like Hm, how does this work? Rich: Yeah. Rob: But it's actually a pretty ingenious design. It has a standard tripod mount that you can put on there, but the really cool thing about it is how it can rotate and how it can adjust. So, obviously, down here on the bottom, we have a little lock off to where I can adjust rotation or lock off that rotation, right? Then, if I open that up, I can spin it.
The interesting one is this guy right here, that's kind of hidden underneath of this little circular piece of metal here. And if I undo that I can actually bend this in 90 degree increments, right? Rich: Yeah, and if you, if we have the arm attached, you can't quite go 90 degrees in the other way. Rob: The tripod gets in the way, right? Rich: Yeah, but look, we can go ahead and just thread that on there. It's just a standard camera mount. Rob: Yep. Rich: And I like this, you know, I have relatively large hands, the fact that this is toolless. And I can just quickly spin that into place and get a firm mount.
Rob: Yep. Rich: You know, it's there. And so now, we have a nice pan and tilt, real lightweight fluid head. Now, this is not as good as a full video one but it's a nice alternative for a photo tripod. Rob: Totally, and that's actually what I've been thinking about since you first showed me this, is that we've talked about traditional fluid head tripods for video. We've talked about, ball head tripods for photo. This to me is kind of the best ball head you could probably find, right? Rich: Yeah. Rob: It's giving you fluid-like features but still in that kind of same sort of adjustability you would find, on, on a ball head.
And what I really, really, like about it, is that if you think out of the box on it, say put it on a monopod or something like that, and it bended all the way down at a 90 degree angle, you can get some really cool angles with it. You know, put it on a boom or, or, or a monopod, hang it out in the middle of a scene. It works pretty well. Rich: Yeah, I find that if I get the tension knobs right on this, I can absolutely, with a very small head get very fluid motion. Rob: Yep. Rich: But we were talking all about getting cameras into tight spots. Here's what I like. First off, without having to carry any tools, my hand fits in here, so I could tighten the camera, I could do this, I could hit the lock.
One handed, I could adjust all of these controls. Rob: Mm-hm. Rich: Show me another tripod head that you could actually adjust everything, with a single hand. So, if you're in a small space, you could reach in and totally manipulate this, and it doesn't take two hands. Rob: Yeah, and we have it here on a, on a tripod. But in like the previous movie, we talk, talked a little bit about car mounts and suction suction mounts. Nothing's saying you couldn't put this on, say, a suction cup mount or a Gorilla Pod. Rich: This is hanging off the edge of a door. Rob: Yep. Rich: The fact that I can just loosen this and swing that up to whatever angle I want.
Shooting straight up. Shooting straight down. Rob: Yep. Rich: I mean, that's an incredible range. Essentially here, you have a full, what's often referred to as a spherical head. You can shoot straight up, straight down, and a full round about sphere getting anything in that environment. Rob: Yeah, it's very cool. Rich: All in a very small space. And then just tighten it down and it absolutely locks off. It is rated to hold the weight of really any standard DSLR. Have a really long lens? Use the shoe or the foot that comes attached to the lens collar. Rob: Mm-hm. Rich: But I love this, particularly for the small spaces to really get in there and position it.
Notice how easy that is. One handed, I'm loosening it, positioning it, locking it off. Rob: Yep. Rich: I've been looking for something that if I was in a tight situation, you know, and I just didn't have room. A full size tripod head is really bulky. This, practically nothing. Rob: Yep, I agree. It's very cool. Rich: Alright, well when we come back we got one more piece of gear that's going to be useful if you're shooting in a situation with windows or reflections and you want to really get that shot. This is a great piece of gear to add. It's called a lens skirt and it's super cheap way to give you a lot more flexibility in tight shooting situations.
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