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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.
Rob: Rich, you know I'm a back to basics kind of guy, you know every once in a while, I get sort of taken away with the latest gadgets and the newest and latest, greatest toys. But when I'm in the field, I want to have this sort of secure feeling that. Rich: Safety first. Rob: That, yeah exactly. Rich: Yeah. Rob: Safety first, secure feeling that my media and more importantly, my cards are in a well-protected, secure place. Rich: Yeah. Rob: And when I mean, get back to basics, I'm talking about something as simple as something like this, which is just a basic card wallet. Rich: Yeah, I mean this particular one that you have there. That's made by Think Tank.
It kind of reminds me of those wallets you had in the kids, as kids. Rob: You know? Like back in the 80s with the Velcro. Oh yeah, that's cool. Rich: That's a very reassuring sound, but no I mean. That's all cards. Rob: Yep. Rich: And real simple idea here, you know? All of those, one pocket per card. Rob: Yep. Rich: Now I would if using SD cards, put them back in the hard plastic case with this type of wallet. Because this one's really designed for CF cards which are rigid. You're not going to want to put an SD card in something like this without being on a hard case cause you could crack it. Rob: That's right. And one other thing I like to do on wallets like this is I'll just take a little label printer.
And I'll just print out and label each pocket. So I know that hey, this is card number one, card number two. Or cam A, cam B. However you want to do it. Rich: Yeah. Rob: So it makes me allows me to be able to find cards quickly and put them back in the right place. Rich: And one of the things that I like to do is I'll actually switch, so you see like I've got a card in here. When that card was full, if I was using an one wallet system, I'd flip it over and sort of put it in backwards, so I knew that that card was there. By the way, one real simple thing that a lot of people miss.
You know sounds obvious, but I've got space on there. Oh, I don't know. It's my name. Do you know how many times you've done something stupid? I don't know. We probably don't want to admit on global television but I've lost a card, I've dropped a card. He's perfect. Rob: Yeah. Rich: He's back to basics. Rob: Exactly. Rich: So you know, making sure your name is on the card and you've got a card wallet. Rob: Mm-hm. Rich: And on the flip side of this card wallet. Rob: Your business card. Rich: I've got my business card. Rob: And since you know. Another simple idea, I've got multiple business cards.
So when somebody says oh, could I get your card? Rob: You have them ready to go. Rich: You got them ready to go. Rob: Now the only thing that scares me about wallets of this type is that they're kind of soft and a little wimpy if you will, right? Rich: Yeah. Rob: I'm actually a real big fan of this kind of design for a card wallet. Now this particular card wallet's made by Pelican. You may have heard about Pelican before. They're sort of the, the brand name if you will of cases. And protective gear. And this one is a hard shell, hard plastic shell, that's essentially crush proof and waterproof, right? And just simply open it up. And this particular guy is for SD cards.
And what I like about it is it has nice form fitting pockets for each one. They kind of very snugly, kind of go right into the little cutout there. So they don't rattle around. You don't lose them. You know when you open the case, they all fall out and that kind of thing. And this makes me feel nice and secure because, you know God forbid I step on this or drop it out of my bag. Rich: Yep. Rob: It's going to be in pretty good condition still. Rich: And what's nice about this one too is what, I'm doing a lot of mixed format shooting these days where I'm adding GoPros to my DSLR workflow. Rob: Yep. Rich: And at $300 a camera, it's pretty awesome to have that extra coverage.
Rob: Yep. Rich: Well, those new GoPro's are using even, like, if you thought an SD card was bad, it's like. Rob: Oh, Micro SD cards, yeah. Rich: Yeah. It's like, oh, look at that! Right? Rob: Yeah, you like mistake it for a piece of dirt on the ground. Rich: 64 Gigs, whoa, gone! Right? So it has a little pocket in there like a little nested pocket, so you can drop that in, really tiny. So it'll actually hold it. So that's just a safety, but now, one card wallet, two card wallets. How many do you travel with when you shoot? Rob: Well, I like to have two as, as a minimum.
Rich: Yep. Rob: For the exact reason that you just described. I like to have one card wallet that has all my fresh and ready cards, that I know that I can put right into the cameras and ready to go. And then I like to have another separate card wallet for the cards that I've actually already acquired data on to. That way, I don't make the, you know, the ultimate rookie mistake of putting a card that I already have data on back into the camera or formatting it and shooting over that footage that I probably can't get back. Rich: Now, I have a real simple pneumonic because when I'm in the heart of a shoot and I'm thinking about the talent and the performance and the crew and I don't know, where's lunch and whether I have to pick up my kids today, day care, you know, all those things.
Rob: Mh-hm. Rich: Like the actual shoot details and the rest of your life. The last thing you want to be doing is like, did I shoot in this card? Rob: Yeah. Rich: Oh wait, let me pop it in the camera and let me search through the folders, oh I think it's empty, I'll reformat it. Rob: Yeah. Rich: Same reason, but I use those two cards, but you have two wallets you know, it's very possible to get two of that, you know, basically look the same. You're like oh, I don't know. Well pretty simple, right? I will take the one that has all the fresh, empty formatted cards that are ready to use. Rob: Mm-hm. Rich: And put that in my right pocket. Rob: Okay. Rich: And then I'll take the one that's the empty wallet, that has all the empty spaces, and put it in my left pocket.
Rob: So I get the right pocket, right? Rich: Right to shoot. Rob: Right to shoot whatever. Rich: Yeah. Rob: What's the left? Rich: The ones in the left pocket should be left alone. Rob: I got it. Rich: Real simple, the right pocket is the right pocket to shoot. The left pocket should be left alone. And that's where you leave them to be stored. And if you do something that simple, you really have it down. Now for a lot of you, having an endless supply of cards isn't going to be practical. Or you might want to start checking shots back on set. Maybe you need to check for continuity or you want to see playback or you want to start cutting.
You've got a data assistant. Rob: Mm-hm. Rich: Let's say an editor. Rob: Absolutely. Rich: Well you could have an infield work flow for transfer. And when we come back, we're going to talk about mirroring that data, for both backup as well as editorial purposes.
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