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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.
Male 1: Hi, I'm Robbie Carman. Male 2: And I'm Rich Harrington. Male 1: And welcome back to another installment of DSLR video skills. And, Rich, this week, we're talking about something we've talked about previously, but we're going to go a little more in-depth, and that's using field monitors out there on set or in the field. Male 2: Yeah. And there's a lot of benefits to having a field monitor, both to check things like critical focus, as well as to really get into things like exposure and using some of the built in scopes. Male 1: Yeah, exactly. Monitors these days are really feature-packed. And what we've done is we've actually gone out into the field and we've put some of these features to practical use.
Things like peeking and false color, and that kind of stuff to help us do things like, well, get better focus and to properly expose the image. And besides those additional things of course, the benefit of having a field monitor is more than just those additional tools. It would be thinks like, being able to see your image actually at a larger size because after all, everything always looks good on the back of your camera. Male 2: And this is just going to give you greater confidence particularly if you are working in a more collaborative type shooting environment. We had multiple cameras going on this shoot. We had to make sure that the client was happy, the artist, that everything was working out okay.
Male 1: Yeah. Male 2: And having a larger monitor just made it easier to collaborate and to be confident that we're getting the results. Male 1: And, you know, having a field monitor might seem like an extra added expense that you might not be able to put into your kit. But definitely, I feel that it's something that you should consider. Especially, if you want to make sure that you have good focus and have good exposure. Again doing that with just the camera LCD can sometimes be difficult. Male 2: Yeah. So, let's head into the field. We've got a wide range of technology, from battery operated to electrical power. To even using smaller, electronic viewfinder type monitoring devices.
But all in all, these will just give you greater confidence and better image quality.
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