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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.
Robbie Carman: So Rich, we've already determined trees don't have power plugs, or at least in this particular parts of the woods we're in. Rich Harrington: I'm sure somewhere but I haven't found it yet. Robbie: Right, so one of the things I've been most exited about over the last couple of years, and I know you actually turned me on to it, was the idea of using your car. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: To power things when you're in the field. Rich: It's a giant generator that runs on gas. Robbie: Right. Or maybe even electricity, depending on what car you have, right? Rich: Sure. Robbie: And so what I actually did was, I went to Home Depot and found this little guy, right? Rich: Yeah. Robbie: Looks like a power strip. I got some additional power power outlets here. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: On and off button. But check this end out.
Rich: Mm-hm. Robbie: What does this look like? Rich: Well now they call it something like a DC12 outlet, but when I grew up it was called the cigarette outlet. Robbie: Right and a lot of cars actually have these in very convenient places. So for example right here in this car, right in the back, I actually have a power outlet which is perfect. If I'm out here and my crew's out here and I want to run. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: You know, an extension cord and power it off. I'm simply just going to plug it in here. And it just goes right in. And now you have something that I can plug in, right? Rich: Yeah. Right here we're using, this is a Lowel Ego light, but it's one of many out there using compact fluorescent bulbs.
So these compact fluorescents are great, because they put off nice, soft light. So we could plug that in. Now the car is going to have to be running. So we're going to wait to trigger that in just a moment. Robbie: Yep. Rich: But once he gets that mounted and powered on. So we could then go ahead and start the car, and this will actually power the inverter. So if you could go ahead and hit the power button on the car. Alright so that's going to go ahead and start. That's flickering on. And we have light. It's not quite as good as those electric trees. But, it's working pretty well. Robbie: Yeah, I know. Just be careful of one thing. We have the car on right now, which is obviously recharging the battery in the car.
Somebody who'll go nameless has merely, maybe made the mistake of just putting the car on to sort of AC power mode. Rich: Yeah. Robbie: Done, you know powered stuff in the back. And then when it was time to drive away from the set, my car didn't go anywhere. Rich: Right, and I thought this was somebody else. Oh, I'm sorry. It was somebody else. Rich: Okay. Robbie: My car didn't go anywhere because the battery in the car was dead. So if you are going to power things by from your car, every once in a while, turn the car on, the motor on, so you're actually charging the battery in your car. And then you can revert back to that just that regular electrical mode in your car to power items. Rich: And you might be having some sound issues here, but if you just keep a long stinger, a big extension cord.
Maybe 100 feet. You can run that down to the next location and power lights. We're going to then move this inverter up to the front and go off of the front electrical outlet, and put this in the car seat so we actually get a little more light on our subject when we're recording.
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