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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 Harrington: One additional benefit of using an external monitor, besides a bigger screen. Robbie Carman: Mm-hm. Rich Harrington: Is you've got features like peeking, or focus in red. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and this is something that like, you know, you're looking at things. You're like, well, yeah. Sure it's in focus. And we talked about this before, right? Everything looks good on the back of a camera LCD. Rich Harrington: And, and, and. While this will show you more things out of focus what happens, I mean you do a lot of high end finishing. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: Shots come in. They're softer. Robbie Carman: They're soft and even though everybody swears that they were in focus, and sort of peaking is a great way to sort of get a more analytically look at your focus.
Instead of just trusting these two things in your head, you can trust the monitor and hopefully it's not lying to you, that hey these things are in focus. So the way that peaking works is that it basically outlines things on the screen for you. Rich Harrington: And this particular monitor, and every monitor's going to be a little different. I go to the Menu Configuration, and I go to Filter Configuration. And I could just turn on Peeking. And right now, we have red edges. Robbie Carman: Yep. Rich Harrington: Now Kevin, if you could, would you mind rack focusing a little bit? And notice as he goes through those different focus points, when he thinks he's got the shot, we start to get a red edge, framing that up.
And it looks really clear what we have going on there. So, it's very straight forward. Robbie Carman: Yep. And to just be clear the red edge on the stuff that's in focus. Rich Harrington: Yeah, yeah. And there's really just bluntly You don't have to trust anything other than you go, oh, the edges are in focus. Robbie Carman: Well, in more, and even in more sophisticated setups maybe where you have a steadicam or you're running, you know, a follow focus operator, that kind of stuff. It's a huge, huge help because in an outside environments like this sometimes it can be difficult to tell. And it's nice to get a little help from your friend, the field monitor.
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