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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: Another addition to shooting objects in tabletops is often the use of a turntable. Now this guy here is straight out of a jewelry store. You could actually find these in industrial supplies. Kevin, you've used turntables of various sizes. They make these even big enough to turn a car, right? Kevin: Oh, absolutely. Rich: They are, they are not cheap though. Kevin: No, no. Not at all. In fact they're $3000 a day to rent. Rich: Okay. This one is not so bad. Kevin: No, no. So this one is designed to turn an object that's about five to ten pounds. It works great for a lot of the product shots we need to do.
But, yeah, you said $3,000 a day to get a motorized car turntable. Kevin: Yep. Rich: You can get those if you needed that for the really large objects, but for a small object here, it's pretty simple. Now this one is a constant speed turning one. What I would often do is put the camera to 60p, so shooting at that higher frame rate, you could actually slow it down even more if you needed to, or ramp it. Or, of course adjust the frame rate, or we could do post, but an electrical dimmer might even adjust the amount of ampage or they do make variable speed turntables. What have we put on the top here to sort of make a better surface? Kevin: It's kind of a velveteen, kind of a black velveteen.
Rich: Yeah, and that's just crushing the light rather than being totally flat, if we had to pan down or we were shooting down into the object a little bit there. Kevin: That's not bad. Rich: It just gives it a little bit of a surface. So, rather than a flat black surface or using something that was more like duvetyne, this has got a little shine to it, and it kicks the light up. And I just find, again, think retail. Go to the mall, go to the jewelry store, look at the display case. You know, like, that looks pretty. So any other suggestions here for the turntable? Kevin: If you can't afford the turntable, even the cheap one, a lazy Susan kind of works almost as good.
Rich: Yeah, you can get those at, like, a typical kitchen store. Kevin: Oh, yeah Rich: And those are the ones that you just put in the middle of the table. And people spin them around. Or you go to a Chinese restaurant, same idea. You could do that with hand, and rotate it. But this is just one more addition to your kit that works really well. Well Kevin, I'd like to thank you for joining us today. And just sharing some insight. Kevin: No problem. Rich: This looks great. And if you haven't checked it out yet or it hasn't come out yet, very soon we're going to be releasing an episode about GoPros. This is a GoPro copter and we're going to start flying them. I think you're going to be interested. This guy actually takes off into the air and we promise we don't run into anything other than making some great footage.
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