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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: Hi, my names Rich Harrington Robbie Carman: And I'm Robby Carman. Rich Harrington: And this week Rob, we've got a lot of stuff here don't we. Robbie Carman: Yeah it kind of looks like something exploded on our desk. But we are here to talk about the world of GoPro. Rich Harrington: Yeah, and GoPro's are quite popular now. A lot of you might be thinking well, is it a DSLR, no but a lot of you are into all sorts of cameras. What it is, is I think it really falls under sort of the Attitude that DSLR has which is I'm going to just get out there, gear should be cheap. I want to say disposable but in some ways these cameras are often considered that. Robbie Carman: Yeah absolutely, and it allows you to shoot in places where you can't shoot with other cameras, even the DSLR.
I mean a GoPro is that tiny, tiny. tiny device you know. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: So you can put it on a helmet. You could put it on a surfboard, you could put it on a bike, you could put it, you know, discretely in a car, different places. And you know the thing about these cameras, when sort of these action cameras, when they first came out, is that the image quality wasn't spectacular. You know, it wasn't very good. They were, they were kind of a novelty item. You know, they're not going to be replacements for an ARRI Alexa, for a Sony, you know, F 55, or even your DSLR really. They're going to shoot extreme wide angle.
They're going to shoot heavily compressed, not in the best color space and things of that nature. But when you need to get in places where you can't put other cameras, or you might be in a situation where the camera's going to get destroyed. I'd rather put a little GoPro in that situation than my $ 3-4,000 DSLR. Rich Harrington: Oh, absolutely. I mean, I've attached these on the outside of car vehicles. You know, you, you put it in the cases that come with it. They bounce. They bounce pretty well, in fact. Robbie Carman: Rich Harrington: You don't have to worry, like, I don't want to bounce a DSLR. Robbie Carman: No. Rich Harrington: Even in a good case, it's not going to survive. Robbie Carman: Absolutely not. Rich Harrington: We've, you know, we've taken these things we've had them on attached to someone going skiing.
And in fact he lost the camera, everybody rode over the camera, the camera rolled down the hill, it was turned into lost and found and he got it back the next day. Robbie Carman: Well I think you make an interesting point too Rich is that, you know, for a long time these cameras have been thought of sort of as hobbyist cameras, right? You're going to go out with your friends and go mountain biking. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: Or do skiing or whatever. But I think clearly in the past couple years, especially as the cameras have gotten better, the resolutions have gotten better, the optics have gotten better. We're now seeing you know, everywhere from you know, major TV productions. Even some feature films and like action movies and stuff.
Putting these cameras in you know, loads of, loads of different situations. And, I think you, you know, we'll get some footage later. Rich Harrington: Yeah. Robbie Carman: But I think you'll see that they're getting really, really good. And really versatile. And when we come back, we'll talk about all the various parts that make up the GoPro kit so you can get a little more comfortable with, with them and you know make the right choice for your shooting situation.
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