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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.
So, if you've ever looked at the internet. Sites like Vimeo, and YouTube, and searched for terms like DSLR. You've probably seen a camera slider movement. And the slider movement is one that's usually horizontal. Going like this, in a nice slow, deliberate move. In can also go forward and backward moves as well. I'm here with D.P. Kevin Bradley, and Kevin, sliders come in a lot of different shapes and sizes, and capacities. Tell us a little bit about what is out there and what we can use. >> Well there's several different types of sliders.
There are small sliders for small cameras. There giant sliders for big cameras and big capacities in terms of weight. The thing about small sliders is they have the advantage of being really portable. >> Yeah. >> So if I'm using DSLR specifically, something like this. This slider here is made by a company called Glide Track. And, you know, it's a pretty smooth, little slider. I was using this all day long on this shoot. And I was able to get some really nice motion shots out of this. >> It's also great because, like, you can repurpose this not only, here we have it on a tripod, but you could also put this on the tabletop, you know, put it on the ground, on a brick wall, wherever you're shooting.
And it's also nice to travel with. A lot of these condense even a little smaller. And you can put it in a larger camera bag and bring it with you on a plane or something like that. >> Absolutely. And I mean, especially for getting quick things, this is just a great option. It'll also take a tripod head, so you can actually do some panning and some tilting as you're actually sliding the camera around. >> Now, with this guy here, it seems like we have a little bit of a bigger setup. A bigger situation. Tell us what's going on here. >> Yeah, so this is the big boy, this is called the Dana dolly. It's designed by key grip out of Arizona named Mike Hall. >> Okay. >> And this is my personal favorite choice when I want to do a slider.
And the reason is, is versatility. >> Mm-hm. >> It weights about 20 pounds. And a lot of people say, well that's terrible I want something light weight Yeah, I don't. I don't want something lightweight. Frankly, especially when you're shooting these smaller lighter cameras, I actually like a little bit of resistance in a dolly move. >> Sure. >> So that I'm actually getting smooth beginnings and finishes, you know, that kind of trail off the right way and start with a nice ramp. So, with this, I can essentially get a really nice start and stop motion with a DSLR camera.
>> Yeah, and you see that, you know, if you look at the bigger one here. There's different sort of sliding technology employed, if you will. >> Yes. >> For example, here I just have some metal, you know, sort of cut outs that are sliding along. >> Yeah. >> Sort of a greased reel. Down here, I have sort of, you know, these metal beams or metal pipes here. With sort of polyurethane wheels that are going to absorb a little bit more vibration. Are going to roll a little bit smoother as well. >> Yeah. I mean this, this slider here is what I refer to as an automatic slider. This slider is what I would refer to as a manual slider. And the difference is, is that this has built-in track.
Has these two little, parallel lines of track going and it is essentially not even on wheels, it's just sliding. >> And you make a good point too, Kevin, that well you know right now; on both of these sliders you actually have to, you know, you either put your hand on the camera or put your hand on. >> Yup. >> You know, the back of the camera here or push it around to make it move, but all of these systems can be motorized, if needed. And that's sort of a little higher end kind of setup. But if you wanted to have a motorized setup, where you could control it with a remote control, also a possibility. >> Yeah, absolutely. The company, Kessler Crane, makes a really popular slider called, the Cine slider.
And that allows you to attach motors, so that you can have timings to do photo time-lapse. >> Yep. >> To do motions that you can step away and actually have a preset kind of pre-visualized move and you can repeat it. >> Cool, so lots of different slider options out there, be sure just to do a lot research on it. Because there are I mean, literally a ton of different options and you'll need to do a little research to find the right slider option for your particular production and your particular project. So when we come back Kevin's going to show us some great slider techniques to get the most out of your sliding shots.
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