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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: You know Rich, one of the questions that I get asked about all the time is, why is my footage out of focus, when I get back to the studio? Richard Harrington: Yeah, and there's really a lot of reasons, but I think the biggest culprit is the fact that you got a little tiny LCD screen on the back and it makes everything look sharper, because you're shrinking the pixels down. Robbie Carman: You mean, so everything that I see on here is not exactly the way it's going to look? Richard Harrington: Absolutely. Robbie Carman: Oh, okay. Richard Harrington: And well, it would be if you're only delivering to the iPhone crowd. Robbie Carman: Oh, I got you, I got you. Richard Harrington: And only the original iPhone before it got the sharper retina display.
So, yeah if you were delivering to the entire world and TVs were no bigger than that, that would be an accurate judge, but what we do is we want to look at it on a larger screen, so we can judge this and it gets pretty tricky. Robbie Carman: Yeah, and when we've talked about this you know over the course of other episodes about some external monitoring, using viewfinders and loops, and things of that nature. That's going to get you away from the back of the camera back--from away from this LCD screen, so you're viewing at a higher resolution or on a larger monitor. Richard Harrington: Yeah, and you really have to two ways of setting focus at that point.
You can use the built-in auto focus features, which are going to work okay if you've got a lot of illumination or you can manually-- Robbie Carman: --and you have a lens that's capable of auto -focusing with that camera body, all right. Richard Harrington: True, and you can manually set it and let's go ahead and take a look at both those methods next. Robbie Carman: Okay.
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