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What's one of the best parts about being a video professional? All the cool gear! In this weekly series, Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman team up to discuss the latest and greatest equipment for video production and post. They talk about the newest cameras, like the Blackmagic 4K, pocket cinema cameras, and GoPros; accessories and adapters that will make your shoots run smoother; and the great tech being invented every day. And because they keep both cost and quality in mind, you'll never have to worry about blowing your budget or compromising production value. Come back every Friday for a new tip.
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>> Well, Rob, we're on location. >> Yep. >> And one of the challenges in this shooting environment is there's going to be a class going on, and I'm not always going to have the flexibility to be running around and getting different gear. >> Well yeah, because, you know, you don't want to sort of, interrupt what's going on. You as the camera person, are best left when you're kind of invisible and behind the scenes in a situation like this. You don't want the students of this class to be like, what is he doing exactly? So, in those situations, yeah, you don't want to be running around, you don't want to be moving gear. You want to have sort of a stable, kind of left alone setup. >> So, one thing that I sort of built, because I was traveling a lot, was the camera rail system.
>> Yeah. >> And so, I take a bar like this. This one's from Really Right Stuff. >> Yep. >> Other people make them. And it basically fits into the Arca-Swiss Mount. >> Yeah, and this is really cool. Because what it's components are, are actually pretty simple. It's got this bar that kind of actually looks like a ruler. >> Yeah. >> Or like a, like a level. >> Yeah. >> And at various points, they're a little hard to see, but there's some actual numbers here on the rail. >> Mm-hm. >> So you could actually position very precisely, your little head mounts right here. So, you simply just put a plate and a camera on there and you can position anywhere along the rail. >> And technically this can be used as a 3D system. >> Yeah, it can be a simple side-by-side stereo 3D system.
>> All right. So, I've got these plates that I can take off or attach. They slide into place. >> Yep. >> A very quick easy to see bubble level. So I could just be looking, is my shot level? >> Yep. >> Which is great. >> Yep. >> And, it's just Arca-Swiss, so you just set it in. >> Yep. >> And then tighten the thumb screw. >> Absolutely. And the reason I really like this, Rich, is because, like, if you're shooting in a situation like an interview or something like that, you could have a short lens on one side. You could have a long lens on the other side. So you have a nice wide and then you have a nice tight. And just on one tripod, you sort of have that economy of scale getting two different looks or two different types of shots.
And it's a very useful tool to have in your bag. >> Now, one of the challenges is that not every angle is going to be good. You know, I've got three plates on here. It's pretty hard to frame up three good shots. >> True. >> But, what's nice is, is I could be at this focal length, on a nice wide open Primos, get the shot, finish it, then switch over to my zoom, recompose, then switch to this one. >> Instead of having to take it off a tripod and do all that kind stuff. >> Yeah. >> If they're small enough and light enough, you could have it already set up ready to go. Simply just turn it on and you're, and you're recording. >> Well, in this case here, you've got three of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema cameras, which in my mind is just perfect.
Because at about $1000 for the body, I've actually spent more on some of the lenses than I do for the bodies. >> Of course. So I think it's a, it's a pretty cool setup and, you know, again for a, for a small room or where you need to have, you know, multiple cameras and you don't want to do a lot of movement or re-setup. >> Yeah. >> This is a good practical solution. Now it doesn't work for everything, as you said. You're going to get similar looking shots and that kind of stuff. But you can do different angles. Different focal lengths on the lenses will help. But again, it's something that it's not all that expensive and it's worth it having it in your bag, I, I think so. >> And do you know what these little things are on the end? >> I don't.
>> I actually put two GoPro mounts on the end. >> Oh. >> So if I need even more shots and I could attach a GoPro on the side. >> You always need more shots. >> With the articulating arm or a shoot behind the scenes while we're shooting forward. So, this is just a great piece to throw in the camera bag. Lots of versatility, works really, really well, and I just love having this. Now, with this in mind, why don't we start to shoot and see what we can get. >> Absolutely.
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