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Now Rich, when we were out in the field, you saw how giddy I was by the CamRanger system. >> Mm-hm. >> Especially the new head that's out that allows me to remote control the camera and pan and tilt and rotate. I was just thrilled by it. I don't know what kind. >> But you didn't. >> Rob was so thrilled that he literally took out his phone and ordered one from the set. >> I, I just thought it was the coolest thing. I mean, I know there's lots of systems out there like that. But for the bang for the buck, and we talked about, you know, a couple hundred bucks for this thing, I thought it was brilliant. I mean, I see a lot of uses for this, from every, everything from, kind of, you know, up high as we will take a look at some footage here in just a moment, from down low getting 360 views, I just thought it was a really neat system, and I was really impressed by the CamRanger app, I thought that was really cool, being able to control that.
>> Yeah. >> That worked like a charm for controlling camera settings, triggering recording, all that kind of stuff. But we have some footage and I have a couple different instances where I'll show you I, I played a lot with, with this. >> Yeah. >> This was kind of fun. So here we are at the winery and the first thing we did is we put it up on a C-stand, on a pole. And we got it up pretty high. >> Yeah. >> Now it looks from here I'm probably about 15 to maybe 20, 25 feet high. I would say that this windmill that we're about to look at was probably about 40 feet high so I didn't go up quite as high as that, but here is remotely controlling the camera and, nice little tilt up to the top of the windmill here.
Now you'll see that its tilting up now, two things about this one. It was a little breezy on the day that we were out. >> Now that you're moving though, once you sort of get it up to speed, it's pretty smooth actually. >> Yea it's, it's very smooth, but I mean. The thing is a little bump like that you can see that just because it's sort of a stopping movement and it's a little windy. The other thing that I thought was pretty useful and pretty neat in this. That was the slow mode on the CamRanger app. And that was really nice. I really liked the slow mode. And here you can see I start rotating around and kind of zooming it. Here we got a nice little silo looking at sort of a vineyard and some of the vines behind the winery.
Now this is the thing that bothered me the most about this. Is that I wish it had some level of. Borrowing a post-production term easy ease in the movement. I find that after you get your finger off and you stop. >> It stops. >> It kind of just stops. >> Yeah. >> Right. I would love to have some sort of level of control that says slow down before you stop. You know, maybe take a second to slow down. That would be really helpful. >> Yeah, essentially programmable moves. And who knows? Maybe they'll get there. I mean, to me what this really stood out was that, go ahead and pan to the right there.
You know, for smooth moves once you get it up to speed. That's pretty usable, that's a decent pan. >> Yeah. And the thing that I, we, you know, we made a mistake on here on our test footage's here, you'll notice that I have, auto aperture on. >> Yeah. >> So I have some iris steps going up, down. A rookie mistake not to have, you don't want to do that when the camera. Camera is 20 or 30 feet in the air. >> Um,although you could change that on the CamRanger. >> Absolutely, I just didn't even think about it. And the thing that I like most about this, it just gives you another, sort of whole level or range of creative possibilities.
Getting the camera up high, moving it, around panning it, tilting it and so on. >> Yep, and it definitely got some good results. I think in the future, we need a more stable platform. >> Yeah. >> We definitely took the shortcut there, but here's some footage of the barn, and we just wanted to get a bit higher on that. Let's just set that to fit and drag through. So I was trying to see, you know, what can we get, and that worked pretty well. And that's a relatively smooth move there, so it really seems like you have to start looser than you want. >> Well that, and that was going to say two things about that, starting looser than you really want and then the other thing is from an editorial perspective, I wouldn't cut in at the very beginning of the move.
And the very end of the move, as I was talking about, sort of complaining about that sort of staccato motion where it just stops, right? I think in terms of editorial and using this footage, you kind of have to start in process with it so that it has a nice smooth motion already. But I can tell you here, if we just wanted to compose a nice, high angle shot of the vineyard like we're getting. >> Mm-hm. >> Once we've found the shot that we wanted, just locking it off, it's great to not have to climb up a ladder and fiddle with the camera. >> Well, and I gotta be honest with you, in the, in the playing around with this, I was a little prone to excessive panning, tilting, and moving because I was so.
So impressed by it. But you're right, in reality the best use of this tool would probably be to frame a shot at a unique angle, up high, down low and kind of leave it set. And then when you need to move it, only do it then. >> Alright, well, this looks pretty good, I like the composition here. You definitely were in the mood of panning and tilting so. >> Yeah. >> The take aways here, great unit. Needs a stable platform. We were at the end of a C stand with something latched to it. So we were definitely going with the jury rig approach. But, it does work.
The more stable the platform, the more stable the shot. And consider panning and tilting to frame the shot. And then take your hands off the controls, and let it stabilize. Or as you said, if you want to use the move, start a little bit off and then pan through and go past what you want, so you can lop off the heads and the tails, because that part's going to be a bit shaky. >> Absolutely. Alright, well that is the CamRanger, the PT Hub with a remote control head and you're going to want to check that out. It does give you some new options that you haven't had before when it comes to really remotely controlling a camera.
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