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We've walked you through what the rail can do. Let's take a look at a couple of the shots. >> Yeah, we have a couple different situations here, and the first situation I have down here on my timeline is actually one that we talked about as one way to use the rail system. And that's sort of shooting the same moment in time, but with three different cameras on the rail. >> Yeah. >> So you can kind of see, we have this over-the-shoulder at one focal length, of this woman in a green shirt, she's stretching, getting ready for her yoga session. And then we go to the next shot and there's kind of her, doing some of her poses but on the same rail system. >> Yeah.
>> Maybe, a couple of minutes later, a couple of seconds later. And then, this camera which has a totally different look, because these first two cameras were Black Magic Pocket Cameras, shot log. And then, we have an Olympus camera that you can obviously tell has different white balance, all that kind of stuff, but of the same scene. And the cool thing is that they're all different focal lengths, but shot on the same rail, kind of right around the same time. I wasn't precise about it, I didn't sync them up. >> Right. >> But you can see they're right around the same time, which gives you a nice perspective. >> But you could use cameras to sync ,and in this case, it wasn't so much that we had all three cameras rolling at the same time. I thought we could quickly switch between cameras.
Now, I think it's really interesting, and normally, I would have put three of the same cameras. These two cameras are going to cut together really nicely. >> Yup, they will. >> This other angle is much darker. I like the OM-D, it just has completely different properties from. >> Yeah. It's more of a baked, sort of traditional video look to it, rather than the flat log feel that you're getting on the Black Magic Pocket cameras. >> All right. Well, we also did this same approach, when the yoga instructors were doing some of their poses. And this was really nice, because we had no idea what they were going to do, because as they were going through their different routine, it wasn't like a set amount of positions.
They were trying different techniques out. >> So you can see actually that we have between these two bins, kind of the similar scenes. In this case, we weren't necessarily concerned about running the cameras at the exact same time. >> Yeah. >> But we were concerned about having different composition and different focal lengths on them. >> Well, here, you know, I'm on a really wide shot, so we can see everything that they're doing. >> Yep. >> And it's much more elegant in slow motion, but you see the different positions. >> Including having your production staff walk in front of the camera. >> It's okay. We, they were doing, this was several minutes worth of takes. >> Yep. >> And then on the other side here, we have a much tighter shot of that same thing, and you know, the same position, just more focused on the action.
>> Yep. >> And so that gives us some choices. >> Yeah, and again, we could run these at the same time but I think this is a different situation, where you kind of, where kind of turning one on, turning one off. kind of trying to get sort of different looks on one tripod setup with with the rail system, and it's a useful, very useful tool. Well, you could see here I've got a nice tight shot of that action, and then we come back in here, and this is an example I was running at the same time. >> Mm-hm. >> As we scroll through there, you could see, much wider shots, so we're able to see what she's doing. >> Absolutely, absolutely.
So a really cool, you know, two different approaches, but both very useful. >> Yeah. So I really like the rail system. It gives you that flexibility. If you're shooting really wide from a distance, you could pull off multiple shots simultaneously but really, it comes down to the ability to quickly switch between different focal lengths at the drop of a hat. For Video Gear Weekly, my name's Rich Harrington. >> And I'm Robbie Carman. >> Thanks for joining us.
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