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>> Now Rich, it's great that we got the slider attached, but you know, I'm a sort of stickler for the details. >> Yeah. >> And it really bothers me when I see these beautiful sliding shots, and they're clearly not level, you know, the horizon line's off, and all sorts of stuff. When, sort of, balancing this out and getting it set up, it's just a few easy steps. >> Yeah, and you can try this. The thing to realize is that when the camera's over here- >> Yeah. >> Versus over here, It may not be the same sort of level- >> Right. And there's no perfect, but I tend to put the camera in the center and then adjust, and I like to work my way from the bottom up.
>> Yeah. >> So I can see right now the ball head's a little bit off. It looks to me if we just raise that front leg just a little, the bubble level on the tripod says level. >> Mm-hm. >> And the bubble level on the tripod head says level. >> Yeah, that's good. >> That's a good start. >> Yeah. >> Now this one has two more levels, although I'm going to call this good here. >> You can see, it's a little give and take sort of getting everything level, but it's important to do so. And simply just use sort of the levels, and sort of the bubbles, on your tripod, on the tripod head, and anywhere else that you might have on your rig, to try to get it as level as possible.
The other thing to test, of course Rich, is the actual movement. >> Yep. >> As you're moving, do things stay level? Because you know, you, you don't want to have a situation where all the sudden you get to this end and the tri, tripod starts to tilt. >> Well and I see that it's level here, in that when we let go- >> Yeah. >> It's staying. >> Yep. >> If it wasn't level, particularly if it was off, it might drift a little bit or keep going side to side. >> Totally. >> So I think at this point we've got the system level, seems like it's moving pretty well. Let's take a look at some shooting techniques.
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