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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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So Rich, most of the time when you go on set, you're used to seeing big tripods and big support systems. Dolly's and cranes, and all sorts of stabilization gear. But in reality, that's overkill for a lot of situations. And to be honest, a lot of that gear is really expensive when you just need something a little bit more steady than your hand. And-. >> Well, between the Blackmagic pocket cameras and GoPros and the phone I've got in my pocket, I've got five or six more cameras on set than I ever used to. >> Yeah, and they're all pretty good quality. I mean, you take an iPhone or a, you know, a tablet even.
The cameras that are on those devices, you know, they're HD and they're going to shoot pretty good looking video. But the problem is is that you're going to get the shaky syndrome all the time, right? >> Yeah. >> And so that brings us to this idea of mini and micro tripods, right? . These are little devices like this one that I'm holding here that can actually hold a phone. And these are pretty cool because they allow us to sort of put it em on a table, or put them somewhere on the ground, low angle, that kind of thing. And they're really inexpensive and they're very versatile. This one I have here, I have an iPhone mounted, and check this out. It's just kind of like a rubber band.
>> Yeah. >> And all I would do is simply put the phone in here and then take this rubber band over onto the other side, and there you go. >> Yeah. >> Perfect. >> And it's nice, it's small, it's steady to the ground, it lets you get a stable shot. Couple other ones that work, you know, you can get these with a thread mount. >> Mm-hm. >> And this particular thread mount is designed to take that same iPhone. >> Yep. >> To fit right in to that cradle, just like so. And it just holds the phone in place. And, you know, you can set that, spread those out, get it what you like. >> Yeah and these are all ma, made, by, by Joby which you might have heard of the GorillaPod before? These are sort of a, they're a very popular brand.
There are other brands out there that are making this. But I, for some reason, I continue to go back to Joby. >> Yeah. >> Just because I, I have a lot of their gear and it, and it really works well. >> And you can even get it with a suction cup mount, so if you don't have your phone in a case-. >> Yeah. >> You can just put a little bit of wet on that and attach it. And that's kind of universal, particularly if you get, you know, all these different flavors of Droid phones that may not have a standardized case yet available. So, this makes it really flexible. So, this works great. And, what I like about this is that you could really get close to the subject, get a dramatic angle and shoot up into them.
But it's not just phones. One of the things I love is GoPros as well.
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