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Hi Rich, so, we've talked about how the system works. We put it together. We've done, a little bit of analysis of the parts. >> Yep. >> Now what have we done? >> We've put this thing up in the air and you know, it's not the stablest. >> Yeah. >> Of platforms. The ground is a little bit soft here. >> Yes. >> Yeah, I mean, it's, it's one of those things that we kind of jerry-rigged it. But you can get the idea. I would say this is up about, 12, 15 feet on the c-stand and on the tripod. And, you know, in an ideal situation, you would have this on a little more of a stable platform, like an actual crane.
Something like that. Do, don't worry, we'll start a kickstarter campaign. >> Before we shoot the next episode of Video Gear Weekly, so you can all chip in and get us a crane. But, we'll try to figure out how to get this at the end of the crane in the future. >> Yeah, but I think this is a realistic situation. We're working with what we have. We've got c, plenty of c-stands, plenty of tripods. It's pretty stable up there. Just be aware that if you're going to put the camera on a really high position like this, then you're probably going to want to do it on a day that's windy. As you'll see when we take a look at some of this footage, it's a little movement in there, and that's just because of a slight breeze. But, we got it up there, and we're looking out at the beautiful vines of the vineyard here, and now I'm going to ahead and actually pan and control it.
So again, the way that that works, is just be using the CamRanger app. So it's really actually pretty easy to control the camera, from the CamRanger app. You can see for example, if I click my F Stop button, I can actually get a whole bunch of control there. So if I want to change the camera from, F 8 maybe down to F 2.8, just one click and I've opened up the lens. I can also control things like ISO, which is pretty simple. I can come in, and change how I'm metering, which is really useful, whether we're taking in. The entire image whether you're just using the center portion of the image.
Things that you'd be used to doing, on the camera itself. There's exposure compensation. There's focus mode, white balance, and so on so forth. But the really cool things happen up here. If I click the Data button here, I can actually see a real time histogram of what my camera's seen. So I can adjust exposure, I can adjust white balance and so forth. To get the shot just right. If I click over to focus, look at this. I can actually focus, like I was actually manually adjusting the lens. I can focus nearer. I can focus further away, and as I said the really cool thing about the focus with the Camera Android App, is if you just want to tap on the screen.
Let's say I want to focus on this tree right here. I'll just tap on it. And it will set focus on the camera, which is pretty nifty and you can see that little white box, goes around the subject that I want to focus on. Coming over to the Timer button, I can then actually time the camera. If I have to turn off wide view on the camera first. So I'm not going to do that right now. I have HDR controls, but you just need to be, in Manual mode, which is fine. And then, the real magic here with this camera range set up. It's over here on the Tripod button. So, you can see that I have a slow and fast control, how fast or slow the movements are. And then I have this little d-pad ring right here, where I can control the actual panning.
So let's say, I want to pan over to the right here, I'll just press the right button, and then you can see that I'm panning to the right. Slow that down a lot. Let's go back over to the left. Now I have a slower movement over to the left. And then the really cool part is that you can actually, pan and tilt at the same time, so I'm panning back to the left and then tilting the camera down, to get a little tighter shot. So you can see there's a little bit of lag there, but that's just kind of inherent to the Wi-Fi setup itself. And, depending on how far away you are from the camera and the CamRanger setup,.
You might get, a little more delay, but in most situations, I haven't found that the delay to be a problem, especially, for setting up a shot, framing it, and doing some basic pan and tilt moves.
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