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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.
- So in a previous episode of Pro Video Tips, we showed you guys how to car mounts here with my man, Josh Smith from Empire Grip. He showed us how to do speed rail hood mount like we got here, as well as the suction cup side mount. However, getting the camera on a car is only half of the story when it comes to getting a professional car mount shot. If we really want this thing to look professional and add some production value, we need to get control over our lighting, which is actually a little more challenging than getting control over the camera. So for those purposes today, we got my man, Mr. Greg Pickard here, lighting man extraordinaire.
And we're going to just talk about, first off, some of the instruments that we need to get the exterior of the car lit. So two different types of lighting that we're talking about cars, which is what? - That's right. Well, when you have a moving car and you need light to be able to be in the scene within the car and maybe even coming from the outside the car, you're going to have to deal with two different types of sources. You're going to have to deal with maybe some hard sources and maybe some soft sources. And so from the outside of the car, we can definitely rig up larger lights that can be shining in from outside the windows to simulate that same type of sunlight or fill light that could be coming from the sky or from the sun.
- Okay, well let's go take a look over here at the table. You've got some instruments laid out for us. And maybe you can tell us about these different instruments and what we're going to use each for. - Sure, so over here we have a 1 X 1 light panel. This would be more of a soft light that we could maybe put on the inside or on the outside, maybe towards an evening shot or something closer to nighttime. We have over here a Joker Bug 200, which is an HMI. - Daylight balance? - It's daylight balance, yup. And this could also act sort of like a sun source or some type of fill source mounted anywhere on the outside of the car.
- Okay, now here's the question. Now we've got these lights and they're going to be outside of the car, but my cigarette lighter ain't got that much juice to it. So how are we going to power these things up? - Right, so we actually have different types of power sources that are available, both inverters as well as battery packs. You could also rig up a generator off to the back of the car, more off to the side of the car using some type of speed rail mount. So those are our different options you can use as well as lights like this are very...
A lot of output for not as much draw. Lights are getting a lot better with both LED sources as well as HMIs. HMI has a lot more punch than, say, a Tungsten light would for a lot less draw. - Okay, so we're looking for something that's powerful, but also going to be lightweight when we're dealing with something for the car. - Right. - Can we look at some of those power sources over there? Show us what we're talking about because I have no clue what an inverter is. - Yeah, so this here is actually the battery pack that is for the HMI Joker. And this here just takes two Anton Bauers to actually power the light.
- Standard, right? - Standard Anton Bauer batteries. And that just gets clamped on here. And there's a cable that goes to the light. And this can be placed inside the car. And the cable can then go outside the window and be safely off to the-- - Anywhere off camera. Okay. - Yeah. - Alright, and what about these little babies right here? - These here are also Anton Bauer Gold Mounts, which come in little bags to contain the actual battery. And so you can just pop these on. And this converts it to DC.
And so this can actually be used for any of the LED sources. This type of battery pack is also the same thing. On the back of this 1 x 1 light panel, but just with a different back plate. - And just because you're probably very familiar with this instrument, how long would this power a light like this for? - Out of full output for this 1 x 1 light panel, you're looking at a few hours. - Okay good, and I see we've got some smaller stuff here for our interior work, which we're going to show later, but we want to talk about some of those. - Absolutely, these are little 1 x 1 light panel Micros.
They're Micros and also MicroPro, a little larger. We also have some Litegear LED LiteRibbon, which is in a little, small custom-made housing. That can be just sort of shoved anywhere, clamped onto a rod system. And I could have my friend Josh help me out with mounting it anywhere that we want to put it. - Okay, well I say we go ahead. And I think we got a pretty good idea of what type of instrument, so it really doesn't matter. There's a variety of choices we're really looking for: lightweight things, things that we can operate off the battery, off of the cigarette lighter.
And did you mention the inverter? What is the inverter? Is that this or that something else that goes... - So the inverter is something that actually comes off of the battery in the car. And so that can actually be powered via the car battery while it's either on or off. And that actually can give you available AC plugs, so you can actually plug in a regular... AC outlet. - Regular AC outlet, okay. So we actually hook that up to the battery cable? - Correct. - Okay, we're not going there today. Well, we'll do that another time. Well, let's go ahead, we got a good idea of what our instruments are.
I say we go ahead and start mounting these bad boys on the outside and move to the inside. - Let's get it lit! - Alright, let's light it up!
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