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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, we got a, a little bit of a jerry-rigged system here. It doesn't look-. >> Yeah. >> Like much right now, but we'll show in just a second what we've done here. We've basically put a C-stand here which we've kind of clamped a tripod on. >> Yeah. >> And the reason that we're going to do that is because just in a second, we're going to get the camera up really high. But why don't you tell us the central parts of the camera in your system? >> Alright, well it breaks down to a couple of pieces. Essentially, this unit up here, this little white piece, is the CamRanger itself. And it sells for about 300 bucks to get the unit and the software. And this is something that I like to use as an intervalometer or a remote control.
>> Yeah. >> You could do stacked focus for depth of field for photography. You can do HDR and time lapse. And it's kind of cool. And it originally started with this idea that you could remotely control your camera with an iPad or a, a, a laptop. >> Yeah, and then you know, a lot of manufacturers like Nikon and Sony and Canon, of course, are making their own remote apps. But I think it's important to sort of distinguish this. I've used those other apps. And the CamRanger software just, you know, by far- >> Yeah. >> Is more feature-filled, has more control. And I think it's just actually snappier in terms of its overall control of the camera.
>> In, in fact, I could do, do things with the CamRanger software that I can't even do with the camera software, like-. >> Right. >> HDR time lapse. >> Right. >> You can't do that with what's built in here. This actually gives you better control. And because you're using the computing power of a laptop or an iPad, you actually could do more than the computing power in the camera. >> Alright, so we have the, sort of the WiFi hub. Now, what's cool about this is that it can actually create its own network. So if you're out in the middle of field here, and you don't, you know, don't have WiFi access, it can create its own network. And then you can connect your iPad, your iPhone, your Android device.
Or if you have a Mac or PC with you, you can connect the to its own network. Now, the really cool thing though is, Rich,-. >> Yeah. >> It now actually supports the ability to connect to an existing network. >> Sweet. >> And why, why is that cool? >> Well, you can be in two different locations and shooting. So you could set this camera up, be on the other side of a location, like say you're shooting at a hotel. >> Yeah. >> You could be somewhere else and have a remote camera unit, feeding you live so you could trigger this. This just means that if you have any interference, or you need to get a greater distance away from the camera, you can control it from far away. >> Ok, so the next up, on this side of the camera, we have the CamRanger PT Hub.
>> Yeah. >> What does this do for us? >> Well, the PT Hub is stitching everything together. >> It's essentially going from the CamRanger into the hub-. >> Yep. >> And from the hub to the pan and tilt head. >> And also into the camera itself. >> Yes. And so, basically, everything's connected. >> So, the CamRanger goes into the hub. The head goes into the hub. And the other side goes out to the camera, easy enough. >> Yeah, okay. >> And the head here's pretty cool. It can run off of motorized power. You could run direct power in. >> Mm-hm. But, in this case, we're going to be stickin' it at the end of a pole.
>> Yeah. So, what's nice is it just runs off of double A batteries. >> That's really nice. Not for a long time, mind you, but long enough. >> Okay, and then the whole system really comes together with the controlling app. As I mentioned, we can use this on an iPad, an Android device, on a Mac or PC. And the cool part about this is that it gives you amazing control. So for example, if I just wanted to change the f-stop. I'm at 7.1 now. Let's say I want to, you know, open up the lens to 3.2. Simply just click on that, and now I'm at 3.2. If I go, and let's change that back, maybe we'll change it back to F8. I can do things like change ISO.
I can change focus modes. But, Rich, this is the cool part, obviously. The cool part about this is that I can actually control the movement of the pan head. And this is kind of a traditional D-pad kind of control. If I just press here, all of a sudden, you'll notice- >> Nice. >> That it's rotating. And the cool thing is, is that I have a slider for how fast I want it to move. So, if I want it to go faster, you'll notice now it's moving a lot faster. If I want to tilt down, sure, that's no problem. Tilt up, and you can see just with a simple control here I have a lot of creative possibilities for how this could work.
I'm thinking to myself of things like, you know, you're on a beach somewhere, and you want to do a full 360 kind of video pan out. No problem. Or, if you need to put it like, we're gon, we're going to do in a minute, on the end of a really long pole. Hey, you can't get up there and this is a really good thing. And then, finally, I think another operation that, or another place that it would really work well is a crane. How many times have you had, you know, got a camera up on a crane and gone, oh, I forgot to adjust the ISO, or I forgot to adjust, you know, the position of the camera. Really useful for that. >> Alright, so let's go ahead and put this up in the air. And then we'll make some tweaks to the camera and roll some footage.
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