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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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Now, Rich when it comes to powering cameras and other devices, of course there's built in batteries. There's lots of different ways to charge them. You know plug in the wall charger, things of that nature. But a lot of companies have gotten into the business of power in giving you alternative ways to charge. And if you've ever used a tablet or an iPhone or something like that, you might be familiar with a device like this. >> Yeah. It's simply designed to allow you to plug in one of those USB charging devices. >> Yep. >> It's got two ports and it holds a lot of charge. I'm surprised with these. And lots of different manufacturers are out there.
>> Lots of them. >> I've got one that will actually run my MacBook Pro for almost eight hours of use. It’s about four times bigger than. >> Well, right, but I mean I use these all the time for travel. Especially when I’m not sure when the next time I can get my computer or when the next time I can get to a wall outlet. And you see people all the time now in airports plugging their, you know, their iPhone or their tablet into that. And this is a good thing just to have in your kit. They're not terribly expensive, you can find them in various price ranges, depending on the capacity. This one from New Trent you know, I think it was about 30, $40, something like that.
>> Yeah, there's lots of ones out there. I have one that doubles as a wall charger while simultaneously charging the battery too, there's lots of choices which works well. And of course, you can also step up to full size production batteries, you know, this is an Anton-Bower battery and you might be thinking well, how in the world are you going to use this with modern cameras. There are so many different adapters that can plug in. >> Yeah. >> To convert this and you can actually have this giant battery that was designed to run ancient cameras. And let it power much smaller cameras, you use something similar to this with your black magic camera, right? >> Yeah the black magic cinema cameras, they have a built-in battery, which I, to be honest with you, I think was one of the worst decisions that black magic could have made.
And that battery only lasts about an hour to maybe to ninety minutes, somewhere in that range. And so with that camera system in particular the Black Magic Cinema Camera and the Production Camera 4K, a lot of people are going to external battery packs. The one that I use is made by a company called Switronix. >> Yep. >> and, you know, not inexpensive it's about 2, $300 to get that set up. But I can quadruple my runtime of the Black Magic Cinema Camera by using an external battery, and this is the same idea. >> Yeah, so this gives you some basic ideas. When we come back, we got just a couple pieces of parting advice on how to maximize your battery life when you're on set.
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