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Using an inverter

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Now Rich, when it comes to power these days,

Using an inverter

Now Rich, when it comes to power these days, there's lots of options that you'll find out there. And some come from places that you wouldn't think have anything to do with cameras. They might be computer stores. >> Yeah. >> They might be, I don't know, you know, big box, sort of home improvement stores. >> Yep. >> But there's a lot of options out there for, for powering your camera and your accessories in different ways. And we're going to start out with a couple here that I think are pretty nifty. >> Well, yeah, what you've got there is a Stanley Inverter. And you said, you know, not a camera store. >> Yeah. >> We were just in the middle of nowhere on a shoot, and we realized that we needed to charge up a bunch of batteries.

And this one gave us from cigarette adapter to two electrical outlets plus a USB port. >> Yeah, so this is a 500 watt sort of inverter, and what you've got here on this end is just sort of the, you know sort of cigarette or sort of auxiliary charger port that can go in your car. And it's got a positive and negative terminals here, which is kind of nice because you can sort of take this off and use different accessories with it. Now the one thing I, just to mention about plugging this in. I find that I want to plug this in first and then plug in my accessories or items. >> Yeah. >> Don't just kind of plug everything in and turn the car on.

Even though this inverters do a pretty good job of sort of you know, handling the current, I've seen gear get fried that way. So it's always a good idea to sort of plug in the inverter first make sure everything is working and then plug your gear. >> Yeah and when you turn the inverter on with the on switch, you'll get a green light to let you know when it's stable. >> Yep. >> Different inverters do this different ways. But yeah, make sure it's connected and then you could plug in like you've got a GoPro charger. >> Yeh, I have a GoPro charger here with a battery and this is just a standard outlet, just plug right in there and I can charge. And as you mentioned Rich, this particular one actually even has a USB port.

So if you need that iPad or that iPhone with production related apps on it, hey you can charge that too. >> And what I find is the best place to pick these up is either a hardware or seriously a truck stop. You're going to have better selection at a truck stop than you will from any video vendor. Now this particular unit. >> Yeah that's really cool. >> Is the same idea. So many of our devices can use USB to charge, right? GoPros can, iPads, phones, tablets. >> Absolutely. It seems like everything in my life these days is USB based somehow, and this is really cool when you're on, on the go. Now. On first glance Rich this looks just like a generic USB hub.

>> Yeah, it looks like a USB hub that you would have in front of a computer except at the other end is that same plug that would go into the auxiliary port on a car, some cars have multiple ones and it basically just takes that, same thing you power it on. And it gives you four USB ports. Now this one is from Wacontech. I picked this up from Thinkgeek, you mentioned nontraditional places. >> Yeah. >> This is a place where you go for like cool computer toys and geeky, geeky, stuff. They get too much of my money, but I was just, like, oh, perfect. And so, I got this for a family trip so we wouldn't have to fight over whose iPad was charging- >> Right, sure.

>> But actually it works great for production gear as well. And so, same idea, taking that cigaret port. Now, one of the things to be mindful of, is don't run your battery down to far. So, sometimes you're going to need to actually turn the car on and let it run off of the engine so the battery recharges. >> Well, well, that's good point. I mean, this is no replacement for having multiple batteries and being prepared for all your devices and making sure that they're charged. Now just keep in mind that these are going to, you know, depending on the device that you're going to charge it's still going to take some time so I look at these as sort of a backup solution for my already backup plan of having extra batteries and additional power.

Don't use these or don't depend on these as your sort of primary source or primary way of of charging things. This is not a device that you're going to want to plug in, you know, a full light kit into and run off your car and think that everything is going to work just fine. >> Now, this'll work well. And if you are renting a vehicle because you're traveling for production, I find that a lot of minivans will actually have ports in the back. >> Yeah. >> It's a strange request, but you call up the rental car company and say, oh, I'd like to have an auxiliary charging port in the back. And some SUV and some mini vans will have this. It will make it really easy to keep this with the gear.

All right, while this works with a car but how bout if your out and all you have is mother nature?

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Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman
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  1. 12m 52s
    1. Using filters for your lens NEW
      43s
    2. Clear filters NEW
      3m 44s
    3. Color filters NEW
      2m 25s
    4. Polarizer NEW
      2m 11s
    5. ND filter NEW
      3m 49s
  2. 2m 31s
    1. Welcome to Video Gear Weekly
      2m 31s
  3. 15m 50s
    1. Developing GoPro time-lapses
      1m 17s
    2. Importing
      3m 56s
    3. Processing
      6m 46s
    4. Evaluating footage
      3m 51s
  4. 5m 35s
    1. Creating a panning time-lapse
      48s
    2. Building a timer head
      1m 37s
    3. Using a pro head
      2m 3s
    4. Setting up the cameras
      1m 7s
  5. 19m 17s
    1. The Garmin Vibe Elite
      1m 10s
    2. Beneficial features of the Garmin Virb Elite
      6m 8s
    3. Drawbacks of the Garmin Virb Elite
      5m 3s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      6m 56s
  6. 11m 13s
    1. Small lights
      54s
    2. Battery operated lights
      3m 43s
    3. Lowel Blender
      2m 41s
    4. Lowel Portable Spotlight
      3m 55s
  7. 26m 35s
    1. Professional headphones
      1m 20s
    2. When to use and not use headphones
      4m 39s
    3. Types of headphones
      7m 19s
    4. Additional headphone features
      8m 21s
    5. Why you may want to use multiple headphone types
      4m 56s
  8. 12m 22s
    1. What is a Parabolic Slider?
      1m 22s
    2. Building the Slider
      1m 41s
    3. Setting Focus
      1m 4s
    4. Adjusting the Speed of Movement
      2m 13s
    5. Evaluating the Results
      6m 2s
  9. 11m 24s
    1. DJI Quadcopters
      2m 35s
    2. Calibrating the Quadcopter
      2m 12s
    3. Flying Strategies
      2m 48s
    4. Evaluating the Footage
      3m 49s
  10. 26m 53s
    1. Ultra fast primes
      2m 26s
    2. Benefits of using fast primes
      6m 25s
    3. Challenges of using fast primes
      10m 22s
    4. Evaluating the footage
      7m 40s
  11. 6m 57s
    1. Keeping Your Gear Safe
      46s
    2. Keeping Gear Dry
      3m 0s
    3. Using Camera Wraps
      1m 11s
    4. Using Lens Wraps
      2m 0s
  12. 38m 18s
    1. Introduction to the Panasonic GH4
      1m 31s
    2. Beneficial features of the Panasonic GH4
      7m 42s
    3. Drawbacks of the Panasonic GH4
      6m 18s
    4. Menu options of the Panasonic GH4
      13m 59s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      8m 48s
  13. 15m 6s
    1. Making everyone look their best on camera
      1m 30s
    2. What does a makeup artist or stylist do?
      3m 31s
    3. Products used to fight shine
      5m 8s
    4. Applying Anti-Shine
      4m 57s
  14. 16m 49s
    1. The adaptable GoPro
      1m 7s
    2. Stealth
      3m 57s
    3. Adding filters
      3m 1s
    4. Shooting Anamorphic footage
      2m 19s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      6m 25s
  15. 21m 17s
    1. Introduction to the Zoom H4n
      1m 52s
    2. Recording to an iPad or iPhone
      4m 21s
    3. Attaching directly to a camera
      4m 28s
    4. Using a Tascam recorder
      5m 12s
    5. Recording to a laptop
      5m 24s
  16. 11m 23s
    1. DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      52s
    2. Beneficial features of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 9s
    3. Limitations of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter
      3m 15s
    4. Essential accessories for the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter (Field)
      4m 7s
  17. 7m 59s
    1. Using a loupe
      1m 0s
    2. Attaching a loupe
      2m 18s
    3. Adjusting the diopter
      4m 41s
  18. 16m 2s
    1. Charging on the go
      52s
    2. Starting out fully charged
      2m 24s
    3. Using an inverter
      4m 0s
    4. Using a solar charger
      2m 36s
    5. Using a battery pack
      2m 13s
    6. Strategies to extend battery life
      3m 57s
  19. 23m 6s
    1. Cheap lenses
      1m 40s
    2. Lomography
      5m 28s
    3. Fujian
      2m 26s
    4. LensBaby
      4m 6s
    5. SLR Magic
      2m 26s
    6. Evaluating the Footage
      7m 0s
  20. 20m 1s
    1. Sony a7
      1m 24s
    2. Beneficial features of the Sony a7
      6m 19s
    3. Drawbacks of the Sony a7
      5m 42s
    4. Menu options of the Sony a7
      6m 36s
  21. 12m 11s
    1. What is a Tripod Top Slider?
      1m 8s
    2. Attaching the slider
      2m 17s
    3. Mounting and balancing the camera
      1m 36s
    4. Shoot strategies
      5m 7s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      2m 3s
  22. 14m 8s
    1. Remotely controlling cameras
      1m 5s
    2. Setting up the CamRanger
      4m 18s
    3. Panning with the CamRanger PT Hub
      3m 32s
    4. Evaluating the results
      5m 13s
  23. 12m 38s
    1. What are camera rails?
      1m 26s
    2. Adapting a tripod to hold multiple cameras
      3m 13s
    3. Shooting strategies
      2m 2s
    4. Using a micro rail
      2m 51s
    5. Evaluating the shots
      3m 6s
  24. 10m 26s
    1. What is a micro tripod?
      1m 29s
    2. Mounting a phone to a micro tripod
      2m 15s
    3. Mounting a GoPro to a micro tripod
      2m 1s
    4. Mounting a DSLR to a micro tripod
      1m 54s
    5. Evaluating the results
      2m 47s
  25. 22m 49s
    1. Introducing the Blackmagic 4K
      1m 30s
    2. Beneficial features of the Blackmagic 4K
      5m 7s
    3. Drawbacks of the Blackmagic 4K
      4m 14s
    4. Menu options of the Blackmagic 4K
      7m 5s
    5. Evaluating the footage
      4m 53s

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