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So, Rich, we've seen the benefit of a rail system that can hold multiple cameras. >> Yep. >> And I guess you could put larger accessories on the rail system itself, but. >> Absolutely, I'm just using Arca Swiss Plate. >> Yep. >> Which is a really standard sort of mount. >> Mm-hm. >> And anything with a thread, you could attach one of those on the bottom. >> Absolutely. >> So, yeah. >> So, if you have a larger digital audio recorder, or maybe you had a battery, or something like that you wanted to mount there. So, we have the big rail system. But guess what, Rich. We also have a small rail system. And you can see that.
>> Yeah. >> Right on top of the camera. >> Yeah. And this one right here. It's really simple. This is from a company called Tether Tools. >> Yeah. >> And it's essentially an accessory bar. It just goes into the hot shoe, although at that point it's not a hot connection. Right. There's no data being transferred. >> Yeah, there's no electricity or data being passed through, sure. >> And so, we took this little tiny area. Yep. And basically made it, I don't know, ten times wider. >> Yeah, and the cool thing about this, Rich, is because we've made that area wider, where we just had sort of one attachment point before, we now have multiple attachment points over what, five, six, seven inches.
>> Yeah. >> So, for example, we have a little cam ranger device up there that allows us to remote control our camera. You have, what's that? >> A wireless mic receiver? >> Yeah, Sure. >> I'm going to slide that in. >> Absolutely, and maybe I want some backup to the, sort of the, wireless system. I could just put in my little road microphone here. So, on-camera mic. >> Now, certain accessories are designed to only get pointed in one direction. >> Yep, absolutely. >> So, in that case we just need to rotate this. So, if we turn that a little bit, this is designed to get mounted in either direction. So, you can, yeah, so we have being pointed in the front of the camera or sort of perpendicular there.
There we go. Plug that in and plug that right into my microphone port on the side of the camera. Yeah. So, three accessories mounted to one hot shoe in a very stable platform. Yeah, and now you might be thinking to yourself what's the difference between a system like this, this little mini rail system, and say a, a cheese plate. Well, you know in bigger, more sophisticated camera setups, you might have a lot of cheese plates dangled everywhere over the camera where you could actually screw in items. Now, those are probably the most secure way of accessorizing your camera, but, Rich, it also involves having more things built around the camera.
Like a cage system, or rails, and things of that nature. The reason I like this is in a running-gun situation. Maybe you're a documentary of, you know, a shooter. Or maybe, you know, you're out there doing news or something like that. Really easy to get quickly setup. >> Yeah. >> And have a lot of smaller accessories right mounted directly on the camera. >> And if something goes wrong, it's super easy to just unplug the devices, detach this, and take it over to another camera, so. >> Absolutely. >> Really pretty simple how quick that can come undone there. Let's just take that USB cable out. >> Sure. >> There we go, and now I'm ready to move this onto another camera.
So, all in all, a very flexible system. All right, we promised you that we're going to take a look at some of the footage that we got with the rail system. Let's go ahead and load that up, and we'll be right back.
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