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By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 20, 2013

Getting started with a GoPro camera: DSLR Video Tips

The GoPro Hero 3

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Whether you call it a sports cam, action cam, crash cam, or toy cam, the GoPro 3 has taken the production world by storm. While it’s not a true DSLR camera, we find ourselves mixing it into our production jobs all the time. For time-lapse, point-of-view, underwater, and aerial photography, these cameras are great.

In this week’s episode, we start with an in-depth look at GoPro cameras. You’ll learn

What is a GoPro? Where did these cameras come from and what are they good for?

The GoPro bodies What are the challenges with the form factor?

Essential GoPro gear What do you need to get the best shots?

Powering the GoPro How can a little camera use so much juice?

Accessing GoPro menus How to stop driving yourself nuts pushing buttons and actually see what you’re doing.

Essential menu commands Which commands will get you a quality shot?

By Richard Harrington | Friday, September 13, 2013

How To Read A Waveform Monitor & Vectorscope:DSLR Video Tips

How to read a vectorscope and waveform monitor

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When reading video scopes for the first time, it can be tough to figure out what you’re actually looking at. But tools like waveform monitors and vectorscopes can help with the exposure and color in your shots—and are definitely worth the time spent learning how to use them.

The primary thing to keep in mind is that these tools are more accurate than your eyes in providing an objective, analytical snapshot of your video signal. This week we’ll explore

· Why scopes are essential in helping you achieve better shots · How a histogram complements the information on a waveform monitor · How to use a waveform monitor to judge exposure and contrast · How to use a vectorscope to analyze hues and saturation in a shot

By Robbie Carman | Friday, July 19, 2013

DSLR Video Tips: What is a follow focus?

A DSLR follow focus system

On this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, we’ll look at a piece of gear called a follow focus that makes it easier to get repeatable, sharp focus. We’ll examine how a follow focus works, and techniques for using one in the field.

• Learn the benefits of using a follow focus, the essential parts of a follow focus system, and how to put one together.

• Learn how to set up marks for your talent, as well as marks on the follow focus—so that you can quickly repeat focus as objects or people move through the scene.

• Our special guest Kevin Bradley shares his techniques for operating follow focus, and Robbie tries his hand at the task of “focus puller.”

• After the shoot, we’ll head back to the studio to take a look at the results and discuss how the follow focus helped us, and what we could have done better.

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