March 11, 2015 at 10:54PM

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B-Roll Equipment

When you all are out shooting generic B-Roll for various projects or even just for fun, how do you set up your camera? Do you prefer to attach the slider to the tripod every time just in case you need to use it for a few shots (which makes it a little more inconvenient to move around when getting shots in an area), or do you keep it simple with just a camera and tripod? What other pieces of gear do you guys attach (matte boxes, monitors, follow focuses, etc..)?

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Depends of the situation. One small tripod. One lenses and two batteries. Two Memories (at less)

March 12, 2015 at 9:35AM

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Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director
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Whatever it takes to get the kind of shot you are after. Meaning if a slider makes sense, then bring a slider. If a gimbal makes sense, then bring a gimbal. Just make sure you plan out your shots, as great shots do not happen by accident.

March 12, 2015 at 1:04PM

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Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer
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"Depends". How long is a piece of string? What is it for?

Often for me it is simply a fast prime on my camera together with a video monopod. Can't get simpler than that! And allows me to move faster, relatively unnoticed, and get the shots.

March 15, 2015 at 9:42AM

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David Peterson
Wedding Cinematographer
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I liked David's response above. Lots of variables in your question, Mike -- what you're shooting, what your aesthetic is, what your time constraints are... One thing to bear in mind is that every option enables as well as limits. You can get shots with a steadicam you can't get with a tripod. You can get shots with a monopod you can't get with a slider. You think in a different way when restricted to a fixed lens, while zoom lenses can make you lazier.

Truth is, while every shooter will have a weapon of choice, any decent shooter can do a lot of damage with any stabilising device, or none. So, Raguel might like tripods, Guy might be a gimbal guy, David might like monopods, but if you told any of these guys they have 15 minutes to get shots, and have to do it handheld, I'm sure they'd all come up with great images.

Thought this might be of interest: Philip Bloom "ten minute challenge" with the Sony PMW-200: http://philipbloom.net/blog/pmw200/

"I set myself a challenge… Go to one spot, don’t move the tripod, but you can pan, tilt, zoom the camera. Hit record and don’t button off for ten minutes, and try and get as many varied shots as possible. This is what I did and you can see my results below."

January 9, 2017 at 10:02PM

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Adrian Tan
Videographer
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There is an app called Saavn Pro APK that you can listen/save music for free. After setting up the equipment and shooting the film, you may get music samples that can be used with film.

December 5, 2017 at 11:55AM

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Praneeth
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