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Lesson 26 from: Canon 1DX Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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26. Playback Menu

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Playback Menu

All right, next up is our playback menu, and we're gonna be going through this pretty quick. There's not a ton of things that we're gonna play around with in here. You can go in and you can protect images that are in particular folders or individually themselves, and this simply prevents them from being deleted in the camera. The camera's memory card can still be reformatted either in the camera or externally, so it's not a complete protection of those images, but it does provide a light level. You can rotate images if you want to. This is usually not necessary unless you are doing some sort of slide show in camera or while it's connected up to a computer or a TV or a monitor. And you can go in and erase images. There is a delete button on the back of the camera, of course. If you're gonna delete a bunch of individual images, you can do that a little bit more easily here. There's a little bit less button pressing if you need to really scour through your card and delete a bunch of image...

s. But there's also a philosophy that says that you should not delete images in your camera because it's causing undue communication back and forth and it may cause a corruption problem, and that is true to some degree, but it's a very, very small happening that that occurs, and so it's not something to be too worried about, but generally I would say you're better off deleting in the computer rather than in the camera. If you want to, you can hook this camera up to a printer and bypass the computer altogether, and this is where you can go in to select different images and what size printer or what size print and which printer are you connecting it up to. We're not gonna get into the full details of this. Not too many people use it. But it is a capability of the camera. The camera does have multiple memory cards, and if you want you can copy images from one memory card to the other card. So if you want, you can be out shooting and fill up one memory card, stick in another memory card and copy everything over later if you want to. The second tab in playback, RAW image processing. So if you shoot in RAW image, you are able to do quite a bit of processing in camera with it. And so if you wanna go in and you wanna change the brightness or the white balance of it, you can take that RAW image and you can change it according to what your needs are and you can make a JPEG image out of it. And so if you are needing to adjust an image and you don't have your computer with you, you can do it right in camera and have that JPEG ready to go tweaked the way that you want it to be right in the camera. You can take images and you can crop them down to smaller size images if you want. You can resize images. So if you have a large JPEG, you can reduce it down to a smaller size JPEG that might email a little bit more easily or better fit a specific purpose on it. Not something a lot of people do, but it is capable. So we are having more and more computer capabilities right in our camera. We can add ratings to our images. As I said, this is nice to get kind of a head start on jumping, getting a head start on our editing process. I'll go through and I don't, I just give two stars to any image that I think is pretty good and then I'll double check it when I get it into the computers to see if I really got a good view of it or not. You can hook your camera up to a TV and you can do a slide show, and this will select which images you show and how long they're seen and the different parameters for the slide show. And so, once again, not something a lot of people use, but a capability. You can transfer iamges straight from the camera to the computer. Because there are sometimes communication issues, this is why I like using a card reader and just take the card out of the camera. That way the computer doesn't need, the camera doesn't need to be around the computer when it's going on, and the transfers go a little bit more smoothly. Image jump with dial. When you're playing back images, the back dial will move ahead one image at a time or move back one image at a time. If you turn the front dial, it jumps 10, or whatever way that you want to make it jump back and forth. And so if you shoot a lot of photos, you could have it jump 100 images. And so a little secret, what I did one time is I went out and I shot a whole bunch of photos, and then I went through and I gave all my best images two stars on the rating, and then what I did is I came here to image jump and I had it jump between star ratings of two stars so that as I was showing people photos, it would only jump between the images that I wanted them to look at that had two stars. And so lots of different creative ways that you can make use of that image jump dial. Third tab in playback, we have our highlight alert, and this will show us on the back of the camera the pixels that are blown out. And so if you shoot a picture that has quite a bit of highlight area, this is one of the ways to check to see if you have overexposed the image. And this, along with the histogram, is showing you the JPEG version of the image, and the, if you are shooting a RAW image, you are likely to get a little bit more data than it is indicating, and so it might not be as bad as expected if you are shooting a RAW image. If you wanna look at what focusing points were used for that particular image, you can turn on the AF point display, and this will show you the focusing points. And this is something I recommend on enable for people who are kind of newer to using the camera so you can see how the camera works. Once you get used to the camera, you probably just don't wanna look at those focusing points on top of your subject, but it is a good learning process on what focusing points the camera is using in a particular situation. If you wanna turn on a grid during playback, you can do that. If that seems similar, there was different ones that we were looking at in the live view one and the movie options. And so this is just in playback. And as I say, normally I like to leave everything turned off 'cause I wanna see my images clutter-free. We have a histogram. We can turn on the RGB histogram, which gives us a little bit more information about what color channels may be getting clipped. And so I like the red/green/blue one. It's a little bit easier to see, in my mind, and so I prefer that. And you'll see that when you hit the info display on the back of the camera, especially when you are in the playback mode. Movie play count. You can have it, you can look at the recording time of that particular movie or you can be looking at the time code that was recorded when you recorded it. For magnification, I like setting it to actual size. That way when you press the magnification button on the camera right there, it jumps into 100% actual size magnification, which is gonna give you the best judge of sharpness. You can have another setting set if you prefer, but this one is gonna give you the best information for judging sharpness. Control over HDMI is for when your camera is connected to a TV and you wanna use your TV's remote for going forward and backward through the pictures on a slide show, and so it just allows a different remote control device through the HDMI channel on the camera.

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Ratings and Reviews

Joe Berkeley

I quite enjoyed John's course on the 1DX mark ii. To be frank, I should have taken it 122,000 shots ago when I bought the camera. I learned quite a bit. There were only a few occasions when I thought my cranium could explode. But I walked away from the course with some great tips and in the grand scheme of things, the money I invest in education is always more valuable than the latest and greatest camera strap, lens, or bag. It will probably take a few months for all of the information to sink in but I'm feeling good about what I learned and the price I paid for it. All in all, a good value.

Fred Innamorato

John does a great job as usual. He provides so many visual aides and demonstrations which really helps you understand how to operate and set up your camera. His step by step explanation of the entire menu and each tab is excellent. In addition to his many photography tips and instructions. What an excellent class and a great value for all the detailed instructions provided. Much better than the manual you get in the box. Plus you get to watch this as many times as needed. I highly recommend this course and all of John's other classes.

Ian Sherratt

Great video. Loved the clear explanations, great views and mixture of video and slides. I’ve read a lot of manuals and books on settings and use of various Canon cameras but this is the first time I’ve really understood the full range of functions.

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