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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 20 of 25

Playback Menu


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 20 of 25

Playback Menu


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Playback Menu

All right, time to get into the playback menu, and there's a lot of things that we're gonna go through pretty quickly here because this doesn't have to do with image quality. It's just kinda working with your images once you have shot them. Protecting your images prevents them from being deleted. Then can still be re-formatted on the memory card. They can still be deleted when you download them to your computer. It's a very light level of protection on your camera, and so you can go in and select particular images there to do it. You can rotate images, the only really good reason is if you're gonna do a slide show either on the back of the camera, or on your TV, and you've shot an image that is not showing up in the proper format on the back of the camera. You can, of course, erase images, and there is a garbage can on the back of the camera, which is a little bit quicker for individual images, but if you are erasing a lot of images, it's a little bit quicker here. You can also erase a...

ll images. I don't recommend doing that. Formatting, I think, is better. We'll talk about that in the next section, or you can go into particular folders and delete images. You can hook your camera up to a printer, and this is one of those areas, there's like 10 pages in the instruction manual on how to do this. We're not gonna get into this here, but you can do it. You can select different images and sizes and so forth with that. You can create photo albums in camera, and this has to do with working with the Canon EOS Utility, and it's basically an album, a group of pictures that you can kind of set aside and put into a folder. You do need to work with the Canon software in order to make this work, something I've never used in my real photography that I do myself. Image copy, this can be handy, copying images from one card to the other, so you could be shooting on one card, and then you could decide, "I'm gonna put a second card in the camera, "and copy everything over," or you could have a friend who said, "Hey, can you give me a copy of that image?" "Give me your memory card, I'll put it in my camera. "I'll copy that one image over." If you recall earlier, I said that movies only get recorded to one card. Well, you can come here, select that movie, and copy it to the other card, so, very useful device. I'm glad to have this on the cameras. RAW image processing, and so we played around with this earlier. We were in the playback menu. I hit the queue button, and I went in, and I processed a RAW image, so this is kinda Photoshop in the camera. You can go in, adjust the brightness, and save it as a new JPEG image. You are never damaging, harming, or destroying the original image. You are creating a copy of that image. You can take an image and crop it if you want to, in camera. There's a number of controls. I'm not gonna go through all the controls, but you can look along the top. There's gonna be a menu for moving that frame box around and changing the size of that frame, and cropping that image, and then saving that as a new file. Once again, no matter what type of image you do this with, you are saving a new file, not damaging the original image. Same thing goes for Resize. If you're shooting with a JPEG, large JPEG, and you wanna make it into a smaller JPEG that's easier to email or post on a particular type of site, you can create different size JPEGs right there in camera. You can rate your images if you want, and this can be very handy, as I say, for getting a jump on your editing process. If you know something came out right, you can give it one through five stars in the camera. If you wanna hook your camera up to a TV, you can have a little slide show in the camera, and you can choose which images and some basic setups for a little, simple slide show right there. You can transfer images from your camera to your computer. As I say, it's a little bit slower, a little bit more cumbersome than just using a card reader, which is what I prefer, but that's what this whole section is about. There's a whole sub menu that you dive into, and here, you get to choose which images are transferred over. If you only want to download a few, you can do that. If you are shooting RAW plus JPEG, you can choose what you wanna send over, only the JPEGs, only the RAWs, or both. Then, there is also the option, with some Canon software that you can add caption information to images as you shoot them, and you can have that information transferred over if you are using that software options. I mentioned when you play back the image, the back dial goes forward and back through your photos and the top dial jumps you 10 forward and 10 back. Well, you can change that to every hundred or by date, or by folder, or a number of other different areas, and so one of the ways that I creatively use this image is I took a whole bunch of images, and I went through and I had extra time on my hands 'cause I was in transportation. I had nothing else to do, so I looked at all my images, and I rated my favorite images as two-star images. I then, set the image jump to look for two-star images, and then I handed the camera to somebody else, and said, "Here are some of the best photos from the day," and every photo they look at, is like a great photo 'cause I'm choosing every 20th photo in there. They're seeing only the highlights, and that way they aren't seeing all the clutter. I'm showing them a shorter collection of just the images that I want to share with them, so I think there's a creative, good use for that if you need that sort of thing. Highlight alert can show you overexposed pixels. Now, once again, the image you're looking at on the back of the camera is a JPEG version, potentially, of a RAW image that you're recording, and so just because it's blinking highlights at you doesn't mean that it's necessarily overexposed, but it might be. It's a warning that you may wanna take a second photo with a slightly different exposure to adjust for that, so it's a great way to show you overexposed pixels, which can be a real problem to deal with after the fact. AF point display is something that I would normally leave turned off because I don't like clutter on my images, but for people who are just getting into this camera, maybe this is the first 5D camera they've had. Well, then if you leave this turned on, it's gonna show you the focusing points that the camera was using when that picture was taken, and it's gonna help give you an insight to how the camera is focusing, and so this is something that you might wanna leave turned on for a little while, to kinda learn the system that's going on, and then turn it off, so you don't have to look at it anymore. The playback grid is something that we've seen before. If you wanna see a playback grid, and this is something that I never have turned on on my images, but if you wanna make sure you have a level horizon, these would do it for sure. You can control what type of histogram you see. The brightness is just all the pixels combined in one, or you can have it separated out into red, green, and blue. I prefer the red, green, and blue. It's giving me a little bit more detailed information. I can see if one of the color channels is clipping and getting too bright or too dark, and it's just a little bit, it's more pleasing on the eyes. I like colors, I like pretty colors, and so RGB, I think is a good one to have. So, this has to do with that time code if you recall. You can see the recording time or the time code when you're playing back images. This is, I think, a good one to change because it comes set I think, to two times magnification from the center, and if you change it to Actual size(from selected pt), it'll zoom in to a one-to-one magnification from where your focus point was, and that's generally where we are most interested in getting information about sharpness, is where our focus point was, and really seeing it a lot closer, and so that is gonna enable you to jump in a little bit more quickly and see where that is. It does jump in quite a bit, but I think it's a good thing to have, and I know a lot of other photographers are using that setting as well. When you're playing back, and you're using it on a TV, do you wanna be able to use your TV's remote to go forward and back through your images? You can probably turn that on if you use your camera in that mode. It's not something that's being done on a regular basis, which is why I have it at disabled, but it doesn't have a lot of harm to turn that on.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new customized viewfinder and quick menu options for superior customization
  • Use and understand the new 4K video recording with frame grab and Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Use Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS for remote operation and location tagging
  • Understand Canon camera features that cross over to several Canon EOS models
  • Control the camera from the biggest tools to the smallest details


The Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV is a workhorse Canon camera, hauling features from the 30-megapixel full-frame sensor to the 4K video and 7 fps burst speed. But the 5D Mark IV’s long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding dual-pixel autofocus.

This class is designed for the photographers using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the EOS 5D Mark IV is the best Canon camera for you.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is considered one of the best Canon cameras on the market -- but it's no Canon Powershot, which means a big learning curve. The latest updates bring tools that may be unfamiliar even for photographers that previously used an older Canon camera, with several firsts across the entire 5D series. The dual-pixel autofocus allows for small focus adjustments after the fact -- but only if you shoot with the right image format and work with the right software. The 5D Mark IV is the first Canon digital camera to incorporate FlexiZone Multi autofocus, a new setting inside the powerful updated dual pixel CMOS AF system. The updated viewfinder has new warning signals and custom controls. And of course, there’s that new 4K shooting.

This Canon camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Canon camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


Individuals who own or are considering purchasing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


  1. Class Introduction

    Just how wet can you get the dust and drip-resistant 5D Mark IV? Besides the Canon EF lenses, what lenses work well with this camera body? What about third-party flashes and batteries? Greengo walks through some of the biggest questions for the 5D Mark IV in the class introduction.

  2. Photo Basics

    If this Canon camera is your very first DSLR, pay attention to this quick crash course on camera basics, like how a reflex camera works, the difference between a full frame CMOS sensor and an APS-C, and exposure basics. If you're not scratching your head at the terms aperture and shutter speed, then go grab a coffee or skip this four-minute lesson.

  3. Camera Controls: Mode Dial

    Jump into the camera's controls with an overview of the digital SLR camera's control scheme. Then, explore one of the camera's most important controls, the mode dial. Learn the controls from C1 to Av, along with features like bulb mode and exposure compensation.

  4. Top of Camera Controls

    The top of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a rather daunting slew of controls. Greengo walks through why that control seemingly did nothing (hint: there's a unique-to-Canon active button), how to control two features with a single button, and the six main controls that are going to determine if you nailed that image quality or if that exposure and white balance were all off.

  5. Viewfinder Display Overview

    A quick look in the viewfinder displays most of the vital shooting settings, but with Canon updating the intelligent viewfinder options, even seasoned Canon photographers may not know exactly what icons are there and what they mean. Learn what's in the viewfinder, what viewfinder tools you can customize, what viewfinder warnings to look for, and yes, how to get that viewfinder looking sharp (it's not your eyesight, it's the diopter.)

  6. Play Back Menu

    Sure, clicking that arrow button to move through the photos you shot is easy, but what about using dials to flip through images quickly, new touchscreen controls, or rating images so that same rating pops up in Lightroom? Learn it all with the nitty gritty on the play back menu.

  7. Live View & Movie Modes

    A DSLR's autofocus system functions in an entirely different way when using the Live View on the LCD screen instead of the optical viewfinder -- Canon's solution to the slower autofocus performance in Live View is the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. That dual pixel system delivers several of the camera's biggest features, so Greengo takes students out on a real-world shoot to demonstrate how to use the feature, what Dual Pixel CMOS AF can really do, and what it can't so you don't wind up looking at soft photos. The same feature is also essential for shooting video.

  8. Autofocus Options

    The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has more than one way to focus --- the tour of the camera continues around back, where Greengo walks through the different autofocus options and how to adjust each one quickly. Learn not just what each autofocus option does, but what the camera will default that focus to in each scenario.

  9. Quick Menu Overview

    The quick menu saves you from digging deep into the camera menu. The quick menu also creates easy touchscreen access to a number of different controls, including file format, how those images are saved to the SD and CF cards, and picture styles.

  10. Left & Right Sides of Camera

    Advanced digital cameras like the 5D Mark IV tend to have several ports -- so what is each one for? Greengo walks you through the different ports, along with making sure those CF and SD cards are compatible and ready to shoot.

  11. Bottom & Front of Camera

    The bottom and front of the camera are often overlooked in most guides -- but that's where features like the depth of field preview and the option to add an accessory to plug the camera in the wall to shoot time-lapses for days are hiding.

  12. Canon 5D Mark IV Lens Options

    The Canon 5D Mark IV can use any EF lens -- but what lenses are the best options? Greengo walks through the lenses with high-end features to match the high-end body.

  13. Shooting Menu Overview

    The camera's menu is where much of the customization options come in -- and much of the confusion. Greengo walks through the shooting menu basics.

  14. Dual Pixel RAW Demo

    A missed focus is traditionally one of the mistakes that simply can't be fixed in post -- but Canon's Dual Pixel RAW can. See a shoot using the feature, an edit, and learn how to use Dual Pixel Raw.

  15. Shooting Menu Options

    Did you know you can fix a lens vignette on every JPEG photo taken with that lens by just adjusting one setting? Walk through the full shooting menu controls to find the hidden gems alongside tools you'll recall often.

  16. Timelapse Video Demo

    Thanks to a built-in intervalometer, the Canon 5D Mark IV can shoot time-lapses in-camera without accessories, unlike the Mark III. Learn how to use the new feature and see that intervalometer in action.

  17. Live View Shooting

    Live view can be an excellent tool -- especially when you have all the controls. Learn how to get the screen to show an accurate exposure, work the touch controls, and more.

  18. Movie Menu Overview

    The movie menu is hidden until you activate the right settings -- learn how to bring that menu out of hiding and what all the movie options mean.

  19. Auto Focus Menu

    Many photographers don't realize that, besides the autofocus modes, you can tweak the way your camera autofocus decides what to focus on. Learn how to tell the camera what subject is most important and how fast that subject's motion changes for a much more accurate autofocus.

  20. Playback Menu

    Don't skip the playback menu -- here's where you can transfer images from one card to the other, rate photos for faster culling later, and more.

  21. Setup Menu

    Every new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV owner should spend some time in the setup menu configuring the camera to their preferences -- Greengo walks you through what's what, from setting up the CF and SD cards to customizing the screen.

  22. GPS Demo

    The 5D Mark IV has a GPS built-in, which can geotag all your photos by location. The settings are key to accessing the feature -- and turning it off for locations that you don't want to be shared.

  23. WiFi Demo

    Wi-Fi is another first for the 5D series -- and opens up possibilities for easily sending images to a smartphone or tablet as well as turning your phone into a remote control.

  24. Custom Functions Menu

    Two photographers shooting side-by-side with the 5D Mark IV probably won't share the exact same settings -- the custom functions menu is tailored to the way you shoot. Customizing this menu allows you to tackle things from setting limits on exposure settings to customizing the physical controls.

  25. Camera Operation

    Camera settings vary wildly based on what, exactly you're shooting. Here, Greengo walks you through several different scenarios and how best to set the 5D Mark IV to tackle them.


Ralph Somma

I was reluctant to purchase this course because I already have the Instruction Manual that came with the 5D Mark IV and am committed to reading it in it's entirely. Nevertheless, after watching a preview of the course, I decide to buy it so I could view it at my leisure, pause and rewind it as needed. I am so glad I did. John Greengo's teaching method is clear and concise. He presents the material in a way that makes it interesting and enjoyable to learn. His effective use of visuals and demonstrations makes understanding every important function of the 5D Mark IV a breeze. I look forward to implementing what I've learned, his recommendations and tweaking the camera's settings to suit my own needs and preferences. Now as I trudge through all 600+ pages of the manual, I'm confident I will more easily grasp the camera's 100+ settings and can always refer back to the course if necessary.


First I have to say that I wanted this camera before it was even released. I had taken some of John's fast start courses and I had some questions regarding this camera vs. the 5D mark III and 7D mark II that I was using at that time. I emailed John and got an "out of office/out on location response". I put it out of my mind assuming that when John Greengo was back in the office, he'd have hundreds of emails waiting and my little question would get lost in the shuffle. I was delighted to receive a response a few weeks later. I was even more delighted when he released this fast start course. I did end up buying the 5D mark IV (love it) and had a pretty good handle on using it. This class opened up some new doors in how to use all of the features and customize things to suit my needs. I can never recommend John's classes enough. He explains things in an easy yet technical way that is useful to both beginners and seasoned photographers!

Byron Bastian

I have never watched one of John's courses, I have watched many videos trying to learn info regarding the new 5D Mark 4 Camera. I learned many new important features available with this amazing camera. John rocks as an instructor, his ability to teach in such informative way was very helpful. I would recommend this coarse to anyone looking to better understand this camera as well as to learn more about photography in general.