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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 25

Timelapse Video Demo


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 16 of 25

Timelapse Video Demo


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Timelapse Video Demo

On to page four, we have the interval timer. And so this is new in the 5D series of cameras, well, strike that. It's not new, it was in the 5DsR. It was not in the 5D Mark III. We got a little video, so let's show you a little bit about what this feature is all about. One of the other new features in the 5D Mark IV is the intervalometer. Previously, you've had to attach one of the cable releases and program that in, but now we have it all built-in to the camera. And I'm gonna shoot a short little time-lapse right here using the intervalometer, page four in the shooting menu. And for this particular one, we're just doing a fairly simple one here. You can disable it, you can enable it, and down here at the bottom it says Info/Detail set. So you gotta hit the Info button to go in here and hit the details. Now I'm gonna shoot a fairly fast one, which takes a picture every one second. So I'm gonna get that set in. And for the number of shots, we can set a number anywhere from one or actuall...

y two, up to 99, and then from there it's just unlimited. And we're gonna go with unlimited, because I need more than 99 shots for this particular one here. And so let's hit OK. Come down here. And so now we're ready to start. It's got an interval of one second for an unlimited number of shots. I'm gonna go ahead and get this started, and it's clicking away right now. Jake's gonna start walking down the beach, and we'll see you in a bit. Have a nice walk. All right, Jake has returned, and so it's time to finish off our time-lapse. He's out of shot now. And so I'm just gonna go ahead and turn the camera off, because that's just the easiest way to go ahead and deal with that. And so now I just want to make sure that some of my photos came out looking good. And so yeah, he's walking up and down the beach there, and we'll turn that into a time-lapse in software afterwards. So these are, let's see, I took probably about 300 images there of him walking down the beach, back and forth. I'm gonna have to use a software program to compress that into a final video. The nice thing is that if I want to jump in to an individual frame and fix something, or I want to make some adjustments on the lighting I can do that in here. But it's fairly cumbersome, because we have the camera shooting and firing shutters each time and we end up with a whole bunch of photos. But it allows us a lot of information to work with if we need to make adjustment to those final photos. So this is a traditional system for shooting time-lapse and it's a system that I've used many, many times before and it works really well, and it's nice to see it's built into the camera, because it makes it really easy to shoot. All right, we've shot the time-lapse and now it's time to build the little video. So I've got all my images loaded up into Lightroom here. And usually when I'm making a video from time-lapse, I'm gonna want to do some adjustments to my images. Now I've already made these, but just what I've done real quickly is I've cropped them to a 16x9 aspect ratio, because that's the standard for most of our HDTVs these days. So I wanted to crop it into that aspect ratio. And then I wanted to make a few little adjustments on the shadows and the saturation and the contrast of the image. And in some cases, maybe if there was an errant little problem in an individual photograph, I could go in and fix that up, potentially, if I needed to clone an element out that was a mistake or if there was a dust spot or something. And so in this case, I ended up with, let's see, down here at the bottom it says 259 images. And then I exported these, sized for the types of files. For HD video, I wanted to have it 1920 in pixels by 1080; if I wanted to make a 4K video or a different size, I would size it appropriately from there. And then I'm gonna export all of those out of Lightroom into a file where I'm gonna use a video editing program in order to compile them and put them together in a video. And so let's go ahead and take a look at the final video. And so this is our time-lapse here. This is shot over about four minutes, with a picture every one second. And so the nice thing about this style of time-lapse is it gives you great individual control. If there was one frame that something happened that I didn't like and I wanted to go in and I wanted to clone it out, fix it up or anything like that, it gives me a lot of control. But it's a little bit more work, because you end up with all of these files to work with. But it does give you the greatest editing capability. So if you really need to take full control of your time-lapse, this would be the mode that I would recommend. A lot of fun, good stuff to use. So enjoy using that. So that's the basics on the intervalometer. And just a couple more time-lapses for you here. So this one I was using a motorized slider. So I was moving the position of the camera to get a little extra dynamic motion going on in the frame, which is one of the keys to making a compelling intervalometer series nowadays. And in this case, I shot with the camera on a tripod, and I did a little bit of a Ken Burns affect. I did a little pan back on the camera. And that was all done in post production. The beauty of shooting these individual photos is that you can shoot with such high resolution. You can kind of move your frame within the frame for final video around. We talk about 4K is kind of the new big thing. Well, your camera shoots 6.7K when it's shooting in still photos, and so you have a lot of room to work with and play with. So as you dive into the intervalometer, you see the info details set. You press on that, and you can get in to set the interval, the time between the shots, which for most intervals is probably gonna be between one and 10 seconds. That's where most people are shooting your basic intervalometer series, but it needs to be wherever it needs to be. And then as you saw in the shots, anywhere from two to 99, or unlimited. And so it's a great way to be able to do it without the cable, the cable release, that we had to use on all the previous 5D cameras. And so now we have all of that built in. And at this point, there is no reason to buy the cable, not even really activating it is an issue anymore. So you don't need the cable for the intervalometer, at all. It's all built in. Next up is the bulb timer. Now for this to work, you gotta have the camera in the B setting, all right, so it's gonna be grayed out if it's in any other setting on the camera. And so the reason for the bulb, as I mentioned before, if you need a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds, you can program it into the camera how long a shutter you want to leave open in this case. And so if you want to leave it for two minutes, you can go in, you hit the Info/detail set and then you can go in and you can dial in exactly how long you want to leave it in there. I'll warn you, probably not a good idea to leave your sensor exposed and on for more than 15 minutes. You may be able to push it a little bit. You might be fine, but that's probably the outer boundaries of where most people are gonna go with that camera. Anti-flicker, relatively new. This came in with the 7D Mark II. So let me talk about the flicker problem that we have with fluorescent lights. So fluorescent lights are not consistently on in their power. They flicker in their brightness. And if you were to look at one second, this is what it looks like as far as the peaks and valleys of how bright that light is. It could be at 120Hz or 100Hz, per second. Now what happens when you have a camera that shoots at seven frames per second, and it's just shooting on its own accord, wherever that shutter is ready to fire is where you're gonna get. Now do you get a bright version or a dark version? Well, that's just kind of the luck of the draw as to where you get images. And if you shoot with a burst of images, there's a good chance that every one of those is either gonna be a little bit brighter or a little bit darker than the next image. And you get this mess of images back that all need to be adjusted, slightly differently, so that they look the same brightness. So when you turn flicker reduction on, what it does is it compromises just a little bit of speed of shooting, and it basically looks for the next peak in which to shoot. And so it's always gonna be shooting with the brightest, best light that you have, the most light that you have, but it may slow down your frames per second from seven down to six frames per second. And so I found a light that flickered, and I took four images. And I'm gonna go back and forth through these images and see if you notice the brightness difference between these iamges. There's definitely a big difference brightness between two and three. And the camera is on manual, the camera has everything set up so that every image should be exactly the same brightness. I turned flicker reduction on, and it's not exactly the same, but it's really, really close, as I go back and forth between these four images. And so if I needed to grab a group of these images, it would be much, much easier to work with with flicker reduction turned on. And it only turns it on when it senses it. And so I will admit, I flip-flopped, if that's a good term, I've changed my mind. I've evolved, my opinion has evolved. I used to think this is something that you can turn on when you have a flicker problem, but now I just don't want to deal with flicker issues, at all, and I'm willing to give up one frame a second. Now, that's me personally, I'm willing to give up a frame per second so that I don't have to do edit hundreds of photos that have flicker issues. I would leave this just turned on. And so in most cases I think that's gonna make most people's lives a lot easier. Mirror lockup, so with an SLR camera, one of the downsides is that we have a mirror in the camera. Let's take a look at that mirror. There we go. So when you shoot a picture under normal circumstances, the mirror goes up, really quickly, and it causes a slight vibration throughout the entire camera, and that happens to be right when your camera is shooting a photo. And this can be a special problem when you are shooting at slow shutter speeds on a tripod. The solution to solving this vibration problem is to turn Mirror lockup on, enable this. Now your shutter release works in a slightly different manner. You press down once, and it will lock the mirror up. You have the exact same vibrations that you had before, but you wait for a few seconds for those vibrations to settle out, you press the shutter release a second time, and the shutter fires without any motion of the camera, at all. So this is very important for people working from a tripod with a slow shutter speed. Let's take a look at an example. So I'm shooting at one-eighth of a second. Let's take a look at the sharpness. That's not so good on sharpness. Why is that? Well, we're at one-eighth of a second, mirror lock-up is turned off. Let's go ahead and turn mirror lock-up on and see how much sharpness difference. And so that's how much sharpness difference it'll make. And one-eighth of a second is right smack dab in the middle of the vibration zone. And this is where you are most likely to get vibrations, and it's because anything longer, the vibrations tend to settle out and you don't notice it, faster shutter speeds, well you just don't have it because it's a faster shutter speed, and it's stopping the motion. And so in and around an eighth of a second, fifteenth, quarter, two, one second, anything like that, is where mirror lock-up on a tripod is gonna have a big deal. It's not as big a deal hand-held a lot of times, because your hands will absorb some of that vibration, but can be a big difference for tripod shooters. So normally, I love this, but I leave it turned off until I need it.

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.