Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 11/29 - Playback Menu


Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

Next up is the playback button. So when you play back an image, the camera kinda kicks into a whole different mode for playing back images. The dials and a lot of the buttons control what they do so let's talk about the playback mode. First and foremost, if you wanna change which image you're at, you can either go left and right or you can turn the back dial on the camera to go through the series of images that you have shot. If you would like to check sharpness of your image, you can zoom in on your image. If you want to delete your image, you can use the garbage can button. And if you want to jump forward or back, the front dial will allow you to jump 10 images forward or back, and then of course you can use the touch screen on the camera. If you wanna press the info button, that's gonna cycle through various bits of information. And just for kicks, let's do a little demo here on this. I think I've taken a few pictures to play with. So let's go ahead and hit the playback button and j...

ump into an image. This seems like as good of image as any. We can hit the zoom in button here. And now what we can do is we can use this top dial to zoom in a little bit more closely and then we can navigate around if we wanna see if something in particular is in focus. And so we can use the back dial to scroll through images and let's see if we can see what's going on up here. Up here in the corner, you can see that we're changing images and so if you wanted to zoom in to one area of an image, you could go back and forth between those images. It's not real exciting with the current images I've chosen here. Let's zoom back on this image. We can move around, we have our thumbnail down there. Now if we want, yes it's a touch screen and it works just like all your modern phones that you can zoom in and pinch to focus and back back off, back back out, so we're gonna back back out here. And we can go to thumbnails. Now we can also do this with the dial on the top of the camera. And so if I want to go back to thumbnails, I can see large groups of images. So here's all the images I've shot today. I can choose a specific image and I can just jump in on that one image right there. And zoom in nice and close on it. Get back to full frame and then, using info button, sometimes I prefer, let's get out of the zoom function there. So sometimes I just wanna look at the image, sometimes I'm questioning what shutter speed and aperture I shot that at, so that's one of the things that you wanna know and this, of course, is your histogram. And something also to note is that there is lots of information in here and you need to kinda scroll down if you wanna see all this information. Now you can go from image to image by going left and right and you can go up and down for more or less information, so if you wanna see the color histogram, where is the color histogram, there we go. Let's go to the right and so we can see that color histogram for the different images that we've been shooting in here. And so that little tiny indicator down there lets you know to use the multi-controller to scroll down through to see all the different information available for any particular image. Alright, in play back, when you hit the Q button, you're gonna get a whole new set of features that you can access. A lot of these are gonna be in the menu system so we'll talk in more detail when we get into the menu system about this. But you can get in and you can rate images, you can take a raw image and create a JPEG of different sizes, you can even crop your images and if you do something like cropping, you're not gonna ruin the original image. What's gonna happen is you're save a new version of that image there. We can send our images to our smartphone. And so there's a lot of little helpful things and so anytime you want to work with an image that you've played back, hit the Quick Menu, you're likely to see your option right in there. If you are gonna be doing movies, playing back movies is a little bit different than anything else and so if you hit the set button, you're gonna be able to go in and get back to the playback options. And so you'll be able to navigate back and forth between fast forward, rewind, playing your videos and so forth. And one of the more interesting options in my mind is the ability to edit a video right in the camera. And I'd like to do a little demo on that and in order to do that, I'm gonna actually have to shoot a little video! And so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put my camera in the video mode to start with. We're gonna leave it in program, let things be very very simple here. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna zoom in on our prop table here and I'm gonna record this entire process, so I'm gonna loosen up the ballhead here and I'm gonna start recording. You can see that by the red button. I'm gonna zoom in and kinda pan from left to right. And then I'm gonna zoom back out and I'm gonna stop the recording right there. So now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna hit playback and I want to take a portion, I don't want that whole video there. Let's see the video here. Let's go ahead and just watch this video here, so this is what I recorded. We have the controls now, I can go left and right. Let's not go slow motion. Let's just go ahead and play this. We do have sound coming out of the speaker over on the side of the camera. And here is the terrible video that I just recorded. But let's say that we want just that middle portion of the video. What we're gonna do is we're gonna trim the front end and trim the back end. And so I'm gonna navigate over to the trim. Come on. And up, and we'll go ahead and here press set. Let's cut the beginning of this. And so now what I'm gonna do is I'm going to kinda start scrolling through. Let's see, can I use any of the other dials? Let's see, can I use the top dial to jump any further? Nope, that's changing the volume. And so I wanna cut in the beginning. Now I know I zoomed in at a certain point. Let's see, this might be faster. It's all working in slow motion, so you can see me zoom in. Alright, I want the beginning of the video right about, let's go back a little bit. I went too far. Oh, I see, it accelerates! And so I wanna get just a little bit further. Let's call that the beginning and I'm gonna hit set. I'm gonna go cut the end of this. And I'm gonna, you can see the marker moving in on the top right. And I wanna get in to where I was close in on the table. Just starting to pan left right about in here. Let's call it good right there. I'll hit set. And I could either play this video or I could save this as a new file. I could overwrite but I wanna write a new file. And so we're gonna save this as a new file. And it's saving to my new file. And so here's my new video. And let's watch my new video. I gotta hit play again. And so it doesn't have that crazy jump in and jump out and so if you wanna go in and it's not quite right, because a lot of times when you press record and you're recording a movie, you actually are moving the camera a little bit. So if you wanna just get rid of those little end points, you can do that right there in the camera. Which I think is a great feature to have. I did mention this before but don't forget that that lock switch on the back of the camera will lock, depending on what controls you have set in the setup menu it'll control, it can turn off the touch screen. So perhaps some of you accidentally touch the screen with your nose and you're selecting different focusing points or making changes on the camera, you can lock the screen off so that you can't even use it if you activate that here in the set-up menu, multi-function lock. You'll lock the multi-controller in the back of the camera, the back dial and the top dial on the camera as well and so choose which ones you wanna lock down and they'll be locked down when you flip that switch in the upward position. There's a little light on the right hand side that is an access lamp. It's basically turning on anytime the camera is writing information to the memory card. So the most important thing is don't take your memory card out of the camera when that light is turned on. Don't take the battery out of the camera and it's probably best not to even turn the camera off in that particular case.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new Canon EOS 6D Mark II with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • Utilize the 6D Mark II's feature set for Vlogging
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.


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Always enjoy all of John's classes, but especially this one since I've decided to upgrade from my previous 6D. Awesome camera and this one is so much quieter than the older one. Thank you for explaining things in terms and ways that are easy to understand!


This course covers the controls and menu features of the EOS 6D Mark II in extremely comprehensive yet understandable detail. John Greengo is a polished presenter with a very real depth of knowledge which he manages to put over in ways that mere amateurs can comprehend. I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone who already owns or is about to purchase a 6D Mark II. I purchased the class during the first 15 minute break after only watching one quarter of the full presentation.