Movie Shooting Menu Pages 1-3
Okay, time to get into the secret movie menu. So you've got to have the camera in the movie mode and then press the menu button, and so once again on my camera, I'll take a quick look. So if we are in the menu, straight menu which we have been talking about, we have our little camera up, we have five pages, and we have our regular still shooting menu, but when we flip it over to the movie mode and then we hit menu well it still has the camera option up here, but notice what our first option here, it's movie recording size. Back under the normal mode when I hit menu the first option is image quality. So our menu has secretly changed on us for features that are going to be affected by shooting in the movie mode. So we have five different pages in here. Granted some of these will appear duplicate topics from what we talked about before, but they only take an effect when you're in the movie mode. So for instance you can have grids turned on when you're in the movie mode, but not when you'r...
e in the regular shooting mode and so you can really customize your camera to operate in two different manners depending on whether you're shooting stills or movies. First and most important is the format that you're recording your video. So let's take a closer look at the resolution frame rate and compression options available in the camera. First up is resolution. We have small little videos that maybe you just want to email to somebody in a small file size or a standard HD and then a full HD, which is just a different number of pixels. So if you're not sure you probably want to record it in the FHD so that you're getting the full resolution possible from the camera. There are two compression standards that you will see as an option when you get into the menu settings. The IPB standard. It compresses multiple frames at a time and then there's an IPB light and that's high compression yields and it's going to give you a smaller file size. So if you're not editing with your images that much, if you just want simple smaller file sizes you can choose that IPB light. Next up is the frame rate. Standard TVs here in the United States operate at 29.97, that's kind of your standard video. It's 25 in countries that use PAL, a lot of countries in Europe. You can shoot double the rate if you want. Either for a different look or so that you can slow down images. We also have 23.98, which is kind of the Hollywood movie frame rate, which gives a slightly different look to your images in their style that they appear. So those are going to be the options that you're going to see when you get here to setting the recording size. So I think for the basic user a full HD at 29.9 frames per second is going to be fine, some of the more advanced users might want to shoot at double that so that they can slow it down or do something that has a different look to it. Next up is a digital zoom and anytime the ... I hear the phrase digital zoom I usually run away quickly, but in this case it's not the worst thing in the world, because you're still getting the full resolution of your HD or full HD resolution, but you are getting a cropped frame for good or for bad. So this could be very helpful for people shooting sports or wildlife that need a more telephoto lens, but it does lose a lot of light angle capability. So that's the whole idea is to give you kind of a built in digital teleconverter without losing resolution, because there's more than enough resolution in the camera to handle the video from that and still get full resolution. Sound is really important in any sort of video recording. In this camera you're going to have a whole little sub menu of sound options. First up you can have the camera automatically adjust the levels or you can do it yourself or disable it. If you want to readjust the levels yourself you'll be able to go in and set it on a scale and you'll be able to adjust that as you shoot. For loud noises there's a additional filter that the camera has on it for wind and loud sounds. So there is a wind filter, which when you get loud wind noise on a camera like this it sounds absolutely terrible, it is just horrible. So if you're under very windy conditions turn this on and you're going to get a little bit better sound, because it's going to muffle some of all that wind buffeting the side of the camera. The attenuator is for loud sudden noises. This might happen during a firework show or a rock concert where the camera kind of peeks out and can't handle the loud sounds. So it depends on what sort of sound environment you are in, but you probably don't need to leave either of these turned on on a regular basis. They're on a special case by case scenario. That is all under the sound recording. Lens aberration correction is something that we looked at before, but this applies strictly to shooting video. We have our peripheral illumination, which fixes the darkening corners. I find it something I kind of like using in people photography, portrait photography. Chromatic aberration fixes that color ghosting when you have very light backgrounds. I would probably end up leaving that on turned on, nobody seems to like chromatic aberrations. Same thing, duplicate control of the electronic manual focus if you want to be able to manually adjust your lens after it is auto focus you could enable this. So if you're a manual focuser you might want to turn that on. Second page in the movie menu, exposure compensation. So if you need to adjust your exposure, make it a little bit brighter, a little bit darker you can do so here. You can have a separate ISO speed set when you're shooting movies compared to when you are shooting stills. So if you normally shoot movies you can set it to that different number here so when you flip that switch over it's all ready to go in a different ISO setting. Same thing with the auto ISO. If you have auto ISO set you can set a different max setting if you choose to do that in the movie modes. The auto lightening optimizer is going to try to lighten the shadows and that's going to be good for a lot of different types of video, but it's not something that everyone wants. Depending on the type of light that they're shooting under it's going to try to lighten those shadows and retain those bright highlights. Page three picture styles. This is where a more advanced person shooting video may want to shoot with a very neutral scene, very low contrast. That way they can do their color grading and adjustments to color and contrast afterwards trying to record as much information as possible in camera. So if you want you can go down to info detail set and you could play around and lower the saturation and lower the contrast so that you have more control of it later on. If you're just shooting standard video and you just want a decent looking video to come straight out of the camera you're probably pretty fine just leaving this at standard. You can have a separate white balance when you're in video compared to when you're shooting in stills ,and so a lot of duplicate concepts here, so once again with the custom white balance we can set a custom white balance specifically when we are shooting video.