Movie Shooting Menu Pages 4-5
Page four in here: Movie Servo AF. This depends on how you like to use your camera. If you want it just to take simple, basic videos, you may want to leave this turned on. You put it in the movie mode, and what's gonna happen here is the camera is just gonna constantly adjust focus for wherever your subject happens to be, so if you have a small toddler out on the floor in front of you, and they're walking and crawling around, then that would be very easy to work with. For the more serious photographer, they're gonna probably want to pick where they focus, and then they want to manually adjust it, either using the touchscreen on the camera, or activation of the shutter release, in which case you might want to disable this, and so it depends on how you shoot videos, and for the consumer amateur, leaving it on enable is gonna be fine, and for the more serious person, that's where you're gonna want to disable it. The AF method for shooting video, once again, very important. We talked about...
this is in live view. We have it again here in video, so that you can have one separate setting for live view, and another one for video. Normally, I like to be pretty specific about what I'm shooting, and what the camera is focusing on, so I like leaving it in smooth zone, which is pretty fine. But I do have to admit that the face tracking does a very good job in some situations, so if you do have action, that works out, and if you like to have really tight control, then you can leave it in that live 1-point Autofocus system. Metering timer. How long does the camera stay on before it turns off in the movie mode? We can have grids that come on for shooting video. Sometimes that can be helpful for compositional reasons. When you are shooting video, what do you want the shutter button to do when you press halfway down and when you press all the way down? Do you want it to Autofocus? Do you want it to start recording? There's gonna be four different options down here as what you have, and so, before... As you see those four options in the menu, there's going to be a slash. What happens on the left side is the half press, and what happens on the second side is the full press, and so the first option that is currently selected in red says that the camera's gonna start metering. It's gonna focus, but when you press all the way down, it doesn't do anything. Now remember, if you want to record, there's that button on the back of the camera with the red dot next to it, so if you want to record, the back one is your recording button. But if you want to change the shutter release to recording movies, you would select either the third or the fourth option on this, and when you press all the way down, it would record video, and so it really depends on how you want to customize the buttons on your camera when you are in the movie shooting mode. All right, fifth and final page. All right, I have to admit, I've learned this camera forwards and backwards. It doesn't mean I understand everything. At least conceptually speaking, I think this may be popular in Asia, and I just don't quite get the allure with it, but video snapshot is where you are limited to two, four, or eight-second clips. Not any less, not any more, exactly one of those numbers, and you shoot clips all day long, and then the camera takes all of those clips and puts them together for you, and so I guess, from learning film perspective, it forces you to think, "Okay, what can I do with two seconds, or four seconds, or eight seconds?" I just like much more freedom. Maybe I want it to be three seconds, or five seconds, but that's what video snapshot is, This goes into a submenu that I'm not gonna go into lots of detail on, because you can create different albums where it's combining different groups of videos into simplistic videos where they're all collected up together. It's just not something I see many people doing very much, so I'm gonna recommend disable on that one. Time-lapse movie. This is where you get to shoot a series of photos, and the camera will put it into a short movie, so we're gonna see similar options that we saw before. Normally, this is gonna be disabled. This is a time-lapse I shot here in Seattle from Gas Works Park during our duck dodge boat races, and those boats racing around Lake Union there, and so you could set your camera up on a tripod, set the interval to maybe every five or ten seconds. You get to choose the number of shots. You get to have a little bit of control over the exposure and whether you're turning the LCD on or off. You could have the beep turned on or off if you want it to confirm that you're shooting the photos when you're doing this, and when you're all done, you're gonna end up with a movie file, a single movie file that you can just play and watch through. It's a little bit difficult to go in and edit individual images in this case, but it is very convenient to get that time-lapse movie completed right there. You can use the RC remote control switch to activate your camera, as far as the recording goes, and so if you do have that and you want it to record a video, not just still photos, you could enable that in this place here. Movie digital IS. Something kind of new on Canon cameras is that they have a image stabilization built-in. The sensor is not moving, so don't get too excited, and so what it's doing here is it's cropping in on your digital frame, and it's stabilizing it. Now, the green frame that I have outlined on the screen here is with it enabled, and then there is a movie digital enhanced, where it does even more stabilization. Let's say you were trying to run with the camera, holding the camera, getting as steady shot as possible. The enhanced would give you more stabilization, but it is going to crop in on your image more, so if you're trying to shoot wide angle, it's gonna be a little bit tough, so if you are trying to hand-hold your images, yeah, I could see leaving this turned on. If you're trying to get wide angle, you would definitely want to turn this off. It's a new feature, and I think in the right place, it can get used very smartly and be very effective in getting better quality images, especially if you're trying to do walking or moving shots and you want stabilization built into the camera without any external device at all, and I haven't tried it, but you could probably hook up some sort of external steady cam device and turn this on for even smoother video. But once again, it's gonna crop in on your wide-angle shots, and so if you have, you're gonna really need your wide-angle lenses in these cases.
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