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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

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Movie Option On Mode Dial

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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5. Movie Option On Mode Dial


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1 Class Introduction Duration:07:30
2 Camera Controls Overview Duration:06:57
3 Mode Dial Operations Duration:11:57
5 Movie Option On Mode Dial Duration:06:33
7 Manual Mode Dial Duration:02:59
8 Custom Model Dial Duration:02:36
9 Top Of Camera Buttons Duration:06:42
10 Viewfinder Display Duration:08:07
11 Back Side Of Camera Duration:03:40
12 Playback Menu Duration:04:47
14 Quick Menu Duration:13:09
15 Left, Right & Bottom Of Camera Duration:04:38
16 Lenses & Front Of Camera Duration:06:13
17 Menu Overview & Shooting Menu Duration:18:02
18 MF Peaking Settings Menu Duration:06:00
19 ISO Speed Menu Duration:06:54
20 Picture Style & Sound Menus Duration:11:04
21 Set Up Menu Duration:22:05
22 Custom Function Menu Duration:04:21
23 My Menu & Playback Menu Duration:10:56
24 Camera Operation Duration:07:35

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Movie Option On Mode Dial

Next up is the movie mode, and so if you wanna record movies, I recommend turning it to the movie mode. That way your camera's LCD screen and viewfinder are cropped to the formats that you would shoot when shooting movies, and so you can see what's actually gonna be framed in there. The little red button is, of course, your record button, and so, let me go ahead and put my camera to the movie mode here. And so, on this one, let me go ahead and show you. We've got the camera in the movie mode here. If we go into the queue mode, we're gonna have some different options in here, as far as movie auto exposure, and this is where the camera's just gonna figure things out for you. If you wanna shoot simple basic video, this is the mode you wanna be in. If you wanna have a little bit more manual control over what's going on in the camera, specific shutter speeds or apertures you wanna shoot at, you can put it in the manual mode, and then it's gonna allow you to make those manual settings. And t...

hen, finally down here, we have a timelapse movie mode, and so if you wanna get in and record these timelapse movies, you can set it here. And there is kind of a number of secret hidden menus on this camera, and they're not totally secret, they're not totally hidden. They are written about in the instruction manual, albeit you gotta read the entire instruction manual to seem to find them, and they do give you a little hint down here in the lower left corner: ISO, and then it's got a little slider switch here. So, if you hit the ISO, something interesting's gonna happen. And where is the ISO button? It's right up here. So if I hit the ISO button, it takes us to a secret shortcut to the timelapse movie settings. Now, we're gonna see this when we get into the menu itself, but this just gives you a shortcut to that particular feature. And so, we can set up the various different controls overshooting a timelapse by doing that, and then to exit out of this, we can just hit the menu. And so, just keep an eye down here in the corners, because there'll be various information on press a button, turn a dial, it's gonna do a particular feature. And so those are hints that will help you out in using the camera as you go along the way. And so, for now, I'm gonna just take this back to auto movie, so that it's controlling the exposure system, and I can just shoot simple, basic, easy movies, which is a good place to leave it by default. There are a number of other controls that you also have when you're in the movie mode. We're not gonna go through all those right now, but there's a lot of different things that you might need to turn on or off, depending on the types of movies that you're shooting. And that's all accessed through the quick menu. There will be many more features that we're gonna talk about when it comes to shooting movies, and in the menu system, I'm gonna give you some little shortcuts as we go throughout the class, in case you want to dive into the menu system right now. The second half of this class, we're gonna be going through the menu system line item by line item, and so you don't need to take this shortcut and deal with this right now, but for those of you who do wanna stop the video and jump ahead and make some initial changes, go into shoot menu on page number one and page number eight. There are some features in there that you might wanna control or get set up for controlling the movie mode. Some things to know about shooting movies is we have a variety of different resolutions. The top resolution is what is known as full HD, which is 1920 by 1080 in pixel dimensions. We can shoot at different frames per second, up to 60 frames per second, and then down to 24 frames per second. The maximum file size is gonna be four gigabytes, and so if you shoot for a really long period of time, it may save that movie file on two different files, if you go over the four gigs. As soon as one fills up, it just starts another one, and so you might need to put those together in some sort of post-production program. You'll also be limited to just under 30 minutes in record time. And if you do wanna shoot a still photo, you can while it's in the movie mode, albeit you don't get the full sensor size of it. You get the 16 by nine crop ratio, which is that wider frame that you get common with the 16 by nine frame, but you can shoot photos. But I wouldn't recommend doing it, just 'cause you're not getting the full image sensor on that. The maximum ISO, or sensitivity of the sensor, will be set to 6400, or high 1280. It's not as high as it is in shooting still images, and so it is a little bit different. And there are a few other small differences as well, but that's one of the more notable ones. Now, Canon is using some new technology here. They have what is known as a 5-axis stabilization for video. Now, this is digital stabilization, which means it is sensing the movements and it is correcting for it digitally. An so, it's not the same as a camera that has a moving sensor in there to compensate for movement of the camera. In this case, the good thing is is that it's there, and they haven't really had to change too much about the camera. The bad news is is that, when you activate this, in order for it to work, it needs to crop in on the scene a little bit, so that it has some room to work with and move as you move, which means that your wide angle lenses are not gonna be seeing quite as wide angle. Now, the resolution rates, they stay the same, because there's more than enough pixels on the camera to have the right resolution. Where this would come in very handy is if somebody is shooting telephotos, sports, wildlife, things like that, and you wanna have a more stable look through the camera, then you can turn this feature on and off. And we'll take a closer look at that when we dive into the menu systems and get into the details of the particular movie settings and that particular setting. And so, as we talked about before, you can hit the queue button to get in and change the manual exposure, auto exposure, and to get to the time-lapse mode. And so, that little secret time-lapse menu comes when you set it to the time-lapse mode, and then you hit the ISO button, and then that's gonna bring up that special menu setting for the time-lapse movie settings.

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 mirrorless Canon EOS M5/M6 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:

  • How to maximize the exposure system in both auto and manual modes
  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to use the camera's video capabilities

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 Canon EOS M5/M6 settings to work for your style of photography.


Susan Clarke

John did an outstanding job explaining every part of this camera. As a newbie, this course is exactly what I needed to understand this camera. Thank you, John. Now, I'm going back to watch through 1 more time!

Michael Simpson

John Greengo is probably the best instructor I have come across in my short photography journey. I learned a lot about the camera, something that would have been difficult without the help of the M5 course. Thank you.

a Creativelive Student

Once again, a thorough explanation about all the functions of the Canon EM5/6 Camera operations. For anyone considering purchasing this class before getting your hands on the actual camera, it will give you a head start into the functions of the camera you chose. As a Canon FF User, I wanted to have a camera for urban shooting, yet, wanted something that could use all my Canon Lenses with an adapter. The Canon M5, I believe is a great choice and I'm looking forward to seeing how my lenses work with it.