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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 19

Camera Controls: Video and Playback Mode


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 19

Camera Controls: Video and Playback Mode


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Camera Controls: Video and Playback Mode

When you are in the video mode of this camera, the Q menu changes a little bit again. And so there are some unique items in here that you don't see in this still section, So I wanted to cover those here. First up is sound recording audio levels. Do you want the camera to automatically adjust audio levels for you, or do you want to manually go in and control them yourselves, where you can set that right here Next up, they have a wind filter. So if you are under windy situations that can cause a really ugly sound with the cameras, the wind is buffeting the side of the camera, and so you might want to turn it on under especially windy conditions. The attenuate er this deals with loud noises, and so, if you're gonna have loud noises, could be fireworks or possibly allowed concert noises. You may want to turn this on so that it muffles those noises a little bit, gets the dynamic range of the sound where the camera can handle it. There is something called movie Digital. I s where the camera ...

crops in a little bit on the frame to give you digital image stabilization, and there is going to be a little bit off loss of resolution when you do that. But it is going to stabilize things, so there's a bit of give and take, and so if you really need stabilization and you don't have it with the lands, this is one way of getting it in camera. And then we have our movie recording quality on so we can choose whether we're shooting four K full HD or HD quality and different frame rates right here. And so it's pretty quick and easy access rather than diving into the full menu system. Now the way these screens look will very according to what your info button status pressed in. And so you can change this by pressing the info button on the camera and then pressing the Q button going back and forth between the quick control screen. And so it may look different. May have the layout that we've done here, or it may just have the little panels on the side. If you are looking at an image and the same thing is true with video and so you could always hit the info button on the back of the camera to cycle through the different options to see which one you like to work with, and it's easiest for you to see, and that is your quick control and set button. Now, of course, around this is our cross keys, the up, down and left and right in. Each of these can be programmed to be its own unique feature on the camera. And so these are all customizable buttons that you get to go in and program as you wish. Next up is playback pretty obvious. Press the playback button is gonna play back the most recent image. If you want to get rid of it, there's an erase button there. And then for navigating your images, you can either use that back controlled ill. Or you can use the cross keys on the back of the camera to go to previous and the next image. If you want to jump a little bit more quickly, you got a lot of images to go through. You can jump 10 images or some other parameter that you program in, and so it's ah, great way to jump between different start images and different types of images. If you want to go into the playback menu and customized the image jump option now, as I mentioned before, this is a touch screen. And so you have common gestures that are going to work here for touching the screen and moving the image from one side to the others. Moving from 11 image to the next and moving around a magnified image. You can zoom in and zoom out by double tapping on your subject as well. You can also magnify by using the zoom in an option, and you can adjust magnification, turning the top dial. So let's go ahead and play around a little bit with the playback mode and let's go ahead and play back some images. Let's see if we can find something interesting to zoom in on here. Okay, so I took this little bit earlier today, gonna turn off some of that information, which we could do by pressing the info button. And so if we want to just swipe around, we can move our images left and right by swiping around. If we want to zoom in weaken double tap, we can let's use our fingers to zoom in and move around on our image. If we don't want to be doing this on the screen, we can do this. As you can see the little indicator down here, we can zoom in. We consume out. We can navigate around by using our cross keys. If we zoom all the way out, we can go into thumbnails and see all the other images that we've been shooting and maybe find her image is a little bit more easily. We have our manual zoom in over here. If you don't want to use the screen, you can use this to zoom in and then, of course, move around as always, like that. So those are some of your basic controls in the playback mode. If you want to change the magnification, one of the options that you can do is go into the playback menu and have it jump into a 1 to 1 magnification so that when you do jump in, it's gonna go pixel for pixel. Each pixel on the sensor will then become one pixel on the LCD screen, which is the best way to judge sharpness as you're looking at your play images being playback you can hit the info button to cycle through three different screens of information, and you may or may want more or less information about what you're doing. One screen will allow you to scroll through quite a bit of information and realize that there's a lot more information if you just dig a little bit deeper in here. So let me show you what this looks like on the back of my cam Russell. Let's go ahead and play back an image. And so once again, to change to the different screens, we press the info button, and it cycles through these different screens. And when you get to this one, these bottom three rows can be scroll through and there's a scroll window over on the right hand side that you can see. And there is all sorts of metadata that is stored in here about your images. And so, depending on what you're looking for, just scroll around for that additional information. If you are in the playback menu, you can also hit the cue button, and that's going to take you into a quick menu that allows you to do a number of things with your images that you're playing back and you will find these again in the playback menu. But there are right here in case you want to quickly access them. And so I'm not gonna go through each of these individually right now, but realize that there are more things that you could do. That quick menu is always a great way to get in and have additional options in any particular mode that you're in. So when you are hitting playback in video, then that changes things once again, and so will be able to control the volume up on top. And then along the bottom, we're gonna have all our standard controls for controlling the video, going to first frame, last flame, pause and play, and so forth. And one of the options that I think is kind of interesting is the frame grab in four K, and so you can grab a single frame of four K video, and I want to do a little demo of this. But I actually have to shoot some video because I haven't done that yet on the camera today. So I am going to go ahead and set this camera up for video. So I'm gonna press the mode button, hit the info button, and I'm just gonna shoot basic video right here. I want to make sure I'm shooting four cave video. So I'm gonna go into the Q mode and come down here to the video image quality. And I am going to shoot four K. I'll shoot this one right here. I p b right here. So now I know I'm shooting four k video, and I'm gonna hit the info button so I can see what I'm recording at. And I'm just going to do a slow zoom out once I start recording. So I'm gonna go ahead and start recording, and we'll do a little bit of a slow zoom out and one of these points, I'm going to grab an individual frame of this. Okay, let's call it good. Right there. Whopping 10 seconds of video. And so now I'm gonna hit playback, and I'm gonna hit the info buttons so that we can see this. You can see a still photograph. It's just a basic image. And a video is gonna have the playback. I can either touch that playback or it can hit the set button, and then I will help the set button again because there's additional controls right here. And I'm going to hit the pause button here, and you could see my additional controls along the bottom. Here. I'm gonna play this along a little bit further. Let's see you look at something and I'm gonna want to freeze this frame right here. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna come over and select the frame grab option right here and select this button by setting, Okay? Save as a new still image. Yep. That's exactly what I want to do. So I'm gonna say OK, so it just saved that. And I can either go back to view the original movie or I'm going to view the still image, and this is the still image. And so I'm gonna kick out of this press playback. There's my still image, and there's my video. And so if I want to actually wrong button, zoom in. But I want to zoom in on this. I can zoom in, and this is on a four K still image pulled from the video. And so if I need to use this for a particular reason Aiken have it available, right? There is a JPEG image, and so that's how you do a frame grab. And it only works in four case what will not work in the standard high definition or the full high definition mode?

Class Description


  • Understand how to navigate the menus, modes and settings
  • Know how to use Compact Raw files for faster post-processing
  • Utilize Canon camera features that cross over to several Canon EOS models
  • Use the 4k film options for incredible video performance with amazing opportunities for color grading when in post-production


The Canon® EOS R is a workhorse Canon camera, hauling features from the RF lens mount to the 0.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording. But the EOS R camera’s impressive list of features are simply wasted if you don’t know how to find and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo in exploring the mirrorless camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding dual-pixel autofocus.

The EOS R leads off a whole new full-frame mirrorless system for Canon; its smaller size brings a host of new controls to the world of EOS cameras. The latest updates prioritize image quality with a high resolution sensor and equally impressive OLED electronic viewfinder. Fast autofocus in video, with numerous video centric features, as well as a variety of ports make video a priority on this camera.

This class is designed for photographers using the Canon EOS R, 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 R is the best Canon camera for you. Learn your new Canon inside out as John Greengo shares the essentials in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


  • New and potential Canon EOS R owners
  • Outdoor photographers
  • Portrait photographers


An award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography for over three decades, John Greengo has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques, and art of photography. As an educator, he’s 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. Greengo’s experience is extensive, having used the 5D series since its first model release. Beyond the basics, he’s also 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. John’s unique blend of illustrations, animations and photographs make learning photography easy and fun.


  1. Class Introduction

    John introduces the Canon EOS R, Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera and what makes it stand out from the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or other Fujifilm or Sony competitors. Learn what will be covered in this, class materials you’ll receive and which other photography classes he teaches on CreativeLive that can supplement your learning experience. John shares what you need for this class: how to prep your camera and access firmware updates.

  2. Photo Basics

    Get a quick brush up on the basic components of the mirrorless digital camera: John’s graphics show how aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, and the full-frame CMOS sensor work together to capture images.

  3. Camera Controls: Basic Controls

    Take a quick tour of the camera’s basic controls as John orients you to where they’re located and what they do. See how image sensor cleaning works, how to operate the quick control dial, multi-function bar, lens control ring and touchscreen. John demos how to program back button focus and why you may want to program this option.

  4. Camera Controls: Shooting Mode

    The EOS R system’s multitude of shooting modes made easily accessible by the quick control dial allow you to quickly switch between still and video modes. In this lesson, John orients you to all the still and video shooting modes available, as well as his recommendations for each one. Which mode is recommended for a non photographer friend taking photos with your camera? When might you benefit from continuous shooting mode? What benefits does the exposure compensation mode give you? Which is best for low light situations? What 4K and Full HD video options do you have? John answers these questions and more.

  5. Camera Controls: Multi Function Button

    The multi-function button is a completely new feature on this camera body; learn how to take advantage of the settings it gives you access to (including setting the ISO range from ISO 100 to 40,000 and above) and how to customize settings to your needs.

  6. Camera Controls: Top Deck

    Explore the top deck of the EOS R with John and learn tips such as how to customize the video record button and use the lock button to avoid accidentally changing settings while shooting.

  7. Camera Controls: Back Side Controls

    In this lesson, learn how to understand and change what information you see through the EVF (electronic viewfinder), such as exposure information, the histogram, gridlines, and the focus guide, a new tool that helps get that perfect focus in manual focus mode. John shares how to navigate other back side controls including the menu button, multi-function bar, auto exposure lock, auto focus lock, focus area options and how to select and move AF points.

  8. Camera Controls: Quick Control

    Simplify your camera navigation with the Q button; see which options it pulls up as John explains their uses and shares his recommendations. John models how to set up auto exposure bracketing, a great tool for high dynamic range (HDR) photography. Dive into flash exposure compensation, picture styles, metering, drive mode, and image quality, and image stabilization in video among other options.

  9. Camera Controls: Video and Playback Mode

    John shares playback options: how to zoom into photos to ensure perfect focus, navigating the touchscreen, how to access and view photo metadata and how to capture frame grabs from 4K video playback.

  10. Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom, and Front

    Take a tour along the sides of the EOS R body, as John points out connections such as hdmi out, battery grip contacts, the new RF lens mount and the memory card slot. Learn which memory card speed class to look for when shooting video.

  11. Lenses

    What lenses are available for your Canon EOS R? John breaks down components of lenses, what they do and what to look out for when lens shopping. Learn the difference between the new RF lenses and EF lenses, but don’t fear - although the EOS R has a new lens mount, the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ensures you can still shoot with any EF lenses at hand.

  12. Menu Functions: The Basics and Shooting Menu

    What makes the EOS R menu the best organized menu system on the market, according to John? Navigate through the tabs with John to see the ample shooting settings available to you. What’s the difference between RAW, compressed RAW and JPEG, and which should you be shooting in? Which shooting settings are helpful for shooting in JPEG? What are the limitations of silent shutter shooting and when might you shoot in silent live view? What are the advantages of Canon Log?John answers these questions and shares general and advanced recommendations for each option available.

  13. Menu Functions: Video Shooting Menu

    When shooting in video, some unique features appear in the menu; John breaks them down. Learn about movie recording quality, sound recording options, time-lapse options, custom white balance and more.

  14. Menu Functions: Autofocus

    Configuring focus can be tricky, depending on the lighting and your subject. Thankfully the AF system menu offers plenty of features to track and analyze your subject. Learn how to program options like frame size, focus point, eye detection, tracking sensitivity and video-specific AF options as John shares his recommendations for portrait photography, high-speed subjects and specific sports.

  15. Menu Functions: Playback Menu

    After shooting and before editing in an image processor, the playback menu on the EOS R offers many useful features, especially if you’re on the go and don’t have a computer at hand. John reviews RAW image processing options, the benefits of rating images for organization purposes, image transfer and image sharing options.

  16. Menu Functions: Set Up

    In this lesson, dive into the set-up menu with John, learning organizational features, power saving tips, display settings, custom shooting modes, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection options. John demonstrates how to set up Wi-Fi remote control and remote live view shooting.

  17. Menu Functions: Set Up Video and Custom Functions

    John reviews the set-up menu in video mode and the world of custom functions: tailor your camera to your needs through customizing buttons and dials to suit your preferences and shooting style. John models how to modify exposure level increments, ISO speed increments, bracketing, and even the sensitivity of the focus ring.

  18. Menu Functions: My Menu

    The goal is to never go into the default menu; between setting up the Quick Menu, My Menu and customizing buttons and dials, you should have everything you need easily at hand. John shares his customization tips and models how to add menu tabs and organize items.

  19. Camera Operations

    In this invaluable lesson, John shares this recommended base settings for different types of photography: how should you program your shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more depending on what you’re shooting? Learn which settings you should activate for landscape and portrait photography, for example.


Ranjit Vazhapilly

John Greengo is a very good teacher. I think it's the best investment you can make to get to know your camera well - especially something new like the EOS R. I love his feedback on what new features are worth trying and others that are simply not there yet. Awesome course!

David Torres Aguilar

This is the best course I have ever seen on how to use a camera, it guides you through the functions, settings, hidden configurations in a crystal clear way using very well designed visuals aids. I'm glad I was able to find this class, it's really a great quality course, thanks a lot John Greengo and CreativeLive Team!


John Greengo is wonderful at making His classes easy to follow and understand. We have purchased the Canon R and found that the only books with directions are in German and Japanese with the US version out in August. We are very grateful that John has produced this class. Love the CanonR but with Johns' class; the camera is easier to understand. Thanks! Hope to see more on the CanonR!