Movie Shooting Menu Page 1-3


Canon® T7i Fast Start


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Movie Shooting Menu Page 1-3

So like the live view mode, in the movie mode you need to press the movie button before you get into the menu button and you're gonna get a different menu. So, back on the camera here, let me show you. So if I go into the normal menu, the first item on the first page is image quality but if I turn this camera into the movie mode up on top, you can see I'll flick it into the movie mode, and then I hit menu, the first item is the movie recording size. And so, some of these are going to be exactly the same that we talked about. So for instance, we have white balance and custom white balance and these are specifically when you are shooting in the movie mode. And so, whatever you set in there stays in there so you can have one setting for still shots and one setting for shooting video. So, let's go back to the key note and walk through some of the different options. The first option is arguably the most important. This has to do with the type of file that you are recording when you shoot vi...

deos. And so we'll deal with your resolution, your frame rate, and your compression. So let's look at the different options that we have here. If you wanted to send a small video via email that didn't take up very much space, you could use the VGA. We have high definition and full high definition with more and more resolution. And so most people are going to be keeping their cameras set on the FHD setting. We have two different compression settings. So you can shoot in a particular definition but then you can compress the video so that it is smaller in file size. It will be about half the file size so if you need a full res file but you need it compressed, you could do that right there in the camera. And then finally, you can choose the frame rate that the camera is shooting at. Normal video, here in the United States, runs at 29.97. In PAL countries, a lot of places in Europe, that's gonna be 25 frames per second. The camera for many options will allow you to shoot in double frame rate and that is either to get a different look to your images or to allow you to slow your images down, your video down to half speed and have it look very natural and smooth. We also have the rate of 23.98 for those of you who wanna make a little bit more Hollywood like look to your images. The cinema's use a different frame rate and that's part of a number of different things that make their videos look a little bit different than TV videos. And so all of that can be changed here in the first setting. I think your standard user is gonna be fine with full HD at the 29.97 frames per second. And some of the more advanced users might prefer that faster frame rate. Digital zoom is usually something that should scare most photographers any time you hear the word digital zoom. In this case, it's not all that bad. Because the camera has so much resolution to work with, you can still end up with a full resolution, non-interpolated, final image from the video even though you're cropping in. And the advantage here or the reason that you would want to do this is if you need a bigger telephoto lens than you currently have. So if you're shooting wildlife or sports or anything that's pretty far away, you can crop in and have a full video image from that. And so obviously you lose a lot of wide angle and it's all about trying to get more telephoto in your video shot. There's a number of options here in sound recording so we're gonna dive into a sub menu here. And so first off, you can disable the sound if want it. For more people, the basic audio is gonna be fine from the camera. You can record the sound at manual levels that you input and so if you wanna get in there and set those yourself, you can do so. The wind filter and attenuator are ways of letting the camera kind of filter the sound a little bit. And so, with the wind filter, with a strong wind striking the front of the camera, that is gonna cause a very bad sound on the microphones 'cause they don't have the proper types of filters in front of them. And so, if you let the camera know about this, it can filter that sound and it will sound a little bit better under windy conditions. The attenuator deals with loud, sudden noises so for instance a fireworks show. Sometimes those loud sounds will peak out the meter and the camera won't be able to record the range and so this will dampen those sounds and basically compress that sound to fit it within the sound range that the camera can handle. And so normally you're not gonna need those. Those are just kind of special scenario situations that you would employ. Lens aberration correction is something that we've already talked about, we were talking about it for stills photography. Here we can talk about it for shooting video and so it's the same information as far as peripheral elimination. You can eliminate that vignetting if you want on your images as long as you have Canon lenses. The same thing goes with chromatic aberration. Most people are gonna wanna have this corrected so I would recommend leaving this one turned on. Lens electronic manual focus, do you wanna be able to manually touch up your focus and adjust? So maybe you want to auto-focus on a subject but as your subject moves, you are going to manually adjust the focus and follow them and adjust the focus. And if you wanna do that, you would leave that on enable. Second page in the movie shooting menu, we have exposure compensation. If you just wanna make your picture a little bit brighter or darker you can do so here. The ISO speed can be set individually for movies versus other times. Now this is something that you can set only if you are in the manual mode and so if you are in full manual, then you can get in and control this. If you have auto ISO set, which can be very handy when shooting movies, what is the maximum ISO that you wanna have set? The auto lighting optimizer, once again, is trying to lighten the shadows and control the highlights. This would often pretty good to turn on. A lot of people just prefer to leave it turned off to get the natural video out of the camera. Onto page three, picture styles. A lot of times, more advanced photographers wanna do their color grading after the fact in some post production video software and so what they wanna do is they wanna capture a very flat, neutral scene while they're out shooting. If you just want basic video from this, standard is gonna work just fine. But if you wanna have something a little bit flatter with less contrast, you could set it to neutral and of course, you can always go in and you can tweak some of those adjustments yourself by going to the info detail set and going in and setting the individual parameters yourself. You can have a separate white balance for shooting video compared to stills. Input that right here. You can also do your custom white balance, the same as we did in our previous section and have that set up for you in video. Same controls with white balance tweaking here under white balance correction. If you wanted to correct those white balance settings a little bit in one of the color directions, you can do so easily in here.

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 T7i with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

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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 T7i settings to work for your style of photography.


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