Canon® T7i Fast Start


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Movie Shooting Menu Page 4-5

Page four in the Movie Shooting menu. Movie Servo Auto. This is a, this is a little bit of a debate here. When you have this turned on, the camera is gonna constantly be looking for focus, and this is the way camcorders work. When you turn the camera on, it's always trying to look where sharpest focus is. If somebody walks towards the camera, it adjusts focus, if they walk away, it follows them away. More serious photographers don't want the camera automatically adjusting focus, because a video clip can be just ruined when the camera starts focusing, and it seems unnatural and it doesn't move smoothly in here. And so the more advanced photographers, and people shooting video are probably gonna wanna disable this. If you're just trying to capture really simple video, then you would probably wanna leave it enabled. AF method will allow you to choose the three different modes for shooting video. We saw how the Face Tracking works quite well. Smooth zone is pretty easy to work with, and if...

you wanna be very precise, you would use the Live 1-point. Good time to employ the touch screen on the back of the camera for adjusting focus from one subject to another, or as the subject moves around. Metering timer deals with how long the camera stays turned on. Eight seconds is normal, adjust it as necessary. Sometimes you want a Grid display in there for compositional reasons. This is once again for the Movie mode. You can have it turned on separately for stills versus movies. And this is the movie location. When you're in the Movie mode, pressing the shutter release button will auto-focus and meter, which is what is highlighted here in red. If you don't want the camera to focus when you do that, you can go to the next setting. In the third option, the camera will start shooting video when you press all the way down on the shutter release. And the fourth one will meter and start the video recording, and so I guess the question is, is do you want, when you press down on the shutter release, to start the video? Because remember, to start the video is the button on the back of the camera, the Live View button. But some people prefer the shutter release button. Allows you to customize the camera so that the buttons work the way that you want them to work. Fifth and final page in the Movie Shooting menu, there is something that I don't completely understand. I mean I know how it works, but I don't understand it. You can set the camera to Video snapshot, where it will shoot very specifically, two, four, or eight-second videos, and then it will take all those videos and put them together, and play them all continuously if you want, and so you can get in to this, and I prefer to have a little bit more freedom in choosing a one or a three-second video. But if you wanna get into this, you can turn this on, and you can create different albums that you record, that put all of these videos together. And so it's kind of a prepackaged, finished product, that you're gonna put the pieces together on. Normally, most people are gonna wanna leave that disabled I think. Time-lapse movie will shoot pictures at specific intervals to end up with a Time-lapse movie. And so a Time-lapse movie as example right here, are a duck-dodge here in Seattle, a boat race in Seattle on Wednesday evenings in the summertime. Shooting a photo about every ten seconds for about 300 shots here, will give us a good ten-second video, a final image. You can go into the Time-lapse movie set up to the specifics of how that time-lapse is to be shot. And then the camera will just shoot it, and compile this into a finished video that you can instantly play right in your camera. Now if you wanna edit this it's a little bit difficult, because it is a finished video file that you get. But it does makes shooting this very, very simple, and very quickly satisfying, because you get to watch it right out there in the field. The Remote control for this camera is the the RC- that sells for around $20. And if you want to enable this, you can come in here, turn it on Enable, and then it can then trigger the camera, and start the recording. So a good option if you don't wanna be touching the camera, to actually start the recording process on it. The camera has a Digital Image Stabilization. Now normally digital image stabilization is something that is not good, because it's taking away from the resolution, but it's not actually taking away from the resolution in this case, because we have more than enough resolution with the sensor on this camera. But it does take away from our wide-angle capability. So you could put this on enable, and it's gonna give you a fair bit of stabilization. If you're hand-held, it might be a very wise idea if you are not in need of every bit of wide-angle capability that you have with your particular lenses. If you were gonna be moving around quite a bit, you were gonna be walking or running with the camera, something like that, you could put it on the Enhanced mode where it crops in even further for even more image stabilization. And so you might wanna experiment with this. If you are doing hand-held photography, because this is gonna smooth out your video, and make it a little bit more pleasing, and easy to watch. The big trade-off here is you're losing your wide-angle capability, and so you might have to get some of those extra-wide angle lenses if you wanna use that in conjunction with this to get wide-angle shots.

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