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Movie Mode Menu

John Greengo

Nikon D7500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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10. Movie Mode Menu

Lesson Info

Movie Mode Menu

Alright let's talk about the movie mode on the camera. So rotate the dial, the color, over to the movie mode and it's gonna switch the camera over into shooting movies. You can press the live view button to turn on the screen and activate the system. And what you'll notice in here is that the normal live view which is 1:1.5 aspect ratio is gonna change to the movie recording ratio of 16:9. To record movies you have the record button on the top of the camera with the little red dot on there. Press it once to start and once to stop. Out on the front of the camera is a button we haven't talked about yet. It's the function one button. And this will record indices or points in your film that you can go back to. And so let's just say you were photographing or you were video taping a basketball game every time your team scored a basket, you could press that button in and in the playback mode, you could quickly jump to those moments in the video very easily. You can of course hit the info butt...

on and that is going to change the amount of information you see while you are recording your movies or working with them in some other way. The info button will, once again, get us into a shortcut with a lot of other options that we are going to see in the menu system. There is one that I want to highlight that is a little bit different that you won't see in the menu system. And that is the multi-selector power aperture. So let me show you on our camera here. We're gonna throw it into a program mode for right now. I'm gonna flip it over into the movie mode. I'm gonna hit live view. So we're ready to shoot a movie at any time right now. And if I wanted to change the aperture of this particular scene, I'm gonna go ahead and change the aperture on the camera on the front of the camera, actually let me go into the manual mode I need to be in the manual mode to make this work. Let's get down to a normal shutter speed for shooting aperture for shooting movies. I'm gonna need a little bit higher ISO in here. So, I'm gonna be real quiet, but I want you to listen to the aperture. (clicking) So if you're recording a movie and you wanted to change the aperture while you're recording the movie, that clicking is gonna be pretty noticeable. And so there is a power aperture silent option on this camera. So we're gonna go into the "I" button and we're gonna scroll our way down to the power aperture option. Which is right down here. The multi-selector power aperture. We're gonna press "ok" to enter in here and we're gonna turn this on. Now, if we want to change the aperture we don't use any one of the dials, we're gonna use the multi controller in the back of the camera. And you'll see that the aperture numbers are changing down here, and I'll be quiet here for just a moment. And it's not making any noise. And so if you were shooting video and you wanted to adjust because your moving the camera inside or outside, or you just want to change for any other brightness reasons, you can do it without any noise possible. And so it's using a different way of changing the aperture on the camera. So I'm not changing the aperture, well I guess I can change the aperture up here, but we can also change it back here with the power aperture. And so that's something you may want to leave turned on if you want to have more manual control when you're shooting your movies. If you want to focus, press halfway down on focusing. You can also move the auto focus frame with the back of the camera as well as zooming in to check focus if you want with the same zoom in and zoom out buttons. For controlling the focus it's very much like the live view options, with the same options by using the movie mode button on the side of the camera. And turning either the back dial to go from single to full time focus or turning the front one for the different AF-area mode options. So it'll work in the same way. You can also use the touch screen to rack focus from one point to the other in the shot. When you get into playback, gonna change things a little bit when you're playing back a movie. So playback a movie you're gonna hit the "ok" button for playback. You have a fast forward and a rewind option going left and right. You can stop it by pressing up and pausing by going down. You can jump ten second or you can jump to indexes by turning the back dial or the front dial. And then if you want to control the volume you can go up and down with that. So I want to give you a little demo on what we can do here. Actually one more item to throw up. The info button will give you some edit options on here. And one of the interesting things that you can do is you can save a selected frame from the video. And so what I need to do is I need to shoot a short video here. And so what I am going to do is first off make sure I'm in focus. And I'm gonna shoot a video where I zoom in. And what I'm gonna do is zoom in and zoom out. So I'm gonna start out and I'm going to start recording and I am recording. I'm going to zoom in and zoom out. And stop recording and wow was that not an exciting video. So let's go ahead and play this back. If I want to play, I'm gonna hit "ok" to play. And so now we're going to see us zoom in and zoom out, okay that's all fun and good. But now I'm going to go into the "I" button and I want to, actually I need to playback, let's get into this particular clip here. I'm gonna press down to pause, let's see if I can pull up, well that's not gonna work. I was hoping for more information. Let's pause it down here and now I'm going to, let's see I've gotta hit the "ok" button, let's get into play. There's our controls. So now you can see down here I'm getting our controls. So I've paused this and what I want to do is I want to clip a frame. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to hit the "I" button and I'm gonna save a selected frame, hit "ok" here. And I can now, I now have saved that particular frame. I'm gonna go ahead and stop this video. And so now, I have one selected frame from that video. Now this, right now the video is only set to HD video so this clip or this frame grab from it is only 1920 by 1080 and so it's not a full resolution 20 megapixel image, but if you do want to grab any individual frame from a video, you can. You can also clip the front and beginning ends of the video as well, I won't do that right now, but it's using those same type of controls for going in, playing back that video, and then going in and giving a little bit of edit to it. Alright some additional information on shooting movies, you do have two different formats that we'll see when we get into the movie settings on this. You have a MOV format as well as an MP4 format. You'll be able to access those in the movie shooting menu. It's using a compression method of H.264, which is pretty common system these days. There is a limit to the size of the file, it's going to be a 4GB file maximum size. The maximum you can go is 30 minutes. You'd have to start a new recording session after that time. So it's not real good for a full concert or a long game of any sort. You can shoot a still photo whenever you want by pressing the shutter release button. It will be limited to a 16:9 aspect ratio. So it's the same frame that you were actually shooting in the video. There's a number of different frames per seconds that are available, depends on what resolution you have set. There are three different major resolutions HD, full HD and 4k available in the camera. The HD recording area is the full width of this screen. There is a 1/3 crop option that you can have. And then if you want to shoot 4k, that is going to be a crop within the 1/3 crop area. And so if you do shoot 4k, it is cropped quite a bit which makes everything a little bit telephoto, which makes shooting telephoto very easy in 4k, but makes shooting wide angle a little bit on the challenging side because you really do need a very wide angle lens to get a normal wide angle lens. And if you need to know the bit rates, those are available right there. It'll depend on which resolution you have set and how many frames per second you have set. And so a lot of different controls right there within that little colored area for live view and movie. Next up, there's a little light that's a memory card access lamp. That's letting you know if the camera is recording images to the memory card. If that is illuminated, do not take the memory card out of the camera, do not take the battery out of the camera. The camera is working on storing images in some way or another. Speaker back there if you are playing back movies that's where a little bit of sound is gonna come from. Pay attention to all the markings on your camera. There is a couple of little green dots. And this is for resetting the camera. And so by hitting the exposure compensation and the minus and the magnification button, if you hit those, you can reset the camera. If you want a shortcut to reformat the memory cards, there is a little format little icon. And by pressing the ISO and the garbage can button for three seconds and then pressing them again, you can format the card. So be careful, don't do that if you want to keep your images on the memory card. So those are just a couple of short cuts that have been on Nikon cameras for many, many years.

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 Nikon D7500 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:

  • Learn the finer nuances of the 51-point AF system for sports portraits and more
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

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 Nikon D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.

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Nikon D7500 Recommended Settings

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Thomas Sielaff

Great, great course. Could not be any clearer on what to know, what to do, and in all, making understanding my camera a fun thing! Well, well, worth that cost. A steal really!!


Helps you master the camera controls very quickly. I'm glad I took the course. Without it, I'm sure it would have taken me years to know and use the full power of this camera. Great Course. Highly recommend.

Roy Shenfield

This is a great course! I recently bought a D7500 and was somewhat stymied by the large number of different possible settings and the several hundred page user manual and menu guide. This course covers the vast majority of what I need to know and in a reasonable amount of detail. I especially liked the material on menus as he went through most of them in detail. Additionally all the slides shown in the course are available in pdf as well as several pages detailing the authors recommended settings. I highly recommend, especially given the $24.00 special offering for this.