Movie Mode Menu


Nikon® D850 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Movie Mode Menu

Alright, so that's slide view, let's talk for a moment about the movie mode. So you flip the collared switch down to the movie mode, hit the live view button, and it's gonna kick you into the movie mode. One of the first things that you'll notice, that's different is that the full screen that you had, which is a one by one and a half aspect ration is gonna change over to the 16 by 9, that you shoot with movies. When you want to shoot a movie, you press the start button once, and then you'll press it once again to stop, so you don't need to leave it pressed while you are shooting. Around the font of that camera, that preview button is now for indices. So if you want to mark a particular point, during the video that something exciting happened, let's say you're photographing or your filming a soccer match, and they score, you can press an indice there so that you can easily find that point in the editing when you come back to it. As always, you can press the info button without any harm,...

this will cycle through all the different information screens. And the I button will once again give us a short cut to many of the additional features in the camera that you might want to get to while you are shooting movies. I will be talking about all of these as we go through the menu system. There's a couple that I want to highlight and talk about right now. The first off, is the multi-selector power aperture setting on this. So if you are in the movie mode on this camera, and you want to change the aperture, it can make a lot of noise using the standard technique. So let's go ahead and put our camera in the movie mode, do a little demo here, press the live view button so that we can shoot a little bit of movie. And so, in this case, I'm gonna hit the I button, and I'm gonna go down through my list and look for this power aperture. Multi power aperture, and I'm gonna hit the set button here, and I'm gonna turn this on. And let's make sure my camera is in manual, so that I can properly show this to you. So let's move this down to a normal shutter speed for shooting video, in this case it's 60th of a second. And you'll hear, as I change the aperture in the front, actually I need to change it up to a much higher ISO here, given the situation. It makes a lot of noise changing the aperture in the front. But now, I can change the aperture in the back, and it's really quiet. And I can make my image lighter or darker while I'm shooting movies without that noise of changing the front dial. And so it's a quick way of being more quiet about your shooting on there. So I think that's a really handy one. Next up, highlight display. And so this is gonna show you areas of great brightness when you are shooting. And so, let's take a look at this one real quickly. We're gonna hit the I button. And let's go ahead and turn this feature back off, and come down here to highlight display. We have a couple of different options depending on which pattern you want. We'll go with this pattern right here. And as I change my exposure on this, let's open up our aperture, you'll see that areas of extreme brightness, especially over on the right hand side of the screen, are starting to give us those little lines, those zebra lines there. And so that's an area that we may be getting overexposed. And that's just an indicator that you may want to adjust your exposure. It's something that people who shoot video like, because it's hard to tell exact exposure just on the screen, but having that little bit of extra information can be very handy. You can of course use your shutter release to focus down. You can zoom in and zoom out, the way we did in live view to control focusing. You can move the focus point around with the controller on the right by pressing it in the center it goes back to the center of the frame. The focusing system here is exactly the same way that we talked about in the live view focusing. We can use the focus mode button on the left-hand side, and turn the back dial to go from single to full time, for subjects that are moving around. We can use the dial on the front of the camera to change the different area modes for face priority, the wide area. We don't have the spot area here, but we do have a normal and the subject tracking as well. We can also control our focusing as we did in live view with touch options as well. When you are playing back videos on this camera, you'll hit the playback button, you can hit the garbage to delete the image as normal. We then have the controller on the right-hand side, which is controlling our playback, our stop, our play and all of that. You can use the dial to jump forward or backward, and you can also use the front dial to jump to those different index points that you recorded while you were shooting. You can also change the volume up and down on the left side of the controls. And if you hit the I button, there's a small, but very limited control in here as to what you can do once you are playing back an image. So, let me show you just a quick little thing on the movies. And so what I'm gonna do is record a short movie here. It's not going to be a very exciting movie. What I'm gonna do is just quickly focus on my subject here, so it's in focus, and I am going to start recording. I'm gonna zoom in on my subject. I'll give a little pan off to the side. And then I'm gonna zoom back. And that's my very exciting, little movie. I'm gonna hit the playback button, and you'll see down here, there's a little indicator for me to play. I'm gonna hit this center button here. And I'm gonna turn my volume down 'cause I don't want to hear my voice. And then I can press down when I want to pause. Now, if I press the info button, there's a couple of interesting things. One of things I can do is I can save a frame. And so basically, you're pulling a frame in the video. You're not damaging the video in any way, you're just gonna save a frame from it. But you can also choose the start and the end point, when you press the record button on the camera, you sometimes move the camera. So you can go in here, and you can choose the start point. And, lets' see if I can quickly go back to the beginning, and now I can start working through my video, frame by frame, and we're just gonna get in just a little bit here, 'cause we don't want to take too long. And we can choose a different start point for the frame. And so we recorded a video that's eight seconds in length, and we can control where this start point it. And let's see if we can dial this over. We can move it over, and so we would press the key button over here, to control the ending point. And so we can move this back and control the ending point as well. And so then down here on the controls, you'd see that by pressing up, you would get to the scissors, so either I would press the scissors here, or I would press up, and it would crop this. Now I haven't recorded it to the exact length. There are some limitations on where you can get that edited to, but if you do want to cut off the first second or two, you can definitely do that. Alright, some other notes on taking movies with this camera. We will have an entire movie shooting menu that we're gonna be going through in an upcoming section on the class. The camera records things either into a MOV or an MP 4 file, whichever you prefer. It's using a pretty common compression setting, and you can get the uncompressed signal out if you want to record directly from it. You do have your standard 30 minute limit that most cameras will have on it. And the camera will be in auto ISO in the program, aperture, priority and shutter priority modes. You can shoot a photo any time you want, but it will be in the 16 by nine aspect ratio. You will be able to get in and select different frame rates, which will vary a little bit depending on which resolution rates you have selected. Not all options are available in all resolutions you can choose different sized areas to record. The standard FX frame is for still photos, then the HD and 4K movie options, are gonna be the 16 by nine aspect ratio, but you also have a DX option if you are recording telephoto work. There is a fairly high bit rate from this, so you should be able to get a pretty clean signal on it. And the peaking and stabilization, and stabilization is something we'll talk about when we get into the menu, 'cause that can be turned on and off, but the peaking and stabilization unfortunately, do not work in the 4K mode. And so those are only for the HD modes on it. Lots going on with the movie mode, and we will talk more about it when we get into the movie section of the menu itself.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Nikon D850 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will show you:

  • The major new feature called focus shift shooting which allows you to capture infinite depth of field for product and landscape photography
  • How to take advantage of the 153 focus points that can be customized to fit your needs
  • The step-by-step process of setting up the Snapbridge wireless images transfer to your phone so you can instantly upload during the shoot.

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. With over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the NIkon D850 settings to work for your style of photography.


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