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Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 19

Movie Mode Menu


Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 6 of 19

Movie Mode Menu


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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


  • Capture images expertly with the Nikon D850
  • Set up a custom menu on the Nikon D850
  • Find the best lenses to pair with the Nikon D850
  • Uncover hidden features on the Nikon D850
  • Shoot movies with the Nikon D850
  • Edit in-camera and share with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using Snapbridge
  • Use shortcuts to format the SD card instead of digging in the menu


Great design is invisible.

The Nikon D850 ($3,300 body-only) is one of the best full-frame cameras on the market, mixing a high-resolution sensor with a speedy burst mode. But the D850 is so feature-packed, you may not know even half the features right out of the box. From the new multi-selector tool to setting up the Wi-Fi, the D850 has a steeper learning curve than entry-level cameras. Sure, you could spend days going through the entire 360+ page manual -- or you could spend a few hours with some hands-on experience lead by a professional photographer.

In this class, you'll learn how to control the Nikon D850, from the physical controls to the settings inside the menu. While watching the class, you'll be able to create your own custom menu and get the camera set to your shooting style. You'll learn valuable time-saving shortcuts and uncover features you didn't realize the camera had.

John's straightforward teaching style is easy to follow along with and fun to watch. Ditch the manual drawings and learn from live demonstrations, including questions from students like you.


  • Photographers new to the Nikon D850
  • Self-taught photographers that haven't yet uncovered all the D850 has to offer
  • Photographers on the fence about whether to buy the D850 or another camera

MATERIALS USED: Nikon D850, Nikkor Lenses, SD Card


John Greengo has spent the better part of three decades building a photography career -- and using all different kinds of digital cameras. His experience has lead him to teach others how to best maximize the camera they have. John has taught classes on Nikon DSLRs like the Nikon D810, Nikon D7200, Nikon D7500, Nikon D3500, Nikon D5600, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, and several others. His CreativeLive class list also includes classes on DSLRs and mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and Fujifilm.

Along with teaching, John works as a travel and landscape photographer, a passion that has won him several awards. His work allows him to shoot around the globe at several "bucket list" locations, including Iceland, South America, and Alaska.


  1. Class Introduction

    Meet the instructor and get a glimpse at what's up next with this short introduction to this Nikon camera class, along with picking up a few basic photography tips.

  2. Basic Camera Controls

    Jump into the dials and buttons on the Nikon D850 with this initial introduction to the basic camera controls. Learn the general overview of the camera's control scheme, including the new multi-selector.

  3. Top of Camera

    Continue exploring the camera's different controls with an in-depth look at the top of the camera, from using the shutter release to using back-button AF. Learn how to adjust essential exposure settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

  4. Back of Camera

    At the back of the Nikon D850 DSLR camera, find the custom setting menu, bracketing options, and white balance. Learn continuous shooting modes. Figure out how to use that new multi-selector tool in this lesson.

  5. Live View Menu

    The LCD screen at the back of the camera body can be used as live view mode or in movie mode, depending on what you want to shoot. Learn the difference between these two modes and how to adjust the different viewing options.

  6. Movie Mode Menu

    Switching gears to the movie mode on the LCD, walk through the different controls for shooting video on the full-frame Nikon D850. Learn different shortcuts, as well as tips like silently adjusting the aperture while recording video.

  7. Left & Right Sides of Camera

    Moving around to the sides of the camera, find essential settings like bracketing and AF modes. Dive into autofocusing essentials, then learn the camera's different port options.

  8. Bottom of Camera

    Take a quick look at the bottom of the camera, where you'll find the serial number, the tripod socket, and the battery access. Learn how to look at your camera's battery life, and why you may not want to use older batteries on the camera.

  9. Front of Camera

    At the front of the Nikon D850 rests a customizable function button, as well as the depth of field preview. Uncover the hidden flash sync and ten-pin ports at the front of the camera.

  10. Lens Options

    Dive into Nikon's excellent Nikkor lens options, including recommendations specific to the D850 camera body. Learn how to recognize a compatible full-frame lens compared to a DX-format lens that will crop your photos to the APS-C format. Recognize Nikon's shorthand for lens features, like the VR (vibration reduction) to designate a VR lens.

  11. Playback Menu

    Move from the camera controls to the menu system inside the D850. Get an overview of the entire menu and menu navigation, then dig into the options for the playback menu.

  12. Photo Shooting Menu

    Inside the photo shooting menu, learn how to save settings, how to save your images to the SD card and XQD card, how to shoot RAW and more. Decipher the different shooting options and set the D850 up to your shooting style.

  13. Movie Menu

    Uncover the movie options inside the sub-menu catering specifically to video. Change your aspect ratio, shoot at 4K, shoot slo-mo, or adjust the video file format in this menu.

  14. Custom Setting Menu Part 1

    Customize your D850 to your own shooting style using the custom shooting menu. Learn how to create a custom shooting menu and how to add easier access to the most frequently-adjusted settings.

  15. Custom Setting Menu Part 2

    Continuing the look at the custom setting menu, learn how to re-program the Nikon D850's physical controls. Create a custom scheme on the D850 based on how you shoot.

  16. Setup Menu

    Inside the setup menu, learn how to format your cards as well as one-and-done essentials like timezone and language. Allow the camera's clock to sync to a smartphone using Bluetooth to avoid resetting the clock for travel or Daylight Savings.

  17. Retouch Menu

    Edit your photos before they leave the camera with the retouch menu. Learn how to convert a RAW file to an edited JPEG without a computer.

  18. My Menu

    Create menu shortcut options with the My Menu tool, which allows you to see specific menu options immediately, the first time you open the menu option. This is a great way to save the most frequently-accessed settings, like image quality and Bluetooth.

  19. Camera Operation

    Gain some final tips on using the Nikon D850 while out shooting, including a shooting checklist. Learn how to check the camera for dust on the sensor. Set the D850 up for several different types of shots.


a Creativelive Student

Excellent class. Very fast paced which I loved. I have had my D850 for a few months and thought I had it all figured out. I learned some awesome tips and tricks that I am eager to start using. Thanks John:-)


This is a great class with an exceptional instructor, and I learned so much about my new D850 camera! I especially appreciated the opportunity to follow along at a perfect pace with the instructor while being hands-on with my camera. The content was understandable, logical and enjoyable. This is my first class through CreativeLive -- thank you!

Francis Sullivan

82 yrs old. Been an avid photographers since 5 yrs old. Read and listened to all types of photo teachers. Greengo is the best of all. Every so called photographer can still learn from a master on the D850. Fantastic camera and fantastic teacher.