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Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 27 of 31

Movie Menu

 

Olympus PEN-F Fast Start

Lesson 27 of 31

Movie Menu

 

Lesson Info

Movie Menu

All right, we're gonna talk about movies now. I'm movie. So movie mode. When you turn it to the movie mode, do you want to be shooting in program aperture, Priority, shutter priority or manual? If you just want to take nice, simple videos, put it in the program out makes life very, very easy. If you really like having full control of her video, you're gonna want to set it in manual. Be very specific about your shutter speeds, apertures and I Esso's. Do you want to record sound with your movie? Okay, we do have stereo sound built into the camera. It's not the greatest sound in the world because it is built in microphones. If you are using an external device, you could always turn this off and just use an external device. But most cases people are gonna leave this turned on. If you are gonna leave it turned on, you can go in and control the recording volume. If you need to pump it up, pump it down. Depending on the volume levels, you can adjust here if you want to set a volume limiter, w...

hich will limit loud noises like a door slamming shut it'll kind of reduce that. So it doesn't peak the light or the not the light meter, the sound meter too high. And so if you're gonna be around really loud noises, you may want to turn that on. We also have one for wind noise, which will kind of muffle that sound of the wind that you often get bad noise because this is not a great microphone for a lot of different types of windy situations. And so you can set this to a low standard or high setting if you are in a very windy situation. Timecode Settings is something for riel cinema buffs, people who really get into shooting. This allows them to set some very specific settings for the video functions on their camera. If you're using a drop frame or not drop frame, we're not gonna get into what that is here. There's a whole nother class for that. You can have a record run, which tells you how long you've been recording. Ah, free run, which is just gonna have a clock running that you might want to use if you're using a multi camera set up so that you can sink to cameras together, they can see what the other cameras are running. And so, if you need to get in and shoot a lot of these video functions multi camera set ups, you're gonna probably want to dive in here and check out these timecode settings movie info settings when you press the info button and you are in the movie mode, which sort of features do you want to see? And so if you find that some of these are not very useful, you can go in here in the menu system, and you can uncheck these boxes so that those features do not show up when you are in the movie mode, Pressing the info button back and forth the movie specifications settings is very much like the quality study settings in the still camera section. So when you are shooting movies, you can shoot in full, high definition high definition as well as different compression ratios, and you can have four favorites that you switch between on a common basis. When you go into the super control panel to make your changes, you're gonna have the options of those four different options in there, and so you'll be able to quickly go back and forth between those. There's a number of movie effects that you can turn on, and this will show you the movie effect in screen. And so if you have it in some sort of special art mode, you'll be able to do that right there in screen and see the effect as you're filming the video. Some people, they may be shooting video, and they want to apply the effect, but they don't want to see it in the viewfinder. In that case, you would want to turn that off. All right, so the camera shoots movies and it shoots still photos. And while you're shooting a movie, if you haven't in movie Number one, it will essentially pull a frame from the video that you shot, which means it's in movie priority. It does not interrupt the movie. The other option is mode to where you're shooting a movie. You take a still photo, it stops the movie, takes a still photo and then goes back to shooting video again. And so the priority is on taking a still photograph. You get a higher quality photograph, but you interrupt the movie process and So it really depends. Are you primarily shooting movies or you primarily taking still photographs and you'll be a better job how you're going to do that? But most people, I imagine buying this camera. Their primary emphasis is on shooting still photos. And so you're probably gonna want to be in Mode two, the movie shutter function. And so Mode one, the shutter release takes photos. If you know that you're gonna be shooting videos with this a lot mode to you can use the shutter release to start and stop the movie recording, so you get a larger button rather than the little small button beside it.

Class Description


We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Olympus PEN-F with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential.  In this class you'll learn:

  • How to use the electronic viewfinder
  • How to take advantage of the customizable interface
  • How to use the video options
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 PEN-F’s settings to work for your style of photography.

Reviews

Jay Linsenbigler
 

Awesome course and thorough description of the PEN-F capabilities and functions. HOWEVER, John's "big boy camera" bias comes through when he describes some of the creative functions as "just fun". I highly disagree- because like other tools and features- it depends on HOW the photographer uses the tool or feature. Like HDR, the creative features can be used tastefully or look "overcooked". Film photographers who use a variety of different films in film cameras- is this "just fun", or do they offer creative options? I encourage John and any listeners to look up the Olympus Visionaries and many other professionals using Olympus cameras in their daily work to see the amazing results they create with them. Instead of the same old Nikon and Canon "muscle-flexing" biases- lets look at what the pros produce with the camera tools. All modern cameras are superb and capable of great results. And this PEN-F camera offers groundbreaking control over the image making IN CAMERA at the time of exposure- which can be used to adjust an accompanying RAW file if needed. Not everyone wants to sit in front of a computer for hours doing post processing.

Jay Linsenbigler
 

Awesome course and thorough description of the PEN-F capabilities and functions. HOWEVER, John's "big boy camera" bias comes through when he describes some of the creative functions as "just fun". I highly disagree- because like other tools and features- it depends on HOW the photographer uses the tool or feature. Like HDR, the creative features can be used tastefully or look "overcooked". Film photographers who use a variety of different films in film cameras- is this "just fun", or do they offer creative options? I encourage John and any listeners to look up the Olympus Visionaries and many other professionals using Olympus cameras in their daily work to see the amazing results they create with them. Instead of the same old Nikon and Canon "muscle-flexing" biases- lets look at what the pros produce with the camera tools. All modern cameras are superb and capable of great results. And this PEN-F camera offers groundbreaking control over the image making IN CAMERA at the time of exposure- which can be used to adjust an accompanying RAW file if needed. Not everyone wants to sit in front of a computer for hours doing post processing.

Kate Mooney
 

The Pen 5 is an amazing camera - however it is capable of so much that getting to know it can be somewhat overwhelming at first. John systematically and logically works through every part of the camera in really clear and easy to understand steps, quickly converting my initial apprehension into confidence and excitement for the endless possibilities of this camera.