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Camera Menu: 2

Lesson 17 from: Sony A7 Mark II Series Fast Start

John Greengo

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17. Camera Menu: 2

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Camera Menu: 2

All right, so we're moving over to page two and camera settings, and here is where we have our file settings for video for shooting motion pictures. If your camera has the four k it's a nice thing to have if you were trying to get the highest quality, if you know you're just mom and pop trying to grab a quick shot of the kids or the cat or the dog or something like that, and you just want a small, simple video that you can send off to your friends or family, that would probably be an mp for the one that I would probably avoid is thie a vc hd it's, a sony proprietary format that's a little bit older now, and they have replaced that with the ex a vc, and so I would only go to the a v c h d if that somehow matches up with your video editing equipment where the programs that you might have on your computer, and so I'd either go kind of high or low on the setting, depending on your needs. And once again, I warn this again, you probably or want to going to get the sixty four gigabyte cards i...

f you're going to shoot, uh, video very seriously, because that's the only way that you can shoot for k video. Next up for the record setting in this this is where the first the file format was the format of the file, what type of file are recording? And in this case, we're choosing the very specifics about how the camera is recording, and so this is where we're recording how many frames per second? How many megabits per second? That file is going to end up being now these they're going to be different depending on what camera you have. This is an example for the our version of the camera, and so one of the big questions that you'll have to ask yourself is do you want to be recording in four k? What? What frame rate or you're going to be shooting at in most cases, I think most people are going to want to be shooting at thirty frames per second because that's your standard video for those who are shooting, you know, really hardcore video, you're going to want to get as many megabytes per second because that's more data toe work with with the image quality and so take a look at your camera to see what it has available for you and what fits your needs this camera has an interesting option back in the still shooting we have the option of shooting raw plus j pick and we have that same option for video we can shoot a large file for video and at the same time shoot a lower quality mp for smaller file so if you knew you wanted a higher quality for editing purposes but you needed a quick file just output real quickly for some needs you could do that in this setting with turning this on normally you don't need to files every time your record one movie and so it's going to be normally turned off but an interesting option for those with that need the hfr setting is on ly going to be in the s models and what this is going to be doing is a hi frame rate recording and this allows you to choose whether you are going to be playing back here images that you shoot it high frame rapes at thirty frames or twenty four frames a second and so it's something that is done for slow motion purposes straight out of the camera you can shoot something at a high frame rate and then get a video that shows that action slowed down once again I said like analyzing the golf swing or a runner skate or anything that moves really quick. If you would like to slow it down in camera, you could do that and you can choose whether you're slowing it down four times or five times by the frame rate and so that's by choosing the thirty which is going to slow things down four times or the twenty four frames a second which will slow things down by five times depending on which frames you choose there. So once again items maybe in a different order in your camera depending on what camera you have next one is the drive mode. This is the third time we've seen this. It has a button on the back of the camera has a feature in the function menu and we see it again here so we don't need to talk about I'd be much more same settings bracketing settings something we saw earlier as well as part of the dr settings but here we have some fine tune controls in here and this is on the r and the s model only we have these controls we have a self timer during the bracketing so in some cases like I right now I have the camera on a tripod if I wanted to do bracketing and I want to take a siri's of photos in order to trigger it, I would need to press the shutter release which would cause a little bit of vibration in the camera. If I hook this up onto the timer, I can press this shutter release, get my hands off the camera the camera have a couple seconds to have all the vibration settle out and so if you're working from a tripod that's a good option to turn on we can also adjust the bracketing order if we prefer a different sequence of the bracketing pictures, which might be kind of nice because thie standard order is a little bit awkward in here. We do have different time links that we can choose on the bracketing normally under most situations. It's two seconds if I have a tripod that is in a less stable position or I'm working with a longer lens and there's just more vibrations, I will move it to five seconds. Now the bracketing order can be changed, and to be honest with you, the standard bracketing order is a little bit awkward because we start with the normal exposure than we go a little darker and then a little lighter and then even more darker and even more lighter. And one of the things I think a lot of people and prefer to do is to change the order from dark to light so that you end up with a serious of photos that make a little bit more sense when you're pulling them up on your computer because they're in a nice sequential order. And so I'm going to recommend changing that bracket order from minus to plus, and I think I got that wrong on the keynote there x I have zero zero and it's supposed to say, zero to minus.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Sony® A7II Info and Menu List
Sony® A7RII info and Menu List
Sony® A7SII Info and Menu List

Ratings and Reviews

Diane Schulman

INCREDIBLE Class! I couldn't find anything on the internet that truly explained this camera, explained what it can and can't do and what accessories would work with it. I have had my Sony A7II for awhile now, but was so overwhelmed by it, I rarely even took it out of its case. It was just easier to use my Canon 5D III. After this class, I am so excited to finally practice with and use my Sony. John is an incredible teacher. He is thorough, professional, fun and knowledgeable! Buying this class was the best investment!!! I feel like I just got the gift of a new camera because I can finally use my Sony!!! Thanks John and Thanks Creative Live!!!

Enrique Vega es

I stored my Sony A7II for more than a year since I've been Canon's user for 7 years and I felt unsure of taking this new camera which implied a different menu system, different functions, a little bit intimidating. Finally, I took a bit of valor, put my camera next to the computer monitor for then start watching this guide and I spent a great time actually. I'm amazed at how helpful and clear is the sequence of the chapters. It was enough to get to chapter ten to know all the basic controls and start taking pictures with an equivalent confidence of my good old Canon, or even better since in the chapter 8th I learned how accurate and easy to use is the focusing system, either, manual or auto (For stills I've always used manual focusing). Very informative, enjoyable and now I became a new fan of the mirrorless cameras, at the point that I'm considering to buy another two :D


John is an excellent teacher! In fact his Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2014 was the first ever class I watched on CreativeLive, and since then I'm in love with his teaching style as well as with CreativeLive! I bought my Sony A7II in March 2015 and when I found out that John is giving a class on it I was very excited! As I expected I learnt many secrets about my camera which I had been using for 9 months already. For example about the option of focusing on the eyes, setting the buttons, making panoramas etc. The camera is still smarter than me I must admit. I am enjoying my Sony even more now since after the class I feel much more confident. Thank you John and CreativeLive for such an opportunity! I would recommend to everyone who has a Sony a7II camera and the other cameras in this line to watch this class. It's a concentrate of useful information, very detailed and to the point. I spent two days just watching the class and practicing new knowledge with my camera straight away. I had to postpone all the other life chores. And I would be ready to watch the class again after some time as it's a professional camera which needs a lot of practice!

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