Sony® A7 Mark II Series Fast Start


Sony® A7 Mark II Series Fast Start


Lesson Info

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 Description

Learn how to get the most out of your Sony® A7 Mark II series camera. Whether you've chosen the Sony® A7R Mark II, the Sony® A7S Mark II, or the Sony® A7 Mark II, this class will give you an in-depth instruction on your camera’s critical functions. 

John will guide you through the features, menus, and buttons on your camera, giving you the confidence you need to take pictures like a pro. You’ll learn about: 

  • The features, menus and buttons on all 3 Sony models 
  • How to use the cameras in different shooting situations 
  • Maximizing the use of the cameras 
This in-depth class will help everyone from amateurs to professionals, get the most out of the incredible Sony® A7 Mark II series cameras.