Sony® A9 Fast Start

Lesson 19/27 - Menu: Camera Setting 2 Page 1-2


Sony® A9 Fast Start


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Menu: Camera Setting 2 Page 1-2

Okay, second tab and in this case we're gonna be talking about a lot of the movie settings to start with here. So when you go to the movie mode do you want the camera to be in a Program? Aperture Priority? Shutter Priority? Or Manual mode? If you just want basic movies you can put it in the program mode. If you wanna control shutter speeds, apertures, and all the details then you put it in the manual mode. When you put it into the S&Q for slow and quick mode, same options. Do you want it to be fully programmed? Do you want it to be manual? Or something else? And so this all depends on how you like to shoot with your camera as to what it best. This one is gonna be a very important one. The File Format. And this is gonna be the type of video file that you're gonna get out of the camera. And so a lot of people are liking the new 4K options on this. And so that's gonna be the XAVC S 4K. There's also and HD version if you don't need to shoot with quite as much data as the 4K. And then t...

here's also a couple of other options but they're not quite as popular as those. And once you get in and select those then you're gonna have slightly different options for the next feature which is Record Setting. And so Record Setting is gonna give you a frames per second or a data rate that you can get from it. And so if you wanna get the maximum amount, you might set this to 30p and 100M which is gonna reference the amount of data that you're getting per second. This would be really good if you're gonna be editing to the frame and you really wanna get in and get every ounce of detail out of this possible. If you're shooting more just basic video and near edits are fine enough and you're not gonna be pushing and pulling the exposure in any great degree as far as making it brighter or darker, then you're probably gonna be fine with the 50M. And so, set according to your needs, of course. And those will vary according to the format that you have chosen. Now if you do wanna get into the slow and quick video recording where you're doing either slow motion or quick motion, this is where you dive in and you set up first off what do you want the final footage to be? Do you want it to be 60p, 30p, 24p? Depends on what sort of final format you're video is gonna be intended for. From there you're gonna be then making a decision on the Frame Rate according to what your recording rate is, as to how fast or how slow you want things to be. And so by choosing and shooting at 120 frames per second and then slowing that down to 30 frames a second, that's gonna give you one third slow motion. Or you can speed things up by only shooting one frame per second. It's a time lapse mode but in the sense that you're getting individual photos when you're done. Dual Video Record is gonna give you two different video files. And so in the prior I mentioned shooting raw and jpeg at the same time. This is kind of doing the same thing with video. You get a more advanced video file along with an MP4 file which is a very simplistic file that works on pretty much all computers. It's a very simple easy file to work with. But doesn't contain as much information as the more advanced files. And so if you wanna save two video files for every video you shoot you can select that here. Second page with more movie items in here. And so, Here we have the AF drive speed. So if you are auto-focusing when you are shooting your movies, which serious professionals generally don't do, but if you are doing that using like a camcorder, you can adjust the focusing of the lens to be a little bit faster and a little bit slower. And the reason you don't want this on fast is that it can get a little jumpy and not look good in the video when the camera is trying to focus and it's changing focus a little too quickly. The AF Tracking Sensitivity, when you're in the movie mode, can be set to be Responsive and so if somebody walks in front of your subject it'll refocus on that new subject in there a little bit more quickly. You're probably good at Standard. If you are shooting sports and action then you may wanna put it in Responsive so that it follows that action a little bit more quickly. With Auto Slow Shutter the camera will slow down the shutter speed in order to get the proper exposure. Now somebody who's setting their camera up manually is not gonna want this at all. They don't want the camera jumping in and changing their shutter speed. For somebody who's just shooting a basic video and they just want the camera to take care of the functions for them, it's fine to let the camera go in and just use slower shutter speeds. It's probably more important that you get the correct exposure than any specific shutter speed. And so On for basic, Off for advanced. There's a lot of different controls within the Audio Recording. The first thing is just simply turning the audio recording on or off. Most people are gonna leave it on most of the time. You can always turn that channel off later on if you want. The recording level can be seen here. This would be a good preset button so that you could press one button and see what the recording levels are. That may adjust how you are controlling the sound or the microphone that you're working with when you're shooting your live video. The Audio Level Display can be shown in the viewfinder as part of one of the displays. It's not always there but if you want to turn it on you can turn it on here so that you can monitor those a little bit more easily.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Sony A9 with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

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

  1. How to utilize the 20 frames/second with full autofocus feature
  2. How to understand the new menu systems
  3. How to use the camera's 4K video capabilities

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 Sony A9 settings to work for your style of photography.



I've taken lots of John's classes as my photography journey has unfolded. Like all good teachers, John has a fantastic ability to take concepts which are complex and could be overwhelming, and making them accessible and much simpler. I'm lucky enough to own this amazing camera, I'm sure I'll get even more enjoyment from using it after taking this class - John has done so much of the hard work of learning away, now I feel like I can just start enjoying it!


Great information as always, John's approach is amazing, well paced and very informative. I own so many of his amazing tutorials, I feel like he's part of my family - but a lot more knowledgeable 😏

Alexander Zlatev

Thank you Great Work