Sony® A9 Fast Start

Lesson 20/27 - Menu: Camera Setting 2 Page 3-4


Sony® A9 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Menu: Camera Setting 2 Page 3-4

Alright, movie number three, audio out timing. So, when you're sending audio out, do you want it to play without any delay or do you want it to be synced with the video because the video is slightly delayed because it's going through some electronics, and so it kinda depends on, you know, if you're broadcasting this out and you're matching the video with the audio, you may want to sync the audio up. But, if you're doing it for other recording devices, it may not be necessary. The camera does not have great microphones built into the camera and, so, under windy conditions, you're gonna get a lot of noise of wind hitting the camera. And, so, if you are in windy situation, you can reduce the bad noise by turning this, wind noise reduction turned on. You don't want to leave it on all the time, it's gonna limit the dynamic range of noise and sound that you can capture with the cameras microphones. Marker display's can be turned on or off, and these are a variety of different displays that m...

ay help you compose your image or get the right aspect ratio, or get the center lines right. And, so, this just simply turns it on and off. The next setting here, marker settings, is where you get to choose which ones you want. So, there's a little sub-menu that you can dive into and you can select one of the four different options here; the center marks, aspect ratios, movies or shot with a very wide aspect ratio. And, so, there's a lot of options in there for that. Safety zone is good for anybody who's shooting for TV, 'cause some TVs, they cover up a little bit of the edge of the screen and so that lets you know where your safe zone is. And then the guide frames, just simply for compositional reasons. So, here is where you get to choose which one of these you have turned on, and then the other one tells you if it's actually turned on or not. One of the options is hooking this camera up to one of the Sony video lights. And it communicates with the camera, and the camera will automatically turn the light on, depending on how you have this set, either when the camera's turned on or when you start recording or when you're in the record standby mode. And, so, it only is impacted when you are using on of the Sony lights. Finally, we have movie with the shutter button. And, so, normally, the record button is on the back of the camera, and if you want you can repurpose the shutter release button, which really isn't doing anything else to start the movie mode as well. So, there's just two different options on how you start the movie for recording. And, so, once again, this is gonna be a press once to start, press a second time to stop the recording, and that works with either button that you might want to use. Alright, fourth page in here. Things dealing with the shutter and the steady shot. So, the shutter type. We saw this before, it's currently programmed to C3 as a shortcut but you may need to put that someplace else if you need to, if you want to. And, so, here I would probably leave it in auto, where it's gonna use a mechanical shutter when you're taking single pictures, and then go to the electronic shutter when you're continuous. I can see a number of people leaving it in electronic shutter all the time because of the silent options on that. If you use flash, you're gonna be needing to use the mechanical. And, so, with this camera, you're just gonna have to kinda get used to switching this around 'cause I think a lot of people are gonna be switching this around, depending on what types of shooting they are doing. The e-Front curtain shutter, I think, is a really good thing to use. In most all cases because it uses that electronic front shutter curtain. It helps diminish any sort of vibrations within the camera, there seems to be zero distortion problems with using it. And, so, I think there's very little problem leaving that turned on. If you want to hook this camera up to devices without a normal lens attached, there's some sort of funky lens adapter you have or a telescope you're hooking it up to that doesn't have electronics. Normally, the camera kind of shuts down if there's not a normal lens attached to it. Here, you can tell the camera to enable the release even though there's no shutter or no lens mounted on the camera, or nothing that it recognizes. But, most of us, it's probably a good safety precaution to leave it on disable. Same concept with the memory cards. If you leave this on disable, if you forget to take your memory cards and put 'em back in the camera, you can't shoot any photos. And, so, the only reason that you would want to shoot photos without a memory card is, I don't know, maybe if you're in a camera store and you're demonstrating the camera to somebody, and you just want to show that the shutter works on there. Maybe there's a few other reasons too but, most of the time, you want your camera to be recording to the card. The camera has a built it steady shot system, where it moves the sensor and it works with lenses to get you up to five stops of stabilization. And this is something that most people are gonna benefit from and it doesn't use too much battery power. So, feel free to leave this turned on in most situations. It is recommended by Sony and by me to turn it off when you are shooting from a tripod. And, so, keep that in mind if you do shoot from a tripod on a regular basis. And, as I said, this does work in conjunction with the lenses from Sony that do have obstacle stabilization to kinda get a best of both worlds in combination of the two of them working together. If your camera doesn't recognize the lens that you have on the camera, you can go into steady shot settings and you can give it information about the lens that you're using. Let's say your sticking on some old retro lens that's of an unusual focal length. The camera's gonna do a steady shot system that's gonna work a little differently for wide angle and telephoto lenses. Now, if it can automatically figure things out, that's great, but you may need to go in and manually tell it which lens you are using and you can input which focal length that you are using in here. And, so, most people aren't gonna use this but it is nice to have that option to get in there and really customize what focal length you're using so that you get the maximum benefit from that stabilization system.

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.

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