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With the release of the 5D Mark II, Canon revolutionized video production. The combination of a 35mm sensor, and high quality removable lenses brought a film look that video shooters simply couldn't get before. With the Mark III, Canon has greatly improved on the video interface on the camera, making it even easier to get the control you need when shooting video. Your Mark III offers a few different options for video sizes, and frame rates, and you can change those from the video menus. I want you to notice something; I'm currently not in video mode. My camera is just hanging out like a normal camera.
If I go into the menu, and look at my shooting category, I have four pages of menus, and the last page has nothing to do with video on it. If I switch over to video mode, which I can do by changing the live view switch here from the still camera to the video camera, my live view activates, the mirror goes up, the shutter opens, and now when I go to the menu, there is an additional fifth page. So I am going to come over here, and here I've got some video options, and down at the bottom of the fourth page, I now have some video options.
Movie recording size is going to let me change the size and frame rate of the video that I am recording. By default, the Mark III sets you at 1920X1080, 30 frames per second. It's saying that I am going to be able to get about half an hour on the space that's available on my card right now. It's also saying that I'm using a higher compression; something called IPB, or inter frame rate compression. This is going to possibly degrade my image quality a little bit, but it's going to afford much more video on a card. However, it's possibly going to complicate the editing process.
So I can switch up here to a lower compression, intra frame, or ALL-I compression. I've got the same pixel dimensions, the same frame rate, but you can see I am down to only 10 minutes. I've got only about a third the time that I had with the other format. Some other options I have here are 1920x1080 at 24 frames per second, and I have the same two choices for compression. Or I can go over here to 1280x720 at 60 frames per second, which gives me a nice slow motion. This is using the ALL-I compression; that's the lower compression, which means better quality, better editing capability.
I can get those same video specs with my higher compressor by going here, or finally, if I really want to be able to knock out a lot of video, I have a 640x480 with a high compression at 30 frames per second. This is going to be fine for shooting stuff that I know is, maybe, only destined for the Web. I am going to stick with my default settings for now, and hit the Set button, and that configures my movie recording parameters. I am going to want to also think about sound. There is a microphone built into the Mark III, and while that's fine for just simple point-and-shoot kind of video, for serious work, I am going to want to add an external microphone, which can plug into the mic jack over here on the side.
Whichever microphone that I am using, I am going to want to think about sound levels. By default, I'm set to Auto, so it's automatically going to determine what it thinks are the proper levels. Here I get this nice audio level meter here, and you can see that it's picking up my voice right now. I can change it out of Auto mode to a Manual mode, and now I get control of the recording level. All I have to do is move down here, and go into this control, and I can turn up and down to the lower level, and here you can see I've gotten quieter, or raise it back up.
The blue indicator is showing you my original position. Hit that. I can, if I want, turn off sound altogether. Now, that is also going to disable the external mic, if I have it connected. If I'm just shooting stuff where I don't need the sound, this might actually save a little space. I am going to put it back on Auto. Finally, I have another option if I'm using the internal microphone, and that's to activate a wind filter, which is a little virtual wind filter that's going to try and cut down on some wind noise.
Again, that doesn't work with an external microphone. I am inside right now, so I am not real worried about wind, so I am going to turn that off. A press of the menu button takes me back out to my menus. I am going to jump over here to the last page, because I want to show you this silent control feature, which is a really nice feature on the Mark III. This gives me silent control of some shooting parameters. Which shooting parameter is going to vary depending on what shooting mode I am in. Once I have enabled it, which I am going to do right now, all I have to do is tap on the wheel here to make changes to whatever parameter the shooting mode I am in gives me access to.
So this is a very, very quiet way of making changes to, say, ISO, or sound levels, or something like that, without actually having to turn a wheel, which can make a clicking noise. This is a great if I am working with the internal microphone. Even if I'm working with an external microphone, if it's located close to the camera, being able to have this extra silent control can make a real difference. So I am going to enable that, and now I'm ready to go shoot some video. So I am going half-press my shutter button, and that takes me out here. Now, video shooting, for the most part, is largely like what you saw when you were working with live view.
I have a single focus point that I can steer around. So I am going to put it right there on my projector, and half-press the shutter button to focus. I get the beep and the green box when focus is ready. I'm in Program mode right now, so the camera has automatically determined a shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. So I am going to start my projector going there. Now, to start shooting video, all I have to do is press the Start and Stop button right here, and as you can see, I get my red light, my tally light, showing that I'm capturing video.
You also see the activity light down here running, which indicates that data is being written to the card. When I am done with my shot, I hit the Start/Stop button again, and it finishes. As in live view mode, a few presses of the Info button will cycle me through various pages of useful information. For most shooting, you're probably going to want to keep a fairly clean screen. Note that things that we are looking at here also hold when you're shooting in Scene Intelligent Auto mode. There is a lot more to video shooting, and we are going to cover some additional video considerations in this chapter, but if you really want to go deep into shooting video with your SLR, check out the Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR course.
In the meantime, get ready, because in the next movie, we are going to take a look at taking more control of shutter speed.
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