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Configuring and activating video

From: Shooting with the Nikon D800

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In addition to still images, you can shoot video with your D800 and not just any kind of video: the combination of a 35-millimeter size sensor and high-quality removable lenses gives you a film look that you simply can't get with a normal video camera. In the rest of this chapter, we're going to look at the D800's video features, starting with how to configure the camera for shooting video. Your D800 can shoot video at full HD quality, but you have a couple options insofar as the type of video it shoots. You might want to take a look at those before you get started, just to know what's available.

Configuring and activating video

In addition to still images, you can shoot video with your D800 and not just any kind of video: the combination of a 35-millimeter size sensor and high-quality removable lenses gives you a film look that you simply can't get with a normal video camera. In the rest of this chapter, we're going to look at the D800's video features, starting with how to configure the camera for shooting video. Your D800 can shoot video at full HD quality, but you have a couple options insofar as the type of video it shoots. You might want to take a look at those before you get started, just to know what's available.

Here in the Shooting menu, at the very, very bottom, there is something called Movie Settings. I'm just going to open that up, and I see that I've got a few different things that I can configure here. First is frame size and frame rate. So by default I'm at my full frame size: 1920 x 1080 at 30 frames per second. I have two other options at that size. I can go to 25 frames per second or 24. Whichever one I choose is probably going to be either my personal taste and they look of one frame rate or over another. Or I might be shooting video with my D800 that needs to be edited with footage from another type of camera that's using a particular frame rate.

From there I can go down to any of these 720 frame sizes, but here I get the additional advantage of having some slow-motion frame rates--50 frames per second and 60 frames a second--so that can be a lot of fun to play with. So I'm going to just stick with my default values here at full frame size and 30 frames per second, and go back out to my Movie Settings menu. I have a choice of two different qualities. These are really just compression settings. I've got high and normal. If you can afford the space, just stick with high quality. It will look better.

Finally, I have some audio configuration I can do. There is a built-in microphone in the D800, and you can see that it's picking up my voice right now and showing me these audio meters. I can, if I want, insert an external microphone. There is a microphone jack over here in the side. And that's not a bad idea, because one, I will probably likely have a better-quality microphone than the one in the camera, but also if I'm handling the camera at all, see, it's picking up all of that noise. Also the focus motors and the lens make noise.

So the built-in microphone is going to give you a pretty dirty sound. I can change the input levels manually if I want, by going here to Manual Sensitivity. And I've got just a single control for making the microphone more sensitive by dialing it up or making it less sensitive by dialing it down. So if you're shooting someone who's talking very loudly, you might want to turn it down there a little bit. This also controls the input sensitivity if I am using an external microphone.

And I can choose if I want to turn the microphone off altogether. If you're recording sound on an external device, you can turn this off, although then you might have trouble syncing. If you are really into silent movies, you've got it made: there is a built-in feature for that. Lastly on this menu, I have Destination. Right now I am set to record to the camera's SD card. If I've got a CompactFlash card in the slot, I could choose that. You might choose to record to SD if you're shooting stills onto the CompactFlash. Then you'll keep your video and your stills separate.

Bear in mind that there are speed requirements for these cards, so you want to be sure that you are using a card that's fast enough to capture video. Once you've got all that set the way that you like--and if you are just starting out, you'll be fine just going with the defaults-- you are ready to activate Movie mode. You use the same control that you used for Live View earlier, but whereas before I was pointed towards the still camera to take still images using Live View, I'm going to switch to the movie camera. Now to turn it on, I just hit the LV button. The mirror flips up, the shutter opens, and I am seeing my scene in Live View.

Your status display looks pretty much like it did before, except you get this little Movie icon here. And now I am ready to focus and start rolling. We're going to talk about focus and exposure in more detail later. I'm just going to do a quick autofocus with my AF button here, and then I'm going to start the recording by pressing the red button up here. That starts it up. That also stops it. So those are the very, very basic controls. As I said, we're going to look in more detail at the specifics of shooting video throughout the rest of this chapter. That said, this is not a detailed DSLR video course. If you'd like to really get into the thick of it and learn all you can, check out Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR.

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Shooting with the Nikon D800

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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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