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Configuring and activating video

From: Shooting with the Nikon D7000

Video: Configuring and activating video

In addition to stills, your camera can shoot video. Digital SLRs are actually extremely capable video cameras, but there are a few things to know about how they differ from dedicated video cameras and from point-and-shoot cameras that have a video mode. You should already have a comfortable understanding of depth of field. If you don't, check out Foundations of Photography: Exposure. One of the factors that controls depth of field in an image is sensor size. When you have a bigger sensor, it's possible to shoot much shallower depth of field. Your SLR has a much bigger sensor than what you'll find in almost any video camera or a point-and-shoot camera, which means you have the capability to shoot video with very shallow depth of field when you use your SLR.

Configuring and activating video

In addition to stills, your camera can shoot video. Digital SLRs are actually extremely capable video cameras, but there are a few things to know about how they differ from dedicated video cameras and from point-and-shoot cameras that have a video mode. You should already have a comfortable understanding of depth of field. If you don't, check out Foundations of Photography: Exposure. One of the factors that controls depth of field in an image is sensor size. When you have a bigger sensor, it's possible to shoot much shallower depth of field. Your SLR has a much bigger sensor than what you'll find in almost any video camera or a point-and-shoot camera, which means you have the capability to shoot video with very shallow depth of field when you use your SLR.

This affords you far more creative options and lets you shoot video that can have a much more film like look than what you'll shoot with a dedicated video camera or a point-and-shoot camera. Of course, your SLR also scores over a dedicated video camera. thanks to its removable lenses which lets you choose lens features, and quality that are better suited to your particular project. On the downside, when you're shooting video with your SLR, focusing is much more complicated. However, most point-and-shoot cameras lack the ability to zoom while shooting video is something that's not a problem with an SLR.

There's no special movie shooting mode on the D7000. All you do is activate Live View and you're ready to start shooting video. This is the Video toggle switch. If I press it, I'm now shooting, and you can se my Record Light is on and flashing. My Viewfinder has been cropped or letterboxed because this particular video format that I'm shooting in is 16:9 aspect ratio, press the button again and video stops. Now, I mentioned that this was a 16:9 aspect ratio video.

I have some other options for shooting video. I'm going to go into the Menu and way down at the bottom of the Shooting menu is something called Movie Settings. I can open that up and I get a few options. The first one is Movie Quality. I'm going to open that up and here I get a big set of movie quality options. 1920x1080, that's HD pixel dimensions. By default, I'm at 1920x1080, 24 frames per second and high quality. I could bump that down to same size and frame rate, but normal quality.

That's going to take up less space on the card. Then I've got 1280x720, I've got two of those both at 30 frames per second, again, high quality and normal. Then I've got 1280x720 at 24 frames per second, again, two quality settings. Then down here at the bottom, I've got 640x424, 30 frames per second and two quality levels. So again, my quality choice is going to be about how much space these things take up on the card. Obviously, going to a smaller frame size also consumes less space.

These frame rate choices give me choice between a look. 24 frames per second is going to be more of a film like motion, 30 frames per second is going to be more of a video like motion. If what I'm ultimately doing is destined for the web, then I might want to just go all the way down here to 640x424 if I know that I don't need more room. But you want to be careful with that. You never know for sure how you might repurpose a video later. I'm just going to leave this back here on its best quality default setting. Microphone allows me to adjust the sensitivity of the internal microphone.

Of course, if I'm serious about audio, I want to plug in an external microphone because the microphone in the camera will pick up handling sounds. my hand bumping into the camera, the lens moving back and forth, that kind of thing. Destination allows me to choose which of the SD Cards I want to record movies to. If I've got more than one card in here, I could for example set the second card to be movie card, so that my still images always go to the first card, and movies always go to second card. That's particularly useful if you don't have cards that are all fast enough for recording video.

To shoot video on this camera, you need at least a Class 6 card. That's possibly more expensive than another card. So you might get a slower card for shooting stills and save your fast card for video. Finally, Manual Movie Settings which we're going to talk about in a separate movie. I get all of my same info displays if I want them. This will show the crop of the movie. I get no data at all, a grid, or a level. So I've still got those features and of course I still have all of my normal status output. For the most part, you should find shooting video to be very simple on the D7000.

The critical watchword when you're shooting video with your SLR is care. You have to take great care to ensure that your images are in focus and this typically means that you can't do the type of run-and-gun shooting that you're used to doing with a video camera or a point-and-shoot. If you're shooting a documentary or candid footage of rapidly changing subject matter, then your SLR may not be the best choice. If image quality and creative control are paramount though, then it's hard to beat the results that you'll get from your SLR. You can learn more about how to shoot video with your SLR in Rob Sheppard's Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR.

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Shooting with the Nikon D7000

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  1. 7m 15s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. What is an SLR?
      4m 1s
    3. Using this course
      1m 46s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Understanding basic camera anatomy
      4m 30s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 25s
    3. Using batteries and media cards
      2m 24s
    4. Powering up
      1m 53s
    5. Navigating the menus and understanding factory defaults
      3m 17s
    6. Setting the date and time
      2m 29s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 31s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 12s
    9. Using two cards
      2m 9s
    10. Holding the camera
      2m 36s
  3. 16m 0s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      1m 14s
    2. Using the viewfinder display
      5m 8s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      38s
    4. Understanding autofocus basics
      2m 28s
    5. Understanding lens controls
      51s
    6. Using the flash in Auto mode
      1m 28s
    7. Reviewing images
      1m 50s
    8. Playing back images
      2m 23s
  4. 18m 48s
    1. Program mode
      43s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 39s
    3. Revisiting metering
      1m 51s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 40s
    5. Flexible Program mode
      2m 50s
    6. Image format and size
      6m 24s
    7. The Info button
      1m 41s
  5. 12m 17s
    1. Focus modes
      2m 14s
    2. Manually selecting a focus point
      6m 56s
    3. Manually focusing
      3m 7s
  6. 11m 28s
    1. Adjusting white balance automatically
      3m 33s
    2. Using white balance presets
      2m 11s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 44s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Continuous mode
      4m 10s
    2. Quiet mode
      39s
    3. The self-timer
      1m 7s
    4. Remote control and Bulb mode
      5m 17s
  8. 30m 54s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 30s
    2. Exposure lock
      55s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 10s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 28s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 17s
    6. Manual mode
      3m 6s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      3m 54s
    8. The Active D-Lighting controls
      1m 55s
    9. The Auto Distortion control
      50s
    10. Long-exposure noise reduction
      1m 21s
    11. High-ISO noise reduction
      2m 0s
    12. Multiple exposures
      1m 53s
    13. The interval timer
      5m 35s
  9. 11m 19s
    1. The metadata display
      3m 47s
    2. Adjusting LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 31s
    4. Creating folders
      1m 42s
    5. Copyright information
      1m 27s
  10. 3m 6s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image format
      1m 58s
  11. 6m 19s
    1. Fill flash
      58s
    2. The Exposure Compensation setting
      1m 36s
    3. Reducing red-eye
      1m 21s
    4. The Slow Sync flash setting
      2m 24s
  12. 5m 27s
    1. Defining picture controls
      1m 56s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 29s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      1m 6s
    4. Using monochrome picture controls
      56s
  13. 8m 2s
    1. Activating Live View
      3m 22s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      2m 35s
    3. Live View's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 10m 21s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 1s
    2. Focusing and exposure
      3m 49s
    3. Playing back movies
      1m 31s
  15. 5m 44s
    1. User modes
      3m 4s
    2. My Menu
      2m 40s
  16. 21m 1s
    1. What are custom settings?
      1m 32s
    2. Focus Priority
      1m 2s
    3. Number of focus points
      34s
    4. The built-in AF-assist illuminator
      38s
    5. Easy exposure compensation
      1m 47s
    6. The AE-L button
      50s
    7. The self-timer
      1m 37s
    8. ISO display and adjustment
      1m 11s
    9. CL mode shooting speed
      1m 15s
    10. File number sequence
      1m 36s
    11. Exposure Delay mode
      59s
    12. The Assign Fn button
      1m 0s
    13. The Assign Preview button
      1m 3s
    14. The Assign AE-L/AF-L button
      1m 29s
    15. Release button to use dial
      46s
    16. Reverse indicators
      40s
    17. The customized command dial
      3m 2s
  17. 3m 38s
    1. What image retouching does
      48s
    2. Applying image retouching
      1m 31s
    3. NEF (raw) processing
      1m 19s
  18. 5m 0s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 27s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 51s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 42s
  19. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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