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Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5) details the features, controls, and options in the Canon Rebel T3i camera. Author Ben Long provides an overview of a digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera and reviews the Canon Rebel T3i camera's components and basics of operation, including changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in Auto mode, and reviewing and managing photos on the camera’s LCD screen. The course also covers white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, and shooting HD video, and includes a chapter on sensor and camera maintenance.
For the most part focusing in Movie mode is exactly the same as it in Live View mode. I half press the Shutter button, the image on the screen is analyzed, when focus is found the green box lights up, the camera beeps and now I'm ready to start recording just like I always would. I want to note though that if I half press the Shutter button again, nothings happens. It's not possible to auto- focus again while video is rolling and Canon did this on purpose. Let's take a look at why. I'm going to skew things out of focus a little bit here and just watch how long it takes the camera to auto-focus and all the things that happens while it's doing, and I half press it goes out, it goes in, it goes out, it goes in, it grinds back and forth and then finally beeps.
If I was allowed to focus while shooting that whole process would be recorded and not only what I see it go in and out of focus, but I would hear the lens grinding if I was using the camera's internal microphone. So by default Canon disables that, so that you don't accidentally go into Auto-focus or even intentionally go into Auto-focus and mess up your video with a bunch of distracting focus moves. If you need to though, you can enable the ability to auto-focus during video. AF with Shutter button during little movie camera icon.
If I go into there I can hit Enable. So if I'm in a situation where I don't care about that distracting auto-focus, I just absolutely need to keep the camera rolling and I want to be sure that I can auto-focus while it's rolling then you might want to enable that feature, most of the time you will want to leave that disabled. Auto-focus modes, as you can see I've got the same three modes that I would have in Live View, Live mode which is the one we just saw, Face Detection Live mode and Quick mode, which will flip the mirror up and actually use the Auto-focus sensors. Now this one I definitely cannot use while I'm shooting video, because we can't have the mirror go up without interrupting the video completely, but I could do that before I focus and of course I can manually focus.
And if you're really good at writing the manual focus, you can do that while you're rolling and have pretty good effect, but that's a very, very difficult skill to acquire. Back into the menus let's looks at the couple of other things here. I've got most of the same post processing and many of the same exposure controls that I have when I'm shooting still images. I have Highlight Tone Priority. I have Auto Lighting Optimizer. I can choose Picture Styles and Custom White Balance. Look over here I also got just a normal shooting menu where I can pick a still image Quality and Peripheral Illumination Correction.
That's because as you've already seen while I'm rolling video I can shoot stills also, so this just lets me configure what those stills are going to be. I want to take a look back here at something you may have noticed earlier when we looked at Movie Recording Size. When I go in here and as you saw if I turn the dial I can pick these different sizes, but if I use the left and right arrow buttons I can also opt for digital zoom when I have chosen a movie size of 1920x1080. So let me just turn that on, and now let's go out here and you see that I've zoomed in here.
I'm in a digital zoom mode right now. If I press and hold the Display button as you can see I can use the Zoom in and Zoom out buttons to digitally zoom in farther. So this gives me an extra bit of reach over what my lens can do on its own, so if I really need a little bit of extra zooming power this is a nice feature to have. I can even use it while I'm rolling, but there is possibly an image quality hit to be taken, so you're going to want to experiment with this a little bit before you depend on it for an important shot. Let's turn that back off and now when I come out, I'm back to the shoot I had before.
The critical thing to remember about focusing video is that while I have Auto-focus before I start shooting I don't have continuous auto-focus while I'm shooting. So if my camera to subject distance changes, either because I move the camera or because my subject moves, there is a very good chance things are going to fall out of focus. This is not like shooting video with a point and shoot camera or a real video camera, so you're going to have to learn a new set of skills for either keeping things in focus or just paying attention to when things go out of focus.
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