Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting video, part of Up and Running with the Canon Rebel SL1 (100D and Kiss X7).
- Your DSLR camera is also capable of shooting high definition video. Shooting video on a DSLR is great because you can use the same high quality glass and the camera that you already own. But it can be a bit challenging. If you want to learn more about shooting video, I'd encourage you to check out the DSLR video tape series here on Lynda.com. Shooting video is very similar to live view photography. In fact, most of the things you just learned in the last module apply. For best results, I recommend that you choose an aperture to let in the right amount of light and control the depth of field.
To do this, you'll want to be in aperture priority or manual mode. Then, rotate the power switch to movie shooting. This will automatically engage the live view. Choose a focus mode. Many people prefer to shoot video using a manual focus. But the auto focus methods have gotten significantly better when shooting video. It just depends on how much your subject is moving. If you're using auto focus, be sure to choose an auto focus method. Press the shutter button half way to set focus.
Focusing video is essential identical to focusing a live view mode for photography. You may want to turn off the Servo auto focus feature though to make sure that the camera doesn't keep trying to adjust in the middle of a shot. Be sure to watch the previous movie on live view again, to get more comfortable with the auto focus methods. If you need to adjust the exposure, you can modify the shutter speed or ISO sensitivity when shooting manual or use exposure compensation for other shooting modes. I generally prefer to shoot in the manual mode and will use a shutter speed of 1/50 or 1/60 of a second for natural looking motion.
To start recording, push the start stop button. A recording indicator lights up and a duration of the recorded movie starts counting up on the LCD screen. Audio is captured using the small microphone on the front of the camera. This tends to be pretty poor quality sound. For better audio, you'll want to plug in an external microphone into the mic jack on the side of the camera. To end recording, press the start stop button again. There are a lot of video settings that you can adjust. For example, you can change the frame size and the frame rate as well as other quality settings.
This is all done under the movie settings in the menu. Press the menu button. An important choice to choose before you adjust video settings is to go to the second setup tab and choose video system and press set. You need to make a choice between NTSC and PAL. Areas like Japan and North America tend to favor the NTSC standard. While much of the rest of the world uses PAL. Once you've chosen that, choose shooting menu two. For the movie record size, you'll find a few options.
You could choose to record at 1920x1080 which is often referred to as 1080p. You could choose either 30 or 24 frames per second. If you have the menu set for PAL standards, you'll see 25 and 24. For shooting 720p, a frame size of 1280X720, it shoots at 60 frames per second which is usually used for slow motion effects during video editing. The last option is a standard definition video size of 640x480.
This is 4:3 video, which hasn't been used in several years. You'll find a frame rate of 30 frames per second for NTSC and 25 for PAL. As you change the different standards, you'll note it gives you some feedback about how much can record at a single time. To choose a standard, press the set button or tap the icon on the screen. You'll find extensive coverage of frame rates and frame sizes in the Lynda.com DSLR video tip series. Beyond this, you can also choose the recording for sound.
Choose sound recording and you could turn it on or off. Disable if audio recording is not important. For best results, manually set your recording levels.
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your 100D straight out of the box.
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Program Shift mode
- Exploring Autofocus
- Focusing manually
- Shooting in Continuous (burst) mode
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video