Skills Instruction – Canon 600D Video Recording

For our first Skills Instruction lecture, we were taught the basics of using a Canon 5D Camera which I then used to help me understand the workings of my own 600D video recording equipment. Below are the very basic skills that we were taught, and how I edited them to suit my 600D:

  • Turn on
  • Manual
  • Menu
  • Across = main menus
  • Up and down = sub-menus

Must be on Manual setting:

  • 3rd Yellow menu
    • Clear settings
    • Clear all camera settings
  • 4th Red menu
    • Live view/Movie
    • LV Fun. Setting = disable

 

Must be on Video setting:

  • 2nd Red Menu or press the ‘Q’ (in a square button)
    • Movie rec. size (should be 25, 24, 25)
      • E.g. 1920×1080 = size of frame
      • E.g. 25 = frames per second
      • 24 = more cinematic
      • 1920×1080 (24fps)
    • Sound recording = manual
    • Rec. level = needs to hit just over 12
  • Little microphones can sit on top – very directional, can only record audio that is directly in front of the camera
  • Do not use in-built microphone – can hear mechanics of camera such as zooming and focusing

 

Format Memory Card (must be on manual):

  • 1st yellow menu
  • Format
  • Ok

  • Auto Power Off = 4 or 8 minutes

 

  • Index finger dial = shutter speed
  • AV and index finger dial = aperture
  • ISO button on top
  • WB = top arrow on dial

 

  • Shutter speed for video = 1/50seconds or double the frames per second
  • Establishing shot = wide angle
  • ISO can’t be divisible by 50
    • 100
    • 160
    • 200
    • 320
    • 640
    • These are the values you can use – they have an ISO pull rather than an ISO push
    • (Not the case with the 600D)

 

  • White Balance
    • Get subject to hold a white piece of paper and experiment with WB settings
    • Up arrow
    • Choose WB setting
    • Custom white balance
      • Menu
      • 2nd red menu
      • Custom white balance = white balance changes depending on the photo of the white sheet that you have just taken

     

  • Colour temperature
    • Measured on a scale
    • Daylight = 6400 Kalvin approx.
    • Indoors = 3200 Kalvin approx.
    • Candle light = 800 Kalvin approx.

 

  • It is easier to cool things down in post-production than to heat them up
  • You should slightly ‘over-warm’ your images
  • However, you can leave WB on Auto if it is too confusing

 

  • Info. = Shows camera screen

 

  • Movement
    • Guide and use body, keeping legs and feet firm = no jitter
    • Nice and controlled
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