How to set up your DSLR for video recording

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Are you a struggling HDSLR filmmaker? The first step towards shooting a compelling DSLR video is to set up your camera properly. To help you find your way through the puzzling onboard movie-making options, we’ve used a Canon DLSR to explain some of the typical settings you’ll be using when shooting HD video on your DSLR…

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

DSLR Video: how to set up your camera to record HD movies

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 1: Choose the definition

Decide on the resolution you want to shoot your movies at. This will partly depend on what you need your video for, but it will also be determined by how long you want the maximum clip length to be.

 

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 2: Set the frame rate

Some cameras provide a choice of frame rates. The standard for Europe is 25fps and 30fps is the default for the USA. Use 24fps for a cinematic look – or choose 50 or 60fps for a cool slow-motion effect.

 

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 3: Sound options

Your DSLR will also record sound, but this needs to be planned carefully to be of any use. If you’re going to add a commentary and music, you may simply want to turn the sound recording off.

 

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 4: Mic mechanics

To improve your sound, use a plug-in microphone. A hotshoe mic is a simple option, but a tie-clip mic on a long lead is a good low-cost solution for recording someone speaking.

 

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 5: Switch to manual focus

Your camera may be able to autofocus while recording, but you can’t rely on it to stay on target for the full take. Any errors could ruin the shot, so consider switching to manual.

 

HDSLR: How to set up your DSLR for video recording

Step 6: Using AF
If you must use autofocus, pick the option with care. You can use live and face detection options while recording, but Canon’s Quick mode should only be used beforehand.

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