Cinematography & Cameras

5D Mark iii and 5D Mark ii Video training

5D Mark iii and 5D Mark ii for video tutorial

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Saj Adibs is a director and DP at New Slate Films in Chicago and has used the 5D for video for several years.

Let’s go over basic operation.
Step 1: Put your camera into video mode.  Both Canon 5D mark 2 and Mark 3 have a button or switch for this.
Step 2: Put the camera into manual mode.
Step 3: Choose your frame rate and resolution.  I recommend 1920×1080 at 24 frames per second.
Step 4: Set your exposure.  This is done through setting shutter, ISO and F-stop.
Shutter setting should be double your frame rate.  So in this case, 1/48th or 1/50th depending on your camera.
For ISO, stay between 250-1000 depending on how much light you need.  Lower is usually better for image quality.
For your F-stop, the lower you go, the shallower your background gets.  So it’s a create decision.  It also depends on your lens.

As far as lenses, my favorite lenses are the Canon 24-105 F4 IS, Canon 16-35 and Canon 70-200 F2.8.

Video by New Slate Films


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My name is Saj. I’m a director at new Slate films.  It’s a chicago-based video production company and I wanted to take to show you the tools I use the most in most of my video production which is the 5d mark II and the 5D [Mark] 3 I’ve used DSLR cameras since So I just wanted to do a quick overview between the 5d mark II and the 5D Mark 3 and how you would get them Operational to do Basic video if you find this overview useful

But you have more questions, please visit me at or you could visit us at for more of these videos and you could email me anytime with any question you have on these videos and I’ll try to get back to you.

Let’s talk about basic operations one is when you turn on the camera you want it to get it ready for video mode?

How do you do that well for the Mark 2? The button is right here you basically press it and it takes you to video mode for the mark 3 it’s a little different [it’s] here, and it’s a switch. It’s not something you press. It’s something you toggle back and forth

Another setting is make [sure] you’re on manual mode you could be on the other modes like the AV mode or a program mode But I recommend being manual mode as a professional that’s using these cameras to create videos I Get a lot more control with the manual setting so pretty much everything I do with these cameras on my manual settings After you put these cameras in video mode you want to choose your frame rate? And you want to choose the resolution that these videos are recording in So on the mark 2 you go to the menu and you choose the live [view] movie function setting

Once you’re there you go down to the movie record size and choose the one you need in this case. I’m on there are two other options there 1920 by 1080 at 30 frames and 640 by 480 at 30 frames I choose 24 because [24] gives me 24 frames per second that’s what movies are shot in 24 frames per second it looks the most cinematic

In the mark 3 go to the movie record size, and you see many more options here Remember the Mark 2 only had three options, but now you have a lot more options now

Here again, I choose But you have two different versions of that all I or the [iPb] I choose the all I Why? It gives you better quality and more information than the ip be the ip be smaller in file size so if you’re trying to reserve card size

Use that but in my case use [the] [awl] I now you have to expose for your image What do you have to do for that? Well you have three things that you have to do for that you have to set your shutter Then you have to set your iso And then you have to choose your f-Stop Those three things give you the exposure of your image now these two cameras and any dSLr camera basically follow the same rules

So as long as you know these rules for those three settings You should be set to work with any dSLr camera in this video mode let’s begin with your shutter setting Now your shutter setting by rule of thumb should be double your frame rate

[so] we chose the frame rate at [twenty] [four] double that is 48 so this camera closest to that would be Sixtieth of a second that’s usually just a rule of thumb when it comes to video So whatever frame rate you choose your shutter is double that when it comes to your iso Though these two cameras give me different results And I’ve noticed that in my testing and just doing jobs so with the 5D mark II I like to stay between the two hundred and a thousand range okay, if [I’m] indoors, and [I] need more light and you know iso, 1000 doesn’t give me enough light?

I’ll go higher I’ll go to 1600 but I won’t really push it further than that because it would just be too

Grainy I’ll use a light source in the 5d Mark Iii, however. I have pushed the iso to but again on the line on my 200 at the high end [I] go to You know 3200 if I have to push it to 4000 test it out and see if you like the image

Next is your f-stop setting now for f-stop it all depends on your lens on what lens you have on these cameras for example On the mark – I have a 2.8 lens meaning the f-Stop Goes as low as 2.8 on the mark 3 I have a 4 but prime lenses that don’t zoom Could go down to like a 1.2. Can it makes great [50] millimeter 1.2? Lens, and I like to use those sometimes and shoot at really low f stops now f-Stop is just a creative decision For the most part if you have a lot of control over the light, it’s a creative decision

So if you’re outdoors, you could be at F-Stop f in most cases I like to be at a lower f-Stop at A Outdoors I go to F/8 F/11 why because the Lord I’ve stopped the harder to keep the subject in focus So keep that in mind And if your subjects moving around a lot Kick up your f-stop because at a low f stop you’re going to have a really hard time keeping them in focus So now between those three settings You should have enough information to pick the exposure that looks good

That gives you the best depth of field that you’re going after and keeping your subject in focus at the same time So now let’s just jump right into focus so in these cameras you have to be manual focus now This is a big surprise Specially to photographers that are used to using autofocus the af and the mf setting on the lens when you’re shooting video needs to be on mf manual focus And you need to use the focus ring

Just like you use the zoom ring to set your focus now Sometimes the subjects moving that means you have to manually track focus with them if they go closer to [you’re] further away you have to Move that ring to keep track of focus, and when they’re moving [too] It’s difficult. I know it’s one of the hardest things about these cameras with the big

Sensor and the Shallow [Depth-of-Field] is hard to keep those subjects in focus again That’s why I talk about your f-stop settings if they’re moving out a lot try to have a higher f-stop try to be at F/8 so it’s not that big of a deal [if] they go in and out of focus is not that noticeable at A F28 is very noticeable it’s going to be impossible to keep them in focus when they’re running around [I] Usually get a professional assigned to me and their job is pulling focus They’re called focus pullers and when I use these cameras

That’s all they do and I also have fancy accessories just to help me keep things in focus because remember there is no auto focus on these cameras the 5d Mark 2 and the Mark 3 There is no auto focus for video there is ton options for Auto focus when it comes to photography but non for video

So you got to keep it on manual setting next let’s talk about lens selection again. I love zoom lenses they give me a lot of Flexibility when I’m on the shoot And I wanted to just talk about the three that I use on every kit on every shoot The 16 to 35 is a really wide lens It’s a 2.8 lens, and it allows me to get big structures. [I] use it in resort videos I use it in interiors of big buildings factories It’s a great lens And you should have it [for] video if you have shots that show [a] lot of space, and you want the widest lens

You can happen next is my go-to lens my go-to Lens is the 24 to 105 now a lot of photographers for example I’ve noticed have the 24 to 70 that’s a 2.8 lens that 24 to 105 is not It’s a F/4 lens But why do I like it more than the F28 lens because it has a is setting built in the is setting? Stabilizes the image for me, and it’s a great tool I could do shot handheld and make him look like I was on a tripod Without the is I will not be able to do this this is a great go-to lens just to get my running gun shots and probably my favorite lens only because I do a lot a lot of sit-down interviews it’s a F28 is again it has the is setting built-in so even if you’re concerned with the budget [because] I know this is a expensive lens

Get to F/4 But make sure he has the is built in don’t skimp on the is There’s the color balance and the picture style in the settings of the camera That are pretty much the same between the mark [II] and the Mark 3 so make sure You choose the right color balance and make sure you choose a picture style you like for example if you’re outdoors you want your color balance to be at 5600 or the Daylight icon or if you’re indoors you want it to be at a tungsten setting which is

The light bulb setting indoors as far as picture style goes. I won’t go into it [too] [much] There’s a lot to cover here, but it’s a creative choice. So kind of play around here and see what you like What images look good to you I kind of like to boost up the Saturation and get really Vivid colors Now you’re pretty much ready to shoot I give you all the settings that you need to just [to] basically get going

Just make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand these batteries Go pretty quickly when it comes to shooting video and your display is going all the [time] So it’s not like photography where you’re just taking pictures here, and there and your battery could last you for hours these batteries You know sometimes the last maybe 45 minutes to an hour when you’re shooting constant video as far as audio goes the Mark 2 and the Mark 3 have different audio settings and the mark 3 has really improved on the Mark 2 Not just in audio, but a lot of issues like Marais and aliasing, but make sure that you check out the video [on] audio if you intend to use these cameras to record audio again if you have any questions, please visit me at new slave films comm for more videos [and] a slash new slate films leave us a message and we’ll get back to you with any questions you may have as far as settings on these cameras and also on the 7D, and the 60d as well.

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