The first thing to do when you go to shoot a video with the Canon EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 DSLR camera is to move down the icons on the MODE DIAL to the video mode, which is the camera icon. This is because this is the only way you can enter the video modes and the only way you can record video. When it does, you will hear the mirror appear inside the chamber. This enables the live view screen on the back of the camera. This is the only way you can record a video, you can’t look through the viewfinder and record a video because you don’t actually see an image through the viewfinder. You only see it through the live view screen on the back. When you move it down to video mode, it also gives you the video MENU TABS when you press the menu button. It reveals that you have four VIDEO TABS that are specifically for recording videos.
The first thing you do when you are in those tabs is decide on your VIDEO SYSTEM. Video systems refer to the type of systems used by televisions in different countries. Thus, for example, in Europe the system was efficiently called PAL and in the United States it was efficiently NTSC. It is important to make them correct for your national and geographic area because it changes the frame rate. Go to VIDEO TAB 2 and at the bottom is the video system. Open it by pressing SET and you will see that you only have two options NTSC or PAL.
After setting up the video system, the next thing to look at is VIDEO FRAME SIZE AND RATE. This camera is pretty good: it will shoot 1080 at 30 or 25 frames per second and it will shoot 720 at 60 or 50 frames per second. Now 1080 is Full HD and 720 is standard HD and both are perfectly fine for social media and even displaying on reasonably large screens. Go to VIDEO TAB 2 and look at the first one under FILM RECORD SIZE, then you will have the option of 1920×1080 at 25 frames per second, 1920×1080 at 24 frames per second which is set as the film speed for motion picture videography and then 1280×720 at 50 and then 640×480 at 25. Now 640×480 wouldn’t bother me at all. It is so poor that it is not worth looking at. But I would look at 1080×25 and 720×50. 25 frames per second is about the speed at which the human eye can detect motion and that’s the standard.
25 frames per second is reasonable video quality in terms of how the video will look. 50 frames per second looks a bit smoother. Also, shooting 50 frames per second means you can use slow motion much more effectively. If you are in PAL, your options will be 25 frames per second and 50 frames per second. If you chose NTSC, the options you would have would be 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second. When you set up the video systems it’s the frame rates that change and they’re really the only changes there are but it’s a good idea I’d say shoot 1080×25 because you get the best frame quality if that’s what you’re looking for. for, or if you’re looking for a certain softness or if you want to do slow motion videography, shoot it at 50 frames per second.
The third thing to watch for is FILM EXPOSURE. When you shoot still images, you have a wide variety of options for exposure settings and the types of still images you’ll be shooting. So you go from MANUAL, which doesn’t set the exposure at all, you’re responsible for the exposure, through semi-automatic and then fully automatic settings, here where the camera decides what the exposure should be and then sets the parameters accordingly. When you’re shooting a video, you only have two options. Do you have automatic or do you have manual. Where you make that choice is in VIDEO TAB 1 at the top which is MOVIE EXPOSURE. Now if you choose Auto, this camera will take really, really good video, it will decide on settings that are essentially the same as stills: ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, and the camera will produce very well exposed video. But if you want to be a little more creative, you can choose manual.
The next thing to think about when shooting video with this camera is sound. Deciding how to record the sound is very important. Now if we go back to the menus and go to the VIDEO TAB 2, just below the movie recording size, it has SOUND RECORDING and if you click on that, you have three options. The first option is disable. Now, I don’t recommend that you disable sound entirely, even if you’ve decided that you won’t have any of the video’s sound in your final edit. This is because audio is useful for identifying clips. The other two options are AUTO or MANUAL. The automatic recording of this camera is quite good. The downside to this is that because it’s automatic and doesn’t know what sounds it’s trying to record in particular, it will pick up a lot of ambient sound. Now if you’re shooting something that has ambient sound then that’s not a problem. But if you only want to pick up a specific sound, like someone speaking, Auto may not be the right setting for you, in which case you want to turn it down to MANUAL. Manual setting allows you to set the sound recording level so that the sound you are trying to record is the sound this camera picks up. Therefore, you must decide whether to set Manual or Automatic.
The next thing you might want to look at is the autofocus method. The Canon T7 has two methods of autofocus if you’re looking through the viewfinder then the system here is very fast and very sharp. If you’re looking through the LiveView screen then it’s a bit slower, but you have a few options and we can see them here. So if you look in the menu, if you look at VIDEO TAB 1 and scroll down to AF METHOD, you can see the options that you have here, you have three options, you have flexizone, live mode, and quick mode. Flexizone is the same thing as the single AF method through the viewfinder, which means if you press the shutter button halfway the camera will focus, and the nice thing about this is that you can be shooting live video and you can and will will do. Still approach which is pretty good. The next one is called live mode and the advantage of that is that it has face recognition which means if you’re filming people it will automatically try to focus on one of the faces that are in the frame and that’s pretty cool and pretty but useful of again to do it you need to press the shutter button. The third is the fast mode. Now this doesn’t really work that well, although it’s designed to be called quick mode because what it does is it goes out of video mode, goes into viewfinder mode, focuses, and then goes back to video mode again. Obviously you can’t record video and use fast mode at the same time, so it’s not really as useful for recording video as you might think, although it may be a bit faster, it stops the video in progress and means you have to. restart the video again but I would use flexizone for almost everything because even if you have faces in the frame it’s up to you to decide what you want to focus on you may want to focus on the face you may want to focus on something else and if when in mode on alive no faces then go back to flexizone anyway. But those are the AF options you have in Live View and those are the AF options you have for shooting video.
The next thing you’ll want to look at is the style of the image. If you have already taken pictures with this camera, you may be aware of the Picture Styles option and these can increase contrast, increase saturation and make your images more vivid or they can desaturate your images and in one case make your image look more vivid. completely monochrome. Well, the same options apply for video and you may want to skew, like you do with your picture styles, as it is to leave it on auto, but I would recommend changing it to neutral. So if we go to the menus and to the VIDEO 3 TAB at the bottom you will see the PICTURE STYLE option and you will also see that you have the same options as the stills have so at the top you have Auto and then standard and portrait etc. and as I say I would choose NEUTRAL. The reason for this is that when you’re shooting a video, you want it as flat as possible, without excessive saturation or excessive contrast, nothing that would really make it difficult to edit that video. You can add saturation when you’re editing, you can add contrast when you’re editing, but you can’t really remove those things very easily, certainly not as easily as when you’re using still images because you’re dealing with huge amounts of information and 25 or 50 frames per second. So the goal really is to produce a really flat video and then add your styling when you’re producing your video in Edit.
Finally, what I always look at when I’m shooting my videos is the white balance. If you’re shooting in a single location you might like to leave it on auto and the auto white balance on this camera is very good and there’s no reason to want to change it but if you’re shooting in different locations where the lighting can be slightly different and color contrast and color tones can be slightly different then it is really recommended to set the white balance in each location and the reason for this is that you want a continuity through your video so you don’t move from one place to another and the lighting looks completely different. The option to change your custom white balance is in the menus and if you go to SHOOTING TAB 3, above the picture style, you can click on that and get the option to change the white balance, it’s not too hard. It’s pretty straight forward if you buy the manual I’ll show you exactly how to do it but I would recommend like I say if you change locations often when you’re shooting video to change that white balance and set that white balance to every time you change locations , if you want more information, you may not take a look at our manual, which has been written especially for this camera. In fact, we’re giving away a sample of our manual. It contains 2 full course videos including the full video on shooting movies with the rebel t7 all you have to do is click the link here or the description below and we’ll send it to you right away totally free. These are the best video settings for the Canon EOS 2000D/ Rebel T7.