Best Video Setting For The Canon DSLR's

Best Video Setting For The Canon DSLR’s

More and more DSLR users are utilising the ability that their cameras have to shoot high quality video – but what settings should you use to ensure you get the best quality video? Dave Dugdale from Learning DSLR Video put this video together for dPS just to answer that question – particularly with Canon DSLRs in mind.

Video Transcription – Best Video Settings for Canon DSLRs

I get this question about once a week, “What are the Best Video Setting For The Canon DSLR cameras”.

So let me start off by eliminating two things you can take off the list. Those are aperture and ISO. Aperture, I really can’t tell you what to set it on because it depends on the type of look you are going after.With a shallow depth of field or not.

And the other one is ISO. ISO is kind of there for exposure how how you are going to set the exposure. I will say you do not want go too far north of let’s say 1600 especially on like the Canon T2i then it gets really noisy. Obviosly you are going to need to use aperture along with the ISO to get the right exposure but at least it gets you in the ball park. Those two ingredients are taken off the list.

So the first I can tell you about what is on the list is shutter speed. Basically if you are going for a filmic look you are pretty much going to double your frame rate, so if you are shooting 24 frames per second you are going to want a 1/50th of a second shutter speed and if you are shooting at 60 frames per second you are going to go with 125th frames per second shutter speed. Now I will tell you it’s just kind of a guideline and a rule but I have shot at much higher shutter speeds and it has worked wonderful, especially if you are shooting something like myself which is just basically a moving head.

If you just getting your feet wet with your camera I think the best setting for Picture styles is Standard. I use it 90% of the time. If you are outside filming some landscapes for instance then you might want to try Landscape, and if you are using a close in portrait shot you might want to try Portrait picture style. After you have had the camera for a while and you want to take it to the next level, you might want to create a very flat picture style so you can have more control over color, sharpness and saturation in post.

As for White Balance, the best setting by far is always going to be custom. This is where you get the perfect color temperature for your shot. This is best way to do it, but it is also unfortunately the most time consuming.

The best setting for focus is to set it on quick focus and focus to one of the many points within the view finder. This is just my personal favor way to do this, I am sure others might disagree me but I got really accurate and fast results using this method.

Disable your AGC to get this cleanest audio, AGC is automatic gain control. I use a hack method for this, but there are many other ways to do this as well like a buying a Juicelink box or a software hack if you are brave enough to install it on your camera.

Set Movie Exposure to Manual, this is the best way to go by not letting the camera to decide for you.

Grid display to Grid 1, this helps me with my composition just right.

Disable Highlight Tone Priority, I have done many tests with this and found it best just to leave it off.

Auto Lighting Optimizer is set to standard. Again I have done a lot of tests with this and I find that this setting not only helps my portrait photos but it even helps when I do video interviews if the lighting is not quite even on the person’s face.

That is about it for the best settings you can use on your Canon DSLR for video. Thanks for watching and thanks to Darren for letting me do a guest post again.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • lorenzostpierre December 25, 2011 06:12 am

    Me too go with the same that Canon shoot is really best for videos and thanks for sharing this beautiful information about Video Transcription of Canon DSLRs

  • Steve May 2, 2011 02:10 pm

    This is a helpful video, however one thing to keep in mind is that if you are sticking with the suggested shutter speeds of 1/45 or 1/60 you are really going to be limited to using a very high fstop if you are shooting outdoors basically giving you huge depth of field. In situations where you want to shoot at max aperture and use the correct shutter speed you will need a selection of ND filters to prevent over-exposing your shot.

  • Bryan Grant October 30, 2010 02:13 pm

    awesome advice as a still photographer i have know idea. and now i do thanks

  • St Louis Wedding Photographer October 29, 2010 03:09 am

    Another setting that you'll have to set is the resolution you're shooting in (ie standard or HD). While it may seem like an obvious choice to shoot HD if you have the option, we actually shoot standard because HD takes a ton of space on Compact Flash cards and hard drives, plus it takes FOREVER to edit and upload HD clips.

  • Jibran Jawaid October 25, 2010 06:01 pm

    Hi Darren,

    I was wondering about the AGC disabling technique that you are using... Is it by playing the Mp3 on 1 channel and recording the sound on the other channel or is it the Magic Lantern hack that is still in the Alpha stages, Or some other technique that you have come up with?

    Nice beginner tutorial and BTW if you go in Custom Settings of these cameras you can set the increments to 1/2 instead of 1/3 for the t2i/550d which will enable you to shoot at 1/45 which will really complement shooting in 24p.

    1/50 for 25p & 1/60 for 30P video. anything above that will make any movement in the footage stutter be it a pan, a moving subject etc.

    Jibran Jawaid,

  • Videoovervågning October 22, 2010 09:07 pm

    canon shoot is best video its a awesome

  • Mi?osz October 20, 2010 10:08 pm

    Very useful informations! Thanks a lot.

  • Natalia October 20, 2010 12:06 am

    Amazing video. Thanks a lot. I am at the stage of thinking on how to start making footages. This video helps a lot.

  • Chen October 17, 2010 01:31 pm

    wow! awesome! this is really what i need.