HOW TO SETUP A SONY DSLR CAMERA FOR VIDEO

This is a step-by-step guideline on how to properly set a sony DSLR camera to shoot a standard
cinematic video, in case you are in possession of a sony camera and don’t know
how to go about it, especially when trying to shoot a film, music video, comedy skit, or advert.
Nigeriacommex got you covered with this article.

HOW TO SET UP A SONY DSLR CAMERA FOR A VIDEO SHOOT
Below are the steps to set up a sony DSLR camera in order to get a good video shoot result during
production and for smooth post-production.

STEP 1
Every DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera has a different shooting mode the camera
to carry out instructions on what to do specifically.
The first thing to do is to set up your sony camera to video shooting mode to do that you
will have to turn the wheel that is located at the top left of the camera
to a tape symbol that represents the video shooting mode. (See image below)

SHOOTING MODE
On this wheel are
Movie or Video Mode
P – program mode
A – Auto mode
M -Manuel mode
S – Shutter speed priority
SCN Mode
S&Q
The (1 2)Mode
You can personally make research on how each and every camera mode on this wheel works
because this article is more specific on setting up your Sony Dslr Camera for a film or video
shoot.

STEP 2
FILE FORMAT/ RECORDING FORMAT
This is the second thing to do after setting your sony DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) Camera
to a video mode.
In this step, you will Set your sony camera file or recording format to get good picture quality,
the higher and stronger the format you choose the larger the megabyte.
To do this, first of all, press MENU, Then select file format where you are going to see three FILE
FORMAT – XAVC S 4K (Highest quality), XAVC S HD (Standard quality) and
AVCHD (Low quality).
RECOMMENDATION
I recommend XAVC S HD (Standard quality) or AVCHD (Low or normal quality) file format
in case you don’t have a very strong and fast computer system to edit your video clips, but if you
have a very strong and fast computer system select XAVC S 4K (Highest quality). This all
depends on what
you want to shoot and the quality you want to get, the choice is yours. (See Image Below)

FILE FORMAT

STEP 3
RECORD-SETTING
Select the button below the file format which is the RECORD SETTING where you will see
different frame rates per second and the amount of memory card space consumed when
shooting in a particular frame rate. The higher the frame rate you choose per second, the larger
the file gets.
24p (frames per second)
30p (frames per second)
50p (frames per second)
100p (frames per second)
(see image below)
Any file format you select has its shooting frame rate and all the file formats have limitations.
You can also do research to properly understand how this works. (See Image Below)

RECORD-SETTING

RECOMMENDATION
You should select 24p (frames per second) if you are shooting a film that involves dialogue or
conversations, it can be a comedy skit or a drama. This frame rate will give you cinematic texture
because it is the standard frame rate for this purpose. I recommend 50p 0r 100p (frames per
second)
for adverts, sports, dance, or film stunts. This frame rate can give you a very smooth slow motion
that can add beauty to your production.

STEP 4
MANUAL EXPOSURE (M)
Setting your camera exposure is something that needs very careful and close attention. In this
step, you should set your exposure settings to particularly MANUAL (M) because it will give you
room to control how bright or dark you want your footage to be.
To do this, press the FN button on the sony camera, then select EXPOSURE MODE where you
will see different exposure modes, scroll down and select MANUAL EXPOSURE (M). (See Image Below)

MANUAL EXPOSURE (M)

STEP 5
SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE, AND ISO SETTING
Another important thing to do after selecting the manual exposure mode is to set the SHUTTER
SPEED refers to the speed at which the camera captures images. The shutter speed
setting is done by doubling the number of your frame rate
(See image below)
If your frame rate is 30p (frames per second), the shutter speed should be – 1/60 (30+30)
If your frame rate is 50p (frames per second), the shutter speed should be – 1/100 (100+100)
If your frame rate is 24p (frames per second), the shutter speed should be – 1/50 (24+24)
because there is no shutter number that is 1/48.
Set your APERTURE To at least 2.8. The aperture is an opening that allows light to travel to the
camera. Setting this right will add depth and quality to your clips.
(See image below)
The next thing to do after setting your shutter speed and aperture is to set your ISO
(International Standard Organisation) to best fit the exposure you want. The ISO can be 100 or
above depending on the result you see on your screen.
(See image below)

SHUTTER SPEED, APERTURE, AND ISO SETTING

STEP 6
WHITE BALANCE AND PICTURE PROFILE
In this step, press the FN button, and select WHITE BALANCE where you will see a different white
balance mode from AUTO white balance, DAYLIGHT to others. Choose the right white balance
that will best fit your video texture.
(See image below)
The last thing to do is to set a PICTURE PROFILE by pressing the FN button and selecting PP
(Picture Profile) where you will see different picture styles with sweet colors that will best fit your
footage.
(See image below)

WHITE BALANCE AND PICTURE PROFILE
After setting all this up, don’t forget to check and make sure your audio recording level is intact.
To do this, press MENU, then select AUDIO RECORDING LEVEL to play around with the
setting. Make sure it doesn’t hit red.
Thank you so much for being with us from the beginning to the end, these are the basic things
you need to know how to set up a sony camera for a video shoot, feel free to drop a
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