Shooting video clips can be challenging at times, especially when you're not sure what settings to use. If you're having trouble with exposure consistency, or you always end up taking new clips, we're giving the complete guide to help improve your videography skills.
The 5D Mark III is a compact camera that works with variable lighting conditions and different types of lenses. To give you a starting point, these are the general settings you can use and adjust as you shoot.
Using the manual mode on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III provides you creative control when setting the exposure. Unlike priority shooting modes, manual mode helps you get a better understanding of the depth of field, lighting, and focus.
Aside from manual shooting mode, the menu in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III also lets you select a different setting depending on your situation.
To give you a better idea, try using Manual when taking a picture, then experiment with the various settings first before moving to full-length movies.
Getting the right exposure is one of the ways to make your shots look good. When taking a picture, it's tempting to zoom in on elements or subjects as you shoot. However, you must make sure that the exposure won't change whenever you zoom in or out.
Similar to when you need to use another lens with a different maximum aperture, you must prevent the shot from darkening due to less light reaching the camera sensor.
With that said, these are the 5D Mark III exposure settings you need to modify.
Choosing the white balance is subjective, particularly since it depends on the overall look you want to achieve.
It would be best to set the camera to Custom White Balance so that the white balance won't change even if you modify the ISO or aperture. Likewise, you can still change the white balance as you shoot.
With Auto White Balance, the white balance also changes as you adjust other settings, making it more difficult to process your shots later. Likewise, you may find Auto White Balance too cool when there's too much light.
Whether it's for a picture or footage, you'll have to do color grading in post-process, so you need to make sure you choose the right color temperature first. Note that you would reduce the color date if you turn down the saturation.
Like in other kinds of photography, it's much easier to desaturate a shot than to boost saturation and contrast. For instance, a standard-setting means keeping the contrast, saturation, and color tone in the middle and the sharpness on the far left of the adjustment settings.
For punchy color temperature, you can still put the sharpness level on the far left of the menu, although you would most likely increase the contrast, saturation, and color tone.
Like most EOS DSLRs, the 5D Mark III has a temperature warning that notifies you if the sensor is becoming too hot due to long recording. You must be aware of these automatic camera settings because they can help plan your shots.
This 5D Mark III camera automatically turns off sharpening. Depending on the shot you like to achieve, you may adjust the lens to increase or decrease the sharpness. Another option is to enhance sharpness in post-production.
As a general rule of thumb, you may record videos at 24 frames per second to produce an artistic or cinematic effect. In this way, you can get the best image quality and highest resolution for video footage.
Meanwhile, you can shoot movies at a higher fps, or around 60 frames per second, if you want to create slow-motion movie clips.
For the aspect ratio, it would be best to consider the shape of your video's final format so that you won't have trouble cropping in post-processing. Make sure to calculate the corresponding width and height for the equipment where you will show or view the movie clips.
Similar to choosing the file type for shooting a picture, it's also essential that you select the right movie file type for in-camera playback. EOS DSLR cameras usually contain two file types: movie file (.MOV) and thumbnail file (.THM).
You may delete the thumbnail files if you only need to transfer your movie clips to a computer for editing. However, you have to keep the .THM files if you need to put the movie files back to the camera. Without the .THM files, you won't be able to play the .MOV file back.
The headphone jack of the EOS 5D Mark III enables you to put a microphone for recording audio exactly how it sounds in a given situation. In effect, you get to know if you need to turn the volume up or down or if there's any distortion in the audio.
A 50mm or prime lens is among the easiest lenses to use with this camera for videography because its f-stop lets in more light. You can also use a zoom lens, like a 24-105mm lens, to get multiple perspectives from a single location. Learn more about what lens to pick with our guide.
The camera contains IPB compression settings for videos that go along with the fps and resolution settings. The IPB is the compressed setting, which is ideal for keeping the file sizes down. Meanwhile, the ALL-I results in uncompressed files for better image quality and easier editing.
Unlike the 5D Mark II, the 5D Mark III has 300% higher max ISO, more focus points, a larger image display, and longer battery life, letting you shoot more frames and obtain better video control.
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is among Canon's line of cameras that made it easier for people to take pictures and video footage using a single device. With practice, you can change the Canon 5D Mark III settings depending on your needs and capture incredible movies even in low light conditions.
Bonus: Check out our guide to picking the best flash for a Canon 5D Mark III.