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These days almost every stills camera comes with the Movie mode, and whilst this mode is perfectly capable of capturing stunning video, few stills photographers ever venture into the animated world of film.
In this tutorial we’re going to start from the very basics with a short and sharp introduction to how to setup your own OMD camera to shoot film.
The first thing you should realise is that out of the box all OM-D cameras are video ready, in any shooting mode you happen to be using all you need to do is hit the red button.
Basic Olympus OM-D video set-up
- Hit the red video record button to start recording
- Hit the red video record button to stop recording
When you shoot video in this way the camera will automatically use whichever video options have been selected in the video menu and exposure and metering will all be set automatically.
To start to get creative with video we need to take control of the settings. Let start to look at the main recording options which can be found in the cameras main menu.
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Selecting the OM-D E-M5 MK II video resolution and framerate
- Hit the menu button
- In Shooting Menu 1 select and then the Record Mode option, usually the fouth icon down click OK.
- Select Movie and click right. You’ll now have a list of resolutions and framerate combinations.
- Select MOVFHDSF50p and click OK
From now on when you hit that red button the OM-D E-M5 MK II will always film in Full HD which is 1920 x 1280 at 50fps.
Before we finish the basic tutorial it’s worth noting some terminology before we go forward.
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OM-D E-M5 MK II menu terminology
- FHD = Full High Definition which is a resolution of 1920 x 1280
- HD = High Definition which is a resolution of 1280 x 720
- SD = Standard Definition which is a resolution of 640 x 480
- FPS = Frames per second
- MOV = movie file format will be .mov
- M-JPEG = movie file format will be M-JPEG
- SF = Compression Bit Rate is Super Fine
- F = Compression Bit Rate is Fine
- N = Compression Bit Rate is Normal
- A-I Compression Bit Rate is All-intra (We’ll look at this in a later tutorial)