My SIMPLE DSLR Video Settings (Canon 70D Manual Mode)

My SIMPLE DSLR Video Settings (Canon 70D Manual Mode)


Hey it’s a Meredith here and if you
confused about the manual settings on your Canon DSLR camera, well a few videos ago I walked you through my YouTube studio set up here in my home and today
I’m going to show you the DSLR video settings that I use on my Canon camera
now I use a Canon 70d it’s a few years old but it’s a great camera and this
should apply to the updated versions to the 80D and 90D but I don’t have those
so I can’t tell you for sure now I got this question from my friend Lindsey
Hazel over on Instagram she mentioned that she has a Canon 70d but the manual
settings are a little bit confusing and so she usually just uses her phone or
her webcam to create her youtube videos and I was like girl if you have such a
great camera you can really use that to level up the quality of your videos with
a DSLR the secret is to use your Canon 70d in manual mode and it’s really easy
to become overwhelmed with all of the settings on your DSLR in manual mode but
I’m going to keep it really simple for you in this video so that one once you
nail the settings for the space that you’re normally recording in if you have
a studio or a home office like I do then you pretty much can just turn your
camera on hit record and you’re ready to go or – you’ll understand what settings
to tweak just those minor tweaks if your shooting environment changes and if
learning DSLR video settings in manual mode and creating YouTube videos or
social media videos is your jam like mine then hit that subscribe button and
let’s degrade it now there are two ways that you can look at and adjust the
settings on your camera one is on the camera itself which I’m going to show
you in this video and two is using canons EOS utility app on your computer
but I’m gonna save that for another video I will let you know when it gets
published and I’ll put a link down in the description to that as well but
we’re gonna dive into the settings that I use why I use them and what they mean
if for your Canon DSLR in manual and I also have a really great hack for
how to prevent your battery life from draining when you are shooting your
YouTube videos first I’m going to turn my camera on and you can see that I’m in
video mode and this is where you can toggle between photo and video so I can
see what I’m shooting here on the LCD monitor and as we change our settings we
can see the effects in real time here on this and monitor and I’m going to put
the camera in manual mode so using the mode dial on top press the lock release
button in the middle and turn this dial so that the M is selected and before we
get into the settings on the monitor though let’s go into the menu and go to
the second video settings tab and tap movie rec size movie recording size I
keep mine at 1920 30 all I which means I’m shooting 1080 so it’s 1920 by 1080
resolution that’s the highest resolution I have on the 70d and my frame rate is
30 and the all I refers to the compression I find these settings to be
just fine so I’m gonna hit that menu button again and now we can change the
actual shooting settings you can use the LCD screen and buttons here on the top
or the LCD monitor on the back which is a touch screen so for shooting videos I
tend to use that touchscreen monitor to change my settings because my camera is
usually facing me and then the screen flips out and it’s also facing me so
looking at the monitor we can see a few different settings and numbers here if
you don’t see any settings on your monitor or if it just looks different
hit that info button above the monitor and press it a few times to filter
through the different options until you see something like what I’m seeing here
and on the bottom left you’ll see servo a off which means that when you’re
shooting a video the autofocus will continue to focus on the subject as that
subject moves around in the frame that little green light is on so that means
that this is enabled the next setting over is the cameras shutter speed now
remember we’re in manual mode here so we need to actually tell the camera
what we want our shutter speed to be what we want our aperture to be and what
we want our ISO to be and the shutter speed is easy when you’re shooting a
video it should be double the frame rate so I’m shooting 30 frames per second my
shutter speed is set to 60 and as long as I’m shooting videos not photos I can
leave it there and never touch it again the next setting over is aperture and
the aperture refers to how big or small the opening of the lens is which
controls the amount of light that’s coming in and this is also the setting
that helps you create kind of a blurry background or bokeh effect but before we
play around with the aperture we need to talk about ISO or ISO first so the ISO
refers to how sensitive your camera is to the light that’s coming in to it and
this is where different lighting situations are gonna come into play here
so I could give you my ISO settings which I will but it’s not really gonna
make that big of a difference to you because your lighting situation and
where you’re recording is gonna be totally different so generally speaking
you want your ISO to be as low as you can get it to create the best possible
image quality in your videos this is one of the reasons why having decent
lighting is so important with videos because the more light that you have
coming in the more detail your camera can pick up and then it doesn’t have to
work so hard to create that image so let me show you what I mean if I turn my
lights off which I have a handy little button down here then it’s pretty dark
in here and I can raise my ISO up a little bit I should be able to do this
on the fly here so I have to bring up my ISO I’m all the way up a thousand right
now so that you can see my face I’m a little blown out over on the side I have
a window over here in a lamp over here look in these dark shadowy corners and
over here you might see a lot of noise in just a lot of like fuzziness and
that’s what we mean by image quality if I turn my lights whoa
back on then I’m way way blown out and then I don’t remember where my ISO is at
by the way I put a link down in the description to all of my gear including
the lights that I’m using and the Handy switch that I use on my floor to turn
them on on the fly so with my lights on in my eye so lower not only an eye lit
up so I should be looking a little better at least but the shadows and all
like the dark spots behind me should be a little less and noisy right now my ISO
is set at 250 sometimes it might be 300 sometimes it might even be 4 or 500 kind
of depends what’s happening outside of this window the one thing you want to
pay close attention to here if you’re new to this is your exposure meter so if
you hold that shutter button down halfway the camera will take a reading
and give you a little mark on this scale generally you want it to be in the
middle so you can play with your ISO until you get it in the right spot so
this would be for you if you don’t really know what you’re looking for in
your image if you’re like I don’t know if this is overexposed or underexposed I
don’t know what I’m looking at that meter will help you out there but to
keep it really simple what you want to do is just look at your whites and your
blacks and ask yourself are my whites weight and my blacks black but you still
want to see the detail of them so look at the shadows if they’re so dark but
you can’t see the detail then your ISO might be a little too low and then you
want to look at the whites or the lighter areas and again you should be
able to see the details of your face you should be able to see the details of
anything that is you know that is white you know without it being so blown out
that you can’t really even see the object so let me just adjust mine for
you here if I go way low you can hardly see the edge of my arm compared to the
shadows right so that’s way too low if I go up high all the way up to you know
1250 that’s pretty crazy look you can’t even see where my cheeks in my eyes and
you can’t see part of my eyebrow over here and really the best thing you can
do is a play around with it shoot some video at the different ISO settings and
then look at them on your screen and see how
they look to you don’t just rely on what you see in the camera and that’s the
best way that you’re gonna actually learn what the different settings
actually do now that we have ISO out of the way let’s go back to aperture this
is often also referred to as the f-stop if you’ve heard that before and this
determines your depth of field and your lenses really what’s at play here
so generally with my kit lens here I keep it at low like 3.5 or 4 with my
lighting and the really small size of my office
that gives me the best sort of setup to have some blur in the background I don’t
know if you can read that focus on my face and back here is blurry if I come
back here my auto focus is going to keep me in focus and then I’m closer to that
stuff so it’s not as Lori and if I come closer then I’m still in focus and that
stuff gets even blurrier 3.5 was the lowest of mine will go if I had a bigger
room and my bookshelves were further back behind me then they would be even
more blurry so your aperture is another one that you’re going to want to play
with a little bit if it’s just you face on camera it’s pretty straightforward if
you have multiple people or things moving around a lot or there’s a lot
that you want to be in focus then you’re gonna want to bump that f-stop number up
which means you’re gonna also have to bring your ISO up a little bit because
the amount of light coming in through the lens will be less so when you’re
shooting your youtube videos on your DSLR in manual mode first thing you want
to do is your shutter speed set that to double your frame rate and then observe
your space and your lighting and see what is my ISO need to be around here
maybe make some test videos for yourself and then figure out what you want your
aperture to be based on the depth of field look that you are trying to
accomplish with your videos now I promised you a battery hack to save your
battery life but before we get to that I want to talk about white balance real
quick so you can leave your Canon on auto white balance and then you can
just kind of let the camera figure out what the white balance is supposed to be
a while ago I had somebody reached out to me on Instagram shout out to Michael
King who let me know a way to actually adjust the white balance
he recommended that I change it based on the color temperature of the light bulbs
in my softbox lights and that’s what I’ve been using but you feel free to
keep your cannon in auto white balance mode or a play with the color
temperature look at the actual light bulbs on your softbox lights if you have
those or even your overhead lights you should have a color temperature there
you can actually set your white balance to match that color temperature and it
will just correct for you now the battery hack you may have noticed on my
camera that I have a cord coming out of my Canon 70d here and this is so that
you can just plug the camera into an outlet and not even use a battery so
batteries don’t last very long when you’re shooting videos and I got really
sick and tired of having dead batteries and actually draining a battery in the
middle of a video so I finally googled this and I found this $22 power adapter
coupler that goes in just like a battery you can actually close the door and
everything and then your battery will never die again this thing is brilliant
and it’s only twenty-two dollars it’s so worth it so I put a link down in the
description below to the exact one that I am using and if you want the whole
walkthrough of my YouTube studio with all my gear and my whole setup and
everything I’ve cued that up for you here as well hey if you’re creating
videos for YouTube and social media to grow your audience Authority and income
online that I created a free guide that I think you’re gonna love it’s called
the social video blueprint you can grab it in the link right here or I’ll put a
link down in the description below on your way out hit that like button if
this video is helpful for you and don’t forget to subscribe to
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7 Replies to “My SIMPLE DSLR Video Settings (Canon 70D Manual Mode)”

  1. I've been using my Canon 70D in manual mode forever now, and even though it seems complicated at first, it's actually pretty simple. It's way more simple than it is for photos! Be sure to subscribe for more –> http://vidpromom.com/youtube

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for this, Meredith! I can’t wait to up-level my YouTube videos! I know what I’ll be doing this weekend!

  3. Great vid again.. I do have a question thought around audio. With levels set to -12 to -6, and sounding correct on the PC, when I upload to youtube the sound levels don't appear to be correct, when I turn up the audio it does nothing past 35 (on my tv)

  4. Hey Meredith!
    Thanks for the vid, great stuff!
    I still use my 70d and have no real reason to replace it at this stage. One of canon’s best crop sensors I recon!
    More 70d videos would be great🙂

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