Sony a7Riii Getting Started in Video
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Are you interested in shooting video with your Sony a7r iii, but not sure where to start? This technical guide will get you up to speed quickly. Get instant access and start watching now.

About 4 hoursof this course is at a beginner level, however close to one hour dedicated to S-Log is adcanced. If you are a beginner I would suggest skipping the S-log chapter until you have used the camera for about 6 months and then return to watch the S-log chapter. This course covers the camera in great detail (everything video related in the manual and more), but it does not cover items sold separately from the camera, editing, rendering and photography features.

Follow along as I start fresh and customize the camera for video shooting. The menus can be very confusing when it comes to focus modes, codecs, compression, frame rates, I step you through each and demo how they work.

Sony's manuals are biased towards photography and leaves empty gaps when covering video. This training course on the a7R3 fills in those gaps and a lot more. The true value of this guide is saving you weeks if not months of time testing your camera to get the best results.

Who is this online training course for? People that have never owned a Sony alpha camera, or people that have had their camera for a while but never shot video. This course can be great for people that are trying to decide if this camera is right for them before making the investment.

This course is based in the ILCE-7RM3 1.01 firmware.

Course running time: 5 hours 18 minutes

Level: Beginner/Advanced

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Table of Contents

Video "A" (Tour)

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    Course Intro (what is covered and who this course is for)
    00:04
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    What's in the Box (description of each item and precautions, which items I use and which I don't)
    02:37
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    Manuals
    03:10
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    Neckstrap
    03:10
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    USB Cable and power
    03:14
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    Battery
    06:59
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    SD Cards
    07:29
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    Weather Sealing
    09:04
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    Care of display
    10:48
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    Record first video
    11:28
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    Customize buttons
    13:19
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    Resetting the camera
    14:31
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    Customize the shutter button
    15:37
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    Power switch
    18:21
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    IR sensor
    18:44
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    Lens release
    19:10
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    AF Illuminator
    19:19
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    Eye peice cup
    20:20
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    Diaptric adjustment
    21:26
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    Assign C3 button to APS-C Mode
    21:59
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    Customize AEL button
    25:15
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    Customize AF-on button
    26:34
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    Back dial
    27:56
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    FN button
    28:34
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    Customize the Control wheel
    31:07
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    Customize the Multi Selector (Joystick)
    34:56
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    Customize the C4 button
    35:51
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    Lamp access light
    37:04
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    Image sensor position mark
    37:39
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    Speaker
    38:23
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    Side Ports
    38:43
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    Hotshoe
    40:01
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    Mode dial
    40:46
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    Customize C1 and C2 button
    41:06
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    Exp comp dial
    42:02
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    NFC
    42:27
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    Battery door cable pass thru
    42:50
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    Front dial
    43:15
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    Microphones
    43:22
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    SD card slots
    43:44

Video "B" (Menus)

*Note* - Some but not all 'stills only' menu are covered. They are listed for reference purposes.

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    Help with Avoiding Sony Menu Confusion
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    File Format (recommendations for time lapses)
    03:16
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    RAW File Type
    03:55
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    JPEG Quality (recommendations for time lapses)
    04:37
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    Aspect Ratio (3x2 vs 16x9)
    05:47
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    APS-C/Super 35mm Mode
    06:19
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    FF vs Crop Mode - Artifacts and Noise
    08:46
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    FF vs Crop Mode - Rolling shutter
    17:40
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    Long Exposure NR for JPG night time lapses
    20:02
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    High ISO NR
    23:06
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    Color Space (sRGB, AdobeRGB)
    23:13
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    Lens Comp. (Shading, Chro. Aber., Distortion)
    23:25
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    Drive Mode, Bracket Settings, Px. Shift Multi Shoot. (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    25:44
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    Memories
    26:25
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    Select Media (Memory)
    28:33
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    Reg Cust Shoot Set (new feature but not for video)
    29:06
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    Focus Mode (AF-C, MF)
    29:57
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    Focus Area, Priority Set in AF - Both
    30:24
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    Focus Settings
    34:34
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    Swt V/H AF Area (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    35:13
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    AF Illuminator (for video use)
    35:32
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    Center Lock-On AF
    35:45
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    Set. Face Prty in AF
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    AF Track Sens (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    42:30
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    AF System (Stills)
    42:44
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    AF w/ shutter (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    42:52
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    Pre-AF, Eye-Start AF, AF Area Regist, Del Reg AF Area, AF Area Auto Clear -not covered in depth
    43:12
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    Disp. cont. AF area (Stills only)
    44:33
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    Phase Detect. Area (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    45:20
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    AF Micro Adj. (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    45:33
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    Exposure Comp.
    45:53
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    Reset EV Comp.
    46:36
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    ISO, Range, Auto
    46:59
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    ISO AUTO min. SS
    48:57
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    Metering Modes
    49:16
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    Spot Metering Point
    54:50
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    Exposure step
    57:11
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    AEL w/ shutter, Exposure Std. Adjust (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    57:39
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    Flash Mode, Flash Comp., Exp.comp.set,, Wireless Flash, Red Eye Reduction - not covered
    58:33
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    White Balance, WB
    58:41
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    Priority Set in AWB
    59:01
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    DRO/Auto HDR
    1:00:21
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    Creative Styles
    1:01:32
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    Picture Effect
    1:02:41
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    Picture Profile
    1:03:36
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    Focus Magnifier
    1:04:33
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    Focus Magnifer, Focus Magnif. Time, Initial Focus Mag., AF in Focus Mag., MF Assist
    1:04:38
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    Peaking Setting
    1:05:58
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    Anti-flicker Shoot. (Stills only - not covered in depth)
    1:07:07
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    Face Registration
    1:07:13
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    Exposure Mode
    1:09:21
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    S&Q Exposure Mode
    1:11:32
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    S&Q Settings
    1:11:46
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    File Format and Record Setting XAVCS, AVCHD
    1:15:06
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    Chroma sub sampling 4:2:0 8bit
    1:20:53
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    Proxy Recording at 720p
    1:25:11
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    AF drive speed, AF Track Sens
    1:27:20
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    Auto Slow Shut.
    1:31:16
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    Audio Recording
    1:32:03
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    Audio Out Timing
    1:32:36
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    Wind Noise Reduct.
    1:33:49
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    Marker Display
    1:34:29
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    Video Light Mode
    1:36:11
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    Movie w/ shutter
    1:36:54
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    Release w/o Lens
    1:37:07
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    Release w/o Card
    1:37:22
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    SteadyShot
    1:37:55
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    Zoom, Clearimage, Digital, optical
    1:38:45
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    Zoom Ring Rotate
    1:39:26
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    Display Button
    1:46:25
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    Finder/Monitor
    1:48:53
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    Finder Frame Rate
    1:50:40
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    Zebra Setting
    1:49:42
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    Grid Line
    1:52:41
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    Exposure Set. Guide
    1:53:55
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    Live View Display
    1:54:52
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    Cont. Shoot. Length
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    Auto Review
    1:56:53
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    Custom Key
    1:57:22
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    Function Menu Set.
    1:58:03
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    Dial Setup
    1:58:23
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    Av/Tv Rotate
    1:58:30
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    Dial Ev Comp
    58:56
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    Movie Button
    2:00:18
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    Lock Operation Parts
    2:00:47
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    Audio signals
    2:01:17
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    Snd to Smrtphn Func
    2:01:54
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    Send to Computer
    2:03:36
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    FTP Transfer Func.
    2:03:38
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    View on TV
    2:04:42
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    Ctrl w/ Smartphone
    2:05:18
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    Airplane Mode
    2:06:27
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    Wi-Fi Settings
    2:06:58
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    Protect
    2:07:49
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    Rotate
    2:08:02
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    Delete
    2:08:08
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    Rating
    2:08:18
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    Rating Set(Cust Key)
    2:08:23
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    Copy
    2:08:29
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    Photo Capture
    2:09:06
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    Enlarge Image, Enlarge Init. Mag., Pos
    2:09:48
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    Select PB Media
    2:11:32
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    View Mode
    2:11:53
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    Image Index
    2:13:07
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    Disp Cont Shoot Grp
    2:13:19
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    Display Roation
    2:13:31
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    Image jump setting
    2:13:49
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    Monitor Brightness
    2:14:28
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    Viewfinder Bright.
    2:14:53
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    Finder Color Temp.
    2:15:17
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    Gamma Disp. Assist
    2:15:33
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    Volume Settings
    2:17:30
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    Delete confirm.
    2:18:00
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    Pwr Save Start Time
    2:20:33
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    Auto Pwr OFF Temp.
    2:21:04
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    NTSC/PAL Selector
    2:22:14
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    Cleaning Mode
    2:23:13
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    Touch Operation
    2:24:24
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    Touch Panel/Pad
    2:24:52
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    Demo Mode
    2:27:37
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    TC/UB Settings, Timecode
    2:28:23
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    Remote Ctrl
    2:31:40
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    HDMI Settings
    2:32:01
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    HDMI 24p/60p Output
    2:32:45
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    4K Output Sel.
    2:34:52
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    USB Connection
    2:35:52
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    USB LUN Setting
    2:36:50
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    USB Power Supply
    2:37:01
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    PC Remote Settings
    2:37:18
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    Language
    2:37:33
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    Copyright Info
    2:37:46
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    Format
    2:38:23
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    File Number
    2:38:54
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    Set File Name
    2:39:13
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    Rec. Media Settings
    2:39:27
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    Select REC Folder
    2:43:08
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    Folder Name
    2:44:12
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    Recover Image DB
    2:44:33
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    Display Media Info.
    2:45:14
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    Version, Setting Reset
    2:45:29

Video "C" (Stills vs Movie, Exposure, White Balance)

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    Pros and Cons for shooting movies in Stills Mode or Movie Mode
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    Exposure Intro
    04:02
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    Shutter Speed (motion blur and brightness)
    05:52
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    ISO (how to get the cleanest images when shooting at a high ISO)
    11:57
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    Aperture
    16:48
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    One Stop Relationships (how to quickly change your exposure by one stop)
    21:57
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    Tools for setting Exposure (histogram, zebras, punching in, etc.)
    24:52
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    White Balance (when to use the presets indoors and what to use outside)
    26:04

Video "D" (Creative Styles and Picture Profiles)

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    Intro
    00:04
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    Contrast (Creative Style Contrast Levels Compared and recommendations)
    02:18
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    Saturation (Creative Style Saturation Levels Compared and recommendations)
    06:30
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    Sharpness (Creative Style Sharpness Levels Compared and recommendations)
    09:49
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    Creative Style comparisons
    12:41
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    Picture Profiles *Start of Advanced Section
    25:13
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    HLG (Note I do not cover this section in any detail, I am waiting on a HDR monitor)
    34:53
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    Exposing SLog
    37:13
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    Grade Slog without LUT
    43:56
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    Grade Slog without LUT including window
    49:08
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    Grade Slog - compare different methods
    51:03
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    Slog 2 vs 3 Dynamic Range comparison
    58:21
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    Dave's favorite way to grade S-log
    1:02:05
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    Black Level
    1:04:10
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    Black Gamma
    1:05:11
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    Saturation
    1:05:53
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    Color Phase
    1:06:29
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    Color Depth
    1:06:58
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    Knee
    1:07:35
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    Detail
    1:08:38
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    V/H Balance
    1:09:51
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    B/W Balance
    1:10:20
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    Limit Detail
    1:10:53
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    Crispning
    1:11:36
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    Hi-Light Detail
    1:12:18
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Covered/Not Covered

What is covered:

Only video related items.

Some color correction with Davinci Resolve is used for the S-log chapter.

How to set up your camera for video.

Basically everything in the owner's manual that relates to video plus more info that the manual neglects to mention.

What is not covered:

Photography information such as exposure compensation, the flash unit, RAW image files, etc..

This course does not cover how to edit, render/export your files.

I will not cover items sold separately from the camera.