Fujifilm camera video guide for beginners and setup. How to use your Fujifilm camera for shooting video for both vlogging and high quality video.Fujifilm Camera Video Guide is aimed at beginners and is focused on the Fujifilm X-Series of Cameras, such as X-T4, X-T3, X-S10, and GFX.
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- What you should have
- You should have a good lens like the Fujinon XF18-55mm zoom or Fujinon XF10-24mm zoom since both are affordable and have OIS
- IBIS can be useful, but if you do not have IBIS use an OIS lens or gimbal
- You should get a good mic since the onboard mic isn’t great and audio makes up about 60% of your video so good sounding audio shouldn’t be overlooked
- You should consider getting an ND filter so that you do not have to stop your lens down too much.
- A variable ND filter can be very useful if you do not want to buy a bunch of ND filters
- You should have a quality SD card that’s 300mb/s and 32-64gigs that’s fast enough for 4k video
- Make sure you have OIS and/or IBIS turned on since some lenses need you to go into your settings to turn on IBIS/OIS and you can add +DIS is you are feeling very shaky from a lot of caffeine but it will slightly crop your image in
- Shoot in 4k even if you do not need it because you will be happy you have it in the future
- Set your movie AF mode to area so you can pick a focus point instead of having the camera choose for you which is what multi does
- You can pick your focus point with the touch screen or nub on the back
- Go into IQ and set your sharpness to -2 so that your footage looks less like smartphone footage
- You should also set your tone curve, highlights, and shadows to -1
- Film simulation can be anything but Velvia, bleach bypass, or black and white unless you are going for that look and if you want B&W you can do that in post because it is hard to turn B&W into color but easy to go the other way
- Recommend you use Provia, Classic Chrome, Pro Neg Std.
- Set mic level limiter to on
- Turn wind and cut filter off for audio
- Leave external and internal mic level adjustment on auto because the camera does a good job at choosing for you and do not set them to off
- Lav mic you might want to manually set the mic to -20 or -15db but if conditions are all over set it to auto
- Turn off auto power off in the power settings or 5 min
- Set your performance mode to boost and if you have a choice set your boost mode to increase EVF frame rate for smoother video
- Set auto power-off temp to high
- Switch off the viewfinder and only use the rear LCD screen with the view button by the EVF
- Your video settings will depend on the use case
- Quick, run/gun shooting style
- 4k 16:9 at 30fps and 200Mbps H.265 (H.264 LPCM if your computer can’t handle H.265 All-Intra) Long GOP
- Set your shutter to 1/60
- Cinematic high quality footage
- 4k 16:9 at 24fps and 400Mbps H.265 (H.264 LPCM if your computer can’t handle H.265) All-Intra
- Use Eterna with the dynamic range set to 400% which will make your base ISO 640 ISO
- Set your shutter to 1/48 by setting your shutter to 1/30th and then use the rear command dial to make it 1/48th
- Use an aperture of f/2 or f/4 to get a shallow depth of field
- Use your ISO dial to get proper exposure
- Use an ND filter if you can’t get your exposure right by adjusting ISO or stopping down
- Set your white balance manually and do not leave your camera on auto white balance
- It is fine to use a piece of paper if you do not have a calibration tool with you
- Use Face/Eye auto-detect if you’re using the 18-55mm because it does a great job
- You can make it a custom button
- Make changes to your AF-C custom setting if the camera is not tracking your subject well with the defaults
- Avoid using the zoom feature while shooting unless you have a specific reason because it is better to move your self towards the camera
- If you do not have a gimbal practice your duck walk for stability
- When panning it can be good to put something in the foreground to make your shot more interesting looking
- Quick, run/gun shooting style
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