By March 26, 2013 2 Comments

Shooting Video: Manual or Automated Movie Modes Explained

There are 3 ways to shoot video on the GH3 (and GH2, G5, probably others). The first is iA which is the most automated, next is P-S-A-M, which is somewhat automated and third is Manual Movie Mode. The first 2 use the “red” button and the third uses the shutter release. We explore the ramifications of each, their likely uses and how to set up to use each one. There’s a lot of information here and many interdependent settings, so this post is a bit long.

This is the third in a series of Video posts where Mark Toal, expert on the GH3 explains the many nuances of video on the GH3. Although each post stands on its own, the series is a complete look, in 4 stages, at the GH3′s video settings. In the first 2 we talked video concepts via a guided tour of the Motion Picture menu and discovered the differences/uses for the video recording modes (MP4-AVCHD-MOV). In the next (and last) of this marathon session we will investigate the settings for each mode which include frame rate, progressive vs interlaced and Mb/second transfer rates.

So, grab a beverage and snack, and your camera. Then start up the video and take in some great information!

About the Author:

After 20+ years in a computer tech job, Carol Schlintz is enjoying a second and more fulfilling career as a portrait and sports photographer in suburban Milwaukee. Like many of us, she has met with some personal challenges and is in need of reducing the physical strain from carrying heavy pro cameras and lenses around. Not one to take "no" for an answer, she jumped in with both feet and no safety net. As of April 2012 Carol has retired her big DSLR's and picked up a couple of small, light mirrorless cameras and is now using them on every shoot. Vlogging here on discovermirrorless, as well as sharing and swapping ideas with the other Hybrid Heroes (and the viewers!) is part of her process of evolving from a still photo only photographer into a photo+video+audio hybrid image maker. Count on Carol to share what works, what doesn't, and all the steps in becoming Milwaukees first hybrid photography studio that specializes in making and selling eProducts.

2 Comments on "Shooting Video: Manual or Automated Movie Modes Explained"

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  1. Joetsu says:

    Carol–If someone of your experience needs help with the GH3, then you can imagine what newcomers like myself to this level of digital photography are experiencing. Every day I come up with new questions. It would be great if Panasonic were to start up a Forum for GH3 users to ask questions and hopefully get quickish answers from more experienced users and from Panasonic experts.
    Panasonic does have an Ask Questions service that I have used, but each question needs to be vetted and accepted before it is posted and answered, which makes it tedious way of doing things in the Internet Forum era.

  2. Joetsu says:

    I have one more request to pass on the Panasonic Expert. While there are a number of videos now available on using the GH3, including your own helpful efforts, I would really like to read a Users Manual, the kind that are available for the popular Nikon and Canon SLRs. Wouldn’t it pay Panasonic in the long run through increased sales if they were to approach a manual writer and collaborate with him/her to produce such a book? It hired several big time pros to advertise the GH3 when it first came out. Now is the time to show further commitment and back it by producing a professional User’s Manual for the rest of us.

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