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Configuring a G7 for Stills & Video

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by DanS, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

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    In the skin tones thread I promised @Duke Sweden@Duke Sweden that I would share my settings for video, but I decided I might as well list out all my settings in detail. Hopefully others will chime in with what they use because I am by no means an expert.

    I shoot stills and video pretty much 50/50 , and have a wide range of subject matter. Thus I'm pretty demanding on my gear, and I'm always looking for ways to optimize it. The following is how I have my G7 configured.

    Function buttons & dials
    Function buttons:
    • Fn1 - Set to toggle focus peaking for when I'm using manual focus
    • Fn2 - default (quick menu)
    • Fn3 - Set to toggle the histogram
    • Fn4 - default (Delete/Cancel)
    • Fn5 - Set to toggle zebra stripping
    • Fn11 - Set to toggle Highlight & Shadow adjustment
    Dials:​
    1. Front - aperture
    2. Rear - shutter
    3. Front alt. - Highlight adjustment
    4. Rear alt. - Shadow adjustment

    Still settings
    • Photo style - STD
    • Filter settings - No Effect
    • Metering Mode - Multi Metering
    • Highlight & Shadow
      • Highlight 0
      • Shadow 0
    • i.Dynamic - OFF
    • i.Resolution - OFF
    • Electronic Shutter - AUTO
    • Diffraction Compensation - OFF
    • Color Space - SRGB
    • Stabilizer - Vertical & Horizontal
    • Focus/Release Priority - FOCUS
    • Constant Preview - ON
    • Expo. Meter - ON
    • Live View Mode - 60fps
    • White Balance - Set manually with an ExpoDisc, or AWB

    Video settings

    I use The custom mode dial to "save" these settings.
    • Photo style - Custom STD
      • Contrast -2
      • Sharpness 0
      • Noise Reduction -5
      • Saturation 0
    • Filter settings - No Effect
    • Exposure Mode - Manual
    • Continuous AF - OFF
    • Metering Mode - Multi Metering
    • Highlight & Shadow
      • Highlight -1
      • Shadow +1
    • i.Dynamic - OFF
    • i.Resolution - OFF
    • Diffraction Compensation - OFF
    • Luminance Level - 0-255
    • Mic Level Disp. - ON
    • Mic Level Limiter - OFF
    • Wind Noise Canceller - OFF
    • White Balance - Set manually with an ExpoDisc, or AWB



     
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  2. Duke Sweden

    Duke Sweden Mu-43 Regular

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    Duke Sweden thanks you :2thumbs:
    One question. What is the benefit of using multi metering over spot metering? Almost every article I've ever read says spot metering above all other modes.
     
  3. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

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    David Thorpe explains it better and way more eloquently than I can.
     
  4. Duke Sweden

    Duke Sweden Mu-43 Regular

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    Oh, that dry British humor ;)
    Thanks again, Dan. As David Thorpe might say, yer the tops
    Cheers :th_salute:
     
  5. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

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    David is very good. Unlike so many of the other YouTube talking heads, he presents good examples, and is always very clear what is his opinion.
     
  6. Duke Sweden

    Duke Sweden Mu-43 Regular

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    Yeah, I've already set my camera to multimetering. Gives me a flatter video to work with. I'm wondering if I should set the camera to face tracking since no one is operating the camera and I like to move around within the frame. Your opinion?
     
  7. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

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    Personally I always use manual focus. YouTube is full of videos where some form of auto focus was used and failed.
     
  8. Duke Sweden

    Duke Sweden Mu-43 Regular

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    Yeah, so do I but I'm talking about when I'm shooting video of myself with no one to control the camera.
     
  9. DanS

    DanS Mu-43 Veteran

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    That's what I was referring to, I just set focus manually for where I'm going to be standing/working.
     
  10. Duke Sweden

    Duke Sweden Mu-43 Regular

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    With my eyesight that's a lost cause. I never seem to get it right but with AFC now I get it pretty good. Of course this isn't art we're talking about here. I've always been the "guy with the camera" so I rarely had nice footage of myself. Now that fall is coming I'm putting the green screen off for a bit and hopefully get some nice video outdoors, in which case I'll use manual focus.

    Thanks for all your help, Dan. Cheers.
     
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