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Hi All,

I am an experienced photographer and have recently got an R5 which I love. I have always taken stills and never looked a shooting video. I am about to go to Costa Rica and thought that I should also take some simple video clips while I am away. I am not really sure where to start on settings, which editing software to use etc.. I would like to shoot in 4k as we have a 4K TV at home. Can anyone recommend any resources that I can look at to teach myself the basics? I have had a few quick goes but all my video is coming out jerky when processed through iMovie but looks fine on camera display. I use iMac and MacBook Pro. Thanks in advance.
 

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I used to use LR Classic to edit vid clips, but find Photoshop to be much better.
I also set up Ce in movie mode to be 4k 60fps so that when in still mode I can shoot 4k video by just pushing the red button.
(note: when you push the red button on the R5 in still mode, the video mode defaults to what is set in C3 under video setting)
Here is a YouTube on Vid editing in PS.
 

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From the responses to the original post it appears that few members of this forum are that interested in video !

Personally I have only recently become very interested in video as an alternative to still photography as it is a new opportunity with the same old subject matter if you get what I'm saying. The R5 is a very capable piece of kit when it comes to video but it seems it isn't without it's problems, especially when it comes to overheating. Lots of long time shooters are dismissive of video and probably for a variety of reasons, not least not knowing how to handle it especially when it comes to post processing. After about 15 years of interest in still photography I'm still very much an amateur in every department, everything I know is mostly self taught and consequently video is a case of starting all over again and just watching a couple of YouTube clips has me confused already! So far I have limited my PP to iMovie which is relatively simple.I will continue to investigate other ways too!

The few things that I have picked up already are obvious ones but weren't before hand so if you are about to launch in to a trip of a lifetime you need to be aware of potential shortcomings before you set off.
Hand holding is very difficult, every movement is captured so a firm base. ie tripod, is a huge benefit.
If you intend having sound, get an external microphone. They do tend to be cumbersome though and if you are on the move not very practical.
Video swallows memory and eats battery power. The R5 easily overheats so keep your finger off the trigger until you have something worthwhile to capture. It's not easy when you are trying to anticipate action though. I found regular stopping and starting the clips when they had captured nothing meaningful a benefit in the field as it made it much easier to clear unwanted footage and frees up storage.
Shooting in 4K demands a huge amount of storage space, especially in slow motion, ie 120fps. I love the results though. You can also speed them back up to normal speed in PP.
Seems like a stupid tip but make sure you are actually recording when you hit that little red button. I have numerous clips of the camera waving about with nothing on it and at the same time having missed what I though I had been recording. It's easily done!

So that's my limited contribution but I welcome anything that might help me in the future so hopefully some more comments.
 

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Depending on how far you want to go inside editing, checkout Resolve 16 (it may be a higher number) It is a full video editor and the interesting part is it is free!
 

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From the responses to the original post it appears that few members of this forum are that interested in video !

Personally I have only recently become very interested in video as an alternative to still photography as it is a new opportunity with the same old subject matter if you get what I'm saying. The R5 is a very capable piece of kit when it comes to video but it seems it isn't without it's problems, especially when it comes to overheating. Lots of long time shooters are dismissive of video and probably for a variety of reasons, not least not knowing how to handle it especially when it comes to post processing. After about 15 years of interest in still photography I'm still very much an amateur in every department, everything I know is mostly self taught and consequently video is a case of starting all over again and just watching a couple of YouTube clips has me confused already! So far I have limited my PP to iMovie which is relatively simple.I will continue to investigate other ways too!

The few things that I have picked up already are obvious ones but weren't before hand so if you are about to launch in to a trip of a lifetime you need to be aware of potential shortcomings before you set off.
Hand holding is very difficult, every movement is captured so a firm base. ie tripod, is a huge benefit.
If you intend having sound, get an external microphone. They do tend to be cumbersome though and if you are on the move not very practical.
Video swallows memory and eats battery power. The R5 easily overheats so keep your finger off the trigger until you have something worthwhile to capture. It's not easy when you are trying to anticipate action though. I found regular stopping and starting the clips when they had captured nothing meaningful a benefit in the field as it made it much easier to clear unwanted footage and frees up storage.
Shooting in 4K demands a huge amount of storage space, especially in slow motion, ie 120fps. I love the results though. You can also speed them back up to normal speed in PP.
Seems like a stupid tip but make sure you are actually recording when you hit that little red button. I have numerous clips of the camera waving about with nothing on it and at the same time having missed what I though I had been recording. It's easily done!

So that's my limited contribution but I welcome anything that might help me in the future so hopefully some more comments.
Much of what you say is accurate especially for the beginning videographer but also for the sometimes distracted semi-Pro/Pro. ;)

I would say that hand-holding the R5 with a stabilized RF lens is quite nice for many situations. Unless you are planning long interview segments and/or are not situated where you can effectively support the camera/lens with your body, hand-holding video is often acceptable with the R5/RF stabilized lenses. Planning can add some issues caused by IBIS, especially with the wider-angle lenses. Many of the overheating issues have been negated with the latest firmware (1.0.6 I think I have in mine).

As for microphones, I find the wireless versions to be much more flexible and allow the capture of your subject's voice at greater distances from the camera. They can also work well for the shooter commentary. A good and relatively inexpensive set such as the RODE or the new DJI dual transmitter and receiver gives you great capabilities and good-quality audio. One of the truisms of video with recorded audio is that storytelling with poor audio is much more noticeable to most people than less-than-perfect video. The wireless lavalier mics can also be hand-held by the subject or interviewer so attaching them is not necessary if that is an issue.

Proper exposure and the use of exposure locking are also important in the results. As important as proper focus. Use the focus peaking features to ensure that you truly have good focus. Learn to select a proper "white balance" unless you want to spend a good bit of time in post.

One of the advantages of the R5 is that you can set several profiles up in your video C1-C3 presets to make selecting and shooting videos more convenient and quicker. You can find many of these tips in the bird/wildlife videos on YouTube specifically for the R5.
 

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