THE NIKON D3400 VIDEO SET UP
The Nikon D3400 is an entry-level DSLR digital camera designed by Nikon for people who find themselves transferring up from bridge cameras or from compact cameras and while it takes glorious stills it additionally shoots very good video. One of many promoting factors of this digital camera is that it shoots Full HD video which is 1080 at 60 frames per second, which is actually very spectacular, and provides you a really clean and really top quality video copy. One of many downsides nonetheless is that it does not have an exterior microphone socket and that’s very a lot in widespread with most cameras on this class – although satirically its predecessor, the Nikon D3300, does have an exterior microphone socket and I’d say that if you are going to shoot lots of video, which would require lots of sound while you’re truly recording the video – maybe you might be doing interviews or you might be recording bands – then you definitely would possibly wish to have a look at the D3300 somewhat than this digital camera.
However one of many issues that I actually do like about this digital camera is that it has lots of results and modes, as a way to be fairly inventive with the way in which that you simply shoot stills and people results are translated via to movies too which is actually fairly enjoyable. So you may have lots of enjoyable with photograph illustration which shoots a kind of comedian impact however in video. You’ll be able to have enjoyable with the miniature impact which shoots a kind of time lapse however throughout the miniature impact possibility, and you may also have some nice enjoyable which I discovered with toy digital camera impact which supplies a very OLDE WORLDE sort of shot via video with vignette and fairly unsaturated colour.
Earlier than you shoot video it’s worthwhile to change a number of the settings within the menus. So to begin with swap the digital camera on and press the menu button and you might be in search of the taking pictures menu. The video choices are proper on the backside of the web page so you would use the multi selector to go all the way in which down or you may press it one up and, as a result of it is on a rotating dial, it implies that you go straight to film settings. Then you may select your FRAME RATE and FRAME SIZE. There are two totally different body charges one is NTSC which is especially for America and that provides you with 60 frames per second or 30 frames per second, and the opposite is PAL which is especially for Europe which provides you with 50 frames per second and 25 frames per second. It’s fairly necessary that you simply select the right one to your nation so it is price checking if you’re unsure. I’d suggest 1080 on the highest body charge, clearly. It’s going to go all the way down to 720 which is completely acceptable for social media for YouTube and many others. In the event you transfer one down on the menu you may take a look at film high quality which, after all, must be excessive somewhat than regular after which go down yet one more choice to microphone. The D3400 does not have an exterior microphone socket, but it surely does have an inner microphone which will be moderately efficient over brief distances.
You will have three choices for microphone – the primary one is AUTO, which is okay and labored moderately effectively for ambient sound, the second is MANUAL, which I’d suggest as a result of it provides you extra management over the sound that you simply’re recording. In case you are in handbook try to be aiming to your sound to peak at 12, so in case you can check out the recording earlier than hand – if someone’s speaking for instance – then what you are actually in search of is when that particular person is at their loudest, to peak on 12 and you should use the multi selector to maneuver the sensitivity up or down to make sure that that occurs. The ultimate one is to change microphone OFF and I do not suggest that in any respect even in case you do not intend utilizing the sound used having the sound on the video is definitely a really helpful method of choosing clips while you’re modifying. Popping out of that you simply then go on to wind noise discount which does not make an enormous quantity of distinction. The ultimate possibility is handbook film settings. In the event you go away that off, then even in case you go into handbook on right here you will not be on handbook settings since you’ve switched it off right here. In the event you swap it on right here you should use the handbook settings and the auto settings so I’d suggest that you simply swap that on.
As soon as you have modified the menu settings you can begin trying via the digital camera to see what you are truly seeing while you wish to shoot a video. As a way to try this it’s important to press the Reside View button on the again. There are two fairly necessary buttons right here for if you find yourself in Reside View and one is the data button on the highest and the opposite is the i button which is down on the underside left-hand nook subsequent to the display screen. Once you swap initially to Reside View you will notice lots of info going alongside the highest of the display screen. Now, as a result of you’ve switched on to Reside View this is not but on to video mode and so lots of the data is, in actual fact, for stills so for instance you should have what mode it is in, whether or not it is on auto or handbook aperture precedence, flash on/off, the shutter setting, the auto focus settings, the image management setting, the white stability and whether or not the stills dimension and high quality. In the event you press the data button on the highest as soon as then, you’ll now be in video mode, and that tells you extra related details about what you’ve truly obtained as settings for video. In case you are on this mode and also you press the i button, that offers you all of the issues that you could change if you find yourself on this mode. In case you are on auto it lets you change the body dimension and high quality, the microphone settings, the wind noise discount and the main focus mode. In the event you swap the digital camera to M for handbook and go into that setting then it can give way more info. It’s going to present film body dimension and high quality, the white stability, the microphone settings, ISO, the image management, wind noise discount, auto focus space mode management and the main focus mode. So that’s one actually helpful method of seeing what is obtainable to you if you find yourself taking pictures video. In the event you press the i mode once more to return out of that after which press the data button once more, then that info disappears, in order that the display screen is pretty naked, however we do get the marker displaying the extent of the video. Once you’re taking pictures video you’ll discover that you aren’t getting the whole full display screen that you’d while you’re taking pictures stills and that’s as a result of the realm of the sensor getting used to shoot video is smaller, and so that you get a smaller space on the display screen that really is included throughout the video vary. That may change barely in case you’re taking pictures 1080 or in case you’re taking pictures 720 so it is price keeping track of. In the event you press the data button yet one more time, then you definitely get the grid as a way to maintain every thing degree.
In some ways the settings for taking pictures stills or movies on a DSLR are the identical. For instance, you should use the dial mode to pick the mode during which you wish to shoot both stills or video. You’ll be able to have it on AUTO you may have it on Handbook and the parameters are successfully the identical. You’ll be able to change your ISO, you may change your aperture or you may change your shutter velocity. The one further factor if you find yourself taking pictures video is your body charge and that’s chosen when while you selected 1080-60 or 1080-50 or 30 or 25 or 720, so the body charge is the additional factor for video. Now if you’re taking pictures at a given body charge it’s endorsed that your shutter velocity is twice that body charge. So if you’re taking pictures at 30 frames per second, the shutter velocity must be about 160th. Likewise in case you’re taking pictures at 60 frames per second then your body charge must be about 125th. You do have some flexibility right here, you would simply go as much as 1/200th or 1/400th if that is what you need with out the video struggling an excessive amount of.
By way of conserving high quality pretty much as good as attainable then you definitely’d just like the ISO to be as little as attainable and the aperture, after all, will management your depth of discipline. The three components right here, ISO, Aperture and Shutter Velocity can all be modified if you find yourself within the handbook setting. The odd one out, in a way, is aperture since you can’t change the aperture if you find yourself truly taking pictures the video, so it’s worthwhile to pre-set your aperture and you’ll solely try this exterior of Reside View. If you end up within the again display screen you may change aperture by urgent the publicity button on the highest and utilizing the primary dial. Now at this level you may also change the ISO and the Shutter Velocity in precisely the identical method. You’ll be able to change the shutter velocity by utilizing the primary dial by itself and you’ll change the ISO by trying on the i button and transferring throughout and selecting the ISO and altering it. Nonetheless you might wish to change both the ISO or the shutter velocity while you might be truly taking pictures the video, during which case you may both use the operate button which you’ve preset to vary ISO and use the primary dial which can change the ISO, even in case you’re taking pictures on the identical time. Or you should use the primary dial by itself to vary the shutter velocity. Once more even in case you’re taking pictures video on the time and the beauty of utilizing the again display screen is that you could immediately see the change, in both altering shutter velocity or ISO, the picture will go lighter or darker.