Basics of Movie Recording on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

After you set the Mode dial to the Movie position on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D, you can view critical recording settings on the monitor, shown in the figure below. If you don’t see the same data, press the Disp button to cycle through different display styles.

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To adjust movie recording options, you can go two routes:

  • Movie Menus 1, 2, and 3: The Movie menus appear after you set the Mode dial to the Movie setting.

  • Quick Control screen: You can also adjust some recording options via the Quick Control screen. After you press the Q button, the currently selected option is highlighted, and its current setting is displayed at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the figure below.

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Start customizing your production with the options on Movie Menu 1:

  • Movie Exposure: By default, this option is set to Auto, and the camera controls the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Pressing the shutter button halfway displays the shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO for any still shot you take during recording, which may be different than the settings for the movie recording.

    If you want to control exposure, set the Movie Exposure option to Manual.

  • AF Method: This option enables you to choose from the same three autofocusing options available for Live View photography: FlexiZone-Single, Live Mode with Face Detection, and Quick Mode.

    The T5/1200D doesn’t offer continuous autofocusing during movie recording. If you want to change the focus distance after recording begins, you can press the shutter button halfway to do so, but only if you have first enabled the AF with Shutter Button During Movie Recording option discussed below.

    You also can set the AF mode option via the Quick Control screen.

  • AF with Shutter Button During Movie Recording: If you enable this option, you can press the shutter button halfway to reset autofocus during movie recording. But understand that doing so can be distracting.

    The image can drift in and out of focus, and the sound of the lens focusing mechanism might be recorded if you use the internal microphone. Long story short, if you don’t want to use the same focusing distance for the entire movie, use manual focusing.

  • Shutter/AE Lock button: This setting enables you to mess with the normal functions of the shutter button and the AE Lock button. Don’t.

  • Highlight Tone Priority: By default, this setting is turned off, as it is for still photography. If you do turn on Highlight Tone Priority, the Auto Lighting Optimizer feature is automatically disabled.