How to Set the Movie Recording Size on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D - dummies

How to Set the Movie Recording Size on the Canon Rebel T5/1200D

By Julie Adair King, Robert Correll

The Canon Rebel T5/1200D has the ability to set the movie recording size. Through this setting, you set movie frame dimensions (in pixels) and frame rate, measured in frames per second (fps). You can access the option via Movie Menu 2, shown in the figure below.


You also can adjust the setting via the Quick Control screen, as shown in the figure below. After selecting the Movie Size setting, use the Main dial to change the setting (the current setting is displayed along the bottom of the screen) or press Set to access a screen showing all possible settings.


However you get there, you have the following choices:

  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (16:9 aspect ratio)

  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps (16:9)

  • 1280 x 720 pixels, 60 fps (16:9)

  • 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (4:3)

The maximum file size for a movie is 4GB, regardless of the capacity of your memory card. However, you can keep shooting until you reach a total time of 29 minutes, 59 seconds — the camera automatically creates a new file to hold your new clip. You have to play back each clip separately or join them together in a movie-editing program if you want one continuous 30-minute movie.

At the 640 x 480 setting, the maximum movie length is still just shy of 30 minutes, even though you can fit more minutes of recording in the 4GB file-size limit. Either way, when the maximum recording time is up, the camera automatically stops recording. You can always start a new recording, however, and, again, you can join the segments in a movie-editing program later, if you want.

Frame rate affects playback quality. Higher frame rates transfer to smoother playback, especially for fast-moving subjects. But the frame rate also influences the crispness of the picture. To give you some reference, 30 fps is the NTSC standard for television-quality video, and 24 fps is the motion-picture standard.

Movies shot at 60 fps tend to appear very sharp and detailed — a look that some people like and others find too harsh. It’s hard to explain the difference in words, so experiment to see which look you prefer.

The über-high frame rate is also good for maintaining video quality if you edit your video to create slow-motion effects. Additionally, if you want to “grab” a still frame from a video to use as a photograph, 60 frames per second gives you more frames from which to choose.