How to properly set up your Sony A7s for video – a Philip Bloom seminar

April 27th, 2015
How to properly set up your Sony A7s for video - a Philip Bloom seminar

EDIT: Philip wanted to add in regards to his “fast access to audio levels” comment, that it can be done as follow:
Settings-Custom key settings- Custom button (3 is easy to access)-Audio Rec Level. Now you can access your level directly.

The Sony A7s has become the turn-to camera for many smaller run-and-gun purposes due to its size, its video functionality (including proper XAVC S codec, peaking, zebra …) and the incredible low-light performance. In fact, whenever I attend industry meetings like NAB or when I’m giving workshops I’m constantly amazed how omnipresent this camera has become in so little time, after it was introduced about a year ago. It certainly has taken over our cinema5D office here, with every team member using the camera constantly, and me personally owning 2 by now …

The market is much different from 5 years ago, when the Canon 5D Mark II was first introduced, with many more large-sensor cameras to chose from. However, it is fair to say that the Sony A7s has taken the spot of the 5D in the same price bracket, which is easy to see considering how omnipresent the camera is these days.

Late last year, my friend Philip Bloom has given a free Sony A7s workshop at our main site sponsor’s headquarters B&H in New York for a selected few. Attendees were to shoot a short film with the A7s in a short amount of time. Before they went out to gather their footage, Philip ran through the most important settings of the camera which you absolutely need to know in order to shoot proper video with the Sony A7s.

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People who are used to shooting with the A7s might know most of what is discussed in this video already. However, I urge every A7s user to watch it – there’s a few things that many people certainly weren’t aware of before:

Some interesting topics covered in this free seminar, among many other things:

• Different gamma curves in different Picture Profiles (e.g. Cine2, Cine3, Cine4 or SLOG2)
• Detail/Sharpness settings
• Dual video file recording with XAVC S and MP4 proxies (which can be transferred to your smartphone to be posted online right away)
• How to expose properly with this camera (avoiding noise)
• Setting up audio for internal and external recording (attention: Philip told me he made a mistake in this seminar – there actually is a way to change audio levels during recording, but you have to assign audio to a custom button to do that)
• Frame guides for different aspect ratios
• external HDMI quirks

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April 10th, 2016

Comprehensive breakdown. THANK YOU SO MUCH

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March 19th, 2016

Great very helpful video. I know pretty close to nothing about film, and yet, I have bought my A7s and lenses and am about to start filming a documentary :) I’m trying to put together my sound kit to record pro sound- and am totally confused… Looking for advice on what exactly I need. Some people seem to say I need an external pre-amp- or field mixer- others say no- Right now I’ve got a shotgun and zoom in my amazon queue… does this make sense? what else do I need exactly to pull it all together? Would be so grateful for any advice.. Thank you!!!

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February 12th, 2016

Is there a way to make the proxy names and original file manes same? Because i want to edit with proxies but later i can’t locate them with the originals, their file names are different. Thanks..

Leslie Howells
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October 8th, 2015

Excellent video, thank you so much!
Why does the Record Setting on my A7s NOT resemble the one shown here? I’m given the following options:
50i 24M(FX)
50i 17M(FH)
50p 28M(PS)
25p 24M(FX)
25p 17M(FH)
I’ve tried accessing this menu within both Manual and Movie modes, and they are the same. I have NO idea what these all mean, but when I select certain ones, I’m told I’ll need to save to a Blu-ray disc. I’ll like the slo-mo option.

Thank you!

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April 28th, 2015

Thanks Nino ! You, the Yakyakyak, Philip Bloom, Manu Pampuri, Alistair Chapman. You guys are helping our industry a great deal. You are necessary ! Please continue your excellent work and sharing about your passion, your profession.

Miklos Nemeth
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April 27th, 2015

No question, A7S is a brilliant camera, possibly the best FF today. The guy behind EOSHD is a Sony A7S fan, too. I guess, Sony is announcing a newer model (A7Sii with internal 4K and IBIS, for example) later this year, and then the price of the used A7S cameras drops down to around $1000 – $1200, since the geeks/pros (like you Friends at cinema5D) will immediately jump onto the newer model(s). That will be the time when the A7S is going to be available for the masses (like the 5Dii, 6D or A7 today), not only for (semi) professionals.

Kevin Alexander
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April 27th, 2015

I just finished watching this yesterday. It’s excellent. After seeing you guys shoot with it at NAB, and then doing some research on it, I’m seriously thinking about trading in some of my older gear to get one.

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