April 14, 2021

Canon M50 Tutorial — 7 Tips and Tricks

– So hand's down, one ofthe most popular cameras in our Think Mediacommunity is the Canon M50.

This camera is awesome for creating YouTube content, like vlogging, tutorials, talking head videos and also photography.

And so, we find that a lotof people buy this camera because it is user friendly.

So in this video, we wanted give you seven quick tips to get the most out of your M50 when it comes to video.

(upbeat music) So tip number one is pick your frame rate.

It's really important to ask “What will “my final product be?” Do you want to slow down footage or do you just gonna shootrealtime stuff like this or even vlogging? So what is cool about the Canon M50 is it shoots in 4K at 24 frames per second.

And then the other framerates are accessible at 1080p.

So in 1080p, you can choose to shoot in 24 frames, 30 frames or 60 frames.

What's also cool about the M50 is that you can shoot in 120 frames.

You just have to accessthat through the menu and then turn on high frame rate.

So 90% of the videos we usuallyshoot here on Think Media are shot in 30 frames per second.

But, because we wantedto use the 4K on the M50 which only allows youto shoot in 24 frames, we made this final project 24 frames.

So in all of this slowed down clips, we are actually shootingin either 60 frames or 120 slowed down to24 frames per second.

But that's just something to keep in mind when choosing your frame rate.

Am I gonna slow this video down? Or, is this just regular vlogging? In that case, I would suggest doing it in either 30 or 24 frames.

And just to keep in mind, allthe footage used in this video is up-scaled to 4K from the1080 files just to keep in mind.

But this talking headportion was shot in 4K.

The second tip is to chooseyour auto focus method.

What's so cool about this M50is it has Canon's infamous dual pixel auto focus in 1080.

So the way you accessthe auto focus method you wanna choose for most of your videos, is you're gonna hit Q on the screen.

Right underneath your video setting, you're gonna hit AF.

And then you have the threeoptions they give you.

But, we love shootingon the tracking system, because you can simply tapwhatever you want in focus.

And then it will focus super easy.

One thing to keep in mind is to make sure yourServo AF is turned on.

When you turn it off when the box around a subject or face will be grayed out.

But when it's on, itwill actually be white.

So just make sure that is on.

And that's pretty much thebest focus settings for video.

Tip number three is the best settings for vlogging.

A lot of people buy the CanonM50 for vlogging because it has the flip up screen and it's super easy to just tap on yourface and create content.

And the thing about vlogging is you don't wanna haveto always constantly think about the settings.

Well, here's two differentways that you can set it and forget it and you can choose which one you like to go with.

The first one is going into movie mode.

And instead of havingit on manual exposure, you wanna put it on auto exposure.

What's great about this isthe camera will just work with the ISO, the shutter speed and the aperture all in tandem, to get you the best qualityas much as possible.

All right, this is a movie exposure auto.

A very set it and forget.

In and out of shading, but it adjusts.

It adjusts the lighting.

It's moving all kind of things.

It's changing shutter.

It's changing aperture.

It's changing ISO.

So, could kind of mess up inregards of doing different like, the way it looks because it's messing with everything.

The second mode and the oneI like using for vlogging is shutter priority.

What's cool about shutter priority is it locks in your shutter.

So if I'm shooting 30 frames per second, I can just put it at 60so I know that the camera is gonna work the aperture and the ISO if you put it on autoaround the shutter speed, which is the great rule to live by, if you want the smoothestlooking footage possible.

And this is the shutter priority example.

Probably a little bit more smooth than the auto exposure movie mode, but simply just putting it on auto ISO and then hitting recordand you're good to go.

All right, this is shutter priority.

I like this because yourshutter speed does not change.

Your aperture will and also your ISO.

And, it's just a good setting, just because your video will actually look smoothall the way through because the shutter speedrule is not being compromised.

Tip number four is set youraudio settings to manual.

The Canon M50 is supergreat because it has a mic jack input and a hotshoe mount so you could put external audios toincrease your audio quality.

However, you don't wannashoot your audio on auto because it could sound like this.

All right, so if you got an external mic, you plug it in the camera and you just left it on auto, this is what you'll get as far as audio sounds, but we highly encourage make sure you change that to manual.

As you can hear from that clip, it just sounded a little distorted and a little loud.

However, if you go intoyour camera settings and change it from audio to manual then go to record level, drop it all the way down to zero and go up one notch, you are good to go.

And now your audio can sound like this.

All right, this is anaudio test of the setting on manual and then up one notch.

And, nine times out 10, when you're using Canon, this is the way to go.

If you use an external mic, just change your audio setting from auto to manual, up one notch, and it is gonna sound way better.

So making that simple adjustmentin your audio settings will level up your audioand if you wanted to know what mic we were using, we are actually using the DEITY D3 ShotgunMic for that audio test.

But there are a lot ofgreat mics that you can use based on your budget, and ifyou haven't downloaded it yet, we actually break downall of the various mics for different budgets at our gear guide at ThinkGearGuide.


Make sure you check out that link in the description below anddownload that free gear guide so you can choose thebest mic for your budget.

Tip number five is turn onyour image stabilization.

What's cool about this is it'ssimply when you turn it on, is it smooths out your footage.

And I love shooting things handheld and most people are gonnashoot things handheld and so to eliminatejitter and camera shake, simply turn it on.

Set it and forget it.

And your footage willbe a lot more smoother.

Tip number six is considerinvesting in lens adapters.

What's so cool about the Canon M50 is that you can pop on these lens adapters and it can allow you to use Canon's full line of lenseswhich could potentially save you money in the long run.

For example, Canon's famous nifty 50 lens, which a lot of people love and have, but you can't put thislens directly on the camera because it's a different lens mount.

But with Canon's adapter, you can simply put it on to the adapter and then put the adaptor on to the M50.

The second adaptor we recommendis the Viltrox adapter.

We made a video about this adapter.

We'll put a link to itin the YouTube card, as well as in the description below.

But, what's so cool about this adapter, simply put, is it turns yourM50 into a full frame camera.

Because there is a glass mechanism that kind of expands the field of view, and so it's a kind of cool life hack way to get the most out of yourM50 with other Canon lenses.

And the seventh tip is touse the custom menu setting to save you time.

What's so cool about theCanon M50 is that in menu, you can add the variousthings you find yourself changing often, into one single place.

So many of the things wetalked about in this video, like your audio settings, your image stabilization, the high frame rate and stuff like that, you can actually add ontoyour custom menu settings, so you don't have todig through your menus every time you wannachange something simple, like format your card.

Well, there you have it.

I hope you found those tipsvaluable and if you did, why don't you go aheadand smash the like button.

And just wanted to let you know that we have a four part series on the M50, from literally beginning to end as far as shooting with the M50, thumbnails with the M50, and then even editing your video.

Check out that free series.

We'll put a link to it in the YouTube card and in the description below.

Question of the day.

“What camera are you usingto create YouTube content?” Let us know in the comment section below and I can't wait to seeyou in the next video.

Take it easy.

(mellow music).

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