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How to Shoot Great Video with your Canon 70D DSLR camera

Master the menu settings and manual controls to shoot great video with your Canon 70D
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Created by Grant Johnston
Last updated 1/2016
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Learn how to shoot great looking video with your Canon 70D by mastering which controls to use and making sense of the often confusing menu settings.

Gain the confidence and know-how to get out there and shoot better video with your Canon 70D.

  • What are the optimal menu settings for shooting video
  • When to shoot in Auto and when to shoot in Manual modes
  • How to focus properly
  • What SD cards can I use?
  • Pictures Styles and how to modify them
  • Some real world examples

Benefit from my 18 years of professional experience...and mistakes!

Shooting video with DSLR cameras such as the Canon 70D can be quite confusing at first. In my role as a professional freelance video cameraman I get to shoot with a large variety and style of cameras. When I first picked up a Canon DSLR to shoot video I have to admit to being a bit baffled as to even how to switch it into video mode or even focus the camera correctly!

Courses such as this help you short cut the often quite steep learning curve. For instance did you know you just can't use any old SD card to shoot video? You get the benefits of my experience (and mistakes made) so you can concentrate on capturing whats happening in front of the camera.

Course Content & Overview

This course is aimed at people new to shooting video with their Canon 70D or perhaps more experienced users wanting to hone their skills. It details the menu set-ups you need, lenses, exposure, picture profiles, audio and much more with some common real life examples.

Its a 10 chapter video course and contains 1 hour and 8 minutes of material (I was hoping to keep it under 1 hour so I could say “Learn in under 1 hour”, but its close). I’m not a fan of some online courses promising 4 or more hours of material because if you’re like me you will never get through the whole lot.

What you will learn starts with the camera hardware and menu settings, I then move into using the auto and full manual controls, exposure, focus, audio and then some real world examples of putting it all into practice.

My style is short and sharp and I only discuss the areas of the camera essential to shooting video.

What this course isn’t? This course deals solely with shooting video with the Canon 70D, it does not go into shooting still pictures or post-production and video editing.

My aim is to give you the essential information only for shooting video so that you can hit the ground running and get out there and start producing some great looking videos, family movies, youtube clips or perhaps your first short film.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is aimed at Canon 70D DSLR camera owners who are new to shooting video with their camera or those who wish to master the manual controls for shooting video.
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What Will I Learn?
Master the physical controls and buttons essential for shooting video
Learn how to setup the menus to optimise for video capture
Make sense of the many Picture Profiles available in the menu
Tips and techniques for best capturing sharp focus and accurate exposure
Learn how to record manual audio for best results
My overall aim for you on completing this course is to give you the confidence to concerntrate on capturing great video instead of having to worry about the camera setup and menus.
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  • Students should own or have access to a Canon 70D DSLR camera.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 10 Lectures Collapse All 10 Lectures 01:08:10
Chapter 1: Introduction to this course and me!
1 Lecture 02:39

Introduction to Shooting Video with the Canon 70D

What goals I hope you will achieve with this course

A bit of background on meWhat this course is and isn't

My teaching style

Preview 02:39
Chapter 2: The Hardware
1 Lecture 05:16

The Hardware and Fiddly buttons on the Canon 70D

SD card requirements for shooting video

Lens considerations

Identification of the physical camera buttons and controls

Preview 05:16
Chapter 3: Shooting in Full Auto mode
1 Lecture 04:05

Shooting Video in the Full Auto mode

Why and When you may want to shoot in the full auto mode

Menus settings to best optimise shooting video in full auto

An example video and my top tips

Preview 04:05
Chapter 4: Shooting Video in Full Manual mode
1 Lecture 17:00

Shooting Video in the Full Manual mode

Explanation of the menu settings for shooting in full manual mode

Picture Styles explained

My preferred modifications to Picture Styles and how to change

The Cinestyle Picture Style explained and how to load

Audio and Shutter Speed settings explained

Shooting Video in Full Manual mode
Chapter 5: Setting Exposure
1 Lecture 08:24

Setting Exposure

Shutter speed, ISO and Aperture explained and how they effect each other

Using the LCD monitor to judge and set your exposure

ND filters and Circular Polarisers discussed

Chapter 5: Setting Exposure
Chapter 6: Focus Everybody!
1 Lecture 05:15

Focus Everybody!

My 2 preferred methods for focusing the Canon 70D

Depth of Feild and how it affects your focus

Focusing your camera
Chapter 7: Audio "Look with your ears"
1 Lecture 11:50

Audio "Look with your Ears"

How to get good audio into your camera

Some external microphone comparisons

Audio settings in the menus

My top tips for better audio

Chapter 7: Audio
Chapter 8: Lenses
1 Lecture 05:05


The kit lens

Focal length, Aperture (Iris), Stabilisers and Canon STM lenses explained

My top lens recommendations

Chapter 8: Lenses
Chapter 9: Putting it all together
1 Lecture 08:06

Putting it all together

Some real world examples of shooting video with the Canon 70D and how I approach them. This includes;

Shooting outside

Shooting inside for Youtube

Shooting at night

Chapter 9: Putting it all together
Chapter 10: Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:30


My final thoughts and recommendations

Chapter 10: Conclusion
About the Instructor
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Hello I'm Grant and I live in the beautiful town of Queenstown, situated in the South Island of New Zealand with my wife and three children. I have been a professional freelance video cameraman for the last 19 years and have been fortunate to have worked on a wide variety of projects. I cut my teeth shooting news for the two main broadcasters here in New Zealand. Since then I’ve been really lucky to have worked on a diverse range of projects from television reality shows, corporate videos to chasing Crocodile Rangers around the backwaters of Darwin for the National Geographic channel to shooting on a Bear Grylls reality show here in New Zealand.

Big shows I’ve shot on include Castaway (BBC), Bear Grylls (NBC), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Road Rules (MTV), Behind the scenes shooting for feature films Lord of the Rings and The Legend of Zorro. So that’s all the glamour job name dropping I could think of, other jobs include weddings (in my very early days), shooting for-sale videos for Japanese Heli Skiers and a lot of snowboarding, skiing, motor-sport and most sports you can think of and corporate videos for many small local businesses from around my town.

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