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Offline graham

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Setting up Focus
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:47:22 AM »
Hi Guys
I'm using the 550D to film a short interview tomorrow. I need to film some cut-ins of myself asking some questions but I cannot figure out a way to set the focus before getting in frame. If I set the focus on the chair where I'm going to sit, it goes out of focus when I get in frame. I can ask one of the clients to press the auto focus but that seems a bit unprofessional.

Anyone any ideas on how to set up before I get in frame?
Regards,
Graham

Offline zubbuz

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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014, 06:27:21 AM »
I know virtually nothing about video on the 550D (I'm just a photographer), but couldn't you just preset the focus in manual focus, or, use autofocus, then flick the switch to MF so it will stay focused at that spot?

Sorry if I am misunderstanding your question :)
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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2014, 07:17:10 AM »
Hi
No, you didn't misunderstand. Looks like I tried to over think the problem. Thanks for your answer.
Regards,
Graham

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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2014, 07:33:57 AM »
Hi
No, you didn't misunderstand. Looks like I tried to over think the problem. Thanks for your answer.
Glad I could help :)
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Offline AndyCivil

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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2014, 12:13:22 PM »


You have to know that the T2i will not refocus during a movie take. This can be a blessing, and a curse! "Put something, or someone, where your face is going to be, focus manually or automatically, and switch to MF" as Zubbuz says, is the only way.

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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2014, 12:52:06 PM »
Thanks!
Regards,
Graham

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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2014, 02:49:50 PM »
I do tons of video blogs with the T2i, and I'm always filming myself...no camera crew here, except me!

Use the Canon EOS Utility Software that came with your camera.  Attach the camera to the computer with a USB cord.

You can have a laptop in front of you, or off to the side, and see live what the camera is seeing.  Hit the autofocus button, and it will lock onto you.  Or you can even go full resolution, and manually focus if you need to.  All from your laptop.  You can even start and stop filming from your laptop.

With the EOS Utility, you can literally control EVERYTHING on your camera, while you are sitting in front of it.  I take it back...there's one thing that you can't control, and that's the zoom on your lens.  That's the only thing.

If you are filming yourself a lot, this is hands down the way to do it.
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Re: Setting up Focus
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2014, 11:09:55 AM »
Hi. Many thanks for that top tip. I had been under the impression I couldn't see what was happening live!
Regards,
Graham