How to Setup the Sony a7S II for Cinema or Video Shooting

  • Published on Sep 5, 2017
  • In this demo, I show how to set up the Sony a7S II for shooting cinema, movies, or video.
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Comments • 153

  • Lawra Lawrence
    Lawra Lawrence 10 hours ago

    How to set clip number in a7s2 sir...

  • tolga mehmet kutlar
    tolga mehmet kutlar 22 hours ago


  • sergei kachkin
    sergei kachkin 4 months ago

    Thanks a lot as it's really helpful to learn and set up fast and properly all the necessary setting.

  • Vincent Serano
    Vincent Serano 4 months ago

    How do you get the camera to recognize external audio? Need it for movie making for clean reference.

  • Leonardo Reis
    Leonardo Reis 5 months ago

    no slog for filming?

  • Julianne Wilkinson
    Julianne Wilkinson 6 months ago

    Incredibly helpful! Thank you!

  • inchfoundation
    inchfoundation 6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing - really hits the important stuff, good man!

  • MOOHA 1994
    MOOHA 1994 8 months ago

    Good video and helpful 👌🔥

  • Jeff Victor
    Jeff Victor 8 months ago

    I have a zoom lens and it doesn't let me film in 4k without getting a vignette. What would be the Record Setting be for XAVCS HD be, as they are totally different record settings.

    • Jeff Victor
      Jeff Victor 8 months ago

      @chinfat Thank you!

    • chinfat
      chinfat  8 months ago +1

      Realize that you need to have a lens that is built for full frame. 4K on the Sony uses the full frame, so only lenses that are full frame will not vignette on the sensor.

  • Alejandro Porras
    Alejandro Porras 8 months ago

    Thank You !

  • Learn Engineering
    Learn Engineering 8 months ago

    Thanks a lot :)

  • Nick Teti
    Nick Teti 9 months ago

    NICE Man. Great Job. Good Audio, and a very detailed explanation. Nick

  • DonHalli
    DonHalli 9 months ago

    Brilliant tutorial! Thank you!

  • Rodney Cooper Filmz
    Rodney Cooper Filmz 9 months ago

    I was under the assumption that S.Gamut was only useful for Log profiles and not Cine profiles. Am I missing something here?

    • chinfat
      chinfat  9 months ago

      You are correct. I didn't realize I said that. Oops... must correct.

  • Peachez Moore
    Peachez Moore 10 months ago

    Enjoyed the video, very thorough. Question...unfortunately my computer doesn’t support 4K or the HD strangely. So, I’m using AVCHD/24P 24M (FX) should I change that setting or any that you mentioned in your video for filmmaking? Thanks!

  • Charlie Stellar
    Charlie Stellar 11 months ago +1

    Just transitioned from Canon to Sony. That was super helpful. Thank you!

  • David Larew
    David Larew 11 months ago

    I've been struggling with my Sony RX10 ii... trying to figure out all the sub menu's and their best settings. Thank you for your detailed and clear explanation!

  • Osten Parish
    Osten Parish 11 months ago

    I love you

  • Isaac Erickson
    Isaac Erickson 11 months ago

    Hi, I was wondering what lens this is. I'm guessing Samyang or Rokinon. I spotted the "made in korea". also focal length and T stop?

    • chinfat
      chinfat  11 months ago

      This is a Rokinon Cine lens. I believe it is a 50mm FL. The T-Stop is 1.5 (fairly fast lens). Here is the series of primes:

    МИХРАЧ ВИДЕО 11 months ago

    супер видео

  • Ahmed Hassan
    Ahmed Hassan 11 months ago

    Thanks a lot you give to me some answers i was looking for it.

  • Sonny Vande Putte
    Sonny Vande Putte 11 months ago +1

    This is pure gold! Thanks so much for putting in all the work. You've helped me out so much.

  • John Hurlbut
    John Hurlbut Year ago

    Thanks, very helpful.

  • blastoffaccess
    blastoffaccess Year ago

    What brand matte box is that

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      It's a Redrock Micro. I prefer Tilta. Much better quality.

  • Nirosh Madhusanka

    Thank you

  • joshua lutz
    joshua lutz Year ago

    Thank you for being a helpful human. Don’t ever change.

  • Dougy Doug
    Dougy Doug Year ago +3

    Thanks Iron Man, this was helpful!

  • Gina Marcello, Ph.D.

    Great instructional video! Thank you.

  • Ken Currin Media Productions

    Great video, just unboxed my a7S ii and skimmed through the manual and was still lost, your video explanation helped a lot.

  • Michael Wright
    Michael Wright Year ago

    whats the thing around the lens called...that big black square thing

    BIG J MERC Year ago

    What micro Sd card is best for this set up?

  • Mark Vincent Miralles

    This is the kind of contect that I like. Keep it up!🙋🏿

  • The Metal Butcher

    Thanks for the video, but I'm shocked that a filmmaker with this setup doesn't turn off AWB. 4:23 and other times.

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      Yes. It will do that while in auto. I changed it to manual and dialed in the Kelvin temperature. So... we're settled here?

    • The Metal Butcher
      The Metal Butcher Year ago

      I watched all but the last few minutes. But at 4:17 (sorry, off my a few seconds) your camera (that is shooting the A7sII) clearly changes from a cold white balance to a warm one.

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago +1

      I do shut off AWB every time. My mantra? "Manual everything. Auto NOTHING." At 9:38 and 14:55, I show how to change the color temp. I am shocked you did not watch the entire video before leaving your comment.

  • casey riggs
    casey riggs Year ago

    Hey what a great video and such an excellent camera. Im on a budget and had to settle for the a7ii for now. i understand i cannot shoot 4k, but if i tried to implement this as much as possible on the a7ii do you think it would still shoot decent orrr am i just fucked?

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      Most Sony mirrorless cameras are very similar in the way the menu and setup are concerned. I'd recommend shooting some test footage and color grading it first, if you're using S-Log. Especially before you do a big shoot.

  • Aviatorspot
    Aviatorspot Year ago

    Great info! I have a A7s but in PP7, there are no further settings I can choose. In custom setting, there is no Movie option I can set in the center button. Damn!

  • The Tube
    The Tube Year ago

    Steve Wright does Sony lol

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      Hmmm... thanks?

    • The Tube
      The Tube Year ago

      joke. your voice sounds like the comedian Steve Wright.

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      Um... huh?

  • James Quartararo Jr

    While I was doing all this my battery died and when I put a new one in all the settings I had changed were reset and I had to change them all over. This is my first sony. Why doesnt it save settings? Is there some magic button to press after this is all done or do I need to do this with every new battery? Other than this issue your video helped a lot.

  • Merrit Olson
    Merrit Olson Year ago +1

    Man, this guy is very familiar with his camera and information!
    Thankfully my 10 years as a photographer and recent dabbling in video has given me some knowledge of the terminology or I'm pretty sure I'd be left in the dust!
    Great info!
    Tx for sharing!

  • Lacto
    Lacto Year ago

    Awesome!! Thank you!

  • ibchillin661133
    ibchillin661133 Year ago

    lol let me save you some time. Buy an FS7. This dinky rig looks hilarious.

    • Tackleqb
      Tackleqb Year ago

      Found the filmmaking snob

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago +1

      Save some time? How about save some money? An FS7 body costs near $7,000. That would double the amount I put into this setup. And the FS7 (as great as a camera as it is), does not have the low-light capability that the a7sII has. I use this camera for low-light film and documentary shooting. I use the RED Helium 8K camera for the shoots where there is significantly more lighting being done and we need the higher resolution.
      Look ridiculous? Yes.
      Does it work? Incredibly well.
      So who gives a crap about how it looks.

  • None
    None Year ago

    Wow, really good video.

  • Sharif Laurent
    Sharif Laurent Year ago

    Thanx, very useful

  • Taipei Take Away
    Taipei Take Away Year ago

    Extremely good tutorial! Thank you.

    PLSZNOPHOTOS Year ago +24

    did anybody ever tell you that you sound just like Tony Stark? Great video , thanks for the help!

      PLSZNOPHOTOS Year ago

      Nelson Smith hahaha yeah!

    • Nelson Smith
      Nelson Smith Year ago +3

      Listening to this again, you're right. The inflections are very similar. It's Stark without snark.

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago +1

      I've been told a few times, yes. Thanks for watching.

  • Mitchell Martinez

    what is this atmos he keeps talking about? Just curious if someone can post a link.

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      It's an external recorder which records higher color bit depth and gives an increased dynamic range. The internal card compresses the footage and you lose color information. It also works as a large HD viewing monitor.

  • Zebulon B
    Zebulon B Year ago


  • Science of Self
    Science of Self Year ago +1

    Breathalyzer, hahahahahaha

  • Greg Flakus
    Greg Flakus Year ago

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  • Francesco Tamaro
    Francesco Tamaro Year ago

    NIce video! Just I was wondering do you think the cine profiles are usable without atomos? Grading with premiere I found very hard to get a decent result, especially in outside footage they came up with weird colors. Thanks

  • Nicolas Bühler
    Nicolas Bühler Year ago +1

    I love how you start very very (almost too) simple and get more and more into the hidden details. Good video :)

  • TIM
    TIM Year ago

    Hey, thanks for this video, really helpful. What lens was on the camera? You might have said it in the video, but I haven't finished it yet.

    • TIM
      TIM Year ago

      Okay good to know, thanks

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      I do have the full kit. I would recommend a couple of zoom lenses for documentary, instead of primes. Something in the line of a 25-70 and a 70-200. Then you won't be swapping lenses with primes. Primes are better for slowly composed shots, while zooms are much better for being on the run. Primes are good for doc, if you are shooting interviews, since there's not a ton of moving around.

    • TIM
      TIM Year ago

      Do you have the whole kit? (24, 35, 50, 85) and what lenses would you recommend under 1200 dollar.
      I will primairly use the lenses for documentairy's and (car) event video's. So for the car video's an AF lens would be nice, but for the documentairy I would rather MF.
      I am going to a big car event in Norway this August, would you buy the A7 III for that event or wait a little longer for the A7s III? ( I have a Canon 80d, but I don't like the low light and the bad dynamic range).
      Thanks for your time :)

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      Not sure on the focal length. It may be 50mm... but it is a Rokinon Cine DS lens that is made for the full frame Sony.

  • bebe mine
    bebe mine Year ago

    how bout af/mf/ael buttons

  • slikrok
    slikrok Year ago +11

    Thank you for this comprehensive instructional and for not showing your face for 20 mins instead of the actual thing you are talking about.

  • GDN Records
    GDN Records Year ago +125

    Let me say to you, that I am shaking in a nervous crisis in a bathroom of the sound stage I am currently filming as cinematographer because ALL of my life i´ll been working on canon, I get to to work today and my client says I want to use this camera, and my face goes jaw dropping, my answer was okey but i have never shoot with camera, and he says but you can do it right? and O say oh yeah !! let me go to the bathroom, so I am here trying (urgent) to find a video on youtube that could help and woooow !! here comes the magic, GOD bless you for doing this valuable video this is amazing thanks a lot, you literally saved my life.

    • PUJA
      PUJA 5 months ago

      lol same

    • Samuel Konetsky
      Samuel Konetsky 11 months ago +1

      GDN Records sounds like a right nightmare

    • Erick Cruz
      Erick Cruz Year ago


    • Shang B.
      Shang B. Year ago

      happening to me now! hahahahaha

    • Jakub Mac
      Jakub Mac Year ago

      how did it turn out? As a canon user i bet you had issues with colors? :)

  • MoreCarStuff
    MoreCarStuff Year ago

    cant believe im just finding your channel. so pleased you said auto nothing, manual everything. you had my sub at that point. much respect

  • Adolfo Carrasco
    Adolfo Carrasco Year ago

    Hi, great video! Just wondering which lens are you using here. Thanks

  • MB TV
    MB TV Year ago +3

    Thank you for such an amazing tutorial. This is a really useful video. Especially the Spot Metering option which finally helped me get my exposure right on the histogram. Never knew it existed or how to get to it.

  • Ajay Sahu
    Ajay Sahu Year ago

    Thank you. it was helpful.

  • Ted Grudowski
    Ted Grudowski Year ago

    Thanks for the great video. Have you ever tried to match the A7sII with the FS5? Any recommendations on picture profile settings, other than S-log?

    • Ted Grudowski
      Ted Grudowski Year ago

      Great suggestion, thanks

    • chinfat
      chinfat  Year ago

      I have not tried to mix those cameras. What software are you using to color grade? You can put a chip chart in front of the cameras (often times on the back of a slate) and it makes it easier to match-- especially in Resolve.

  • Lucas Cimino
    Lucas Cimino Year ago

    Very helpful! Thank you!