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

In this demo, I show how to set up the Sony a7S II for shooting cinema, movies, or video.


  1. Pllus Music

    Pllus Music3 күн мурун

    Well Done, Thank You!

  2. Landon Bagley

    Landon BagleyАй мурун

    love this

  3. Clear.Water.Sky.

    Clear.Water.Sky.Ай мурун

    Really helpful - thanks man!

  4. Dickson Boys Filmz

    Dickson Boys Filmz2 ай мурун

    is there a reason why my iso goes no less than 1600

  5. Dickson Boys Filmz

    Dickson Boys Filmz2 ай мурун

    @chinfat Yeah. I caught when you said it later in the video and I said out loud,"Thanks bro. This guy is the F*#*ing man!" Thanks👍

  6. chinfat

    chinfat2 ай мурун

    If you turn the gamma settings to Cinema 1 or 2, you'll be able to lower your ISO below 1600.

  7. chinfat

    chinfat2 ай мурун

    Do you have the a7Sii? It is likely because you have the picture profile set to s-log. For some reason, s-log needs to be at 1600 to achieve a higher dynamic range. If you're shooting outside, you'll need ND filters for your lens.

  8. Lawra Lawrence

    Lawra Lawrence2 ай мурун

    How to set clip number in a7s2 sir...

  9. tolga mehmet kutlar

    tolga mehmet kutlar2 ай мурун


  10. sergei kachkin

    sergei kachkin6 ай мурун

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

  11. Vincent Serano

    Vincent Serano7 ай мурун

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

  12. Leonardo Reis

    Leonardo Reis8 ай мурун

    no slog for filming?

  13. Julianne Wilkinson

    Julianne Wilkinson8 ай мурун

    Incredibly helpful! Thank you!

  14. inchfoundation

    inchfoundation9 ай мурун

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

  15. MOOHA 1994

    MOOHA 199410 ай мурун

    Good video and helpful 👌🔥

  16. Jeff Victor

    Jeff Victor10 ай мурун

    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.

  17. Jeff Victor

    Jeff Victor10 ай мурун

    @chinfat Thank you!

  18. chinfat

    chinfat10 ай мурун

    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.

  19. Alejandro Porras

    Alejandro Porras10 ай мурун

    Thank You !

  20. Learn Engineering

    Learn Engineering10 ай мурун

    Thanks a lot :)

  21. Nick Teti

    Nick Teti11 ай мурун

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

  22. DonHalli

    DonHalli11 ай мурун

    Brilliant tutorial! Thank you!

  23. Rodney Cooper Filmz

    Rodney Cooper FilmzЖыл мурун

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

  24. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

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

  25. Peachez Moore

    Peachez MooreЖыл мурун

    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!

  26. Charlie Stellar

    Charlie StellarЖыл мурун

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

  27. David Larew

    David LarewЖыл мурун

    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!

  28. Osten Parish

    Osten ParishЖыл мурун

    I love you

  29. Isaac Erickson

    Isaac EricksonЖыл мурун

    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?

  30. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    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:


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  32. Ahmed Hassan

    Ahmed HassanЖыл мурун

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

  33. Sonny Vande Putte

    Sonny Vande PutteЖыл мурун

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

  34. John Hurlbut

    John HurlbutЖыл мурун

    Thanks, very helpful.

  35. blastoffaccess

    blastoffaccessЖыл мурун

    What brand matte box is that

  36. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

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

  37. Nirosh Madhusanka

    Nirosh MadhusankaЖыл мурун

    Thank you

  38. joshua lutz

    joshua lutzЖыл мурун

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

  39. Dougy Doug

    Dougy DougЖыл мурун

    Thanks Iron Man, this was helpful!

  40. Gina Marcello, Ph.D.

    Gina Marcello, Ph.D.Жыл мурун

    Great instructional video! Thank you.

  41. Ken Currin Media Productions

    Ken Currin Media ProductionsЖыл мурун

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

  42. Michael Wright

    Michael WrightЖыл мурун

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

  43. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    The Matte Box?

  44. LiL ESSA

    LiL ESSAЖыл мурун

    What micro Sd card is best for this set up?

  45. Mark Vincent Miralles

    Mark Vincent MirallesЖыл мурун

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

  46. The Metal Butcher

    The Metal ButcherЖыл мурун

    Thanks for the video, but I'm shocked that a filmmaker with this setup doesn't turn off AWB. <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="263">4:23</a> and other times.

  47. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

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

  48. The Metal Butcher

    The Metal ButcherЖыл мурун

    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.

  49. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    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.

  50. casey riggs

    casey riggsЖыл мурун

    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?

  51. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    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.

  52. Aviatorspot

    AviatorspotЖыл мурун

    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!

  53. The Tube

    The TubeЖыл мурун

    Steve Wright does Sony lol

  54. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    Hmmm... thanks?

  55. The Tube

    The TubeЖыл мурун

    joke. your voice sounds like the comedian Steve Wright.

  56. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    Um... huh?

  57. James Quartararo Jr

    James Quartararo JrЖыл мурун

    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.

  58. Merrit Olson

    Merrit OlsonЖыл мурун

    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!

  59. Lacto

    LactoЖыл мурун

    Awesome!! Thank you!

  60. ibchillin661133

    ibchillin661133Жыл мурун

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

  61. Tackleqb

    TackleqbЖыл мурун

    Found the filmmaking snob

  62. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    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.

  63. None

    NoneЖыл мурун

    Wow, really good video.

  64. Sharif Laurent

    Sharif LaurentЖыл мурун

    Thanx, very useful

  65. Taipei Take Away

    Taipei Take AwayЖыл мурун

    Extremely good tutorial! Thank you.



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



    Nelson Smith hahaha yeah!

  68. Nelson Smith

    Nelson SmithЖыл мурун

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

  69. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

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

  70. Mitchell Martinez

    Mitchell MartinezЖыл мурун

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

  71. chinfat

    chinfatЖыл мурун

    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.

  72. Zebulon B

    Zebulon B2 жыл мурун


  73. Science of Self

    Science of Self2 жыл мурун

    Breathalyzer, hahahahahaha

  74. Greg Flakus

    Greg Flakus2 жыл мурун

    Very helpful. Thanks!

  75. Francesco Tamaro

    Francesco Tamaro2 жыл мурун

    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

  76. Nicolas Bühler

    Nicolas Bühler2 жыл мурун

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

  77. TIM

    TIM2 жыл мурун

    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.

  78. TIM

    TIM2 жыл мурун

    Okay good to know, thanks

  79. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    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.

  80. TIM

    TIM2 жыл мурун

    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 :)

  81. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    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.

  82. bebe mine

    bebe mine2 жыл мурун

    how bout af/mf/ael buttons

  83. slikrok

    slikrok2 жыл мурун

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

  84. Learn Engineering

    Learn Engineering10 ай мурун

    Yah, well detailed tutorial.

  85. GDN Records

    GDN Records2 жыл мурун

    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.

  86. Ben Butler

    Ben Butler2 ай мурун

    agreed , nice one , thanks so much !

  87. PUJA

    PUJA7 ай мурун

    lol same

  88. Samuel Konetsky

    Samuel KonetskyЖыл мурун

    GDN Records sounds like a right nightmare

  89. Erick Cruz

    Erick CruzЖыл мурун


  90. Shang B.

    Shang B.Жыл мурун

    happening to me now! hahahahaha

  91. MoreCarStuff

    MoreCarStuff2 жыл мурун

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

  92. Adolfo Carrasco

    Adolfo Carrasco2 жыл мурун

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

  93. MB TV

    MB TV2 жыл мурун

    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.

  94. Ajay Sahu

    Ajay Sahu2 жыл мурун

    Thank you. it was helpful.

  95. Ted Grudowski

    Ted Grudowski2 жыл мурун

    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?

  96. Ted Grudowski

    Ted Grudowski2 жыл мурун

    Great suggestion, thanks

  97. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    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.

  98. Lucas Cimino

    Lucas Cimino2 жыл мурун

    Very helpful! Thank you!



    Good information, I am newcomer in this camera shutter speed is automatic set with iso

  100. rickman1945

    rickman19452 жыл мурун

    Would you recommend this camera for a documentary, verite format, with concerts and bands in lowlight settings? I have a Redrock shoulder rig that I could use and possibly even an external monitor. But would this be better than something like the C100 which is kind of a documentary staple?

  101. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    It would be fantastic at concerts and places with low light. C100 has the advantage of balanced audio with phantom power. You can plug a shotgun into the XLR port and get much better brill audio. You could the same with the Sony, but you'd have to accessorize it to get balanced audio.

  102. Brett Anthony Bryant

    Brett Anthony Bryant2 жыл мурун

    wow you are a life saver my friend! I just switched from canon and this has definitely helped me more than any video! Thanks

  103. Stavros Ntais

    Stavros Ntais2 жыл мурун

    Can i use these set ups also for the Sony a7 rii ?

  104. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    Fairly similar menu on the a7 rii. Yes.

  105. Wale

    Wale2 жыл мурун

    This is the most informative video I've watched thus far! Thank you. I shoot with Sony's a6300!

  106. Divineshot 314

    Divineshot 3142 жыл мурун

    Great video man, I subbed! :)

  107. Emmad Munif

    Emmad Munif2 жыл мурун

    I am just blown away by the knowledge you provide good Sir.

  108. Texas Basketball Scouts

    Texas Basketball Scouts2 жыл мурун

    Thank you so much for the valuable information! I’m excited to start filming like the pros! Really appreciate it. 👍

  109. Derik Okiyama

    Derik Okiyama2 жыл мурун

    Some perspective of the battery life, the battery went from 100% to 56% over the span of 18 minutes of continuous use

  110. Moa Videography NZ

    Moa Videography NZЖыл мурун


  111. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    The battery life is decent. I believe a lot of people are comparing to the Sony photo cameras that have a better battery life.

  112. Derik Okiyama

    Derik Okiyama2 жыл мурун

    chinfat good to know, ive been looking to purchase this camera for a while and hear a lot of people complaining about poor battery life

  113. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    No, it did not. I had the camera on for over an hour while I recorded. I edited the video down.

  114. sharpenedge

    sharpenedge2 жыл мурун

    Is that 60p 4K output I spy @<a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1060">17:40</a> ???

  115. Sleek S

    Sleek S2 жыл мурун

    sharpenedge I wonder too.

  116. Alina Eckert

    Alina Eckert2 жыл мурун

    thanks a lot that was very helpful!!

  117. Jake Martinez

    Jake Martinez2 жыл мурун

    Thank you so much for this video, I feel more confident setting up my camera

  118. Sereypanha Sith

    Sereypanha Sith2 жыл мурун

    Dear Chinfat! Can I know what version you are? I saw we have differences function in the camera.

  119. Brooklyn Papii

    Brooklyn Papii2 жыл мурун

    What is that around the lens?

  120. chinfat

    chinfat2 жыл мурун

    It's called a donut. If you have an ND glass in the matte box, sometimes light will enter from behind the camera and cause reflections on the glass. The donut eliminates that possibility.

  121. Isahar Cha

    Isahar Cha2 жыл мурун

    Excellent job! Being new to cinematography, you certainly make my life a lot simpler :)

  122. André Barbosa Fotografia

    André Barbosa Fotografia2 жыл мурун

    thanks for summing up all that info and where menus stuff is! =)