Basic video production with the Sony A7siii

  1. Sony A7siii body
  2. Sony FE 24–70 f2.8 lens
  3. A monitor (type of monitor depends on kit)
  4. A Rode on-camera shotgun microphone
  5. A Rode Go wireless lavalier kit

Attaching the Monitor

The kits have slightly different monitors, but they are both pretty straight forward. 1) Attach the monitor to the camera using the SmallRig adaptor. 2) Attach the HDMI cable to monitor’s “HDMI In” port and then attach the HDMI to the HDMI port on the side of the camera.

Attaching the Shotgun Mic

Depending on how you have your rig setup, you can attach the shotgun mic to the cold shoe on either the cage or the handle. Once it is attached, you can connect the 1/8 inch cable to the “Mic In” port, right next to the HDMI port.

Attaching the Wireless Lavalier

The wireless mic kit has two parts: the transmitter on the left and the receiver on the right. The transmitter attaches to the subject. The receiver attaches to the camera. You attach the receiver in the same manner in which you attached the shotgun mic. You also adjust the audio levels using the same controls.

Basic Camera Functioning

  1. Audio level — discussed above
  2. Focus control — You can flip from autofocus to manual via this menu, but you can also do it via the switch on the barrel of the lens.
  3. White balance — There are a lot of different settings within the white balance control. I generally shoot on manual and in most cases my white balance is set to 3200K for inside or 5600K for outside. If you are using lights, generally you should set your white balance and light temp to the same thing. If you have no clue about white balance, you can also set it to automatic by selecting “AWB.”
  4. Picture Profile — There are basically only two options your picture profile should be set to: “PP7” to shoot in SLog2 or “PP off” to shoot with basic burnt-in color settings. If you don’t know what log footage is, just shoot in “PP off” and ask me about log footage.
  5. Exposure Setting — You have four options in the exposure setting menu: P (automatic), A (aperture priority — you select the aperture; the camera sets the shutter speed), S (shutter priority — you select the shutter; the camera selects the aperture), M (manual exposure — you select everything). In any of the manual or partially manual modes, you adjust aperture with the index-finger wheel on the front of the camera and the shutter with thumb-wheel on top back of the camera.



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Nick Geidner

Nick Geidner


Associate Professor of Journalism and Director of Land Grant Films (@LandGrantFilms) at the University of Tennessee.