week 5b

canon HF R21

<<< HF R21 image free to use: eastwestphoto.com

Parts & Settings of the Canon HF R21 Camcorder
This week you will learn how to handle the Canon video camcorder, and adjust the settings. Later in the week, we will go outside to practice getting the best 12 basic shot types with the cameras. If you like looking at manuals, you can download a digital users manual in PDF format below and keep it for reference on your desktop. If you prefer a hard copy, just ask for one. Below the manual is a link to the camcorder parts slideshow I have shown you on the projector. Note: there are some parts listed on the slideshow that you do not need to memorize, so refer to the parts checklist for the 20 
parts of the camcorder that you must become familar with.

HF R21 manual.pdf
camera parts HF R21.pdf
HF R21 parts checklist

I’ll first review the 20 parts, and show you where they are and what their function is. You will then practice with the cameras with a partner at your desk. Open the HF R21 parts checklist on your computer, and test one another on all of the parts - keep testing one another till you know all 20 parts. I will randomly come around and test individual students.

Later in the week you will learn how to use the Functions & Settings Menus of the camcorder, so you understand how to get into the settings and change things such as white balance (light settings), taking and deleting video and still shots, recording to the memory card OR to the hard drive of the camera, adjusting the audio recording level, and using headphones output vs using the built in AV function on the camera itself. Get a printout of these FIVE functions/settings from the front counter, and work with your partner on figuring out how to adjust them. You can use the manual or ask me or another student if you are unsure where to find them. Below is a link to the digital version of the settings, if you prefer that.

function_settings directions

I’ll review the procedures for checking out equipment, and students will break into teams of 2-4. One member of your team will check out and sign off on a camcorder, and we’ll go outside the D building while teams will practice getting the 12 basic shot types we've been studying. Be sure to set your camera to record to the hard drive and check your white balance settings for optimal lighting. Check that your audio recording level is turned up, and take turns with your team capturing the 12 basic shot types. Use the built in microphone to record your voice telling us what shot type you are capturing. As you are working, I will be randomly testing students on the camcorder parts and the settings you have learned so far.

Essential Question: How directors and camera operators on a film crew utilize their equipment and settings to capture professional-looking video?

Learning Objective: 
Students will be able to use their camera equipment and program its settings effectively and safely.

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