Fujifilm X-T4 for Video :: Everything you need to know!

published on July 20, 2020

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The video capabilities of the new Fujifilm xt 4 this is a pre-production model that foods you were kind enough to send me for about a week I did a video already and in that video I talked about mostly the stills capabilities the new

Image stabilization there is a lot going on with this camera in terms of improvements and so I wanted to break this out and do a completely separate video which is this one and we're just going to talk about video capabilities

So when the previous model the XT 3 was released I think that was one of those groundbreaking cameras in terms of the feature set that Fujifilm included giving us these tools to do all these incredible things with video so we now

Had 4k recording everything from 24 P up to 60 P we had 10 bit output your chroma subsampling was four to zero internal you could use an external recorder and go out to four to two that was a really incredible camera I think especially for

The price that it came at so the XT 4 has taken a lot of that group of feature sets and it's improved on them and I want to clear this up because there's two comments I've been seeing first of all people think that this is just kind

Of an update to the xt 3 I wouldn't look at it like that because there's some major features that you couldn't do on the XT 3 that Fujifilm listening to their user base they've now given us the other thing people will tend to say as

Well I just bought my XT 3 and now it's obsolete I want to make a comment about that the xt 3 has only been out for a little over a year in fact by my calculations it's like about 14 months since it became available so that's not

That old by camera standards sure if it's a phone it might be considered a little bit aging but we're talking about cameras here it's still an incredible camera and if it has the tool set that you need to create the kind of work that

You want to do it's going to be at a cheaper price point now and I think that's still a very valid option now the XT 4 is going to add a lot to it and if those are things that you need in the video that you want to make I think it's

A great option to go with – I just want to make a comment though that the XT 3 is still a perfectly great camera it's still available and at the price point that you're going to be able to get it at it's an incredible deal but in this

Video I've got some footage that I've shot that I want to share with you and I want to go through some of the biggest differences in the new xt4 first of all the biggest thing is we have a new dedicated movie mode we have much

Improved auto focus performance we now have image stabilization we obviously have a flip screen there's a new battery and I want to talk about battery life a little bit and how that I've had a couple days to shoot some video with

This camera we have things like in HD you get 240 frames a second which is a 10 times slow-motion you can record to both card slots at once so you now have a backup of any video clip that you've just filmed there is an F log view

Assist so if you don't want to look at washed-out log footage you can basically apply a LUT to the monitor and film as normal I want to talk about crop factors because this is kind of a big deal depending on what you're shooting there

Is a new feature called movie optimized control which allows you to make adjustments from either the touch screen or using the command dials so there's a lot to cover so we're going to dive in so the biggest difference in the way

This camera operates from the XT 3 is you now have a dedicated movie mode it's no longer separated out as a drive setting and so there's a dedicated switch on the right of the EVF where you can either be in stills mode or video

Mode now what I really like about this is that you can actually set the camera up for shutter speed white balance picture profile film simulation whatever it is that you want to have that set up to do stills with you can move over to

Movie mode and you can set that up with different shutter speeds maybe a different film simulation maybe a different aperture setting depending on how you have this camera setup and so when you switch back and forth they're

Two distinctive modes so it remembers where you were and this is a huge deal if you are a hybrid shooter and you like to go back and forth between shooting Stills and video this will give you an enormous amount of flexibility and it's

Really nice to have Sony so let's talk a little bit about autofocus improvements on the xt for now this one was kind of tough for me because all I knew is that it had improved autofocus so this was pre launch with a pre-production model

And so when I was shooting stills with this you did noticed it's a little bit zippier and a little bit faster but that's not really a metric that I can give you but I do want to share this in video mode now I know that a lot of

Video shooters do not like to use autofocus but some do I go back and forth but I have a huge need for I'm using autofocus right now when you have iaf and you can trust a camera to stay in focus and lock-on that's a big deal

Now the Fuji with the xt3 i thought was pretty good with autofocus it would drift a little bit I mean there were some inconsistencies with it and all that has been cleared up on the xt for now

Another thing that i want to point out and this is not just specific to the xt 4 you can do this on many fuji film cameras but you do get a customizable auto focus when you are in movie mode so if you've ever gone through the menus

And you've looked at the different autofocus modes fuji has different scenarios set up for depending on the shooting conditions in the situation that you're shooting in so you really do need to pay attention to that and adjust

Your autofocus accordingly for stills now once you're over in movie mode you do have user customizable auto focus and so you can really tweak this out so I want to show you an example but I need to show it to you on here so let me

Switch cameras hold on a second okay so we are filming on the XT for right now I'm just in the pro via film simulation and we are using IAF and by default this is usually not turned on so make sure you go into your settings and turn it on

Your gonna know it's on because when you look at the monitor you're going to see a little square around your eye and another square green one indicating the face and so the tracking on this is much better like I can just trust it to talk

To the camera and it will stay in focus it won't clip onto something behind me and try and move it and so it also tracks if we move forward or if I move back I'm by the way I'm also using the 10 to 24 millimeter f4 zoom lens right

Now and we are wide open at f4 but it is much zippier and I have another little test I want to show you but I need a prop hold on so we're gonna use the zeiss test chart for this little example here but let's say for a second that

You're recording some kind of demonstration maybe a youtube video since that's what I do well a common thing that you might want to do and I do it when I do male videos and everything else when I show photographs I hold them

Up to the lens and all of a sudden your focal distance changes and the object changes that the focus is trying to settle in on and so what you end up getting is just a second words trying to acquire focus but what's cool is you can

Go into user custom focus settings and you can adjust not only the sensitivity but also the speed so when I hold something up like this it is in focus and then when I go back it zips to my eye and it's really fast and you don't

Notice it this is something that's super slow on other cameras and I am a big fan of being able to switch auto focus like that it's really pretty amazing and while we're filming on the X see for this is probably a good time to

Talk about film simulations because we have a new one which is called a turn-up bleach bypass now right now I'm not doing anything fancy I'm just in standard Pro via film simulation which is kind of the default on this camera

There are some others that are really nice as well personally I'm kind of a big fan of Astia soft if you want a little bit of a film look but you don't want it too intense classic chrome can also be nice now we are in pretty high

Contrast lighting in my studio here I would say start to be careful with some of these because this one starts making skin tones fade out a little bit and used to look like a vampire and we also have a Turner was a big one on the XT

Three now aterna is a film simulation that is based on a fuji film stock that was used in movie film and it's a really nice profile to use in fact if you were shooting in a flog you can go to Fuji films website and you can download a lot

For a Turner so what it'll do is it'll take your F log footage and it will just convert that to a Turner why would you want to do that well when you're using a lot and filming in law let's say that you want

To rescue some shadow detail or maybe even some cases bring back some highlight detail it allows you to set that up under the LUT and then you feed that into the light and it gives you much more control over what it is that

You're doing I actually love a Turner I love the fact that it's a little bit flat itself and so you can add additional color grating on top if you need to it's really quite nice now I do want to talk about the new film

Simulations in this camera this first one was introduced with the X Pro 3 at the end of last year this is classic negative which ends up being a very high contrast and I would say this the last two film simulations that Fujifilm has

Added including classic negative in this new one that we're gonna look at in just a second the aterna bleach bypass these end up moving into the territory of looks and so I think when you're filming a talking head like you're looking at

Now they get a little heavy-handed I think they look awesome on still photos but be very careful with video if you're shooting a film or you're shooting something that's very dramatic this could be a really cool look I just think

It's really strange when you're listening to me talk and you're seeing as weird both film look over-the-top but anyway this is classic negative and finally we have a turn a bleach bypass this one is definitely heavy-handed it

Looks a lot different when you're in even lighting right here it's kind of making me look like a ghost but this actually is a look that people use in filmmaking applied to made a comment in the last video the

Movie 300 yes 300 uses a lot of bleach bypasses the technique and it's basically a process in the chemicals of skipping a step but this is the look that it yields and it's actually really interesting it's very high contrast but

It makes skin tones go a little bit flat but it still leaves textures in the face anyway those are the two new picture profiles that we see on the xt for classic negative we didn't have originally on the xt 3 so on to include

That here and then of course the bleach bypass a Turner profile now I only have one battery and I'm trying to conserve because I've been shooting all day on this camera and I want to get this video done so I'm gonna switch back to the

Other camera so I want to talk about the big new feature in the XT 4 which is image stabilization we have a new embody image stabilization that moves on the sensor and we also have a digital is that can enhance that and I've got some

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Again that is Squarespace com / AOP and I want to thank the folks at Squarespace for sponsoring another episode of the art of photography one of the thing that I want to share with you guys that I think is much improved on the xt4 is

I've got the gimbal out and I'm moving around changing my exposure I have the set up filming video right now using auto ISO now the way that ISO works on Fuji film cameras if you've ever shot video on them is that it works in 1/3

Stop increments and sometimes that if you're doing a long track shot your exposures changing you're doing like a vlog like this you can start to see it step up and down this is much improved in the XT

Or it still does it it's just much faster so obviously you would want to lock down your ISO settings especially if you're going to be stationary in one setting shooting in one exposure condition but just know that it's much

Improved if you need to go to auto ISO for your settings also note that I'm shooting auto focus with IAF and it is the best I've seen on any Fujifilm camera so image stabilization is a new addition to the xt lineup we've only

Seen it in two previous fuji film cameras the XH 1 and then in medium format with the GFX 100 it works really well on both those cameras that was really excited that they added this to the XT for now I've already reviewed and

Talked about these stills capabilities with image stabilization and I think that embody image stabilization is absolutely fantastic in fact for me personally it opens up a whole new world of possibilities on lenses that I just

Couldn't do before especially longer lenses like the 90 millimeter f/2 that's a lens that needs a lot of light and when you don't have image stabilization your bottom shutter speed even if you on have really steady hands on a good day

Is gonna be maybe 190th of a second when you start to go lower than that things start to blur out and so having image stabilization capabilities on this camera now internally is incredible now it works a lot differently in video mode

Than it does in stills mode so the way that image stabilization works is you actually have a motor on the sensor and it's actually going to move on five axes to compensate for movements or shakiness in your hands now that is just in body

Image stabilization or some people call it ibis this will also work in conjunction with optical image stabilization which is built into some lenses now not every lens has optical image stabilization this one happens to

This is the 10 to 24 millimeter f/4 it has optical image stabilization so you can expect a little better performance with a lens that does support optical image stabilization in fact that is probably my favorite mode on this camera

In addition to that Fuji has also provided a digital image stabilization and then also a boost mode on top of that now I want to say up front I'm not a huge fan of any camera manufacturers digital image stabilization I just don't

Think we've gotten there yet there's one exception and that is a GoPro now a GoPro has a teeny tiny sensor and it is extremely different when you're dealing with the small rather than blowing that up to aps-c in

This case it's a huge difference and so other than the GoPro I just have not seen digital image stabilization work but I did do some testing for you guys so you can see the difference for yourself I went down to Sundance square

Because they have these awesome fountains and I wanted to do some testing at various speeds so I did some 24p footage I did some 60p footage that was over cranked and then slowed down and post and I also tested out the 1080p

Footage that you can do at 240 frames a second and you can see some of that here it actually works really well that is one of the highest frame rates on any camera that's ever been released and it's not a gimmick mode it actually

Looks pretty decent of course you're seeing it up scaled to 4k here but it retains a lot of detail and looks really good this is a 10 times speed reduction and what it does is it actually slows it down in camera so it's going to just

Give you a file in the end that matches the frame rate that you're shooting on with the camera you don't have to do anything in post so all of the shots that you're looking at were done handheld I was just holding the camera

And shooting away and I used a couple different lenses I used the 10 to 24 I also used my 56 millimeter F 1 point 2 which has no optical image stabilization built in so it's only IVIS in the camera and to be honest with you both of them

Worked extremely well they hold the shot steady it's not going to replace a gimbal and I don't think it was ever intended to I think this was designed with stills in mind first and I'm trying to hold this pretty steady but if you

Want handheld look like you see on TV shows or even in some movies it works really well it takes out all the micro jitters and just I would say don't expect to move with this walk with it or replace the gimbal with it but in my own

Opinion I think that it looks absolutely fabulous for handheld shooting so so far all of the examples that you've seen are with either just in body image stabilization or in body Plus optical image stabilization so what happens when

We add digital image stabilization into that mix it's going to use all three at once now I've found that my results really varied I didn't see a vast improvement maybe just a minor improvement with

Certain scenes but anytime you have anything complicated in the background or if you're using a wider angle it starts to warble a little bit and this is exactly the problem have with digital image stabilization I

Don't think that this is a Fujifilm problem necessarily I just think it's something that hasn't really been solved in any camera technology yet and so I really found that the best way to go was just to use the straight up in body

Image stabilization plus optical image stabilization even when you go into power boost it does hold it very steady but again it all depends on the context and the scene that you're working with now I also want to say that this model

Is a pre-production camera with pre-production firmware and so I don't want to go too into this other than my initial impressions until I do a full review and I think that's only fair to Fuji film and it's only fair to you guys

Because what you may get and the released product may be a little bit different than this it may be a little more refined I'm just showing you what I got on this camera right now I will do a full review later but having said that

The straight-up regular image stabilization works really well and I'm very happy with this this opens up a whole new world of possibilities that you can do with this camera much like shooting stills in very

Low light you can now shoot video handheld no tripod at all I never once locked this camera off today when I was shooting with it and it looks fantastic another thing to be aware of on this camera is crop factor now when you're

Recording at 24 25 or 30 P there is no crop factor you get a full day to read out even with image stabilization or in body image stabilization that is still the case now as soon as you start adding digital image stabilization that's how

It works it needs a little crop area of the cameron it's about 118 crop factor so it's not much but if you're really stickler about this just know that if you need to use digital image stabilization that you do have that crop

There is an additional crop when you're shooting at 4k 60p and that can go up to 12 9 if you're using digital image stabilization I will say this though Canon it's not as bad as it could be and I think that Fuji have done a lot with a

Very minimal amount of cropping even when you're at 129 it's really not the end of the world and mainly you're gonna notice that when you're using ultra wide-angle lenses like this one where you can go down to 10 millimeters and I

Think that it's a pretty fair trade-off there are some limitations with recording times when you're recording internally with the xt4 so if you're recording at 24 frames a second 25 a second 30 frames a second you are

Stuck with the standard limit of just under 30 minutes of recording time this has to do with the European tax and it's just how it is and so it caps off at that and so if you're planning on recording an event or something really

Long with the xt4 you're either gonna need to restart the camera use two cameras so you have it covered anyway there is that limitation if you want unlimited recording and it's not a bad option you can go with the HDMI out as

Long as you have power supplied to the camera and you can record as long as you want through the HDMI port to an external recorder so that's the workaround for that there are some limitations when you start going up in

Frame rates so for instance with sixty P you are limited to a 20 minute clip that probably has to do with more internal heating on the camera and I haven't had a chance to test 60 P with an external recorder yet so I don't know if that's

Lifted or not I imagine it is but don't take my word for it at this point I don't really cover a lot of video on this channel because it's a photography channel and so I deal more with the stills side of things but what's really

Interesting about cameras like the XT for even the XT 3 when it came along that enable us to do this hybrid style of shooting where we can do both I think the Lions are really getting blurred between what is still

Photography and what is video photography and especially when you look at outlets like Instagram even with Facebook video YouTube I think that most photographers are probably to some extent shooting video the XT 4 is really

The next generation and all this for me and I feel like as good as the cameras the XT 3 is and if those are the features that you need you can get an incredible price right now but this is the one I would actually recommend I

Really am impressed with this camera and it allows me to be able to do both Stills and video by only using one set up and you know give you another example I've got a review coming on this which I've only done previews so far this is

The X 105 or the X 100 V depending on what you want to call it it shoots incredible video too and it's amazing and so this is something that if you guys would like me to cover more on I would be happy to I would really love to

Hear from you so drop me a comment below see you guys in the next video until then later

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