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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the NEX Family
Introduction to the NEX-3 and NEX-5
Is the VG10 really the best for shooting video?

Chapter 2: NEX Lenses

Working with Sony E-mount Lenses
SEL-1855
SEL-16F28
Light Sensitivity
Color Accuracy
SEL-18200
Future E Mounts
Non Sony E-mount Lenses
Working with Lens Adaptors
Sony LA-EA1 Lens Adaptor
Using A-mount Lenses with the LA-EA1 Lens Adaptor
What You Need to Know about Using A-mount Lenses
Lens Adaptors Not from Sony

Chapter 3: NEX-3 and NEX-5 Setup

Initial Setup
Video Setup

Setup Menu
Image Size Menu
Brightness/Image Size Menu
Controlling White Balance

Chapter 4: Audio Recording

Sony ECM-SST1 Microphone for the NEX-3 and NEX-5
VG10 Microphone
Understanding Digital Audio Recording
The Myth of Manual Level Control
The NEX AGC Function

Chapter 5: NEX Shoot Mode

Obtaining the Correct Shutter speed
Understanding Shutter Speed
NEX-3 and NEX-5 Aperture Priority Mode
Set Exposure Compensation
Set WB
WB Tint Correction
Define Custom WB Setting
Define a C. Temp./Filter
Create a Color Temperature Setting
Create a Filter
Use a Custom Filter
Creative Styles
Image Adjustments
Contrast Adjustment
Saturation Adjustment
Sharpness Adjustment

Chapter 6: Focusing a NEX

Auto Focus
E-mount Lenses
Sony A-mount Lenses
Third-party Adaptors
Manual Focus
E-mount Lenses
Sony A-mount Lenses
Third-party Adaptors
Direct Manual Focus
Holding a NEX
Sony CLM-V55 Clip-on LCD HDMI Monitor

Chapter 7: NEX Shooting Guide

Understanding DOF
Transitioning from Photos to Video
AF Focus Zone
Locking AE and AF
Deep DOF
Step 1: Set Creative Style
Step 2: Select a Wide-angle Lens
Step 3: Place Camera Close to the Subject
Step 4: Zoom Lens as Little as Possible
Step 5: Set the Aperture
Step 6: Press Shutter Halfway to Preset AF and AE, then Check Shutter Speed
Step 7: Add ND Correction
Step 8: Set Exposure Compensation
Step 9: White Balance
Step 10: Record
Shallow DOF
Step 1: Set Creative Style
Step 2: Select a Zoom Lens
Step 3: Place Camera Far from the Subject
Step 4: Zoom Lens as Much as Possible
Step 5: Set the Aperture to the Target
Step 6: Press Shutter Halfway to Preset AF and AE, then Check Shutter Speed
Step 7: Add ND Correction
Step 8: Set Exposure Compensation
Step 9: Set White Balance
Step 10: Record
Example DOF Options
DOF Range
Hyperfocal Distance

Chapter 8: Editing AVCHD

It's a Bird, a Plane, it's Both and it's Neither
Will You Create Interlaced Movies?
Will You Create Progressive Movies?
Will You Create Interlace and Progressive Movies?
Non-native or Native Editing?
Software Dictates Choice
Hardware Dictates Choice
Non-native Editing
Importing Video
Archive Your Source Files
Intermediate Codec Editing
Apple Final Cut Pro
Apple iMovie 09/11
Avid Media Composer
Native Editing
Sony Vegas Media Studio Platinum
Export MPEG-2 Movie with Stereo to Blu-ray Disc
Export AVC Movie with 5.1 AC-3 as AVCHD to a DVD

Appendix A: VG10 Shoot Mode

Shoot Mode
Shutter Priority Mode
Manual Mode
Program AE Mode
Aperture Priority Mode