How to Record Video on a Canon 5D Mark II

Updated July 19, 2017

The Canon 5D mark II, introduced in 2008, is a professional digital SLR with a 21.1 megapixel sensor and a very high ISO range of 100 to 6400, making it suitable for landscapes and lowlight photography. The full frame sensor, which is the same size as 35mm film, is inherently less noisy than the APS-C sensors on less expensive Canon DSLRs. The 5D Mark II also can also shoot 1080p HD video.

Press the "Menu" button, then press the Right Arrow button five times to access the "Video Setup" menu.

Press the Down Arrow five times to highlight the "Live View/Movie func." field and then press the "Set" button.

Rotate the Quick Command Dial on the back of the camera to highlight the Movie Recording field and press "Set." Rotate the Quick Command Dial again to highlight the "Enable" field and press "Set."

Rotate the Quick Command Dial to highlight the "LV Func." setting and press "Set." Rotate the Quick Command Dial to highlight "Stills + Movie" and press "Set."

Rotate the Quick Command Dial to select "Movie Display" and press "Set." Rotate the Quick Command Dial to select your desired movie resolution from the settings (1920x1080 at 30 frames per second, 1920x1080 at 24 frames per second, or 640x480 at 30 frames per second) and then press "Set."

Press the "Live View" button on the back of the camera to the left of the viewfinder. The LCD screen will show the image you are pointing the camera at.

Rotate the Mode dial on the left side of the top of the camera to the Green rectangle (Auto shooting). You can also choose "P" if you want to manually set exposure settings.

Focus the lens on what you want to shoot by rotating the lens barrel clockwise or counterclockwise to zoom the lens and the focus ring to adjust focus.

Press the "Set" button. Movie recording will begin. A green circle will display in the upper right corner of the LCD screen to indicate recording is active.

Press the "Set" button again to stop recording.


HD movies take up a lot of space on a memory card. Use a large capacity CompactFlash card when recording video.


The 5D Mark II is not designed for extended video shooting but for short clips of up to two minutes in duration. Extended movie shooting can overheat the camera and shut it down.

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