I have a 700D and want to use EOS Utility remote shooting to make videos. I want to avoid using Auto Focus as it is SO loud as it constantly focuses. I can't seem to find a way to manually focus through the utility using MF. Only option so far has been to focus the camera first on the actual camera, and then begin shooting. But as I am filming myself on camera it would be ideal to be able to focus manually through the utility itself.

Many thanks!

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    This appears to be video specific. It would probably be a better fit on Video Production. A moderator should be able to move it for you. – AJ Henderson Dec 9 '14 at 15:42

The EOS utility can only adjust the focus on your camera when the lens is set to AF (as it needs to use the motors in the lens to move the elements).

If your lens is set to AF you should be able to adjust the focus in EOS Utility using this area:

image of EOS Utility Focus Control Panel
Note the arrow buttons in particular, these can be used for adjusting the focus remotely by eye

However, as this will use the same motors that are generating noise, it may not be a solution for you.

To reduce focussing noise, your options would probably be to either continue manually focussing the lens, or buy a new lens that produces less noise when focussing. Canons lenses with STM in the name have motors that allow near-silent focusing when shooting video, so you may want to have a look at them in particular.

Example STM lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

  • Those arrow buttons are unfortunate. A slider that lets you change focus as quickly or slowly as you like would be more like a real focus ring and much easier to control. – Caleb Dec 9 '14 at 16:06
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    @WilliamShakespeare agreed, the buttons are not particularly easy to use. – a_henderson Dec 9 '14 at 16:09

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