The feature you are describing on your a7 is "Auto Focus" the problem with auto-focus is that focus is actually a relatively hard problem to solve. An automated system has to figure out what you want to focus on and then has to achieve focus on it. There are two major problems with this.
First, for video, having a computer guess at what you want to be focused on is very dangerous. Having things very mildly out of focus is much less distracting than having the focus jump around because the computer gets confused about what it should be focusing on. Auto focus is generally just as likely to ruin a video shot as it is to save it.
Second, there are two main ways to handle auto focus. The first is contrast based detection, which doesn't require altering the sensor, but requires going past the point of focus and then returning after things start being less sharp rather than more sharp. This results in the focus "breathing" which is, again, very distracting. The other option is phase detect auto-focus. This can tell if something is in focus or not, but requires that the focus point be on a particular pixel which has to be altered to be able to both capture the visual information as well as capture phase information to determine if things are in focus. This complicates the sensor and means there is less room for light gathering, so these hybrid sensors aren't really super desirable due to their limited areas of being able to focus and cost to the consistency of the sensor.
For these reasons, professional camera bodies don't generally have auto-focus while shooting. Many of the Black Magic cameras actually do have Auto-focus, but it's contrast based and intended to be used before you begin shooting, not while the shot is going.
That doesn't mean these cameras don't give you tools to help with focusing. The main aid they give is a feature called "focus peaking". Focus peaking analyses the image and looks for the areas of the image that are the sharpest. It then highlights the edged detected for the top x% of sharpest lines and/or points in the image. This is typically configurable on better camera bodies. This visual information lets the operator know where the focal plain in the image is and easily make manual adjustments on the fly without overshooting.
It's possible to do this as a single camera operator with a little bit of practice, even for relatively complicated shots, but on higher end productions, 2-3 people actually operate the camera to simplify things. One person would be the "follow focus" operator. A follow focus is simply a system of gears that rig the focus ring of the lens to a dial that can be controlled by another operator. This ring can normally be marked with a dry erase marker to label what spots they need to hit and they'll also typically have a monitor with focus peaking to allow them to see what they are doing. This operator can then remotely adjust focus for the camera without taking the main camera operator's attention away from framing and executing the shot itself.
Sometimes these follow focus controls may actually be used by a single camera operator as well since they can pivot the orientation of the ring to be more logically following in and out and to give a finer grained control over the focus ring by not gearing 1:1.