Archive for January, 2009

27
Jan
09

3 Dan Chung 5dmarkii videos

Just browsing through the videos the cinema5d.com community is posting and… wow!  Lots of good stuff, here’s a few by Dan Chung that caught my eye…

Dan Chung’s Forgotten Shanghai: The Longchang Apartments reminds me of Slumdog Millionaire.  Look at the access Dan gets to this apartment building.  And while I have no idea what is being said here, the 30 progressive frames per second articulate tomes.

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Good to see the how the 5dmarkii performs in over the shoulder, portrait, and panoramic situations.

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All natural light here and the imagery is so dusty you can taste the steaming noodles.  Read the cinema5d.com forum thread here.

Dan Chung’s Anne Enright in Uganda… From Chung’s Vimeo description, this video was …a run and gun video shot entirely on a Canon Eos5DmkII with a Nikon 17-35 f2.8, 80-200 f2.8 and Contax/Zeiss 85mm f1.4.

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Dan’s taking this camera off the shelf and out into the world where it can shine light on issues that need to be seen and heard.  The intrinsically high production quality imagery the 5dmarkii is producing can only further justify what an invaluable tool this camera is when placed in the right hands.  What’s most amazing to me is the intimacy Chung is capturing in his subjects whilst running and gunning.

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Cinema5d.com forum member FreakIndeed may say it best:

I think Dan Chung is creating the best work with this camera to date. Canon should be jumping on this guy and trying to get him to let them use his stuff for promotional purposes. Of course the only problem with that would be, Dan is using Nikon lenses!

And have I mentioned what a joy it is to pull screen grabs from a 30p source?  These are all shift-cmd-4 from the web compression folks!  Read the rest of the forum thread here.

Thirdly, I really like Dan’s …first attempt at a proper TV style news video shot entirely on an Eos5DmkII and Nikon lenses.

If all news only looked this good!  Something about the filmic black crush of the 5dmarkii that takes what typical ENG Digibeta would capture and turns it into docu-gold.

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And the prime lens fixed focal length just sucks me in to the walk and talk conversation with a man on the street.

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Old news conventions in new, fresh, filmic light indeed!

Thank you Dan Chung for putting this work out there for others to see and learn from.  It’s great to see a shooter take a cutting edge camera by the ears and steer it right out into the dirt and grime only to bring back some of the best internet documentary film making your humble narrator has seen in some time. 60 Minutes, eat your heart out.

proactively • seriously • peter

26
Jan
09

dslr cinematography – resources

Inaugural chaos here in the northwest DC suburbs followed by a helluva cold have kept me out of the blog game for a hot minute.  But while I’ve been defragging, so to speak, I did a bit of looking around at the various communities forming out there focused on making films with the Canon 5D Mark II and other DSLR cameras shooting video.

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I first learned about cinema5d.com reading Stu Maschwitz’s latest blog post.  Check out Stu’s post for a lot of great examples of the black crush issue many 5dmarkii users have been talking about.  Stu found out about the fix for this issue thanks to Keith Paisley’s cinema5d forum post.  Essentially, download QT 7.6 and *presto* no more black crush.  Of course, if you’re mid project you might not want to change anything because you will seriously alter any color grades you’ve made so far.  And also, be careful for any other upgrade gotchas changing your QT version may introduce into your system.

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DVinfo.net has created a new subforum: Canon EOS 5D Mark II for HD.  I’ve found this to be a very cool forum where video guys are looking at a still camera.  Got a question about steadicams, xlr adapters, or anything else a DoP might know post it here.

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Oppositely, over at dpreview.com the still photography guys (and girls I’m sure, sorry ladies) are looking at the video capabilities as a whole new world opening before them.  If you’ve got a question about lenses, flashes, or anything else still-photog-centric, this is the place to ask.

If you’ve got another great DSLR cinematography resource post a comment and share!  I leave you with a little bit of 5dmarkii holy-moly compliments of renowned wild bird photographer Romy Ocon

proactively • uncrushing the blacks in color, just a smidge • peter

16
Jan
09

how to – shoot hd video with 5dmarkii

Ever find a kindred spirit through the power of Vimeo contact random awesomeness?

Thanks to Tristan Tom for posting a comment here.  Through Tristan’s blog I found a link to the above video produced by Tyler Ginter.

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Tyler’s got a kick ass blog himself and is starting to get some good attention from the folks over at FreshDV.  Bonusly, my Dad got stationed at Fort Meade way back in the day, which lead to him meeting my Mom at some officer’s ball, which lead to me, which lead to this blog, which resulted in the moment you find yourself in right now.  Sort of.  Well, how ’bout that.

Anywho, Tyler’s stuff is definitely worth checking out.  And you can see the hd version of his tutorial right here.

proactively • peter

15
Jan
09

5dmarkii – presidential seal of approval

The Official Presidential Portrait

The Official Presidential Portrait

Politics aside here at pro • active • ly, I’d like to take a moment to salute both President George W. Bush on his way out and President Elect Barack Obama on his way in.  Fantastically, the official Presidential portrait was taken by Pete Souza, the newly-announced official White House photographer with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

Thanks to Max Hirn for starting the thread on DVInfo.net.

proactively • God bless America and whip this Economy into shape • peter

15
Jan
09

hd time lapse innovation

A friend of mine linked to this video in her Facebook status.  Wow.

It’s so awesome to see different ways time lapse photography is being integrated into HD video.  How cool is the internet, giving us access to great sites like Vimeo and YouTube that host this stuff.  For free.  In HD.

And I didn’t post this HD time lapse last time so, in the spirit of saving the best of the best for a follow up blog post, check this out.

Simply stunningly amazing.  Thank you Till Credner.

proactively • looking at the trigger that once pulled delivers a 5dmarkii to my apartment • peter

12
Jan
09

fcprose episode 5 – manage hd media

The trick isn’t simply cutting, coloring, and compressing your film for independent internet distribution.  The real trick is keeping your post production pipeline managed so you can cut the sequel while simultaneously finishing an extended director’s cut of the first film in Edit 2 (be it your MacBook Pro on the coffee table or a DaVinci suite with bells on it).

Or maybe you want to collect all your media from thirteen diferent internal and external hard drives and place it in a new Shared Acces Network box.  Or move all of day one’s P2 media on drive 67 and day five’s XDCAMmedia on drive 32.  Or whatever else your entreprenurial, independently film made heart desires.  Media management is your ticket.

The principles I discuss in episode 5 can be applied to all types of HD and SD media formats including footage acquired by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Canon HV30, Panasonic HVX-200, Sony EX-1, RED ONE, etc.  I highly recommend clicking through for the HD version in case you want to see FCP’s UI properly.

Hope this to0t helps with managing all those Terrablocks, G-RAIDs, and bus powered LaCie hard drives out there.

proactively • managing our medium • peter

09
Jan
09

5dmarkii – black dot bug fixed

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Paul D from canon5dmkii.net gets all the credit for this post:

Hey Peter!
Did you see that Canon released the firmware fix yesterday for the Black Dot conundrum? Yahoo!
Andrew Yip, a nature photographer from the Pacific Northwest, did a side-by-side of images before and after installing the firmware update, and the black dots are GONE.
I have the link to his comparison and the firmware on my site.

Thanks Paul!  What are you waiting for?  Scoot on over to canon5dmkii.net and check out the Andrew Yip’s side by side comparison.

proactively • begone ye olde black dots • peter




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