Posts Tagged ‘canon eos 5d mark ii

27
May
09

blog bomb – 5dmkii manual control!

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We spoke and Canon listened!  No more need to compromise with inferior workarounds, this firmware update makes the 5dmkii perform like a video camera that also takes ridiculously awesome stills.  Does this added firmware, with the implication of more to come down the road (24p anyone?), effectively trump the release of Red’s Scarlet?  With the 5dmkii’s 1080p and a full frame 24mm x 36mm sensor, all Scarlet has on the it is 3k image capture, 24p, over and under-cranking… ok maybe that comment is more provocative than plausible.  But with the tag line An epic begins with M I do believe Canon has flipped the flame switch to on.

For my new freelance business (have I mentioned I went freelance?) the 5dmkii could totally be the defacto webisode camera of choice.  Knowing that one should always produce with broadcast hd standards in mind, 30p is a great source frame rate for video destined for the web and can be easily dropped into a 29.97 time line and printed to HDCAM SR, IMX, DigiBeta or what have you.  All that with a little bit of ye olde ProRes transcode and Color grading, of course.

LATimes.com, WashingtonPost.com, NYTimes.com; take a page out of the Tyler Ginter combat photographer’s handbook and put these puppies in the field.  The 5dmkii very well could become the video journalist’s weapon of choice. Great stills, great video, and with a little bit of help solid sound.  Check out Tyler’s demo of the 5dmkii combined with a  Sennheiser Evolution G2 100 wireless lavalier mic:

Gotta run to a meeting of the minds, but hope this news gets your engines revved.

proactively • pulling focus • peter

***UPDATE 2 June 2009***

Here’s the link to download the firmware and a quick review of the firmware install by my friend Paul here.

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

05
Jan
09

5d mark ii – digital camera raw compatibility update

Happy New Year!  Think the Canon 5D Mark II isn’t top of mind over at Apple?

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Think again.  Topping the list of the new RAW compatibility update, the 5D Mark II is poised to start the new year off right… with a DSLR filmmaking revolution!  And check out this new camera shootout from Zacuto, first seen (by me at least) over at the DCFCPUG website.

And if your mind is made up and you’re ready to pony up the bills for a 5dmarkii, check out the other DSLR cinematography stuff you might want to include in that order.

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And enjoy this here ye olde video:

proactively • wondering what this new year will bring • peter

23
Dec
08

monitoring 1080p30 from the 5dmarkii

Received an inquiry from a reader and after writing up my response realized this might make good bloggery.  His question was essentially How do I look at the stuff I’m shooting on my shiny new Canon 5D Mark II? (my own editorial tone added for consistency’s sake).  Bonusly, I’ve stepped up my blog game and embedded url’s in the pics so click through to get more info.

Monitoring 1080p is a considerable undertaking, especially if you want to do it right.  First things first, you’ll need to start with a

Apple Mac Pro

Apple Mac Pro

or a

Apple 17" Macbook Pro

Apple 17" Macbook Pro

or both.

Burning a Blu-Ray disc requires software like

Apple Compressor 3

Apple Compressor 3

and an external BluRay disc burner

LG LightScribe

LG LightScribe

Bonus link here to build your own Compressor BluRay setting.

Monitoring native 1080p30 out of Final Cut Pro is can be a bit tricky, essentially you’ll need a capture card like the Matrox MXO for instance

Matrox MXO

Matrox MXO

and a monitor of some kind, preferably with native 1080p resolution like the

Dell 2407 WFP

Dell 2407 WFP

or the

Apple 23-inch Cinema Display

Apple 23-inch Cinema Display

I’m using a setup similar to this at home.  At work we use an AJA Kona 3

AJA KONA 3

AJA KONA 3

monitoring on an HD  broadcast monitor via HD-SDI

JVC DT-V24L3DU

JVC DT-V24L3DU

Otherwise, you can simply view the footage in FCP’s canvas as it plays back in your time line and not worry about the expense of a setup like this until the finishing stage.  Then you could happily walk your project over to a facility with the professional setup and order from their lunch menu while a Colorist cracks jokes and crushes your blacks.

It’s the dollars vs doable decisions that really make this craft an art form IMHO.  Cranking out broadcast quality 1080p material on a 10k FCP setup (and it really is 10k if you’re paying for all the software) is not something you can do overnight. But, it can be done.

proactively • man that’s a lot of alliteration • peter

07
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 2 – Editing 5dmarkii footage

Whipped up a quick video toot for anyone who wants to edit the Reverie footage but is having a tough time working with the native 1080p h264 Quicktime files. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to see the FCP interface text clearly.

Hopefully everything I’m saying there is making sense. Fast, good, and cheap; I picked fast and cheap.

**UPDATE**

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has posted their video analysis of 5dmkii source footage.  With the disclaimer that this analysis is based on footage produced by a beta model of the camera, they report:

It looks like the GOP-structure of the clips are one I-frame for each 15 P-frame. No B-frames.

Click thru for the full report and pics of bitrate histogram and footage properties! (In English)

**UPDATE END**

And in case you haven’t seen the Reverie film because the Canon link is down, here’s the video on Vimeo until it’s taken down:

And here’s some more footage shot with the 5dmkii for your viewing pleasure:

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With the wireless WFT-E4A backup disk attached:

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Vimeo member Sebastian Stevens commented on this last video, stating

Watching the movie above seems to show the seem rolling shutter problem the nikon D90 has, but when you download the original video file, the video is very stable and shows no weird image skews.

I’m really looking forward to finding more original footage from this camera. In the right hands, this is going to be a killer video capture device. Now, what about audio recording… ?

proactively • 5dmkii’ing • peter

26
Sep
08

blog bomb – canon EOS 5D Mark II

The game has changed.

Stop everything you are doing and go watch REVERIE by the Explorer of Light himself, Vincent Laforet.

From Vincent’s blog:

I’m proud to finally share this short film with everyone – no time for words – let’s let the moving images do the talking… Here is the raw footage (downsized to 1/4 resolution) from the prototype EOS 5D MKII that Canon allowed me to borrow over a 72 hour period. Many thanks to David Sparer and everyone at Canon…. The Behind the scenes video will be up shortly.

Additionally, Vincent is working with Canon to post the raw files from the camera for download:

Due to pretty incredible demand and a fair amount of (healthy) skepticism as to whether or not the footage in the “Reverie” piece is “truly” raw out of the camera, we will be releasing a series of raw clips – the exact same clips that were used in the “Reverie” short film – this coming Friday.

Good lord, he is claiming no color correction for this whole video, just the raw footage was used. And it’s shooting 1080p resolution to disk?! Combine this with the awesome glass of prime lenses and this may well spell the end for companies like Red Rock Micro, Letus35, Cinevate, and the rest of the 35mm adapter suppliers.

Holy crap, the world is standing on it’s head yet again.

proactively • up is down and left is right • peter

*** UPDATE ***

You can now download three clips from the video HERE!

Quicktime movie properties:

And if you want them (as if!), here’s the official Canon specs on the EOS 5D Mark II (which are a bit long winded and confusing), so be sure to check out Engadget’s post for the bread and butter video stuff.  Now can we adopt some slang to refer to this bad boy already?!

Now get grading!!!




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