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
Burning a Blu-Ray disc requires software like
and an external BluRay disc burner
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
and a monitor of some kind, preferably with native 1080p resolution like the
I’m using a setup similar to this at home. At work we use an AJA Kona 3
monitoring on an HD broadcast monitor via HD-SDI
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