Archive for the ‘Canon 5D Mark II’ Category
From a Chinese Forum
New Firmware Version?
Apparently the new version doesn’t add the new functionality we’ve all been waiting for.
Forum Link: http://translate.google.de/…..
I did receive an email a couple days ago saying we’d see a new firmware for the 5D Mark II to make it compatible with the WFT-E4 II. That new firmware should appear any day now I’m told.
thanks Michael & marco
This image is actually from the 1D Mark IV. So does that cast some doubt on 60fps @ 720p being available in the 5D Mark II firmware update?
5D Mark II Menu System with new Firmware | photo: Planet5D
The new firmware for the 5D Mark II will not only feature 24p, but there will also be a 720p @ 60fps mode.
I neglected reporting on this because I just figured that was a given. I’ve received numerous tips on this.
Can-Do Film Festival
Philip Bloom has announced a film festival focusing on films made with Canon hybrid DSLR’s.
Read more at Planet5D: http://blog.planet5d.com/….
Video Aliasing Issues
The EOS 5D Mark II, 7D and 1D Mark IV (no word on the T1i) appear to be affected by the issue.
What’s the deal?
“The article by Barry Green is about the oft-reported “aliasing” artifacts in video from the Canon HDSLRs (5D Mark II, 7D, 1D Mark IV). Barry does a great job of backing up a few steps and defining the term aliasing.
Aliasing occurs when you sample something infrequently enough that you create an impression of something that wasn’t there. Imagine a blinking light in a room with a door. You must open the door to check the status of the light. If you open the door often enough, you get a pretty good picture of the status of the light, maybe something like on, on on, off off off, on on on, etc. Your samples are frequent enough to accurately represent the light’s activity.”
Read all about it at Planet5D
“Shane Hurlbut has a new video posted on his website with a little contest going on behind it, you’ve got to discover which parts of the video were done with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and which were done with a Sony 950 and an Arri 235 (yes, a film camera!).
I’ve seen plenty of comments/blogs/forums where someone is saying it is difficult to combine the different formats or the Canon EOS 5D Mark II isn’t made to do big screen movies etc. Well folks, Shane is just doing it. You should see the excitement he showed at the Collision Conference 2 months ago during his keynote presentation (actually, I think we might be able to share some of that – keep watching this space).
He is just so excited about the new options he and his team have to produce beautiful moving images. Read more about Shane and what his team are doing over on Shane’s blog!”
See Planet5D: http://blog.planet5d.com/2009/10/…….
I did very poorly at this.
London, 20 October 2009 – Canon today announces that it is currently developing a firmware update to the EOS 5D Mark II to enable the recording of high definition 1080p video at 24 and 25fps. The decision to develop new firmware to support these features has been taken following feedback received from cinematographers and photographers.
Read all about it at Planet5D: http://blog.planet5d.com/…..
Some food for thought
The following information is from one of my regular contributors. Read, enjoy and discuss.
5D2, 7D and 1D4
Digic IV was not designed as a video processing chip, hence it cannot downscale multi Megapixel images in real-time at a frame rate needed for video. The fastest camera ever released by the company is the 7D and it can only down sample by pixel binning close to ten 18MP images to any smaller size a second. Current implementation skips vertical and horizontal lines then averages pixel values.
Digic V has a new on die area for video processing which lets it do up to 60 1080p frames a second with help from a pre-encoding ASIC chip that does pixel binning really fast. This will generate an image with almost no visible artifacts or moire. It will still be a step below RAW video but quality will be usable on production environments and on heavily detailed scenes.
I have not heard anything about a RAW module for SLR cameras. It seems far fetched since the CF module on these cameras just can’t feed that kind of data for video even in sRAW. The only raw module I have seen specs on will be an option package on the upcoming line of video specific products in 2010.
The 5D MII 24p firmware seems to be on hold, it has been tested since the camera was a prototype and there is simply no reason why the 5D can’t do 1080 24p or 720p 30. The upcoming 1D Mark IV will have even better video than the 7D from the specs Ive heard about and this camera will not be released this year as speculated. So Canon doesn’t
really need to release a new update for the 5D. One interesting
thing that might cement this decision is that the rolling shutter on the 5D MII is much nastier in 24p and they probably thought it was just not good enough to release it. If the patch is released expect heavy rolling shutter.
1D Mark IV what to look for based on part lists from suppliers and engineers:
-Completely new AF module akin to that on the 7D but with several times as many AF points. The tracking performance on this will be the best in the industry for many years. Video focus assist will be improved in speed five fold.
-Video: 1080p 24,30,25 720p 50, 60, SD with improved picture and audio control limits. Improved video processing. If it has Digic V it will be a true binning downscale and a big jump in quality.
-No swivel screen, improved contrast and color gamut.
-12 fps at full 14bit. – this is not confirmed just rumored by staff outside of the project!
The 1D line is guarded air tight and even many engineers working on modules for the camera have not even seen the full spec list.
“A little birdy just whispered something pretty remarkable into my ear. I cannot verify this AT ALL but rumor has it that Canon may be prepping to unveil a RAW or sRAW recording module for the 5D2, 7D, etc, which would record possibly via the CF card slot. Apparently they are being tested and used now.
Will post more details later if I get any. Don’t know about framerates or RAW vs sRAW. And again, this is totally unconfirmed, from a single “high-placed” source.”
Read More: http://reduser.net/forum/…..
Official Canon Survey
Canon has sent invites to folks to participate in a survey geared towards video in SLR’s.
Survey Here: http://survey.cusa.canon.com/Pub/2wS26J/Link.html
The survey is only for US residents. You can tell a fib and answer “yes” to that question.
It’s nice to see Canon asking for feedback from the users.
A french filmmaker references firmware version 1.1.4.
This is from the Reduser forum. If you check the image below, you’ll see the 5D Mark II having a claimed software version 1.1.4.
Check the far left side.
Firmware 1.1.4 Mentioned - Click for Larger.
Read More: http://reduser.net/forum/showthread.php?t=34997
From our friend at Cinema5D
A new post at the Cinema5D forums talks about a new firmware update for the 5D Mark II.
You can apparently select between 24p, 25p and 30p.
It’s noted that the jello effect may actually get worse in 24p and 25p.
Talk away : http://www.cinema5d.com/viewtopic.php….