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Title: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Canon Rumors on November 03, 2011, 09:05:32 PM

Mobius in 1080P

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Vincent Laforets Blog


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Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Edwin Herdman on November 04, 2011, 03:42:02 AM
Visuals are pretty competitive with regular film - though frame transitions at the beginning look a bit choppy.

I'll keep my thoughts about the actual content to myself.  Vincent is a former PJ, though - I'm surprised he would sign on to sensationalize a topic like this.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: PeterJ on November 04, 2011, 04:37:17 AM
I just took a low-resolution screen capture of one of the frames (to avoid copyright problems) and noticed a 'baddy' appears to be shooting with all his fingers on the outside of the trigger guard. Maybe this model includes some new wireless trigger options?

(http://i44.tinypic.com/2lbkk5i.jpg)
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: CJRodgers on November 04, 2011, 05:07:30 AM
I think it definately competes with quality of cinema and high end t.v stuff. Looks great. How much will it be with it be with the lenses etc?
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Edwin Herdman on November 04, 2011, 05:58:27 AM
I just took a low-resolution screen capture of one of the frames (to avoid copyright problems) and noticed a 'baddy' appears to be shooting with all his fingers on the outside of the trigger guard.
No.  Look again.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: PeterJ on November 04, 2011, 07:17:15 AM
I just took a low-resolution screen capture of one of the frames (to avoid copyright problems) and noticed a 'baddy' appears to be shooting with all his fingers on the outside of the trigger guard.
No.  Look again.
Can't see it to be honest, still looks to me as though on that plane the trigger would be behind his index finger as normally used for the 'trigger' finger and you can see his knuckle clearly. I've recently started suffering from arthritis and now use my middle finger for any triggering including a camera and it's a mixed blessing because now I find while it might look odd I get a bit of extra stability from my index finger. In that shot though it looks like his middle finger would be below the trigger.

Anyway was just a bit of a fun post, I was thinking to myself that with increased video resolution a few production staff will probably need to get used to a bit more detail showing up. Not into video myself but I went on a tour of a movie set years ago and was amazed how unrealistic the set looked in real life when you'd never notice it at 480p or whatever the resolution of the day was.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: unfocused on November 04, 2011, 10:30:18 AM
Script: The Photographer, now trapped by the desperadoes, glances up and sees the reflection of the sun bouncing off his own camera lens. 

His final thought: Dang! I knew I should have used a lens hood!
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: outsider on November 04, 2011, 11:17:28 AM
His final thought: Dang! I knew I should have used a lens hood!
Or
I should have kept the sun behind me when shooting!
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: rocketdesigner on November 04, 2011, 11:21:37 AM
I just took a low-resolution screen capture of one of the frames (to avoid copyright problems) and noticed a 'baddy' appears to be shooting with all his fingers on the outside of the trigger guard.
No.  Look again.

My question ... why did the bad guys jump out of their vehicle - after the good guy's car stalled and he took off on foot...they could have just ran him over :)
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 04, 2011, 11:45:18 AM
How come there isn't a lot of discussion about the new video camera? Are people disappointed?  Isn't the 50Mbs the same data rate as the 5DMKII? Doesn't it use the same codec as 1Dx? So why the is it $20K?
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Edwin Herdman on November 04, 2011, 03:35:32 PM
Hmm, Vincent actually allowed my novel-length bitchfest against the movie.  I was expecting him to, but it's nice.

As much as I thought the plot was unbelievable and maybe even silly, you wonder if life imitates art sometimes:  link (http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/brazilian-cops-chase-down-drug-plane/2011/11/03/gIQAXxYCjM_video.html) (from yesterday!)

I just took a low-resolution screen capture of one of the frames (to avoid copyright problems) and noticed a 'baddy' appears to be shooting with all his fingers on the outside of the trigger guard.
No.  Look again.

My question ... why did the bad guys jump out of their vehicle - after the good guy's car stalled and he took off on foot...they could have just ran him over :)
Because (to be ungenerous) it's a film with a stupid plot.  That's all.

The use of the mobius strip to condense the plot is clever (when you walk around a mobius strip you end up in the same place, in 3D space, but on the different side of the strip so you wouldn't be able to "see" your starting point - this is essentially what the film is doing but in four dimensions, instead), but that doesn't really make up for the plot failings (imo).  It's kind of silly to give the viewer a "god perspective" and then contrast that with the main character looking so stupid.  Even if he's entirely reasonable to act that way, the "god perspective" makes him look silly.  Is that supposed to be enjoyable?
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: bobtur on November 06, 2011, 03:21:38 PM
I own an Alexa Plus and I heard Canon call this a Red and Alexa killer. It's nice, but not true. With the C300's 8-bit 4:2:2 MPEG II codec, Canon has committed professional cinematography suicide, unable to kill anything, let alone the holy trinity's (Sony, Arri, and Red) 12-bit 4:4:4 codec(s) that makes DI color correction possible. No major production is going to risk their money, and images on the thin negiative 8-bit leaves digitally embedded on its CF cards. Sure the camera has an HD-SDI output, but what about Steadicam? I guess you'll just have to spend another $7K for a 4:4:4 recorder.

Another non-starter is that Canon, dispite having an amazing lineup of EF lenses, didn't include a way to servo control the focus of its lenses. I own every Canon EF L lens from the 14mm 2.8 to 400mm 2.8 EF IS L and pray for the day I can run them on my Alexa. Sure I have Master Primes, but there's nothing like Canon's 400mm.

Don't get me wrong, while I applaud Canon's vision, it's pretty miopic not to go just a little farther, and give its customers, and potential cinematographers what they truley need to go head to head with the big dogs, UNLESS, it's their way to sell 10 million units and then in 12 months announce the C300P, the "professional" version that incorporates servo control and a professional cinema codec as a way to double sales. Don't believe me? Just read a shampoo bottle's instructions written by a marketing guru: "Shampoo..REPEAT and rinse." Can't wait to see what Nikon has up there sleeves. Maybe they'll adress these essential issues. :o

One last thing, the camera, whether it's an Alexa, Epic, or C300 always takes a back seat to script, direction, acting, lightning, cinematography, and editing. Try watching the latest retread movies, like "The Thing," that in all its 35mm splendor, sucks.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 06, 2011, 07:51:05 PM
Q: Is the Bayer pattern on the C300 equivalent to chroma sampling 4k @ 4:2:0? It looks like it to me. 
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Jedifarce on November 07, 2011, 11:45:54 AM
I think it definately competes with quality of cinema and high end t.v stuff. Looks great. How much will it be with it be with the lenses etc?

One of their zoom lenses will go for $47K, which is a bit beyond most folks price range and their primes will go for about $2500 more than the Carl Zeiss CP .2's. What really sucks is the Red's Scarlet-X is a better deal with 4K resolution, comes with the EF or PL mount (which is great because that was a major sticking point with the old Scarlet that came with a fixed lens system), and is $10,000 for the body only. I don't know who Canon is competing with a $20K price range, the Sony F3? It certainly isn't the Scarlet-X. Why pay more for a video system that performs poorly against its cheaper rival? Only an idiot would do that.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Jedifarce on November 07, 2011, 11:56:14 AM
I own an Alexa Plus and I heard Canon call this a Red and Alexa killer. It's nice, but not true. With the C300's 8-bit 4:2:2 MPEG II codec, Canon has committed professional cinematography suicide, unable to kill anything, let alone the holy trinity's (Sony, Arri, and Red) 12-bit 4:4:4 codec(s) that makes DI color correction possible. No major production is going to risk their money, and images on the thin negiative 8-bit leaves digitally embedded on its CF cards. Sure the camera has an HD-SDI output, but what about Steadicam? I guess you'll just have to spend another $7K for a 4:4:4 recorder.

Another non-starter is that Canon, dispite having an amazing lineup of EF lenses, didn't include a way to servo control the focus of its lenses. I own every Canon EF L lens from the 14mm 2.8 to 400mm 2.8 EF IS L and pray for the day I can run them on my Alexa. Sure I have Master Primes, but there's nothing like Canon's 400mm.

Don't get me wrong, while I applaud Canon's vision, it's pretty miopic not to go just a little farther, and give its customers, and potential cinematographers what they truley need to go head to head with the big dogs, UNLESS, it's their way to sell 10 million units and then in 12 months announce the C300P, the "professional" version that incorporates servo control and a professional cinema codec as a way to double sales. Don't believe me? Just read a shampoo bottle's instructions written by a marketing guru: "Shampoo..REPEAT and rinse." Can't wait to see what Nikon has up there sleeves. Maybe they'll adress these essential issues. :o

One last thing, the camera, whether it's an Alexa, Epic, or C300 always takes a back seat to script, direction, acting, lightning, cinematography, and editing. Try watching the latest retread movies, like "The Thing," that in all its 35mm splendor, sucks.

A $20,000 C300 with 1080p vs a $10,000 Scarlet-X with 4K resolution...did someone at Canon forget to do the math? Personally, if the C300 were more reasonably priced at 7-8 grand, then Canon would have something and I'd consider buying it. But with the Scarlet-X and its better resolution and sporting an EF mount, why would you pick the Canon. As it turns out, I will probably purchase the Scarlet-X in the future.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Meh on November 07, 2011, 12:05:15 PM
A $20,000 C300 with 1080p vs a $10,000 Scarlet-X with 4K resolution...did someone at Canon forget to do the math? Personally, if the C300 were more reasonably priced at 7-8 grand, then Canon would have something and I'd consider buying it. But with the Scarlet-X and its better resolution and sporting an EF mount, why would you pick the Canon. As it turns out, I will probably purchase the Scarlet-X in the future.

I suppose Canon is, whether right or wrong, claiming by virtue of their design choices and pricing that the C300's 4k sensor that uses pixel binning to produce a final 1080p image will have better image quality than competing cameras.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Meh on November 07, 2011, 12:10:06 PM
I don't know who Canon is competing with a $20K price range, the Sony F3? It certainly isn't the Scarlet-X. Why pay more for a video system that performs poorly against its cheaper rival? Only an idiot would do that.

Perhaps that's exactly the answer... that Canon sees the C300 competing against the other similarly priced cameras.  Or they believe the overall image quality, build quality, the Canon name, service, support, etc. is somehow superior to Red?  Just posing the question, I don't presume to have that answer.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: daniel charms on November 07, 2011, 01:59:09 PM
I don't know who Canon is competing with a $20K price range, the Sony F3? It certainly isn't the Scarlet-X. Why pay more for a video system that performs poorly against its cheaper rival? Only an idiot would do that.
Here's an article from Canon Digital Learning Center (http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/c300_for_cinematographers.shtml) that, I think, gives a nice explanation of what exactly were the people at Canon smoking when they designed the C300 and who they think they're selling this thing to. What they're basically claming is that this camera performs well enough for most people potentially interested in buying one and it's way easier and faster to work with than any of the current 4K cameras. It would appear that they've done their research and discovered that there's plenty of "idiots" out there to justify the R&D costs.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 07, 2011, 08:38:44 PM
I don't know who Canon is competing with a $20K price range, the Sony F3? It certainly isn't the Scarlet-X. Why pay more for a video system that performs poorly against its cheaper rival? Only an idiot would do that.
Here's an article from Canon Digital Learning Center (http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/c300_for_cinematographers.shtml) that, I think, gives a nice explanation of what exactly were the people at Canon smoking when they designed the C300 and who they think they're selling this thing to. What they're basically claming is that this camera performs well enough for most people potentially interested in buying one and it's way easier and faster to work with than any of the current 4K cameras. It would appear that they've done their research and discovered that there's plenty of "idiots" out there to justify the R&D costs.

And these people are idiots because?

Whats with the 4k obsession?   Is there anyone out there gonna even use it?   If the this camera (C300) does a better job rendering color than the Red cameras, than it might be worth it. 

Ya know, the new i-phone has a 8 mpix camera, does that make it as good as the 1D mkii?   :o
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Jedifarce on November 08, 2011, 01:44:38 AM


And these people are idiots because?

Whats with the 4k obsession?   Is there anyone out there gonna even use it?   If the this camera (C300) does a better job rendering color than the Red cameras, than it might be worth it. 

Ya know, the new i-phone has a 8 mpix camera, does that make it as good as the 1D mkii?   :o

4K is the future, even though most people won't have the computer power to really harness it yet. With that being said, I'd rather work with 4k resolution than 1080, just because the latitude it gives when you're tweaking video. It's similar to photography, raw vs jpeg. Raw will give greater dynamic range when compared to jpeg. Canon tries to make up for these weaknesses by utilizing picture styles such as Cinestyle and other flat styles, while Red records videos in raw.

The folks at Red must be laughing their asses off at the C300 announcement.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 08, 2011, 01:36:54 PM
People want tech that looks good right now. And there is reason to believe that the C300 looks better than the red at 1080, so it can still compete in the format that's currently most in demand.  Clearly there are problems with Red's sensor if directors need to adjust makeup and set design to account for it, and it doesn't seem to be a problem that can be fixed in post, even in RAW.

I like the Red concept. But I've been disappointed at the quality of the feature films I've seen shot on it.

Also, I think the people working at RED certainly were not laughing, and their actions support this notion. Because at the end of the day, the Red Scarlet is just a nerfed version of the old Red Epic. After all that time, that's their new technology??????  That should have taken them 2 days, not two years.

Lets face it, RED knew Canon was jumping into the game;  but Red was nowhere close to feasible new technology, so they decided to rename old technology and just throw it out there. 



 
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: docrender on November 08, 2011, 02:48:26 PM
...I like the Red concept. But I've been disappointed at the quality of the feature films I've seen shot on it...

Which one is the most disappointing? :) I think RED ONE is already almost 30% of mainstream productions. EPIC will be a good successor than. 1080P useless for feature no matter what, but OK we can shoot descent video with iPhone 4s as well :))) And it is 1080P.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: docrender on November 08, 2011, 02:52:06 PM
CANON completely obsolete PRO market for last 3 years. They suppose to be way farther then they are now. They do have everything to be not just the best imagine company but like way beyond that. At least they start looking again in this direction. This is great for everyone :)
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 08, 2011, 03:28:21 PM
Which one is the most disappointing? :) I think RED ONE is already almost 30% of mainstream productions.

You think wrong then...

As I said on another thread. Compare the "Social Network"(RED) to "Fight Club"(FILM).
It's the same Director, and same DP on both. The Social Network looks like sh*t in comparison.

Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: docrender on November 08, 2011, 04:31:09 PM
Agreed. Social Network looks not that nice - maybe it lack of post production? Don't you think they want it to be the way it is? And it is a lots of nice looking movies on market anyway :) Shoot on RED.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: Jedifarce on November 09, 2011, 01:25:47 PM

You think wrong then...

As I said on another thread. Compare the "Social Network"(RED) to "Fight Club"(FILM).
It's the same Director, and same DP on both. The Social Network looks like sh*t in comparison.

That's a bit of a simplistic comparison is it not? Just looking at production costs alone, the Fight Club when adjusted for inflation in 1999 cost close to 30 million dollars more than the price tag to put out the Social Network.
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: HurtinMinorKey on November 09, 2011, 05:52:08 PM

You think wrong then...

As I said on another thread. Compare the "Social Network"(RED) to "Fight Club"(FILM).
It's the same Director, and same DP on both. The Social Network looks like sh*t in comparison.

That's a bit of a simplistic comparison is it not? Just looking at production costs alone, the Fight Club when adjusted for inflation in 1999 cost close to 30 million dollars more than the price tag to put out the Social Network.

I don't think it is.

1. Sure, shooting on RED can save you a bunch of money(especially since Fincher likes to do 100 takes for everything), but my point was that even thought RED is 4K, the picture doesn't look so hot, especially when compared to film.  So since they haven't proved they can make 1080p look like film yet, let's not get ahead of ourselves and call anything that doesn't output in 4k "obsolete".

2. The budget disparity is exaggerated by the fact that Fight Club had Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, whereas the Social Network had Jessie Whatshisname and Mara Whatsherface.  :)
Title: Re: Mobius by Vincent Laforet on the EOS C300
Post by: docrender on November 12, 2011, 09:45:43 PM
Same sensor as DSLR (less pixels, actually), older GPU, no mechanical shutter, no Lens Reflex mechanism? At least suppose to be just a fraction of D1 X price, like 3-4 K$

W H Y 20K$ ????!!!! W T F???

Because it looks so sexy :)