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Software & Accessories / Stand alone version of EOS Movie Plugin?
« on: August 14, 2014, 10:05:17 AM »
Does anyone know if a stand-alone version of EOS Movie Plugin exists?
I don't have Final Cut Pro but would like to find a high quality transcoder to convert
Canon .mov to a high quality editable format. 

Can the EOS Movie Plugin run on its own without needing the expensive Final Cut Pro?

Thanks!

PS: Camera is 5D mark ii

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Software & Accessories / Canon .mov encoder?
« on: August 14, 2014, 09:53:16 AM »
My experience has suggested that the Canon in-camera H.264 .mov encoder has pretty good quality in playback
and an acceptable compression ratio for archive purposes. (5D Mark ii experience here)

Does anyone know where to download this Canon .mov encoder for re-encoding edited Canon footage?
A virtualdub plugin would be nice. Thanks!

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Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - D810 vs. 5D Mk3
« on: August 14, 2014, 08:56:30 AM »


I agree i couldn't  imagine paying money to watch their 9 hours of video they are peddling at the end!

on the cameras one thing that really interests me is the face detect metering the d810 had man that awesome i seriously hope canon do something similar.

Yup, Face-detect metering in viewfinder mode. It was there in D800 too and that was 2 years ago!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Dual Pixel Phase Detect AF While in AI Servo
« on: August 12, 2014, 01:06:49 PM »
Wow, this is really happening!
AFMA hopefully will be eliminated altogether, now Canon can compare the results between
dual pixel sensor and normal phase-det sensor!!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:24:45 PM »

It shouldn't be dependent on light level, per se, except that with brighter light, you and/or the camera are typically using a smaller aperture, resulting in more depth of field, so small errors in focus have less of an apparent impact on the photographs.

You should always do AFMA in manual or aperture value mode, with the lens wide open.  Otherwise, you're likely to undercorrect.

I used full manual operation all the way with aperture kept at f1.8 for my 85mm for example. Only shutter speed and ISO was changed. It was just a feeling that light-level had a bearing on AFMA value but I have no scientific proof. Could be something else but definitely not aperture or DOF related.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:40:23 AM »
"get it zeroed in with 4-5 iterations"  in 2 minutes

Wow u r vy skilful on this candc! Hats off!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:57:09 AM »


BUT, even with Canon lenses, what is spot on with recommended AFMA distances can be a couple of points off when doing portrait work.  Really only critical when shooting below f/2.2, but annoying in such cases.

And I think over time, maybe with temperature and humidity, values change.

Constant battle, ain't it?

Same experience here as I often shoot portraits at f2.0-f2.2. I was guessing that was due to higher outdoor light level but not sure.  Take the filter off  and the AFMA value will shift a few points too.

Now Canon has got the dual pixel sensor focusing technology. In theory, future cameras should be able to auto calibrate the phase dect focusing while u shoot!  This can be done by the camera constantly comparing the results of the conventional phase dect focusing module with that of the dual pixel sensor phase dect circuit, and
making automatic adjustments to AFMA or better yet a full blown Canon in-house type calibration.

Hopefully we will eventually get rid of  manual AFMA altogether :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:27:42 AM »

ps. i used this method to adjust a 70d and 50L combo yesterday. i was able to get it adjusted and focusing with a +13 afma value in a matter of 2 minutes or less without any computer.

2 minutes is really impressive for a value of +13 candc! How many iterations did u go thru during the 2 minutes?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 10, 2014, 09:14:21 AM »
I have a feeling AFMA is a kludge at best, as I found it is somewhat distance and light-level dependent.
e.g. With dot-tune AFMA, my experience is that focus is spot on most of the time with the same distance and light-level as the calibration condition.   When I take it outdoor with much brighter light-level, AFMA still helps but not as much as the darker calibration condition.

For many people who took their canon bodies and lenses into Canon for calibration don't seem to have this
kind of problems.

My guess is that AFMA is a one dimensional adjustment (ie 1 variable to adjust)
while Canon's real in house calibration is probably more than 1 dimension to cover all the distances and perhaps the focal lengths (if a zoom) at the vy least.

Anyone has real experience to share about the quality of in house Canon calibration?

Sigma's lens dock route sounds like a disappointment then...  How can one calibrates a lens efficiently without mounting it onto the body? U just don't get instant feedbk from the body and no wonder it is so time consuming.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 09, 2014, 10:23:45 PM »
or use Magic Lantern Dot-Tune AFMA  8). I have had excellent & repeatable results

You've had better success than me, I found dot tune to be somewhat unreliable.

I also thought dot-tune had reliability issues for some lenses I have, as it kept hunting left and right (increasing)
for the AFMA value.  I finally discovered that one must enter an initial value of AFMA for the lens in question.
Just give it a value like +2. After that, dot-tune behaved itself very well and always converged on a repeatable value +/- 1.  Body was 5D2.

I found it critical that the initial live view manual focusing be as precise as possible using 10x digital magnification. Otherwise dot-tune may not converge.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 09, 2014, 07:02:59 PM »
the end result is the same as u would do it all by hand.
The advantage is that dot-tune will give u the AFMA number much much faster and repeatable in an almost
automated way. Credit goes to Horshack for his algorithm and A1ex's of Magic Lantern for the implementation.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick and Dirty AFMA
« on: August 09, 2014, 06:43:03 PM »
or use Magic Lantern Dot-Tune AFMA  8). I have had excellent & repeatable results.
In all fairness, Dot-Tune also relies on how accurately the focus is set during live view.
Just google it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: D810 vs. 3D
« on: August 02, 2014, 03:00:25 PM »


If you want to address Canon, it is better you contact Canon directly instead of using this forum.

Well, I think the OP just wanted to rant and pls just let him. It will be therapeutic for him whether or not
Canon is listening. In the end, there is no sure way to influence Canon's product roadmap anyway.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 29, 2014, 12:38:05 PM »

I hope the non-L 85/2.0 IS is still coming this year!  ::)

I'll take one of those too!

An 85 IS sounds great, but I really hope it's faster than f/2!

A 135 IS would be interesting too.

An 85 f2.0 IS in hand is worth two 85 f1.4 IS in 2015 LOL!


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Lenses / Re: New Canon L Primes, but Not Until 2015 [CR2)
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:51:28 PM »
I hope the non-L 85/2.0 IS is still coming this year!  ::)

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