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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Follow focus advices
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
Yes the Edelkrone looks pretty sweet.  Follow focus isn't very complicated, I would think that anything that isn't dirt cheap should be sufficient.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: ALL-I or IPB?
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:39:36 PM »
My apologies for digging up an older thread, but I have noticed one thing when shooting video with my 5D Mark III and then editing on a Mac/FCP.

At work, all of my video editing is done on a Mac and FCP 7. Normally, I use a Sony HXR-NX5U, which FCP logs and transfers just fine. I'm aware that DSLR footage isn't native to FCP7 and as such, must be transcoded to ProRes for efficient editing. If I can't transcode directly via FCP, I use MPEG Streamclip.

With that said, I recently shot some footage on my 5D3 @ 1080p/24fps/ALL-I. I loaded the footage into MPEG Streamclip (latest build)....and the program promptly crashed. I tried again and got to the export screen, but it crashed again. I then loaded up FCP7 and entered the Log/Transfer menu, to transcode the ALL-I footage to ProRes. Same thing happened-- FCP crashed when trying to bring up the ALL-I footage.

So I went out and reshot the clips, this time in IPB. I brought the 5D3 IPB footage back to my Mac, loaded up MPEG Streamclip and voila: Footage was converted to ProRes MOV files without issue or crashing.

Now, I may be completely oblivious to some work around, or I may be having a "Master of the Obvious" moment, but for FCP/Mac users, I would advise shooting IPB to avoid transcoding headaches.

Of course, if you use Adobe Premiere 5.0/higher (as I do at home on my PC), then all this is bypassed, due to Premiere's native DSLR capabilities :).

LOL you don't need to transcode ALL-I, the whole point of shooting ALL-I is that it's more edit-friendly, you should be able to just drop it in and edit.  And seriously get off of FCP7, FCPX is 10x better now that it's had a few years of updates.  And plus you can edit H.264 whether it be IPB or Prores straight off of the card and skip transcoding all together.  Plus it's 64-bit (So you can use much more RAM than the 2.5GB max FCP7 has) and you dont have to waste countless hours waiting on stuff to render.  Seriously, people were turned off by it at first, but only because it looked a lot like iMovie, but it's seriously an awesome NLE now.  I don't care if you're the best FCP7 user on Earth, no way you could finish the same project in FCP7 faster than I could in FCPX.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video settings
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:36:28 PM »
Like they said, keep the shutter at 1/50 for 24fps and 1/60 for 30fps.

•Turn off highlight tone priority and noise reduction
•Use ISO's in multiples of 160, they produce the least noise
•Use a flat picture profile, I'd recommend Neutral with:
Sharpness at 0 (all the way down)
Contrast at -2 to -4
Saturation at -2 to -4

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 12:32:15 PM »
I'm pretty sure the guy in the video is the guy who posted this, since his other posts direct people to his rants on the 7D and 6D.  Under the "what don't you like about the 6D thread" he posted a link to his 6D rant and wrote "this guy has some pretty good points" or something like that, what a tool.

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Like they said, use an ND filter.  Since you have to keep the shutter speed fixed at 50 if you stop the lens down all the way and have the ISO is the lowest possible then ND's are your only option. 

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: c100 and Ninja 2 jaggy lines
« on: June 17, 2013, 04:59:16 PM »
Are you shooting for broadcast?  If no then ditch the external recorder, not worth the trouble for minimal gains that you have to really pixel peep to notice.  Most professionals couldn't distinguish the two, let alone your average viewer.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon X-Video Picture Style
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:48:50 PM »
Thanks for asking, my 7d is a bit wobbly and chewing up batteries so off to cps.
The RAW progress looks amazing, just need to try and justify the spend.  What data rates are you getting?  Are you cutting it natively in your NLE?  What are you using?

Data rate seems to be around 100-120mbps, using a Komputerbay 64GB and can run it for 5 minutes straight with 0 skipped frames, so that's pretty sweet.  I've experimented with pretty much all the available software people have made recently (raw2dng, RAWanizer, etc.).  I tried Rawanizer which is supposed to give you Cineform .mov files but have been having trouble with that.  So as of now I've just been doing a workflow similar to the BMCC, convert the .RAW to cinema DNG's, process those using Camera Raw, export to TIFF, bring into FCPX, export as prores, edit that.  I haven't actually gone any further than processing them with Camera Raw, just been experimenting and haven't really shot anything with the intent of editing it. 

I have to say it's insane how much you can do in post, night and day better in terms of flexibility. I had some shots with the sky blown out and as soon as I pulled down that highlight slider I was absolutely floored, the sky came right back and looked outstanding with virtually no degrading of the image!  It's very cool, bit cumbersome at the moment, but I think once they get the kinks worked out it will be a very viable option.

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Lenses / Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:41:21 PM »
I have purchased 10-15 used Canon lenses of CL and search on a regular basis, and I've purchased an 85L II of CL, I paid $1750 and thought that was a good deal.  If it's in good condition $1550 is a great deal, go for it, you'll be able to get at least that out of it even in a couple years if you take care of it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:29:31 PM »
May I ask everyones comments in here about what body they use their Zeiss lenses with and how their manual focusing experience has been?

Any comments on any of that from people with experience?
Thank you!

I'll tell you this, it's much easier to manual focus on a Zeiss lens than a Canon lens.  If you're wide open with a Canon lens if you move the focus ring a fraction of an inch it will throw your subject out of focus, but with the Zeiss glass the focus ring has a nice long throw.  And of course it has hard stops so the focus mark for 3' is always in the exact same spot.  The focus confirmation works well from what I've seen, it takes some of the guessing out of it which is good.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Thoughts on Zeiss Canon 5 lens kit?
« on: June 04, 2013, 07:23:59 PM »
Anyone tried the Sony RX1 here?
Got one arriving tomorrow.

Excited to see the little guy perform.  People rave about the 35mm f/2 Zeiss on there.

I hear it's nothing short of amazing and I've seen some beautiful shots coming out of it. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III RAW Video test in beautiful Big Sur
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:35:25 PM »
Nice, but after "Meet Me in Big Sur" on the BMCC you had a tough act to follow:
https://vimeo.com/58045466

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Optimal Video Settings
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:32:16 PM »
So a guy asks for good setting for incam work with no intention of post work and you guys start recommending post work.  ???

Did you even read any of the responses or just skim over them?  Several people mentioned internal camera settings, there just isn't much too it.  After a few people answered his question some decided to take it a step further and mention a post-workflow (but that's just additional information). 

Camera settings:
1/50 for 24fps, 1/60 shutter for 30fps
Highlight tone priority, auto lighting optimizer, noise reduction off
Use ISO's in multiples of 160

Picture profile (as mentioned in my first post)
Faithful or Neutral
Sharpness +1
Contrast -2 to -4
Saturation -2 to -4

OP never complained about what we told him, why are you?  I mean seriously we give the guy all the information he wants and then some and you're complaining? 

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Lenses / Re: Are there custom lens hoods for canon L lenses??
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:27:57 PM »
A lens hood is a functional object, it's not really meant to be something people marvel over the design of.

+1, the 85L II is an amazing lens and everyone knows it, I don't think anyone cares about what the lens hood looks like.  you want to see a crap lens hood?  Check out the lens hood for a 50mm f/1.8.  But like holmes said, it's a functional piece, not cosmetic.  I think you could probably get a camouflage wrap for the 85mm if you're really set on changing the appearance.

Or you could go buy some Louis Vuitton and Burberry stickers and stick them on here and there.

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Are you talking mac or pc?

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Stills photographer Doing some video
« on: May 28, 2013, 12:31:18 PM »
I know you had a lot of questions and a lot of them have been answered, but one thing stuck out to me, the Dynamic Perception dolly.  I have to say, if you are going to be shooting your first production and want to use the Stage Zero in addition to everything else, DO NOT do that, the Stage Zero can be very confusing if you aren't experienced with it and the last thing you want to do is spend a bunch of time fumbling around with that thing.  If you are set on using it, make sure you experiment with it a good bit before you try to use it professionally, but if you do get it down it's pretty easy to set it and forget it, just don't take it out if it's your first time using it. 

You should be fine transitioning from stills to motion, the rules of composition and lighting stay the same you are just ALWAYS recording instead of there just being a frame here and there.  It sounds like you are good in terms of gear, just make sure you get the proper stability gear (tripod, rig, slider, etc.).


Couple of other things:

Rhino Slider - This is a must (or some kind of slider), slider shots add a TON of professionalism to your videos.

Matte Box - I would say this isn't really necessary, I have $30k+ in gear and in the hundreds of shoots I've done in the past few years I've never thought "man I really wish I had a matte box."

Atomos Ninja - This is probably the least necessary of everything on the list, using an external recorder with the 5D3 does nothing for image quality, it just gives you a more edit-friendly format. You should be able to edit the IPB H.264 files natively no problem with a halfway fast computer.  Or you can shoot ALL-I for an internal "edit-friendly" format.

Kessler crane - Great product, but I think it may be overkill for you.  Make sure you really want to continue with video before you buy gear like that.  Also, this is something that would require an extra crew member on shoots, keep in mind it's tough to set up, use, and break down all this gear by yourself. 

Zacuto EVF I love this thing, it has peaking, zebra stripes, and lots of other cool features, I noticed my footage was consistently in focus more when I used this over my monitors.  Regardless of whether you choose an EVF or monitor, you NEED something external to monitor on, don't try to use the screen on the back, that's asking for trouble.  The LCD is so small that it makes everything look better than it really does, I can't tell you how many times I've seen people "think they had the shoot," only to pull it up on a big screen and it looks like crap. 

I would say most important stuff would be:
Good tripod with fluid head
Monitor
Couple of articulating arms
Slider

Least necessary:
Mattebox
Atomos Ninja
Crane

I think you're good on audio and don't need anything more than that.

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