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Software & Accessories / Re: New Macpro teased at Mac Conference
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:15:27 PM »
Just incase anyone wants to check it out, they have a good bit of the specs for it on the website:

It sort of reminds me of a small trash can haha. I really like that they made the body aluminum.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Vs. 7D Vs. T4i VIDEO ONLY
« on: June 07, 2013, 02:25:46 PM »
You will absolutely not notice a difference in video quality between the t2i/t3i/t4i/7D. Before I got my 5Dmk3 we used to shoot A-cam with a 7D and B-cam with with a t4i. I had a t2i for my own play around use and when it came to comparing the footage there was no difference between the quality.

If you're serious about the video, the autofocus on the t4i is something you should stay away from. If it's just for family use and small personal projects it'd be fine, but I think you'll find it a bit crippling if you go from relying on autofocus on whatever 't' camera you get to the mk3 which doesn't have it.

If you get any of the 't' model cameras, make sure you put ML on it. I can't speak for the t5i, but none of the older models let you adjust white balance according the Kelvin which can really be a deal breaker in some scenarios as you don't have much leeway to grade that footage at all.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70 - 200 f2.8L version 2
« on: May 18, 2013, 03:01:32 PM »
I was debating between quite a few different lenses a couple months back when my friend gave me some advice, "If you don't have the 70-200mm f/2.8L II, don't but another lens until you get it." Granted, there are different lenses needed for different situations, but when I tell you it was the best investment I have ever made, I'm not exaggerating. I find I use that lens more than anything else in my kit.

Third Party Manufacturers / ML RAW Video on 5Dmkiii
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:53:42 PM »
Though it's not useable for video yet (and may never will be if the 5Dmkii can't handle it), this is a pretty awesome direction and is getting me excited.

RAW "Video" on Canon DSLRs with Magic Lantern

Third Party Manufacturers / Trapezist Mini-Jib
« on: April 27, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
Hey guys, I'm curious to see if any one here has any experience with this jib, or if there's anything comparable around that price range that you have personally used? Thanks.

Well, my apologies, but I have never in my life heard of a "180 degree shutter rule" used by a cinematographer on any of the films I have worked on.

And I did not mean that raising the shutter speed is the sole cause of rolling shutter, but from my experiences with a DSLR it seems to make it more pronounced with the higher shutter speeds.

Technical Support / Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:09:26 PM »
I have both LR4 and PS6, and I enjoy using ACR7 for PS much more. I know people who feel much differently, but I believe it gives better control over an image. Granted, that's probably because I have barely used LR at all, but ACR7 has never done me wrong and produced some fantastic results.

Fantastic video. The shots on the glide cam were very well done, and a fantastic job at keeping the focus at such a shallow depth of field.

Oh, and just for future reference, the 180 degree rule has nothing to do with shutter speed. It's the imaginary line between two people cinematographers use while framing shots. For example, you wouldn't begin a scene that has two people talking with the camera positioned on their left side, and the suddenly switch from one persons POV to their right side as it would look as if they suddenly were talking to the back of the other person's head. The general rule for shutter speed if double whatever your frame rate is. Be careful with bumping up the shutter speed too much on DSLRs though, as at higher levels it can create clipping and rolling shutter, which you definitely do not want.

Great job overall though. Keep up the good work!

I haven't done any research on the 1DC, but I would be extremely skeptical that it could record an hour straight of 4k footage. I know it's a completely different body style and the internals are probably much different, but the last time I used a RED Epic on a shoot we had a problem with them overheating after just 6 minutes of continuous shooting at 4k. The same thing with the Scarlet. That's a hell of a lot of information to be putting through the sensor for that amount of time, so If you could possibly pull off one hour of continuous shooting I would certainly be surprised.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Overly Hot Hotspots On 5Dmk3
« on: March 26, 2013, 02:55:18 PM »
For the stills, I'm using ACR 7.3 to process.

I have my Auto Lighting Optimizer off, and HTP off, but I don't think that's the issue. I've done quite a bit of shooting to test those out and I haven't noticed any type of real world difference.

For the video, we were judging by the LCD on the back of both cameras as well as the monitors both cameras were plugged into. Were were shooting a bit flat with contrast and saturation turned down. mk3 was A Cam, and mk2 was B Cam both shooting ISO 640, f/5.6, and a shutter of 50. There was a lamp on the dresser, and when properly exposing for the mk3, it was waaay underexposed on the mk2. When we brightened the dimmer switch to expose for the mk2, the mk3 was so blown out it looked like a blob of light.

Again, thanks for all the responses, I appreciate ya'll taking the time out to address this.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Overly Hot Hotspots On 5Dmk3
« on: March 24, 2013, 08:17:41 PM »
Sorry, I would love to post examples but it'll be a day or two till I can get to my computer that has the files on it.

And I'm shooting in RAW. Also, Mt. Spokane, hot spots are areas that are overexposed in the shot. It may just be a video saying which I'm accustomed to, so I apologies for the confusion.

In short, it just doesn't handle highlights well at all, and the shadows are so harsh it just makes them looks worse. I have some examples I'll try and put up from a concert the other week. The singer was not lit very well and the back was pretty bright so I expected there to be a bit of a difference, but the lights in the back were so blown out that they were just smudges when I opened the files.

I know it's not very helpful unless I post pictures so I'll do that asap. Thanks for the replies thus far.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Overly Hot Hotspots On 5Dmk3
« on: March 24, 2013, 02:56:00 PM »
Hello all! This may have been addressed before so forgive me, but I'm just curious to see if anyone is noticing this on their 5Dmk3's.

I understand the 5Dmk3 doesn't have the best dynamic range, but does anyone else find hotspots to be overly hot? As an example, I was camera op on a short film the other day, and both the DP and I agreed to move to the 5Dmk2 simply because some of the things (i.e. lamps, televisions) were so drastically hot and were overexposed, where on the 5Dmk2 they were near evenly lit.

Also, I was walking around the park with a friend who had a 7D, and after comparing shots the shadows were much, much harsher on the 5Dmk3 at the same exact ISO, aperture, and shutter speed as well the whites being much hotter.

Now don't get me wrong, I love my 5D and have been blown away with it at times when I'm able to control the exposure of the subject, but I'm not really understanding why everything is so blown out at times. Is this a user error, camera error, or not an error at all and just how the camera handles?

Thanks, and I appreciate any responses.

Ok, well the quality is pretty damn good and everything was in focus, so you've got two big parts down haha.

The pacing is a little bit off though. The beginning starts off a little fast with a few quick cuts, then slows, then speeds back up, but the tempo of the music never changed. Make sure the pacing of the editing matches the tempo of the song (unless it's a stylistic choice, in which case it should be very prominent).

Also, in the majority of her closeups she was framed too far to the right, leaving too much dead space in front of her. Her chin was also cut off multiple times, which is something you want to avoid if you can. Cut an actor's forehead before you cut a chin; it looks more natural to the eye.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm going to assume the final aspect ratio was 1:2.35? I know that probably made it difficult shooting on a t3i where you have a 1:1.85 aspect ratio going on. I think using some sort of guide line on the screen may have helped. There was a screen shot of film crew for "Act of Valor" using a 5Dmk3 and they had thin lines of white tape marking their ratio. Not exactly the most professional way of going about it, but hey, it works, and that may help the framing issues.

It was good overall though, so don't let my critique let you think otherwise. I do this for a living, and those are some things I've had to learn the hard way. Hope that helped and good luck with your future projects!

It was done well, but there were a few things that could have been cleaned up/framed more properly. I don't know if you're looking for a critique or some constructive criticism, but I'll be more than happy give a few pointers if you don't mind hearing them.

I'm a huge fan of eyes that pop, so I did a little saturation adjustment for him. But yeah, basically the same as everyone else: upped contrast and clarity, and vuala!

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