It's great to get an HDMI output. But comparing it to an Alexa is going a bit too far...
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I agree with you on the grading part, and definitely an iphone 4s requires much more effort
to deliver anything usable. But "revenge of the great Zacuto shootout" shows very well that
the camera is nothing without the talent driving it.
Sure, no piece of equipment is anything without the right talent. But for a big client of us for which he hire great shooters and DPs, we use a mix of Canon, 5D, 7D, C300, Sony F3, Red, Alexa, all in different teams, all at the same time in different locations, Ill keep the 5Ds for the B-Roll stuff, but will never take it for the talent delivering lines. Too much of a risk. That comes from Alexa or F3 recording out to a Samurai in 10 bits, which you end saying thanks after you get the stuff needing extreme grading for being totally overcast days...
One of the greatest benefits of a 5D2/3/dslr rig is its size on set.
Just went through a fast 3 day principal photography run with Alexa - and getting that thing inside a car with talent, driver, DP and director was a hurdle. For a couple of shots ended up using 5D, slamming it in the A-pillar and using a longer lens to shoot across to the back seat - gaining almost 4 feet from lens to talent. (Talent wasn't happy about how he looked with a widish fov). Only about 3 secs in the cut - depending on which version gets Approved on Saturday.
The look more or less matches, but I'm really concerned that we'll have to really work around the grading latitude limitations of those clips. This wasn't a planned situation, but neither was the fact that for a couple of takes the camera assistant ran the Alexa in 422-proxy mode either. Language issues get in the way sometimes.
Production is fun.
ML is great - for timelapse as well!!!
Improvements from canon will only make ML better.
Which brings me to another rant. Vertical market implementations will always be better for the end user - as the needs are matched. Canon strives to make a Swiss Army knife - a great one, but sometimes we need a drill.
Could / Would Canon purchase ML - as Apple, Google, Adobe and MSFT do to add to their operating systems / toolset ??