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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Canon EOS C100 and EOS C300 Camera Tests: Dual Pixel CMOS AF Autofocus and High ISO to ISO 80,000

This is footage from the Canon C300 and C100 camera tests I shot this summer for a workshop I conducted during Cine Gear 2014. The purpose of the first test was to check out the limits of shooting with Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus in a variety of scenarios and then share the results at the workshop. The footage includes both graded MXF and ungraded ProRes 422 sequences. I recorded the on-screen displays to the ProRes footage to show the AF working and mixed that in occasionally with the graded MXF footage. Additionally, since Dual Pixel AF does not work in Slow and Fast Motion mode in the C300, I wanted to test the 59.94p (1280x720) alternative.
In the second test, I took the cameras to East Haven, CT, to shoot a lighthouse for a high ISO sensor sensitivity test. The scenario I made up for the nighttime shoot was: "What if a film crew got stuck in traffic and arrived at location late -- way after dark -- to shoot a 'must have' shot for an urgent promo insert? Could you still make the shot?" Recording with a C100 and Atomos Ninja 2, the ProRes test footage includes a control shot from magic hour ungraded and also graded as intended for the promo, and then a series of night time shots made in total darkness from ISO 320 to ISO 80,000. You can check out the high ISO footage graded and ungraded, and with and without noise reduction applied. As a final sequence, I took the shot I made in total darkness at ISO 80,000, applied noise reduction (Red Giant Denoiser II), and then color graded it to look like the control shot made at magic hour. 
I think you'll find the results of both tests worth watching.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Introducing the Canon EOS C300 Mark II

This is the first time I've appeared on-camera in a product review video. I was really nervous about doing it, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.

The Canon C300 Mark II is a beast, so be sure to check out the video.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Canon DLC: Article: An In-depth Look at the EOS 7D Mark II's Video Features

Canon DLC: Article: An In-depth Look at the EOS 7D Mark II's Video Features

Flagship APS-C DSLR
It wasn’t that long ago that almost every one of us it seemed (myself included) was shooting video with the EOS 7D. We were all drawn to its great film-like image quality, compact body, Super 35mm-sized APS-C sensor, HDMI monitoring options, and slow motion frame rates -- not to mention you got a great still shooting camera at no extra cost. Now, five years later comes the EOS 7D Mark II. It’s hard to imagine it not becoming the Canon camera body of choice for still photography with features and custom functions that challenge the EOS-1D X, but what shouldn’t go unnoticed is that this new camera includes HD video recording options rivaled only by the Canon EOS-1D C. With upgrades like Dual DIGIC 6 processors, improved Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus capabilities, a built-in Intervalometer, built-in GPS, ISO 16,000 within normal ISO range, Distortion Correction, clean HDMI output, MP4 and MOV recording modes, and up to 60fps in Full HD -- it certainly makes a case that this is the new Canon flagship DSLR for video shooting, as well.