June 16, 2009 at 5:33 PM #44025
In spite of the downturn economy my company has been closely researching camera models to augment our existing HD workflow. So far, the one I keep coming back to is the Canon EOS 5D MkII. The only other camera in the same weight-class when it comes to video imagery is the Red Scarlet in that it can shoot in film resolutions of 3-5k. But to achieve that you will spend tens of thousands of dollars to do so. The Mk II however shoots 5k natively in addition to Standard Def, can accept any EOS style lens ever made and you can get the camera body, starter lens, battery and compact flash card for the price of a full Scarlet kit that only shoots 3k. Now since it wasn’t designed primarily to be a video camera there are some ‘adjustments’ the non-photographically trained videographer will have to make to use it. Fortunately, Canon has heeded user complaints and instituted firmware to allow manual control over the video and there are issues concerning sound aquisitition. But overall, it’s really looking like a viable option.
Here’s a video from Mac Video’s Rick Young who give a thorough review of the camera and the systems by redrock micro to make the Mk II both cinematic and videography friendly. To my fellow PC users, just put a chunk of wood between your teeth when they start talking ‘macie’. Be advised I’m a crossplatform guy.
June 16, 2009 at 5:53 PM #184485AnonymousInactive
I voted no, but mainly because I don’t think the prosumer/pro market wants to go around carrying these dainty things. We like us a beefy camera! 😀 . Plus, if I recall, can’t these cameras only hold like 12 minutes of video on a card? How fun would it be to have to switch cards 7 times to get a wedding or event video?
I think beyond that, the only other complaint I have is that is the nature of people’s attitude towards still cameras. What do you do when you see someone pointing a still camera at you? You strike a pose, maybe say cheese, and hold still so they can take your picture. This is just how we’ve been raised. So when you go to a video shoot and start pointing this camera that looks just like an average still camera st them, you’re bound to get something different than the natural grace you can capture using a video camera that looks, well, like a video camera.
If you want to know my complaint, it bothers me that Canon won’t drop this technology into a camcorder body. If they did, I’d buy it in a second.
Barely related note: Casio now makes still cameras that shoot high speed video – up to and beyond 1000 frames per second! I’ve always wanted a high-speed camera, and these things make that an affordable reality (I’ve seen some online for under $500). That’s a still camera that I’d definitely buy for the video aspect of it.
June 16, 2009 at 5:55 PM #184486AnonymousInactive
Note that having said that, I still drool over that 5D Mark II, and if I needed still photo capability, I’d get it in a heartbeat.
June 16, 2009 at 6:02 PM #184487DarylParticipant
It might oneday but for now I agree with jimcvideo. It will be hard to convince people you are serious with a photo camera. it might become popular one day but not quite yet
June 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM #184488
Actually, the 5D MkII shoots a maximum of 12 minutes per clip not per card. A 12 minute clip is a long time for one clip unless you are covering a live continuous event and is a large amount of info for any card based camera.
As for ‘going to an event pointing an average still camera’, remember the Mk II is a pro rig. If you watched the video it is easy to set it up for cinematic style shooting with mattebox follow focus, shoulder brace and so on until the cows come home or you run out of cash. Another thing, there’s nothing ‘dainty’ about a hardened rubberized magnesium camera body.
Daryl I think you and Jim are dead wrong about Mark II users ‘not being taken seriously with a photo camera.’ The industry is currently undergoing a ‘groundquake’ over this thing. Apparently, some major television productions are using these in conjunction with RED cameras and few can tell the difference between the footage.
I do agree as I would like to see this tech go into a dedicated video camera. Canon has definitely heard its users say the same thing but they’re being tight-lipped as to whether they will or not. Personally, I’m digging the fact this thing is hideously ‘modular’. Forget that you can get a 5k camera for less than $3k without lenses, but that you can outfit this rig inexpensively for ENG, Digital Cinema and pull all of that stuff off quickly to capture handheld imagery and if needed shoot 21 megapixel RAW stills is unbelievable.
I think this is more like when the ‘Handycam’ came out. Nobody back then ever considered it would revolutionize video and movie production as well as usher in the independent filmmaking industry. Famous last words like, “That smelly noisy thing will never replace the horse and buggy!” come to mind. If you haven’t watched the video, you should.
June 16, 2009 at 10:03 PM #184489EarlCMember
The system, its applications and possibilities, in spite of the high resolution imaging, simply does not overwhelm me when I am focused so strongly on pure video production, and looking at HD options as I upgrade from SD. I need not aim so high for the bountiful marketplace I pursue.
June 16, 2009 at 11:03 PM #184490
“I need not aim so high for the bountiful marketplace I pursue.”
I pray we all find some of that bountiful marketplace. I too ‘am not overwhelmed’ but I can smell a change in the air. As one who has one foot in video production and the other in independent filmmaking I can see the implications for versatility such a camera arises. Though I have no immediate intention as to get ‘six’ Mk II’s to use simultaneously in my productions as was mentioned in the video, I can sure see the value of two. I am amazed at how fast the workflow is developing for this camera. Back in ’06-’07 when I was looking at the XLH1 it wasn’t until mid ’08 before a credible workflow was developed. I just think this rig will uniquely bridge the gaps between novice and pro still and video producers.
June 17, 2009 at 5:15 AM #184491AnonymousInactive
I must say, I heard about this camera when it first came out and was skeptical. I know Canon makes supremely good products and my first two camcorders were made by them, but I wasn’t sure how the adaptability would come across and at what price. After watching that video, I am really concidering taking a close look when I need a new rig. I do a lot of documentary and run-and-gun style shooting and this seems like a night and day comparison to the handcam-style cams that I typically use as backup. My only concern is that it seems like making that into a viable resource for video or filmmaking, one would have to inverst a lot of money in the extras (rail systems, etc.) which could hold back its feasability for the pay-as-you-go upgraders such as myself. That said, this seems like a great tool for anyone looking to be ready to go at any time day or night. One thing that certainly stood out to me is the lack of need for a huge battery pack such as is the case with pro cameras such as my GY-HD10u.
Great post composite, I will be keeping an eye on this one.
June 17, 2009 at 3:26 PM #184492
“My only concern is that it seems like making that into a viable
resource for video or filmmaking, one would have to inverst a lot of
money in the extras (rail systems, etc.) which could hold back its
feasability for the pay-as-you-go upgraders such as myself.”
That’s a valid concern. However, Redrock Micro maker of the cinema rigs in the video make some very affordable systems that depending on what you’re ‘shooting for’ can run low as a cheap PC workstation to slightly less for a full-blown kit than what you’d blow on a macbook pro laptop. So again Canon has those of us who are seriously looking at this rig as a potential purchase running out of reasons to not buy.
I am concerned about battery power. One great thing about our JVC pro cam’s is we can slap an Anton Bauer, NRG, or an IDX battery on the back and can look forward to 2 hours minimum shooting. If either Canon has whipped up an inexpensive battery or an aftermarket solution exists to keep the camera ‘rolling’ for practical periods of time, then yet another ‘reason’ will be shot down.
Here’s a look at some of the systems available from Redrock Micro for DSLR video rigs and the major brands of cams used by many of us in the forums:
Glad you like the post BTW.
June 17, 2009 at 3:43 PM #184493AnonymousInactive
Yeah I was checking out the 5d on B&H after I posted here last night , apparently they make a battery grip that holds two battery packs or 6AAs
The prices on the support rigs were much cheaper than expected, I guess I am too accustomed to Arri’s prices…seems like you are right, we are running out of excuses.
June 17, 2009 at 3:57 PM #184494
If you did buy this rig and had no lenses already, which lens would you get to go with it?
Also, is it possible to capture uncompressed with this camera? Does it have HDMI out?
June 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM #184495
Normally with still rigs I roll with 2 zooms (one wide, one telephoto) and if something specific is needed, I’ll include the rental/purchase of said item in the budget. With something like this, I don’t believe favors zooms so I’d use normal lenses ranging from 28mm to 105mm. This is a pretty good range that can be built up over time for ‘pay-as-you-go’ types. Remember, the ‘faster’ the lens (lowest f/stop) the more it’s going to cost. The catch is, the faster the lens the more shallow depth of field you can create and the lower the level of light you can work in. I mention this stuff for those who would be interested in using the Mk II in conjuction with the Redrock Micro kits. If you don’t plan on putting this thing on rails, then the 2 zooms mentioned earlier will cover the majority of what you shoot. I use them to shoot everything from portraits to aerials and have been well served.
Yes it does have HDMI out so potentially, you can do live capture. I haven’t heard of anyone doing it yet though. Here’s a link with specs and other reviews:
And, you’re welcome.
June 17, 2009 at 4:36 PM #184496
Thanks for the tip on the battery grip. I should have realized they would have one since they made the 10D. I notice my ‘excuse list’ hath dwindled.
June 17, 2009 at 5:07 PM #184497DarylParticipant
Its cool to diagree it was just my first thought that is all. I was picturing in my head someone showing up to one ofour shoots for our film with a photo camera and saying I am ready. I would have to think real hard before i took what he was doing seriously. I do agree that this is a cool camera and i have seen on the internet what it can do. It blows away any video camera i got when it comes to resolution and how nice the video looked. I wish I could get that kinda quality out of my productions. It was just like I said my first thought was… But hey if someone can add this to their arsonal I would go for it if I had the money. If it is shooting video as good as Red is than you can’t beat that.
June 17, 2009 at 5:09 PM #184498
This video was great. about 25 minutes.
I think i am going to go canon HF S10 as a stopgap and then wait for the EOS 6, or whatever they do next, to get away from the basic limitations of the EOS 5D (12 min max, 30p only).
I am doing more research, will post my proposed Indie rig design when I’ve got it more together.
June 17, 2009 at 7:42 PM #184499
“I was picturing in my head someone showing up to one ofour shoots for
our film with a photo camera and saying I am ready. I would have to
think real hard before i took what he was doing seriously.”
No worries. This echoes the discussion in the ‘Is a videographer a journalist’ thread. I ran into the same kind of thing when I showed up to big events with a handycam way back when. After people saw the footage I got with a ‘not serious’ camera, that attitude changed. Besides, if the shooter showed up and displayed a pro demeanor and seemed to know their chops, I’d give them the BOD until I saw the work. Now, if they showed up with a point and shoot or a ‘happy cam’ and no supplemental gear to increase their production values (i.e. filters, add-on lenses, etc.) it would raise an eyebrow.
Again the ’12 minute’ limit is per clip. Yes a 4GB card will only hold one 12 minute continous shot. A 32GB card will hold more. Considering the average ‘cut shot’ is 10 seconds long I don’t see what the malfunction is. I mean ask yourself, ‘what are you going to shoot for 12 minutes straight without cutting?’ Outside of surveillance footage, a concert or process research footage, 12 minutes is one long clip. As for the 30p, that’s not an issue either. The tough part is converting it from the H.264 codec into whatever you’re nle project settings are. FCP, Premiere, Avid and now Vegas can convert it so you don’t necessarily need to get a copy of quicktime pro to do it. I hear editors convert the files into 24p, 25p, and 29.97 with no prob.
I figure the main thing that would run potential buyers off is lenses. If you don’t already have any EOS lenses, you’ll have to pony up for one or two to get started. You don’t want to break the bank, but you don’t want El Cheapo (not the line of mini-marts) lenses either because they won’t have glass that can take advantage of the advanced CMOS in the Mk II.
Oh, and the video you posted is the same one I introed the post with.
June 18, 2009 at 3:52 AM #184500
I apologize for posting the same video. Anyhow, I thought it was very good.
>>Again the ’12 minute’ limit is per clip. Yes a 4GB card will only hold one 12 minute continous shot. A 32GB card will hold more. Considering the average ‘cut shot’ is 10 seconds long I don’t see what the malfunction is. I mean ask yourself, ‘what are you going to shoot for 12 minutes straight without cutting?’
Interviews. Camp meetings. Classes and teachings. Lots of stuff. I cannot afford a break in the footage. But I will definitely keep an eye open for the EOS 6, or whatever comes out next.
To me, the form factor is a non-issue; but I’ve got to be able to get at least an hour, preferably three.
June 18, 2009 at 2:07 PM #184501AnonymousInactive
out of curiosity do you currently run tape or flash media cameras? The reason I ask is because the benefit of not having to capture might outweigh the desire to never hit the start/stop button. I make no claim about any great experience level, but I have spent my fair share of time with a cam. Recently I have been using a Canon HF10 as my secondary camera and it will record an hour at a time to a card (8Gig), but if I break it up by takes, then when I load it on the computer, it takes half the record time (rather than real-time like tape) and I know exactly what each one is. After it’s copied, I just wait until the next card needs a change and it’s a matter of seconds. Yes it does slow me down a little bit, but there are some advantages.
Now, having said that, I want it to be clear that you are well entitled to your opinion and I am not trying to ruffle feathers. It is simply a case of having once felt the same way you do about things like that.
June 18, 2009 at 4:52 PM #184502
I think the disconnect here for lack of a precise term, is the perception of the potential workflow the camera is capable. It is my perception that despite Canon thinking they’ve created a rig for the journeyman photog looking to score some video betwixt still shots and videographers looking at it as a journeyman’s replacement for the standard video cam. Both perceptions are way off base.
What we have here in the Mk II is something new. To my mind, this rig is something you would shoot your very best work with. Who needs their ‘camp meetings’, classes and other mundane video work shot in 5k? The Mk II strikes me as a tool the indy producer would use to hit stuff out of the ballpark. In ’07 at NAB I saw a theater demo of 2k through 6k and was blown away by the imagery. According to all reports, the video shot with the Mk II can hold up to a 35mm theatrical print blow-up.
In my opinion, this is a ‘next level’ tool for getting those higher-end clients or making the move to independent feature film or broadcast TV making. There is an expansive selection of video cameras to take care of the ‘light work’. Getting the Mk II is like getting that ‘jetpack’ you always wanted as a kid or a master set of paintbrushes. Do you use the jetpack just to go to the supermarket? Do you use the master brushes to paint your garage? I sincerly hope not.
June 18, 2009 at 6:58 PM #184503
I’m cool with people having different opinions, and different needs. It’s not a problem with me.
I just sold and shipped both my HDV cameras. I still have a really nice Canon GL2 with an XLR adapter and a DM-50 shotgun microphone, along with a hard case and about 35 tapes, if anyone is interested.It is a great deal, and I plan to list it on Ebay today.
I am looking to purchase the Canon HF S10 today.It works off of SDHC cards, if one wants AVCHD. However, what I want is not AVCHD, but uncompressed live capture. I am not worried about start/stop issues at all. I can start and stop; that does not bother me. What bothers me is then I havea two hour interview with someone, and I need things broadcast quality, and it shuts down after about 12 minutes. That would mess me up bigtime.
June 18, 2009 at 7:02 PM #184504
Another option for those who want to go uncompressed/4-5K:
Convergent Designs is coming out with a new NanoFlash recorder. The thing captures HDMI and HD-SDI in, and reads out to inexpensive compact flash cards. The specs on this thing are amazing.
Selectable Quality / Record Rates
I-Frame Only: 160 Mbps 4:2:2 I-Frame Full-Raster; 1.24 GB/Min Master Quality – Long GOP: 100 Mbps 4:2:2 Long-GOP Full-Raster; 0.8 GB/Min Broadcast TV Mode: 50 Mbps 4:2:2 Long-GOP Full-Raster; 0.4 GB/Min Proxy Mode: 19 Mbps 4:2:0 Long-GOP 1440×1080; 0.15 GB/Min
They want about $3,000.00 for it, but just strap it to your camcorder, and hook up the HDMI out to the HDMI in, then you can get incredible quality, and are really mobile; and you can take as long of clips as you need.
If 12 minutes is not a limitation for you (as it is for me) then the EOS 5D might be a superior way to go, because of the superb quality of the optics.
It is just another option.
June 18, 2009 at 8:19 PM #184505AnonymousInactive
Why hasn’t there been any buzz over the Nikon D90 or D5000? Each shoot video, granted it is as 720p rather than 1080, but I would think the name Nikon would make up for that in terms of people talking about them. Obviously, they are almost half the pixelage, but I would think by being first to the game I would have heard more about it. Perhaps Canon just did it better, and this time that mattered.
In case you aren’t familiar:
June 18, 2009 at 8:41 PM #184506
Yeah, I’m locked on a minimum of 1080p.
I understand that the EOS 5D is now used as a replacement for the $50K+ RED ONE camera in some applications. I imagine that saying $47,000.00 per camera might cause quite a stir.
June 19, 2009 at 12:45 AM #184507
I actually looked at the Nikon D90 first as it’s 720p HD format would precisely compliment our JVC 200UB’s. However, we already have Canon EOS DSLR’s in our inventory and would need only pick up a couple more lenses and batteries. Now that it’s no problem to downres from 1080p to 720p the higher pixel value isn’t a problem. Also, despite my respect for the Nikon line the Mk II is just a better camera. Either brand however has started something new.
Thanks for the info on the nanoFlash. That looks like it would augment the recording capabilities of any camera capable of interfacing with it. Actually, looks to be the perfect solution to the 12 minute clip limit of the Mk II as you can go live through its HDMI out into the nanoFlash. If you can use the the nano’s HDMI out as a pass-through to a monitor and still capture look out!
Inspite of this, I still think using 2-5k for depositions or meetings that are not intended for inclusion for a broadcast or theatrical release production is overkill. And you are correct, the Mk II is the ‘poorman’s RED!’ Provided the nanoFlash does what it says it can, then the Mk II will literally be in the same weight-class with a $50,000+ RED ONE camera system.
June 19, 2009 at 1:20 AM #184508
>>Actually, looks to be the perfect solution to the 12 minute clip limit of the Mk II as you can go live through its HDMI out into the nanoFlash. If you can use the the nano’s HDMI out as a pass-through to a monitor and still capture look out!
Look out, indeed.
Yes, this just occurred to me as well. I think I will write Canon, and see if one could bypass the 12-minute clip thing with the nanoFlash, or with the BMD Intensity Pro. If so, then the EOS might be a much better choice!
June 19, 2009 at 4:18 AM #184509
Here is my query to Canon:
INQUIRY: On the Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera, does the 12 minute clip
limitation also limit live HDMI out? Or does it only apply to the
recordings to compact flash cards?
In other words, can I record continuously with the EOS 5D via the HDMI
out if I have either an HDMI capture card, or an external flash memory
Also, what is the maximum HDMI cable length I could use between the
camera and the capture card, before there was any appreciable 1080/30p
Here is Canon’s response.
>>Dear Nazarene Israel:
Thank you for writing to us. We value you as a Canon customer and
appreciate the opportunity to assist you.
The 12 minute limit is imposed by the buffer (filling up), not the
memory card or HDMI out.
You should be able to use an HDMI cable of up to 158 meters before you
have to boost the signal.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS
Thank you for choosing Canon.
Technical Support Representative
That sounds like there is a 12 minute limit regardless of the destination. I wrote him back to confirm.
June 19, 2009 at 5:08 AM #184510
“… sounds like there is a 12 minute limit regardless of the destination.”
Sounds odd, but if when in the live mode the data coming in from the CMOS chip isn’t ‘free flowing’ like with a CCD chip, there may be a buffer issue. I’m thinking there may be a heat issue as I believe may have been mentioned in the video review. Personally, I don’t think they really know for sure yet. Either way, I think that with the nanoFlash unit or some similar portable storage device will set the Mk II into the heavyweight film making class. Productions are already ramping up with the Mk II in mind and gives me further motive to not consider this camera for ‘journeyman’ work.
A 158m HDMI cable huh? Wonder how much that would run at Markertek?
June 19, 2009 at 6:19 AM #184511
>>A 158m HDMI cable huh? Wonder how much that would run at Markertek?
I dunno, but you can get a 100 foot cable at TD for $150.00.
>>Personally, I don’t think they really know for sure yet. Either way, I think that with the nanoFlash unit or some similar portable storage device will set the Mk II into the heavyweight film making class. Productions are already ramping up with the Mk II in mind and gives me further motive to not consider this camera for ‘journeyman’ work.
Well, it is obviously the real deal, or else why are they going 50-50 with the RED ONE?
I am just weighing my options, and considering the fact that Canon is probably going to come out with the first true ‘hybrid’ camera in about a year. If I can use my little pocket HF S10 until that time for the cost of a 200 dollar card and a 150 dollar cable, I think I should pocket the difference, and save it towards either my next camera, or my next NLE (like on the other thread). ‘dyu know whats I mean?
But now I really dunno about that tech support. He wrote back (I think the same guy) to a different question, and said I might be able to go 100 feet, with a good booster:
>>Dear Nazarene Israel:
We appreciate your continued correspondence regarding HDMI cable.
The 15 meter length I quoted earlier is approximately 50 feet.
Please keep in mind these are estimates. The maximum length of cable you
can use is affected by things such as cable quality, number and quality
of connections among other things.
You should be able to go up to 100 feet with a good quality booster,
however, we don’t have information on how this is performed.
Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance with your EOS
5D Mark II.
Thank you for choosing Canon.
Technical Support Representative
So is this two guys in two bodies? or two guys in one body? (lol)
June 19, 2009 at 6:25 AM #184512
My rich friend in Minnesota/Florida (he has two houses) has been talking to me about how to buy tech. He says to research, research, research; and to forestall purchases as long as you possibly can. Then when (and only when) it is time, get just what you need (without gold plating). I thought that was nuts, but then the more I learn about this fast-changing world of computer and video technology, the more I realize that things change so fast there is just no way to keep up with the technology.
So if I had to buy today, in my shoes (not having to be mobile, but needinglonger unattended record times)Iwould probably go for my little ‘pocket’ HF S10 and a BMD Intensity Pro; and then save my money for a new hybrid camera that will probably be out in no more than a year. But if I were in your shoes I might do something different. I dunno. But if you ask me, unless you need that camera now, wait just a little while, and the whole landscape will change.
June 19, 2009 at 6:34 AM #184513
Here’s Tiger Direct’s sales pitch:
>>Dear Valued Customer:
Thank you for your email,
We do understand your concern, according to our research the signal loss would depend on the material used in the HDMI cable, although the
recommended length is 30 ft, you will still be able to achieve good HDMI signals in cable 100 ft or longer. one example of which is the Ultra 500HI 10.2Gbps 100-Foot 1080p HDMI Male/Male HDTV Cable (Item Number: ULT40263)
Iguess if I don’t have money for the nanoFlash I could try a short cable and a long one. Get the rig to work on the short one. Then try the long one, and see if it works: but it probably will, or else why does a reputable company like Ultra sell them?
June 19, 2009 at 1:14 PM #184514
OK, I don’t want to hijack this thread, so let me make one more post on the cables, and then leave it.
Apparently there is some signal degradation below 1080p at HDMI v1.3after about a 30′ run, even with a top quality ‘normal’ cable. However, Gefen is a top reputable dealer sells a special ‘HDMI Super Booster Cable’ up to 150′.
These ‘Super Booster Cables’ are a wee bit expensive ($280.00 for a 50′, and $420 for a 100′); and it seemsthat even with these ‘Super Booster Cables’ about the maximum run for 1080p at HDMI 1.3 is stillabout 100′.
Quote “Only cables up to 100′ will support HDMI 1.3 at 1080p.”
Quote “The 125 and 150 foot cables will support HDMI 1.2 at 1080p.”
It looks like I could get a100′ run without appreciable loss. The cable is $420.00, and I would still need a $200.00 Intensity Pro card, plus I would have to lug my workstation around (and be tied to power). This is fairly limiting as compared to ananoFlash (or even one of Henry Olonga’s laptop capture rigs); but it is definitely a whole lot cheaper than a Nanoflash (or one of Henry’s laptop capture rigs), plus there is no backorder on them.
Again I am left with the desire to forestall the purchase, and see what new breaks loose in the field. If Canon were to come out with an EOS 6D or even an EOS 5D Mk III that no longer has the 12 minute limitthat would ‘change the picture’ for me again (no pun intended). I am still in the ‘training DVD and learning’ mode for the next few weeks, so I think I am going to try to forestall this purchase as long as I can, and see what breaks loose.
June 19, 2009 at 6:56 PM #184515
“My rich friend in Minnesota/Florida (he has two houses) has been
talking to me about how to buy tech. He says to research, research,
research; and to forestall purchases as long as you possibly can. Then
when (and only when) it is time, get just what you need (without gold
As you’ve unknowingly surmised, your friend is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. Definitely do your research. I’ve harped on that enough in other discussions so I won’t do so here. These days though as you said, ‘the tech changes so rapidly’ (to paraphrase) the problem with waiting is you get left behind. Everyone who gets the gear up front gets a leg up on the workflow and they have work going out in a current fashion. Though it is prudent to wait, you have to choose wisely on what you wait for. Now, you’ll never be able to ‘catch up’, but if you are marketing yourself in a competitive region, being current often helps make the sale.
Now, your friend is also right about not getting ‘the gold plated stuff’. Bells and whistles are just that. However, you do want the best gear you can afford outfitted with what you need to get the job done.
Also, I don’t think this part of the discussion is ‘hijacking the thread’. Since we are discussing the potential of the Mk II issues concerning support gear is integral to helping those interested in making their decisions.
June 19, 2009 at 7:53 PM #184516
>>Also, I don’t think this part of the discussion is ‘hijacking the thread’. Since we are discussing the potential of the Mk II issues concerning support gear is integral to helping those interested in making their decisions.
Well I’m glad to hear that. I think the EOS is a fine piece of gear. It is just that right now either I can begin editing in earnest, or I can keep writing, and simultaneously learning the NLE. It is all the same from my point of view.
However, what changes the equation for me is the likelihood that someone might release some new piece of gear in the next month or two that might be vastly superior to my proposed HF S10 rig. If they release an EOS 5D Mk III without the 12 minute limit, then that would be a superior way to go.
I do have some shooting I need to do next week, but I can do that in SD with the Canon GL2…so since I do not need to move yet, I would like to see if the EOS comes available without the 12 minute limit, because that would really be one sweet piece of gear.
June 19, 2009 at 9:22 PM #184517
Reply from Canon.
>>Dear Norman Willis:
Thank you for your reply.
The 5D Mark II can only record up to 12 minutes or 4GB of 1920 x 1080
video at a time. At 640×480 you can record up to 24 minutes. If you
need to record longer, we recommend a dedicated camcorder.
We hope this helps. Please write to us again if you have any questions.
I wrote him back and asked him if they knew the timeframe for an EOS 5D or equivalent camcorder that had interchangeable lenses, but which does not have the 12 minute limitation. However, I will be surprised if he will be able to release that information, if he even knows it.
I can probably forestall my purchase about two months, max, before I will have to move. But we will see, as I am historically a terrible judge of time.
June 20, 2009 at 4:33 PM #184518
By now many of you have seen the video by Vincent Laforet using the Mk II. His short video literally awoke the industry to the Mk II’s potential for high-end film & television production. This is a prime example of ‘not waiting’ to get gear or learn the workflow. This guy was a photographer not a videographer or cinematographer! Yet, he literally established the basic shooting techniques and workflow from location to post. Now everone interested in this is playing catch-up. Already, Canon has worked out the auto-manual exposure bug with a new firmware update. It won’t be long before the 12 minute buffer limit goes away too. This video was shot and edited in 72 hours and it set the industry on its ear. Vincent Laforet is now considered a Digital Cinematographer and has been doing video productions using the Mk II since. Something to think about. In the meantime, enjoy the video.
June 21, 2009 at 6:40 AM #184519
I am a little confused about something, andam not sure whether to ask this thread here, or on ‘advanced info.’
Am I correct that 1920 x 1080p is full HD spec, and that it is also 1K? Because the 1K refers to the number of horizontal lines?
So 5K would refer to a spec something like 9600 x 5400? And that would be ‘full frame’? Or does ‘full frame’ refer to something else?
Now since the EOS 5D Mk II nonetheless compresses the picture to store it on Compact Flash cards, how does that compare to a 1K live capture, say via HDMI or SDI out, to a video capture card like an AJA or an Intensity Pro? Since the HDMI out is not compressed, how do the two images technically compare in terms of vibrancy, color, contrast, and all that?
I watched the MacVideo vid again (twice) and I cannot tell anything negative about the picture from the EOS 5D Mk II. When I watch Henry Olonga’s work, I do see some jaggies when he first begins the capture, which he says happens because it takes Cineform NeoHD about two seconds to figure out what is happening; but then the jaggies disappear, and he also acknowledges the reason they make it into his samples on Vimeo is just due to sloppy editing (i.e., that he should cut them out).
I know the technology advances all the time (e.g., the EOS 5D Mk II and this thread), and so I want always to be improving my game. However, I think that until hologram technology comes out (which won’t be forever), probably the most I need to worry aboutwith my end product is mebbe a 72″ LCD home theatre system (or equivalent). I know they plan to raise the bar to 2K in 2015, and I am just imagining that it will get raised to 4K some time around 2020 (but that is a total guess). Basically I do not want to have to redo my stuff, but I don’t think home theatre is going to get much bigger than a six foot screen.
What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of 1K uncompressed versus 5K compressed? (I hesitate even to think about 5K uncompressed. Mind boggling.) And regardless of the advantages/disadvantages, am I going to get the quality I need for a 72″ LCD screen, so I don’t have to ‘re-do’ stuff every few years as they raise the bar?
As always, your experience and knowledge is appreciated.
June 22, 2009 at 5:12 PM #184520
“What are the technical advantages and disadvantages of 1K uncompressed versus 5K compressed? “
Yeah, that one’s definitely for the ‘Advanced Info’ Thread. As far as ‘staying ahead’, with a 5k cam onboard you’ll be ahead of the game for some time. The problem with uncompressed HD video is Storage. The compressed files on the flash cards are huge as is. The good news is multi TB drive prices are dropping quickly as storage technology moves further toward solid-state.
What I would like to see are some side-by-side comparisons of footage shot by those productions using both the RED ONE and the Mk II. I’d also like to see their workflow incorporating the two different file formats and what post-production support gear they use to make it all work.
June 23, 2009 at 7:32 PM #184521
Well if you are still trying to find excuses not to take a look at the 5D Mk II as a serious camera rig for video check out Cfulton’s latest news on the freeware updates that allow for manual audio control, audio level meters, zebras and more. In the meantime, I’ve mentioned mounting rigs from Redrock Micro and now take a look at some of the modular mounts available from Zacuto.
June 24, 2009 at 3:40 AM #184522
>>What I would like to see are some side-by-side comparisons of footage shot by those productions using both the RED ONE and the Mk II. I’d also like to see their workflow incorporating the two different file formats and what post-production support gear they use to make it all work.
I would also like to see that.
June 24, 2009 at 11:01 PM #184523
For anyone who wanted to see side by side comparisons of the Mk II vs other cameras like the RED ONE, EX3 and the XH1A just to name a few, watch ‘The Great Shootout’ video in the ‘Advanced Info’ thread. I was going to put it into this thread, but felt the discussion in the video went beyond the basic info most of the novice to intermediate shooters on the forum are looking for. Also, if you are wanting to get some insight about financing your projects and distributing your final product check out the ‘Film Fellas’ videos in the ‘Writing on Spec’ thread. Truthfully, all of this stuff is related and if you’re doing this stuff for a living you really should take a look at it.
July 20, 2009 at 6:07 AM #184524
I got a Canon HF S10, and love it. It has way more features, and takes a much nicer picture than my FX1 ever did. Also, I like the tapeless workflow. Just be sure to back it up to three different places (and I also started an online backup offsite, although the upload times move at a crawl) before you erase the SDHC card. Interestingly, I just discovered that my particular camera begins a new clip at just under the 2GB (approximately ten minute) mark. Ibelieve it is a defect, as Canon said it should be able to take up to a 2TB clip in one contiguous shoot, were there 2TB SDHC cards (which, of course there are not).
I discovered the defect when I went to lay down a few takes of a narration track that was about twelve or thirteen minutes long. The first file is 1.99x GB long, and then the second clips are for the balance of each take. I am not sure how this compares to an EOS 5D Mk II, but I am able just to take these clips and then butt them up to each other in the timeline, and they match up without problems. If the EOS 5D Mk II is this way, then the 12 minute limit would not be a real problem, so long as it continues to capture (as the HF S10 does).
I am writing both Canon and B&H, to see how this will get resolved, because while I can work around it, it should not be happening this way.B&H has a fifteen day return policy (which I am almost two weeks over), but we will see what they do when Icall them on the phone. I did get an extended warranty, but cannot afford to be without a camera for any extended length of time right now, as I am shooting often.
Anyhow, I just thought you might find that interesting. I hope all is well with you.
July 21, 2009 at 5:17 PM #184525
Glad you found something that works for you. I took a look at the unit and for me it would make a nice ‘crashcam’ something I could get good imagery from, but wouldn’t get bent if it got blown up. I don’t know how comfy I am with a solid-state crashcam as the recording media is a touch pricey. Should the media be robust enough I could roll with it.
I’m not sure if it’s on this thread or the ‘Advanced Info’ one but I do believe I put a video from Zacuto on about a shoulder mount for the class of cameras you have. You might want to check that out.
July 21, 2009 at 10:38 PM #184526AnonymousInactive
Hey Composite, After a long time looking at this guy I thin I have made the decision to pick one of these up. Within the next couple months I hope to get the body and two lenses plus some extra batteries and one of the shoulder shooters from red rock micro. This has been one of my favorite threads.
July 22, 2009 at 9:49 PM #184527
Glad you’ve enjoyed the thread. Much as I love the VM forums, most times they offer little advanced info for the intermediate and above level participants. Anytime I can pitch a bone out there for you guys to gnaw on I feel like I’ve done my job.
Good to hear about you getting the new rig. Unfortunately, I’ve got so much backlogged work I can’t even think about picking up any new gear right now. However, just like you I’ve made up my mind to pick up a pair of MkII’s once I get clear. With the firmware updates and support gear out now, it really looks like a solid choice for the serious filmmaker and still shooter. I’ve had a chance to play with one briefly and really don’t recommend it for the casual shooter.
My only conundrum is which camera support to get, the redrock or zacuto? Redrock = solid build, modular, light, slightly cheaper full kit. Zacuto, solid build, crazy modular, light, somewhat pricey with or w/o add-ons.
Good luck with your purchases. I hope to get your thoughts in the thread.
July 22, 2009 at 10:02 PM #184528AnonymousInactive
Yeah I’m going to have to get clear as well. I’m going to pick up a Redrock system because of the price, they seem really solid, and I think the Zacuto’s are a little on the ugly side. My biggest decision will be in lens selection, I have always been a Nikon guy so all of my lenses (2 ha ha) have the wrong mounting system. I think it would be fun to pick up a lensbaby system to play with knowing it could be used for still or video.
July 22, 2009 at 10:43 PM #184529
Funny about you being a ‘Nikon Guy’. I started my career as a photographer with old-school Canon all manual rigs. Later when working as a phojo, I used higher-end Nikons. Now, I personally owned Canon EOS series cameras since they came out because I could not afford a Nikon at the time. It didn’t take long to recognize that Canon made some ‘effin’ great rigs and I didn’t have to cough up a lung to pay for one. Still liked shooting with the Nikon’s though. Once I started my biz, I just rolled with the Canon’s.
Yeah, the Zacuto’s are a bit on the ‘Transformer’ side of looks. I do like how modular they are though, but you’re right the RDM’s are just as good and cheaper.
I tell you, I love this business but when you get to a certain level it just gets more and more expensive to ‘play in’.
July 24, 2009 at 3:58 AM #184530AnonymousInactive
Yeah my main reason for being a nikon guy is that I like the way they feel in my hand better. Not a real technical reason but it worked for me since I was in the entry level of cams and the quality for price was about the same. Recently I was playing with the new EOS Rebel (whichever is the step just below the 50D) and I really like the menu system on it much more than mine so I think the 5D would suit me well since it’s getting on into the medium format cams. I actually got to handle one a few weeks ago and really liked the weight of it.
I certainly understand the cost point. As I’m sure is true with you as well, being a business owner in this industry really makes you feel in it the pocket.
July 27, 2009 at 4:24 PM #184531AnonymousInactive
Canon are sneaky buggers. Under our noses and in the midst of our talking about the 5D MKII they released the Rebel T1i (500D as it’s known to other countries). I know what your thinking, “EOS Rebel?” YES whereas the 5D is a medium format full-framed camera. The new one fills in the step below as an entry level body or small-format camera. It still takes full 1080 but only at 3K, but really a 2K res difference isn’t a deal killer considering this comes in at MSRP $899. Was doing some research and found this puppy so I thought I would throw it around.
July 27, 2009 at 4:42 PM #184532
Thanks for the head’s up about the Rebel T1i. I’ll keep an eye out for it.
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