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  • Frame Rate Vs. Shutter Speed – Setting The Record Straight

    Thursday, May 17, 2012

    Here is a great article by Sam Morrill on the difference of Frame Rate vs. Shutter Speed. For all you DSLR video shooters this is great information to know.

    http://vimeo.com/videoschool/lesson/56/frame-rate-vs-shutter-speed-setting-the-record-straight

    “In this day and age of constantly changing gear and technology, there’s a growing set of vocabulary that we video creators are all expected to learn. With so much jargon being thrown around, it can be easy to forget certain concepts or confuse them for other ones. A prime example of this is demonstrated by the confusion between frame rates and shutter speeds. Let’s taken a minute to clarify.” – Sam Morrill

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  • New 5D Mark II Firmware Upgrade

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Download It Here

    Firmware 2.1.1 provides the following fixes and improvements:

    - Fixes a phenomenon where shooting stops after capturing one image when in continuous shooting or the Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) continuous shooting setting.

    - Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Dutch language.

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    1. Canon EOS C300 & C300 PL

      Saturday, November 5, 2011

      Canon C300

      Canon just decided to go head to head with RED with it’s forthcoming EOS C300 DSLR/Camcorder. This indeed looks to be promising.

      Read the offical Canon press release below for details and specs:

      HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today raised the curtain on an all-new interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of today’s motion picture industry. The camera, which features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, will be available in two models: the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera*, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon’s current diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and new EF Cinema Lens lineup; and the EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Camera*, with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.

      The introduction of the EOS C300/C300 PL coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.

      Star-Studded Supporting Cast
      Equipped with an EF lens mount, the EOS C300 is supported by an all-star cast of high-performance EF lenses, not only the wide array of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR cameras that have earned the trust and respect of photographers around the world, but also the EF cinema lenses in the newly announced Cinema EOS System. When outfitted with a Canon EF lens, the C300′s peripheral illumination correction automatically corrects for vignetting in accordance with each lens’s optical characteristics, and enables iris control from the camera. Canon EF lenses also enable the recording of such metadata as the name of the lens used, aperture setting and shutter speed.

      Show-Stopping High-Resolution Full-HD Performance
      The Canon EOS C300/C300 PL’s newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor incorporates approximately 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines.

      Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted. Additionally, the powerful combination of the sensor with Canon’s high-performance DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression.

      In addition to MPEG-2 Full HD (MPEG2 422@HL compliant) compression, the EOS C300/C300 PL employs 4:2:2 color sampling for high-resolution performance that minimizes the appearance of “jaggies” at chroma edges. Additionally, with a maximum recording rate of 50 Mbps, the camera supports the recording of high-quality video.

      The camera’s video and audio recording file format adopts the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format), an open source file format ideally suited for non-linear editing systems. Recording to versatile, readily available CF cards, the EOS C300/C300 PL realizes high cost-performance and, equipped with two CF card slots, makes possible the simultaneous recording of video data to two CF cards.

      Ready for Action


      With a compact body design measuring 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for high-impact low-angle shots, and alongside walls. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the camera can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit, and offers an array of industry-standard terminals, including HD/SD-SDI video output for the external recording of high-quality video content. When using a WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for EOS digital SLR cameras (sold separately), the EOS C300/C300 PL can be controlled remotely by means of such common devices as smartphones or tablet PCs.

      The camera is equipped with four start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy any preferred camera-holding style, and can be outfitted with a variety of third-party accessories, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders. The unit also achieves seamless integration with third-party editing systems and provides added peace of mind through its dust-proof, drip-proof construction and built-in cooling system.

      The new camera allows users to adjust image quality to match that of professional camcorders and EOS-series digital SLR cameras, and offers Canon Log Gamma, enabling flat image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P and 23.98P, the EOS C300/C300 PL features a 24.00p mode, matching the 24 frame-per-second frame rate of film cameras for high compatibility with common film-production workflows.

      Other features include fast-motion shooting, achieved by capturing fewer frames per second to create action up to 60x normal speed, and slow-motion down to 1/2.5xii made possible by capturing more frames per second. Frame rates between 1 and 60 frames per second (fps)iii can be adjusted in increments of 1 fps. Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image quality for greater control over how content looks.

      Pricing and availability


      The Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late March 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000.

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    2. Canon Announces 1D-X

      Tuesday, October 25, 2011

      Canon announced it’s latest and greatest DSLR last week and the video specs are something to behold. It seems like they listened to filmmakers gripes and made some vast improvements on the video capturing side of things with this model.

      Find the details below…

      Canon EOS 1D-X

      Enhanced EOS HD Video – New Compressions, Longer Recording

      Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work. The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production.

      Canon’s all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB. The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.

      The Canon EOS-1D X also includes manual audio level control, adjustable both before and during movie recording, an automatic setting, or it can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.

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    3. Firmware Update for 5D Mark II

      Thursday, June 23, 2011

      Firmware 2.0.9 for 5D Mark II
      Firmware Version 2.0.9 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

      1. Improves writing/reading speeds when using UDMA 7-compatible CF cards.

      2. Fixes a phenomenon where the IS function will not work when custom function C.Fn III-2 is set to [5: IS start] and the lens attached does not have an AF stop button. This is because custom function C.Fn III-2 allows users to assign IS start to the AF stop button on the lens

      3. Corrects misspellings in the menu screens displayed in Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai languages.

      Download Here
      via: Canon Rumors

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    4. Canon T3i/600D Announced

      Tuesday, February 8, 2011

      For the full list of features and an in depth preview head over to DP Review.

      From the press release:

      Canon t3i

      London, UK, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight Digital SLR (DSLR) that makes capturing exciting, fun and creative images easier than ever. The perfect choice for aspiring photographers looking for a combination of outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, the EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D.

      Capturing stunning images and Full HD video has never been easier, thanks to a range of automatic shooting modes that beginners can use to instantly express their creativity. A Feature Guide has been added to the user interface to help you learn about the camera as you use it, helping to develop your photography skills. With an unrivalled range of EF lenses, Speedlites and other accessories to enhance your shooting, the EOS system holds the key to the perfect shot – wherever your journey takes you, and whatever the scene before you.

      EOS 600D – key features:

      -18-megapixel CMOS sensor

      -Scene Intelligent Auto mode

      -Full-HD EOS Movie

      -On-screen Feature Guide

      -3.7fps continuous shooting

      -Wide-area 9-point AF

      -1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen

      -Basic+ and Creative Filters

      -Built-in wireless flash control

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    5. Canon Filmmakers Live w/ Philip Bloom coming to Seattle

      Monday, February 7, 2011

      © PhilipBloom.net

      Philip Bloom is considered to be one of the most sought after minds in DSLR cinematography. He has worked on numerous short films, documentaries and more his recent work includes films for Discovery HD, Five, Living and Sky One to name a few. He also runs a very comprehensive blog and forum on his website with the latest techniques, reviews and updates of various hardware, software and accessories that is a must have on any videographer’s blogroll. Here is a snippet from his bio:

      I consider myself as one of the new breed of cinematographers. Over the past 3 years I have embraced the 35mm film adaptor market, shooting on HD video but making it look close to 35mm film. I also have recently embraced the video DSLR cameras, in particular the Canon 5d Mk2 and the Canon 7d. Please visit my DSLR films section to see just how beautiful they look. I have used these DSLRs on all sorts of projects including recently being the DSLR second unit DP on the new movie from Lucasfilm.

      Philip will be joining the “Canon Filmmakers Live” US Tour this spring and the will be making a stop in the Seattle area at the King Cat Theater on Thursday, March 31st. The workshop goes from 10am-5pm and entry is $150.

      For all the details and to order tickets visit the website:

      http://canonfilmmakerslive.com/2001/03/31/king-cat-theatre/

      http://philipbloom.net

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    6. A Treasure Trove of HDLSR Resources!

      Tuesday, November 30, 2010

      A huge tip of the cap goes out to dslrvideoshooter.com for compiling this wonderful and comprehensive list of resources for DSLR users. Check out some of these sites to get the latest news, reviews and inspiration! And be sure to keep us on your radar as well! Enjoy.

      Blogs

      Philip Bloom - Now known as a leader in the HDSLR revolution, Philip Bloom has a lot of knowledge to share on his very popular blog.
      Planet 5D - Videos, news and more.
      DSLR News Shooter - DSLR News Shooter is dedicated to the use of the latest HDSLRs like the Canon Eos 5DmkII, 7D and Nikon D300s for news, documentary and factual shooting.
      Hurlbut Visuals - Shane Hurlbut shares knowledge on using HDSLR for filmmaking.
      FreshDV - Industry news, reviews and training resources for HDSLR users.
      Negative Spaces Blog - Ben Cain tests DSLRs and shares some tips on how to use them.
      Vincent Laforet’s Blog - Vincent is another leader in the DSLR revolution and is continually pushing these cameras to create captivating images.
      Cinema 5D News – Daily news feed for DSLR filmmakers.
      Wiegaertner Films – Sebastian Wiegärtner shares info, teaches HDSLR workshops and much more.
      DSLR HD - Blog with a interesting series called: Why You Should Not Shoot Video With A DSLR.
      ProLost - Stu share info on color correction, cameras and the like.
      Learning DSLR Video - Best blog for beginning HDSLR users. Dave explores shooting video on DSLRs and shares findings.
      No Film School - Home of The DSLR Cinematography Guide.
      Canon Filmmakers - One of the first kids on the DSLR-for-film block.
      DSLR Cinematography - News, reviews and tutorials for DSLR filmmakers.
      El Skid’s Blog – Robin Schmidt’s killer blog on filmmaking, HDSLR filmmaker and more.
      Nino Film - Commercial and documentary shooting with a stellar blog.
      A 550D User’s Blog – Michael Schmidt shares links, videos and more.
      7D Pro - Designed simply to provide an online presence for Canon EOS DSLR users
      Wide Open Camera – Tests, giveaways and great information for HDSLR users.
      Cheesy Cam – If your interested in DIY and DSLRs this is the blog for you.
      FStoppers – Information pertaining to professional photography of all kinds.
      Tom Guilmette – Sports and nature shooter who is always sharing tips and tricks.
      DV Culture – Online platform focused on Digital Video News, Product Reviews.
      Phil Hoyt – Sharing info on HDSLRs, gear and more.
      Digital SLR Shooter – Blog on Hybrid shooting and video production.
      Scene Blog – A Blog by Filmmakers For Filmmakers.
      Daniel Freytag’s Blog – DSLR related blog content.
      Need Creative – For those who are passionate about HDSLRs, Macs and other visual tech.
      Next WaveDV – The Next wave of digital video.
      5D Mark II Team – Improvements and Gear.

      Podcasts

      The C47iTunes – Learn lighting, shooting, and post workflow from a DSLR user.
      16×9 Cinema | iTunes – The home of Carl Olson’s ”Digital Convergence Podcast” and blog where he shares information, resources, and interviews industry professionals.
      Crossing the 180 | iTunes – Ron Dawson interviews filmmakers and talk about DSLRs in production.
      My DSLR Show – weekly web series for filmmakers using DSLR cameras.
      RED CentreiTunes – Wait… RED??? Yes, but lately Mike Seymour and Jason Wingrove cover a lot of DSLR topics and info.

      Forums

      EOS HD - Forum and blog sharing news and videos.
      Cinema5D - International HDSLR Forum with a great community.
      DVX User – Its a DVX user blog with HDSLR info to boot!
      Creative Cow – Creative Community of DSLR Users.

      Vimeo Groups

      Cinemacuteo Free Film School.
      DSLR Cinema.
      Canon DLSR Video Users Group.
      DSLR Filmmakers Group.
      Canon EOS 7D.

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    7. Firmware Updates for Canon EOS 7D & Rebel T2i

      Tuesday, November 30, 2010

      Update your firmware!

      Last week Canon released firmware updates for the EOS 7D and  Rebel T2i DSLRs. Firmware v1.2.3 for the 7D andv1.0.9 for the T2i fix minor bugs in both cameras. The latest versions can be downloaded from Canon’s website. Links are provided below:

      Canon EOS 7D firmware v1.2.3 update

      Canon T2i firmware v1.0.9 update

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    8. Firmware Update for 5D Mark II

      Wednesday, October 20, 2010

      This firmware update (Version 2.0.8) incorporates the following changes and fixes.

      - Fixes a phenomenon in which movies are not taken at the shooting mode registered in the user’s settings if a shooting mode Aperture priority (or Shutter priority) is registered in any of the camera’s user settings (C1, C2, C3) and the user attempts to shoot a movie.

      - Fixes a phenomenon in which the shutter will not release when pressing the shutter button when the auto power off function is set to “on”.

      Fixes a phenomenon in which overexposure occurs when shooting a Live View shooting simulation with the ISO speed set to L.

      - Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off.

      - Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT-24EX) and slave flash do not sync while shooting wirelessly.

      Download: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos5dmk2/firmware.html

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