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EDIT: Canon have announced that we will have the much needed 25p firmware update in April. 25p is needed for most of the world so it’s a great and much needed addition. This makes the camera way more practical and usable for many. Including me!! Read more here. April is also when the 5Dmk3 gets it’s clean output firmware added. Good news.
EDIT 2: I have now shot my first piece so here it is!
MAKE SURE YOU WATCH TO THE VERY END PAST THE CREDITS!
4 inches of ice is a micro doc I shot to get used to the Canon 1DC. Until this point all I had done were a few test shots. I needed to actually shoot something properly.
This was shot whilst visiting that smashing fellow Eric Kessler in Indiana. It was cold. Way colder than England, but I knew I was heading to Miami for a workshop in a few days so it didn’t bother me! Eric asked if I wanted to go ice fishing. Naturally I said good god man no! BUT, I did quite fancy filming it for a bit. So we went out for an hour. Talked to a father and daughter who didn’t want to be interviewed but let us take some shots then we met the guys who feature here who were really excited to be in it.
4 inches of ice refers to the minimum amount of thickness of the ice that you can go ice fishing on. So wikipedia tells me!
Shooting was a breeze. It’s a DSLR, it may have been shot in 4k but it operates the same way! Miller DS20 tripod. Lenses were Canon 16-35. 24-105, 70-20 F4, 100mm Macro (used for the interview for some utterly bizarre reason!) Audio was a Rode NTG2 into a Roland R26 and B-roll audio was the Rode Video Mic Pro.
I had a lot of issues in post though. This was shot in 4K, downscaled in to full HD for editing (I do plan to remaster as a 4k version soon.) In the edit I noticed a lot of problems, banding, magenta tinges on parts of the frame. Basically we worked it out and it was down to a number of things. The compression of the 4K, combined with the Canon log mode shooting below the native ISO of 400 which is a bad combination.
Andy Shipsides of Abel Cine says this “you are moving the middle gray to a higher level, making the image appear darker but causing limit dynamic range in the highlights.. bad news.”
James and I found that the image only did this in 4k in log under ISO 400. Go higher (not too high) and it’s fine. Shoot normal picture profiles and again it’s fine. Shoot C-log in Super 35mm or full frame HD. No problems. It’s just that combination.
In post I added a lot of film grain to even out those areas. That is why this short piece took about 10 times longer to edit than normal. It’s all good experience and it simply means next time I will shoot bearing that in mind.
Other than that the image issues in post I loved the image and the stuff I have shot since does not have these problems. We are ALWAYS learning.
Can I make a 4K version online? It would be too big unfortunately, but I will be showing this and other stuff from the camera in 4K at the BVE show in London at the end of February for Canon.
You can see my review of the camera, the good and the bad on my blog post here: http://gopb.co/1dc
Audio recorded by Eric Kessler
Music again courtesy of The Music Bed. Full credits in the video. Gopb.co/musicbed
When the Canon 1DC was announced back in late 2011 (not officially called that back then) I was interested of course, but as time went on and we learnt more about it, I became less interested. 4K is cool but not essential for most of work right now.
Every single 4k project I have shot has been done purely for show rather than the practicality…this will change of course with more demand for 4k content, but with no affordable ways to view 4k or to distribute it, we are still some time off….much like when I first started using HD. I just am not sure how big 4k will be with the general public. I judge these things with my friends and family. My sister, for example, can’t see the point in blu ray. She is happy with DVD, even though she has an HD TV. Trying to sell 4k to her will be a waste of breath!
The first footage I saw from the camera was from Shane Hurlbut/ Po Chan’s “The Ticket” at NAB 2012. It’s gorgeous and if you haven’t see it, I thoroughly recommend checking it out, but it won’t be in 4k unless you can see it in a 4k theatre like I did. That’s the problem I mentioned previously…
The price of the camera and the 24p limitation at 4K put me off the camera, despite this beautiful footage. So what is it that made me really want to check it out properly? Is it actually worth the dosh? What is the image like, and of course, is it any good? All of these questions and many more are answered in my video review. It’s super in-depth and has lots of example footage.
I will be sharing lots of native footage both 4K and HD via wetransfer.com links of native footage. You can find these links below the video, and I will be adding to them the more I manage to upload…it takes a while. Upload speed here is very slow!
Please don’t judge any image quality form either the stream here or even the downloaded review video from Vimeo (I do recommend that you download it though!) If there are any questions not answered in the review, feel free to ask in the comments below! Also as these reviews are all done for free and take DAYS to do, any donations made to the Vimeo Tip Jar are gratefully received!! You can only do that via the actual Vimeo page for the review, which is here.
EDIT 31st Jan: One thing I have learnt from shooting with the camera the past week is NEVER shoot below ISO 400 in log mode or you get banding issues from hell which vanish at 400 and above. 400 is the native sensitiy of the camera, lower than I would have thought but apprantly that is in the manual! Never read manuals me…This actually really only applies to log mode where the image is pushed hard. Out of log mode you don’t see this. Below is the banding issues in log mode which really came out after a bit of grading.
My number one shooting sidekick and crazy pixel peeper James Miller gives his hairy palmed thoughts below. JAMES!! SIT BACK FROM THE COMPUTER SCREEN!!!
I have also just shot a micro doc on the camera about Ice Fishing here in Indiana. I will post that ASAP. Well, as soon as it is edited. I am also currently editing the delayed “Beach Bum Shootout” which looks at the GH3, EOS M, 6D, C100…this will be done as soon as I can. There simply aren’t enough hours in the day!
Workflow will be added to this post next…although James does go through his workflow below.
NATIVE DOWNLOAD LINKS HERE
Click on the images below to download the large native 4K video files. First link is all four main shots of Brighton pier. It was a murky day on end of lens so take that into consideration..use as comparison between modes not on overall resolution…I will add another one shot on clear day here in Indiana this week. Only one link for the comparison as it will download all four clips for you.
First up though is a lovely shot of Eric Kessler’s Salt Water fish tank it 4k, s35 HD, full frame HD, 60p HD, 60p 720 and SD. All with LOG off and Neutral Pro Lost profile. Click Image to download
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I will have the camera with me at the forthcoming workshops below in Miami, Brussels, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as other toys like the Metabones Speed Booster and the Blackmagic Camera. My next one is on Saturday the 2nd of February in Miami. Currently my only workshop in the USA this year!
Update to below:
I’ll put some samples on here later but for now I think it is important to mention that if you shoot below ISO 400 then your images will be clipped in the highlights (giving them a grey colour) and shadows will fill and loose detail. Anything below ISO 400 appears to look like negative gain. Shooting at ISO 400 will also reduce banding in the image, something that effected many shots. Also as a result highlight roll off looks smoother too.
HERE ARE JAMES’ VERY PIXEL PEEPER THOUGHTS!
Canon Log verses Neutral picture profile with the 1DC at 4k. This is not a debate on the benefits of using LOG profiles, just the resolution retained when doing so. For reference, the sharpness is set to the lowest setting on Neutral and Canon Log. No ND filters used in the tests. Shot on a Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II at 90mm /F5.
Conclusion: I love the camera and want one
I took the Canon 1DC out for a spin in London yesterday with my cousin and photographer Luke Miller as it was the first day of sun I’ve seen in a while.
These are just general GV shots. Shot using the Canon 1DC in 4K, Canon Log.
Lenses used. Canon 24-105 IS f/4 & Canon 70-200 IS II f/2.8.
Our workflow was to transcode the rushes into ProRes HQ using MPEG Streamclip, bring them in Adobe Premiere CS6, edit and grade and render out at 1920 x 1080 using scale to keep edges. Wide bars added in Premiere for aesthetics only and ability to reframe at full frame size.
More tests and information on Philip Blooms site: http://philipbloom.net
These Days of Sun | If Not Now When | Olly Knights
Temp track until Olly sues me (it was very late and was only track I loved) But do check out his new personal album, its very good.
Here are some of the native camera files from the film above to play with.
There are 4 files in this zip archive, more to follow.
As a note to why some shared files display at the wrong resolution its because the QuickTime wrapper gets messed up on upload. Future files will be zipped as these are now.
To correct the issue across PC & Mac’s. Open in MPEG Streamclip and click on ‘Save As’ this will not transcode the file, it just make the file handle correctly in editing software. The same can be done in QuickTime 7, but make sure you view the file at ‘Actual size’ then ‘save as’.
More to come tomorrow.
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