Final episode of Zacuto Shootout now live

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Sorry it’s been a longer wait than planned but it’s worth it! Here you see the first appearance of the T2i/ 550D and also resolution, colour and green screen tests. It’s been an epic road and I hope you enjoy it!

Click the image below to go to the video. Please leave your thoughts here as well as on the Zacuto site! Thanks!

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    1. I opted for the 7D for it 8 frame jpg per sec feature for stopmotion and other such work. I think thats what the sensor is capable of in reality, now considering that a single cpu can achieve 24 frames through some line skipping trick, I think with the second cpu it can at the most hypothetically achieve 50 frames or 60 but 120 I think is highly unlikely.

      I have though experimented with the 8frame capture and using weighted frame blending achieved decent results at 18 frames with very little jerk or stutter. And thats 18mega pixel.

  1. Thanks Philip,
    I never get bored watching The Zacuto Shootout videos
    Great stuff, and interesting to watch!
    Now we have the final epic episode 🙂


  2. I was waiting for the last part. Great. Thank you guy’s for all the three parts.
    Now, my only wish is new firmware for the 5d II with 720 : 50p in it. 😉
    Do you think it will be in the next update?

    Grz. Rob.

  3. Philip:
    Please talk to us a little about your work setting the picture profile for the green screen tests. I find that for my 5dm2, the neutral setting is very different from the portrait setting in terms of getting the best green color. What are your recommendations? Thanks for the big help!

  4. i get the feeling any further updates on the 5d will be purely technical glitches / fixes.

    ive seen tim smiths responses in his last few interviews and he makes it pretty clear that all the major “additional features” are done.

    i guess its fair enough really, we got a pretty good run of updates / new features.

    i reckon theres easily another year before a release, thats going by their usual refresh cycle. but who knows, this camera really boosted the dslr world, theres good money to be made by updating the camera more often…

    it works for apple!

      1. For the Premiere CS5/pc users…same goes for us too. Even though it isn’t necessary to convert the h264 files for speed/efficiency with CS5…in my tests it’s still much much better to KEEP CONVERTING to Cineform AVIs using Neoscene. Vastly improves the effects/grading.

  5. Enjoyed this episode as well.Call me a bit sceptical,but the whole raw issue is something that we wont see so easily, not only from a technical standpoint but from a market standpoint as well.It’s really not the place to hypothesize but i really hope we get to see some actual changes from these cameras not the implementation of these features on really expensive new bodies that will reach the price of higher end digital cameras.
    Off topic: What about the critics webisodes Philip? Are they over?

  6. Nikon’s D3s seems to be under the average so far, maybe the poor codec is the main issue.
    Hope that Nikon will release something great in a near futur…

      1. Yes, you’re right about that.
        But for a professional use, the light is provided and enough in most of the cases, so it’s a pretty weak bonus compared to the poor colors.
        Dreaming about a DSLR with uncompressed hdmi output, and you get the war machine with Nanoflash…

  7. WOW!! sooo many familiar faces in this episode! Pete Biagi came in couple of times as a substitute for my digital cinematography class at columbia! what a great guy. I always though he was a Sony guy though. lol ^^ James from Schumacher. Man, I’m glad I live in Chicago. Philip, we should have a DSLR meet up here in Chicago sometime 😀

  8. Just purchased a t2i. Very excited about the possibilities. Between these tests and the amazing looking House finale, this is something the industry won’t be able to ignore. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

  9. was there also a test to see the difference between Pro Res HQ vs Pro Res LT there seems to be a debate in terms of if it is worth to go to HQ as people are saying they are not seeing any notable difference whats your take on it?

  10. so from your perspective is there are difference between Pro Res HQ and LT in the end result? There is a significant reduction in terms of File Size.

  11. What do you guys mean, when you say that converting to ProRes makes a world of difference?

    Do you mean performance wise (easier to work with)?

    …or…do you really mean, that we gain extra detail and information in the signal?

  12. Hey Philip, loved the last episode! As for your Colourist, I’m guessing he believes it makes a huge difference to convert to a 10-bit space because the color correcting and grading (and any effects, for that matter) is then rendered in 10-bit as opposed to 8? Couldn’t you make that argument with any 8-bit 4-2-0 color space footage, not just DSLR footage?

  13. It’s really great what Zacuto has done with these tests… DSLRs are revolutionary to this industry, but this Great Shootout of 2010 is really at the heart of it all. it’s the stepping stone that will make filmmakers decide weather they want to move forward and embrace this new technology or continue to ignore it.

        1. It is also a bit silly to imply that these cameras can go raw in any way shape or form. It would take far more than a firmware upgrade to do that.

            1. I hope you are right. But one would think that the limit of these chips is the hard ware processor it is attached to. That is I would guess be what limits the (huge) data throughput required by raw.

              Still, it would eliminate the aliasing, moire issues to get a raw full chip out. That would be wonderful

                1. But, don’t you feel the more severe artifacts are not so much compression related but more due to line skipping as well as the lack of an internal anti-aliasing optical filter?

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