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Tag Archive: Canon


Canon announced a firmware update for its EOS 5D MKIII. This update makes it possible to get an uncompressed signal (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) out of the HDMI output. Nice one, Canon. That makes it possible to connect an external recorder to the camera, what means better images for post production. But there’s one major catch: the update is not rolling out until April 2013. Boo on you, Canon. You announce such a great feature, many people are eager for and you let them wait so darn long.

via canonrumors

Berlin Thunderstorm

There was a huge thunderstorm over Berlin this morning, between 12:00 and 5:00 am. So I grabbed my 7D, my tripod and my Macbook and took some photographs of the Lightnings that showed up in front of my living room window. The results are the following 8 Pictures:

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Not much to say this time. Just the link.

RAW video patent by Canon

Here’s a tech facts comparison based on the data the two companies provide:

Camera RED SCARLET-X Canon EOS C300
SENSOR 14 MEGAPIXEL MYSTERIUM-X™ CMOS sensor (single-panel), equivalent to Super 35mm
PIXEL ARRAY 5120 x 2700 4206 x 2340
DYNAMIC RANGE 13.5 stops, up to 18 stops with HDRx™ 6 fps with 5K FF and HDRx On 12 fps with 4K HD and HDRx™ On 12 stops
LENS MOUNT Al Canon EF (PL mount optional) EF mount (also available as PL mount version)
Compression: 8 Bit MPEG-2 Long GOP
Maximum Bit Rate: 50Mbps (CBR)
File Format: MXF (OP-1a)
1920 x 1080
1280 x 720
NTSC: 59.94P (1280 x 720), 59.94i, 29.97P, 23.98P
PAL: 50P (1280 x 720), 50i, 25P
Film: 24P
MONITOR/PROGRAM OUTPUT HD-SDI and HDMI with Frame Guides and Look Around or Clean Feed 1080p 4:2:2, 720p 4:2:2 SMPTE Timecode, HANC Metadata, 24-bit 48Khz Audio HD/SD-SDI Terminal BNC (output only), with embedded audio
Timecode Terminals BNC (input/output), Sync Out (BNC)
DIGITAL MEDIA REDMAG (SSD) Module : (64, 128, 256GB Media) CF Card (Type 1 Only): 2 slots (Movie files); UDMA supportedSD Card: 1 slot: Still images
AUDIO 2 channel, uncompressed, 24 bit, 48KHz. Optional 4 channel, and AES / EBU digital audio. 2-Channel, Linear PCM, 16-Bit, 48kHz. External Audio Inputs: 2 – XLR inputs
BOMB EVF™ High Definition Viewfinder
Viewfinder 0.52-inch diagonal
Color 16:9 rotatable LCD +2.0 to -5.5 diopter eye adjustment
WEIGHT 5lbs. Body only 3.2 lbs. Body only
TEMPERATURE RANGES Operating Range: 0°C to +40°C (32°F to 104°F)
Storage Range: -20°C to +50°C (-4°F to 122°F)
Performance: 0°-40°C (32°-104°F ), 85% (relative humidity)Operation: -5°-45°C (23°-113°F), 60% (relative humidity)

It’s here. It’s hot. It’s Technicolor CineStyle Picture Style for Canon EOS Cameras.

Get it here: I want that damn sweet Picture Style

Here’s what you need to do to get it working:

1. Requirements:

  • Canon EOS DSLR camera
  • Canon EOS Utility v2.6 or later
  • PC running Windows 7 / Vista / XP; or Mac running OS X 10.5 / 10.6
  • USB cable
Note: you can find the latest Canon EOS Utility at: Canon.com

2. How to load Technicolor CineStyle into your Canon EOS camera:

  • Ensure that EOS Utility v2.6 or later is installed on your computer
  • Download the Technicolor CineStyle Picture Style file using the links below
  • Connect your camera to your computer using the appropriate USB cable
  • Note: for the EOS 5D Mark II you may need to set “Communication” to “PC connect.” in the camera’s menu
  • Start the Canon EOS Utility
  • Select “Camera settings/Remote shooting” on the main window
  • Once the capture window opens, click the camera icon
  • Click “Register User Defined style” under “Shooting menu”
  • Once the new page “Register Picture Style File” opens, select one of User Def. 1, 2 or 3 at the top of the new page
  • Click the open file icon
  • Select the CineStyle.pf2 file you’ve just downloaded
  • Click on OK

Congratulations, the Technicolor CineStyle Picture Style is now loaded in your camera! You should confirm that the Picture Style has been properly loaded by pressing the Picture Style selection button at the back of the camera and using the thumbwheel on top of the camera to scroll through the styles

3. Recommended Canon EOS camera settings with Technicolor:

Based on Technicolor’s usage and testing of its CineStyle Picture Style, we recommend the following camera settings to optimize the image quality of your Canon EOS camera:

  • Sharpness: 0
  • Contrast: -4
  • Saturation: -2
  • Color Tone: 0
  • ISO: a multiple of 160

4. Post-processing for Technicolor CineStyle:

Acquisition with Technicolor’s CineStyle will generate what appears to be a flat, de-saturated looking image. While this image may appear unappealing and undesirable, it is in fact an ideal starting point for post-production and color correction.

To properly color correct and/or view footage shot with Technicolor CineStyle we recommend utilizing a S-curve shaped look-up table (LUT) in your editing or color correction application. You may download such a LUT using the links provided.

If your editing or color correction application does not offer the ability to import and use LUTs, other controls like the ASC CDL, Lift/Gamma/Gain, or Offset/Power/Slope can be used to color correct the image.

Canon’s the big spender and splashed out a new firmware for their XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders. With this firmware the camcorders it’s more easy to setup a rig of two of these camcorders and keep them sync while capturing 3D HD Video.

3D Shooting Capability

Canon’s 3D Assist Function facilitates the setup of two XF305 or XF300 Professional Camcorders when used together to capture 3D HD video. The new firmware includes the ability to perform OIS Lens Shift to aid in optically aligning two XF305 or XF300 camcorders and a Focal Length Guide to display the zoom position of each camera in relation to each other and help calibrate zoom settings. This adjustment can be done through the menu system while the camcorders are mounted to a rig or tripod. Once aligned, the amount of the angle-of-view change is displayed after zoom adjustment, preventing camera misalignment and simplifying adjustment. This is similar to the 3D shooting functionality found in the Company’s XF105 and XF100 model professional camcorders.

Read more at canon.com

Canon announced an update of its E1 plugin for integration of EOS into Apple Final Cut Pro. Version 1.2 will be available on April 25. Canon says, that it will be even more easier now to import your EOS movies into Apple FCP.

Read more at canon.de. (German press release)

Today Canon announced the release of two new cinema lenses that are properly for 4K production standards.


“Both the Canon FK14.5-60 wide-angle cine zoom lens and the FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom lens are engineered to meet the most demanding overall imaging requirements of the latest large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras, and the creative requirements of the most discerning cinematographers, producers, and directors. Canon’s new wide-angle FK14.5-60 and telephoto FK30-300 PL-mount lenses will be on display at the 2011 NAB Show along with many other Canon HD lenses and advanced imaging products in booth # C-4325 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 11-14.

“The 2K and HD digital production formats are firmly established in the global marketplace today, while 4K resolution is poised to further propel the imaging quality of digital cine production. Anticipating this exciting evolution in digital acquisition guided Canon’s developments of a new optical platform in recent years to meet the current and future imaging needs of high-resolution camera sensors,” explained Larry Thorpe, national marketing executive, Broadcast and Communications division, Canon U.S.A. “Canon has extrapolated a new optical platform – first seen during NAB 2009 on a working prototype 8K lens – to bring to market these two new PL-mount lenses. Advanced glass materials, exotic new optical coatings, and new computer-design techniques were all employed to achieve significant overall optical performance in these two lenses.”

Read more at canon.com.

This commercial ad by Touchwood for the SH-80C cell phone was made with a Canon EOS 7D.

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