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#1 Henry Gelhart

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:12 AM

So... If you want to make a movie, you usually use HD,35mm,16mm cams.
Those guys here used a Canon EOS 5D Mark II Still Photograph camera!

I wanted to buy a 5D to take a couple of photos, I guess now I will have to shot
clips with it!

http://www.youtube.c...re=channel_page

enjoy the movie! It is really awesome! :)

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#2 Michael Fuchs

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 12:00 PM

And here is the 5D on my Pro 1--which was really ridiculous to look at. Richard Patterson, a newbie in the NY area, had the pleasure of operating that day. The footage of the steadicam stuff is real brief--but if ur bored check it out!

http://blog.vincentl...tage-steadicam/
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#3 Michael Fuchs

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Posted 12 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

Here is the latest release from Vincent using the Mark II and the Red. He also has a bit in the Feb. AC magazine. I'm still film all the way 110%, but the technology is getting pretty scary good.

http://vincentlafore...047_95AKN/Large
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#4 Henry Gelhart

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 01:49 PM

Here is the latest release from Vincent using the Mark II and the Red. He also has a bit in the Feb. AC magazine. I'm still film all the way 110%, but the technology is getting pretty scary good.

http://vincentlafore...047_95AKN/Large



Now that's funny! Filming with it is one thing, but to put it on a Steadicam! hehe!
But what about the weight of the camera? Our PRO Arm can carry everything up from 13 pounds. But the Canon is much lighter.
How did you handle that?

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#5 Michael Fuchs

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:16 PM

Hi Henry,

The biggest help in the adding weight department happened to be a gyro that Vincent had--and we just added that to the back of the rig as a dead weight. You can see it briefly in the vid I think. The Redrock bracketry/matte box also helped as well. It flew nicely---but give me a film camera any day of the week. Please.

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#6 Henry Gelhart

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 07:23 AM

Hi Mike,
oh I see. It is a pretty good idea with the gyro, although I am not a big fan of gyros...
But I have to say, it is a funny idea with the Canon. (I guess I have to try it! )

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#7 Sam Morgan Moore

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 04:14 PM

Hi Henry,

The biggest help in the adding weight department happened to be a gyro that Vincent had--and we just added that to the back of the rig as a dead weight. You can see it briefly in the vid I think. The Redrock bracketry/matte box also helped as well. It flew nicely---but give me a film camera any day of the week. Please.

-Mike


Was the Giro on ??

Was there a focus solution ??

(newb learning on 5d)

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#8 Michael Fuchs

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Posted 17 February 2009 - 01:03 PM

Hi Sam,

No, the gyro was off and just used as additional weight--it happened to be sitting there and was easier to throw on than my weight plates from the practice cage. We used the rods from the Redrock setup and just put the focus motor on one of the rods (I think you can make it out in the vid).

Vincent had one of those rings with .8 sized teeth to put over the actual focus ring on the little zoom lens--i forget what those ring adapters are technically called. The Bartech (remote focus) worked fine with that setup. Hope that answers your questions.
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Posted 18 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

Hi Sam,

No, the gyro was off and just used as additional weight--it happened to be sitting there and was easier to throw on than my weight plates from the practice cage. We used the rods from the Redrock setup and just put the focus motor on one of the rods (I think you can make it out in the vid).

Vincent had one of those rings with .8 sized teeth to put over the actual focus ring on the little zoom lens--i forget what those ring adapters are technically called. The Bartech (remote focus) worked fine with that setup. Hope that answers your questions.


So that was basically Bartech -> Redrock somhow mashed together

Monitor - did you have and do you know about that..

thanks for info

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#10 Shawn Sutherland

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:25 PM

Impressive, but the 12 minute restriction is a pain.

How could the video capture recording time be extended

Any ideas?

Shawn

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#11 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:51 PM

Impressive, but the 12 minute restriction is a pain.

How could the video capture recording time be extended



Why would you need more than 12mins?

and that restriction, it's due to heat buildup on the chip
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#12 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 08:55 PM

"Impressive, but the 12 minute restriction is a pain."

Hummm..... how did we ever survive the last hundred years of filmmaking....??????
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#13 Shawn Sutherland

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 09:21 PM

After working in video back in the 80's and 90's, I got used to longer recording times.

Can't say I know much about film.

I know even less about this camera.

So on a shoot, I imagine this chip would be replaced for every 12 minutes of footage.

OK, fair enough.

Can the footage be transfered from the chip to a larger storage medium?

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#14 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 10:26 PM

Impressive, but the 12 minute restriction is a pain.

How could the video capture recording time be extended

Any ideas?

Shawn

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I think you're misunderstanding this limitation. All CF cards are limited to a 4 gig individual filesize limit. This is due to the FAT file system, which is a requirement needed to allow the cards to be read universally on most operating systems. Then, combine that with the fact that Canon recommends a maximum 12 minutes CONTINUOUS recording times... So, that number is per clip. You can put more than 12 minutes of video on a card. Just record more clips. What are the chances you'd shoot for 12 minutes continuously? Highly unlikely. Basically, the amount of video you can store on one card is simply limited to the size of your flash card. The camera supports flash card transfer rates that are simply phenomenal. As a still camera, it is probably the best SLR to come on the market for the money, Maybe ever. On the down side, this is in no way a replacement for a video camera, in my opinion. It's incredibly awkward to shoot video with, and fast motion is not its friend. There's better stuff on the horizon...
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#15 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:16 PM

Got to agree with Sydney here. That camera was developed for wedding photographers according to Canon. I understand you can't turn off the auto iris function in video mode. Kinda sucks when panning through different lighting conditions. There couldn't be a worse way to operate hand held then having to hold the camera out in front of you to get a look at the fixed LCD screen. As a still camera it's great but not a replacement for a video camera. And I'm sorry but what is so "awesome" about Reverie. Just a bunch of unrelated shots, some badly lit, just strung together.
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