Here’s a great basic filmmaking video on how to establish some basic filmmaking principles to your movie making. Check it out, and please support Cinevate.
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Check this news out! The Canon 5D Mark II has a new price at B&H. From almost $2200 to now $2079. That’s a steal for one of the best all time DSLRs. I would grab one for B roll as well as photography gigs.
Documentary videos are my favorite types of videos. The reason I love them is because they tell a story, someone’s story. When we strip all of the material possessions in life, all we are left is with a story, and I want to tell people’s stories. I believe we all want to make a difference in life, whether it’s by helping others directly or indirectly. We all have passions, loves, and interests that move and motivate us.
Transit Media Radio is an internet radio station that prides themselves in playing music that comes from an alternative point of view. They play Christian music of all types, doesn’t matter what. Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, Reggaeton and much more. Transit Media Radio doesn’t just play music, they also talk about Faith and reach out to thousands of listeners each week.
Twolight Films hooked up with Transit Media Radio and created a piece of documentary video to get to know the guys behind the voice. Freddy and Javo are the friendly voices behind the radio. I wanted people to get to know them and get to know what they wish to accomplish with their radio station. Here’s what we created. I hope you enjoy.
Here’s a video on using a macro lens with a Canon 5D mkIII. I only used 1 LED light for these shots. It’s super easy to setup and you can move the light in any direction to get a different look. I will have a tutorial on creating macro videography soon, in the meanwhile, please check out this video. Thanks.
If you shoot outdoors and want to keep that shallow depth of field, a must to own is a Variable ND Filter. Some of these filters cost in excess of $200 so I would like to show you some alternatives. Yes, optics in the more expensive ones are far superior, but not by that much. There’s cool videos that show expensive vs cheapy solutions.
Poloroid makes a 77mm Variable ND Filter for $50 or so, check it out. With the Polaroid variable range ND filter , you can enjoy total control of virtually any lighting environment. Simply turn it’s exterior ring to access any of the 8 ND settings without wasting time changing or adding filters.
These filters reduce the amount of light passing through the camera lens without changing the color of the scene. They are especially useful in bright light conditions to help prevent overexposure. Neutral Density filters also allow proper exposure at a wider lens opening for reduced depth-of-field to highlight a key subject by making the foreground and/or background out of focus.
- Eliminates overly bright, washed-out images.
- Balances exposure.
- Controls depth-of-field.
- Allows slower shutter speeds to produce blurred motion effects.
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Here’s a great video showing how good or not so good the Canon 5D mkIII is compared to the Sony FS100 and Panasonic GH2. The Sony FS100 is outstanding in low light, we know that, the Panasonic is actually quite good in low light considering it only has a small micro 4/3rds chip.
by Andrew Reid
Philip Bloom does it again. He compared both the Nikon D800 and the Nikon D4 in low light, detail and close up. He also threw in the Canon 5D mkIII for comparison. Yes, the Nikon D800 has a bit more detail than the Canon 5D mkIII, but with the moire and aliasing from the Nikons, the Canon 5D mkIII is much better in that respect out of the box. It’s up to you, if you own a crap load of Nikon glass, then buy the Nikon, if you own a crap load of Canon glass, stick with the 5D mkIII. Both cameras are outstanding, and remember, the D800 can output clean HDMI onto an external recorder bumping the bitrate higher than in camera. Check out this great comparison video.
by Philip Bloom
Colored with Magic Bullet Colorista II
35mm look using R-Grain’s Ultra Fine Film Grain
Canon 16-35mm 2.8L
Canon 50mm 1.2L
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L II
We are not strangers in knowing that Canon DSLRs are being used on hi dollar Hollywood Blockbusters. The Avengers used Canon 5D mkII’s and Canon 7Ds to shoot different extra angles that other cinema cameras cannot capture. It still blows my mind that they are using these small compact DSLRs to film big budget movies. There are still people out there that hate these cameras and will do everything to keep them out of productions, but I think they are fighting a losing battle. These DSLRs are here to stay and nobody can say otherwise.
“On the set of “Marvel’s The Avengers,” McGarvey and his crew used five Canon 5D Mark II cameras and two 7D models. Using multiple cameras limited the need to re-shoot complex action scenes, and the affordability and compact size of the cameras enabled the crew to obtain ample coverage by strategically angling them from various vantage points throughout the set. “The cameras’ small size was a major advantage to us. We were able to place them in tight locations that were really close to the big stunts, which would be too risky to do with bigger cameras that would require an operator and two assistants,” McGarvey said. He was able to slide one of the Canon cameras into a sewer grating, while placing another under a pile of debris for a key shot of a car hurtling toward the lens, flipping through the air on fire.
“We are thrilled that the EOS 5D Mark II and 7D Digital SLR cameras were called to action on the set of ‘Marvel’s The Avengers.’ We designed these cameras with versatility and flexibility in mind, and their ability to record beautiful 1920 x 1080 HD video, coupled with their compact size, make them an ideal fit for filmmakers looking to capture tight action shots,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
Compact, lightweight, and compatible with Canon’s wide selection of EF Series lenses, the Canon 5D Mark II and EOS 7D digital SLR cameras are equipped with large Canon CMOS sensors and Canon DIGIC 4 image processors that enable them to record exceptional full 1920 x 1080 HD video at the user-selectable frame rate of 24p (23.976 fps), which is the standard for today’s high-end filmmaking. Additionally, the cameras’ low-light capabilities were of major importance on the set of “Marvel’s the Avengers,” as many of the film’s scenes were shot at night.”
I wanted to do something fun to test out my new Canon 5D mkIII’s low light capability. What can I say, awesome! This scene is lit only using my computer’s monitor, which acts as a nice 24 inch soft box. I used a Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 which is an older lens, but works great for manual focusing DSLRs.
You don’t need expensive L series glass for a project. Sometimes having a very sharp image detracts from what you want to show. These older Canon FD or AI Nikkor lens are great for video and they cost almost nothing compared to newer lenses.
Testing different lenses on the Canon 5D mkIII. No color correction or grading was performed. First sequence has no post sharpening, second sequence has post sharpening at 60%. I wanted to over exaggerate the sharpening to see how much noise would be added to the footage.
Keep in mind, it’s a simple and UN-scientific test, just seeing what these lenses I own would be capable of.
Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L Series
Canon 50mm f/1.4 FD
Nikkor AF 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED (FX) (TYPO in Video)
SIGMA NIKON 70-300mm F4-5.6 (Cheapy Lens)
This test has some pretty good lenses and not so pretty good lenses, that was the point to test which lens would stand it’s ground
I just recently bought my 5d mkIII with the 24-105mm lens kit at Campbell Cameras. Check them out, I’m sure they will be very happy if you bought from them.
I ordered my 5D mkIII with the 24-105mm kit lens which is an L series lens, not your average kit lens, so I’m really excited about starting to create some good stuff. I’ve been watching lots of footage from this camera and came across this one which I really liked. You’ll see that the 5D mkIII is pretty damn clean and sharp when used properly.
Great job Rod Guajardo
Check out this really cool short film about, well, I’m not sure what’s it really about, but it looks beautiful. All shot with the Canon 5D mkIII. It’a amazing what you can do with just 3 people these days. This is why I love filmmaking using new technology. We live in some really cool times where with just a few friends, a DSLR, some gear and a laptop, you can create images like these.
Make sure to watch the behind the scenes footage below.
Composed, Written, Edited, and Directed by Luke Neumann
Pete Dryden – Allan Hoffman
Marika Neumann – The Woman in Blue
Luke Neumann – Damien
Filmed on the Canon 5D Mark III
Nikkor Ai-s 50mm f 1.2 and 28mm f 2.8
Faithful Picture Style
24p All-I Codec
Fader ND Filter
5 in 1 Reflector Kit
Dynamic Perceptions Stage Zero Dolly
Juiced Link Box
Edited in Premiere Pro CS5.5
Music by Luke Neumann using:
Pro Tools 8
East West Samples
by Luke Neumann
Here’s a great short about an artist that has a dream and makes it a reality. Very cool concept, and love the slow motion shots.
Details on the shoot
“Shot on the Canon 5D mk3, Cameo is the story of what stirs in the mind of an artist. It’s the story of a man trying to create a picture, a piece of imagery trapped in his head that won’t easily surrender.”
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L
Canon 16-23mm f/2.8 L II
Canon 100mm f/2.8 L macro
Canon 24-105mm f/4.0 L
Pentax 50mm f/1.7
Cut with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5, Graded with Colorista, Compositing with After Effects CS5.5, Titles and particle sims Vfx with Autodesk Maya 2011
“DJ Ease My Mind” – Niki & The Dove (Jakwob Remix) – available to purchase on iTunes
by David Anthony Parkinso
This is a hilarious comparison video which I thought was brilliant! Definitely taking tests to another level, which I love. Check it out. The video clearly shows the 5D mkIII a hell of a lot better in low light and in ISO performance. The D800 looks to be a bit sharper, but with a post-sharpening effect, the 5D mkIII should be similar.
by Kevin Good
Check out this beautiful piece by David Babendreyer all shot on the 5D mkIII. I really love the beautiful colors and the serene quality to it. Flawless slow motion and no moire! People are complaining about sharpness like on EOSHD, but really? Do you really care to have so much resolution when you can achieve footage like this? Man o man, you need 3 different camera systems to have sharpness, high resolution, extremely shallow depth of field, etc. This camera doesn’t exist, or if it does, it cost more than $3500. With the full frame sensor, you can’t achieve the look of the Canon 5D!
Details about the video
A Shortfilm i shot with the new Canon 5D Mark III last weekend, there was nothing more than the three of us that morning. It was a total free shooting, all Images accured when i saw them.
I tried to capture the relation between these 2 friends as nearby as i could without beeing cheesy.
It Was a great experience finally using the 5d mark 3 after shooting 2 1/2 Years with the mark 2.
Really got some features i was waiting for, more will be on my Blog soon. dbabendreyer.tumblr.com/
Actor: Damian Rojkowski (Avzán) & Diana
Music: Tony Anderson ” Hold On”
Gear: Canon 5d mk 3, Zacuto rig, Redrock, Zeiss 21mm,50mm,85mm, canon 70-200,monopod.
by david babendreyer
Check out this really outstanding footage from the Canon 5D mkIII. James Miller, removed the low pass filter from the 5D3 and resulted in crazy new resolution increase. Obviously this removes the warranty from your camera, but this could result in increase resolution which everyone would love to have. Basically, it’s like modding your car’s engine to get more horsepower.