Canon 5D update

So apparently Canon has released it’s 3rd version of the outstanding Canon 5D line. The 5D Mark III on sale at B&H. Looking at the specs I’d say this presents nice improvements for documentary videographers like myself so maybe I’ll pick one up when they come down in price a bit. That being said I actually haven’t had a problem working around the few limitations the Mark II presents, but this update does look pretty sweet.

Press Release from Canon USA:

Canon U.S.A. Announces The Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Featuring Improved Image Quality, a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Six fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting and Enhanced HD Video Recording Features

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – EOS 5D Mark III Video: The Legacy Continues

The EOS 5D Mark II blazed the trail for EOS cameras and Canon to enter the professional video and cinema markets, paving the way for Canon’s recent introduction of the Cinema EOS system of cameras and lenses. Now, the EOS 5D Mark III continues Canon’s commitment to these new markets with new and requested features from cinematographers, television production professionals and independent filmmakers. This new model captures 1080p Full HD video at 24p (23.976), 25p, and 30p (29.97) fps; 720p HD recording at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps; and SD recording at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps, giving cinematographers and videographers more flexibility and options for video capture.

The EOS 5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.

The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor have enhanced the camera’s image processing performance over the 5D Mark II, significantly reducing moiré and color artifacts in scenes with horizontal lines.  The video footage produced will exhibit less moiré than seen in previous DSLR models, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. Accommodating documentary filmmakers, and event videographers using EOS DSLR cameras, the 5D Mark III includes the ability to record video continuously up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files.  Long-form filmmakers will enjoy the camera’s automatic file splitting in combination with the extended memory capacity offered by dual card slots.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III also includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input. Notably, the EOS 5D Mark III is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature a built-in headphone jack for real-time audio monitoring during video capture.


Alex & Whitney :: An Indianapolis Wedding Film

And the award for best romantic kiss in a Wedding Feature Film goes to a beautiful couple who really lit up the screen! Well, I may be watching too many awards shows lately but in all seriousness Alex and Whitney did have a lot of fun and shared some awesome romantic moments in front of the cameras with us. My wife Julie and videographer Zarah were present to film the day which worked out very well as Whitney and Julie knew each other from college. Their fall day was awesome, full of color and light which made for beautiful imagery. Watching their movie really made me think of vintage 16mm film and the classic movies era so we also incorporated film filters for even more flavor which worked out nicely.
The wedding ceremony was at the Broadway United Methodist Church and the reception at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Check out their wedding film trailer! Thank you Alex and Whitney for letting us be apart of your day!

Key Vendors:

Cinematography Vibe Video Productions Photography Mandy Leondards Photography Event Venue Indiana State Museum Catering Katie Putnam/Centerplate Entertainment Darren Vincent/Encore Entertainment