Canon 550D test shoot with the help of my daughter Gracie.
Filmed in 1080 at 25fps and using a standard efs 18-55mm lens.
Edited with Premiere CS3 and Magic Bullet, nothing else.
After the good feedback for my article about the Magic Lantern Firmware for the Canon 550D / Rebel T2i i did the video about the rack focus feature once again.
The 550D was equipped with the 50 mm f1.8 which has not the best AF, but it works fine with the rack focus. I found many request for such a tutorial, so i hope this clip helps you out.
A written step by step instruction by Steve from die ML Group here on vimeo (thanks for that):
1.Set [Focus dir:] to NEAR
2.Scroll down to [Focus A:] press Set to reset [Focus A:] to 0 (zero)
3.Exit ML menu > focus on the nearst object of interest the normal way by pressing
camera shutter half way down
4.Bring up ML menu again > scroll to [Focus dir:] > set to FAR
5.Exit ML menu again > press the zoom button (top right corner of Camera) and use
up-down-left-right arrow buttons to find farest object of interest
6.Bring up ML menu again > press * button (next to zoom button) to step focus
7.Scroll to [Rack Focus] press record then press Rack Focus
My big thanks goes also to Alex from the ML Team. He asked to put this clip to vimeo. So here it is.
If you have further question just write me a message here on vimeo or via the contact form on my site.
Magic Lantern Links:
My article about my experiences with the ML on my Canon 550d:
Rider: George Shephard
Camera: Canon 550D w/ Magic Lantern
Location: Samphire Hoe, Dover, Kent, UK
Software: Adobe After Effects
Grading: Alex Freimanis
Music: All India Radio - Intrigue
Lenses: Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Hanimex 28mm f/2.8
For those asking about frame rates, the footage is shot at 1280x720 at 60p at a high shutter speed for better Twixtor performance as it has more frames to work with. Overall video is rendered at 1280x720 at 30p.
Filmed and edited by Steve Shilson facebook.com/straylightfilm
Shot with: Canon 7d - 720p, 60fps
Edited with: Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 + Twixtor plug-in
I wanted to test out the Twixtor plug-in for Premiere so I shot this test footage in my backyard to try it out. I've read a lot about the quirks of this plug-in from other people on vimeo and various web-sites, and decided to test it in tricky detailed situations as well to see where it would and wouldn't hold up. I know there are things that aren't perfect with the use of twixtor in this video for those of you that are looking for artifacts and such, but I was pleasantly surprised with the leaf footage which was shot assuming that twixtor would slaughter the footage. Some of it was unusable, but I had better luck than I had anticipated. As you've all probably heard before, the less detail the better. (I should have maybe thought about that before wearing that winter coat of crazy colours) haha
*everything was shot with shutter speeds between 1/1000 & 1/2000 and slowed down to either 3% or 5%*
Through a bit of trial and error, the workflow that I got the best results out of consisted of the following:
- import 720p 60fps footage into a 720p 60fps sequence
- make another sequence with the same settings
- nest the first sequence into the second sequence
- add the twixtor plug-in to the nested footage
- slow down to whichever speeds you like, check 'smart blend'
- render it out and see if twixtor has made magic with your footage
I'm going to be doing some more twixtor tests with other footage I have shot over the past week, so I'm sure I'll be learning more. If anybody has any questions, feel free to ask.
**video is for non-profit purposes and absolutely no copyright infringement is intended with use of the song 'On The Wing' by Owl City'