A month ago I decided to put this piece on the ideal way to set up your Canon 5D MKII for video. I had an inclination that the release of the 5D MKIII was imminent - but these settings and principles behind them (although the menus will change) will more than likely apply just as well to that camera. These settings also apply to all Canon HDSLRs as well. I make sure to set up all of my cameras to the exact same picture profile and settings at the start of any shoot (and to ensure that the color temperature settings and exposure setting are identical as well) during multi-cam shoots.
The 5D MKII came out nearly 4 years ago - but this is still one of the single most common questions I get to this day as new people are continually entering the HDSLR world. I also find that many professionals aren't aware of many of these settings themselves and I thought: "Better late than never." So here are the settings that I have used with the Canon 5D MKII - and a comparison between the standard picture profile, the profile I recommend, and the Technicolor profile with some examples on grading. (INFO on where to download the Technicolor profile - instructions on how to install from Technicolor and LUT buddy.)
we are one week closer to the launch of SMAPP and as our update of the week we wanted to share a tutorial on interview lighting.
there are so many different ways you can light an interview and while story is always important, interviews more than anything else often come with the constraints of time, space, and gear. traveling for A Game of Honor we had to be able to light an interview with whatever we could fit into one 70lb suitcase (which inspired a whole separate tutorial on what's in that suitcase). if you've done your share of interviews, you'll be all too familiar with showing up and having a room that would be a tight fit just to hold all of your gear, let alone setup and interview in it. with almost every interview we feel like we could use one more stinger, one more light, an extra five minutes to tweak the setup, or an extra 5' feet to reposition the talent and camera. however, through working within these constraints we can learn to do much more with much less. half the tricks we know about lighting have all come from having to figure something out while on set, and having to do so quickly. the more we understand light, how it works and how we can work with it, the more we can make the most of whatever time, gear, and space we might find ourselves in.
we hope you enjoy our first lighting tutorial on basic interview lighting. our next lighting tutorial we will be sharing shortly will show how we light the same scene three different ways to create different moods.
We've been wanting to make this one for quite some time. How affordably could we light an interview that is good enough to go on primetime? It can be easy to get lost in all of the toys and tools and forget the basics. When you really understand how your choices add to story, you can often do so so much with so little. Here we share how to light an interview with just $26 including where to get each item and how we setup the lights.
This tutorial is a special one we created to celebrate our launch of SMAPP as 100% free from top to bottom. We've had such tremendous support from our community that we wanted to give back and open up everything in SMAPP. SMAPP is a filmmaking app to help you always push your story forward. Check it out on the Apple App store or at getsmapp.com.