Steve, Jens and Scott of Zacuto USA walk you through how to use your DSLR camera for digital cinematography. See what equipment you need to get great tripod and handheld shots using the new Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D90 for HD video cinematography. Learn how to handle audio using a DSLR with boom and wireless mics; see these new 35mm depth of field cameras that are going to revolutionize the independent filmmaking industry everyone is talking about.
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This video is a sequence of short clips that were captured using a Canon 5D Mark II to test the HD video abilities of the camera. The videos from the Canon 5D Mark II were H.264 with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps with a data rate of approximately 40 mbps. The clips were converted in Apple Compressor to 24 fps Apple ProRes 422 at 180 mbps. The ProRes 422 clips were edited in Final Cut and the resulting video was saved as a 24 fps ProRes 422 file. The video was then converted in Apple Compressor to an H.264 video with AAC audio resized to 1280 x 720 for upload to Vimeo.
The original clips were converted to ProRes 422 for editing in Final Cut because Final Cut had problems with playing the original Canon H.264 clips when placed in a sequence. After converting the clips to ProRes 422 editing in Final Cut was not a problem.
The final edited ProRes 422 was burned to a Blu-Ray disk using Roxio Toast 9 for Mac OS X on an external Lacie Blu-Ray drive. The video on the Blu-Ray was 1080/24p, H.264 at 8 mbps (16 mbps max). A BD-R and a BD-RE (both single layer) were burned. Playback of both discs worked great on a SONY PS3, a Dell XPS 1530 laptop with a Blu-Ray drive, and a deck (unknown model) that was being used by a local theater.
The video clips were shot on the campus of the University of Missouri, in downtown Columbia, MO and at the Shelter Insurance Gardens in Columbia, MO.