Hosted by Marco Solorio of OneRiver Media, this video compares the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III in several tests. This includes dynamic range, sharpness, pushing levels, banding, artifacts, rolling shutter, chromakeying, wide/telephoto lengths, DOF (depth of field), low light, macro blocking, contrast, and more.
Check out our follow-up video to this one:
"Comparing the Cinema Camera: Part 2, The Impact of 12-bit RAW" vimeo.com/52269416
After several DAYS of trying to upload this video to Vimeo, we've ultimately had to reduce the bit-rate compression down to 18mbps (Vimeo recommends 5mbps, ha!), which is down from our minimum quality level of 40mbps. This means the SOURCE file you can download will also inhibit some amount of compression blocking and smearing, even in the Cinema Camera footage, which doesn't originally exist in our ProRes master file. We've tried EVERYTHING, multiple types of uploads, different encoding methods, you name it.
Although the downloadable source file is a little better than the streaming version, it still doesn't compare to the original ProRes source file which imposes no banding, compression artifacts, or chrominance sub-sampling (down from 4:4:4 to H.264's 4:2:0 space). Please keep this in mind when viewing.
Unfortunately Vimeo only allows 100 downloads per day, so check back to download the 2GB file if the queue is filled. And remember to always watch in FULL 1080 HD or you will have added scaling and moiré issues on some of the tests than what is already been added by Vimeo and our horrid bit-rate restrictions.
Thanks for watching. Hope this is as informative for you as it was for me making it.
Since the brilliant people at Magic lantern released the Raw Video option late May I have been testing it by downloading different and newer builds all the time.
RAW video is a Hugh deal: amazing detail and 14 bit recording that allows for exposure latitude that was only possible with Raw still images before.
instead of shooting heavily compresses H264’s we are now able to capture 24 RAW still pictures a second and hoping for 4K capture down the line.
…Can't belive I almost sold my 5D MK-3..
I wish I had more time to test but I’m really busy shooting for a living, so from the little time I spent testing: here are some short samples:
5D MK 3 with Magic lantern (most shot at 1920x1080)
100-400mm X5 ML push for the moon