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Using Stills to create Matte Painting Effects in your footage

How to use stills to create simple matte painting effects for your DSLR footage

This is another great video tutorial for people using HDSLR cameras for filmmaking purposes.

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Taking stills before rolling your DSLR can save you a lot of time during post production when working with shots plagued with aliasing, moire and other unwanted issues.

This tutorial demonstrates how to save a poorly lit night scene using a long exposure still with a Canon 5D.

NOTE: Other more complex examples of this technique can be seen at the end of this video.

Software used:

After Effects
– Cineform FirstLight

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February 16, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tutorial 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion

Canon DSLR Footage 10-Bit Colorspace Up-conversion Tutorial

Credits: Robino Films

Quoted text from the video description:

Learn how to prepare your Canon DSLR footage for editing and color correction by up-converting 8-Bit compressed colorspace clips to true 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4.


This tutorial demonstrates the cleaning of one clip from beginning to end. When working on a long form project, edit your film and then work on your final clips at the end. You can use FirstLight to apply film curves while editing since it’s real time and non destructive to give feel to your shots.

…and backup your original files!

Software used:

– Cineform NeoHD
– HDlink
– FirstLight
– Neat Video plugin
After Effects

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February 14, 2011 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, CANON, Tutorials | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HDR Video with 5DMk2


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This is a fascinating demonstration of the results that can be achieved with a proper setup and workflow to get HDR (High Dynamic Range) video with two Canon 5D Mark II. Although it could also be done using any DSLR with Full HD or HD Movie/Video capabilities like these ones.

Some words from the authors:

This video highlights several clips we’ve made using our new High Dynamic Range (HDR) process. Video is captured on two Canon 5D mark II DSLRs, each capturing the exact same subject via a beam splitter. The cameras are configured so that they record different exposure values, e.g., one camera is overexposed, the other underexposed. After the footage has been recorded, we use a variety of HDR processing tools to combine the video from the two cameras, yielding the clips you see above.

HDR Video provides filmmakers with many exciting new opportunities. Not only can HDR video create interesting effects, it can also allow for even exposure where artificial lighting is unavailable or impractical. For example, when a subject is backlit, one camera could be set to properly expose the subject, the other the sky, resulting in video with perfect exposure throughout.

We will continue to develop and improve the HDR video process for better results and efficiency. For more information, check out our website sovietmontage.com.


Full credits to: Soviet Montage


There are lot of people experimenting, testing and developing new techniques with these amazing HDSLR cameras. We’ll closely keep watching their works and reporting to the community.


September 11, 2010 Posted by | Articles & Tech Info, Shot w/ HDSLR | , , , , , | Leave a comment


Edit: Please also check next post  Canon: What is going on? (2)

In the light of the 7D having the features we all (owners of 5D Mark II) want and NEED,  we will say this very clear this time:

1- Canon DID have a Firmware with “full manual control” for the 5D Mark II since many months before their release on June 2009. Actually, the firmware was created around end 2008. So the statement about “big engineering efforts” to bring full manual control to customers due “popular demand” is NOT true, is a farce.

The only truth is that they already had it, and the demand was HUGE. So they decided to give it to customers (after improving the unofficial firmware a bit, to give more accuracy on settings and ease of use)

2- Canon ALREADY has 24/25p firmware for 5D Mark II, it was tested in many productions since months ago.
It seemed it needed to be improved though.

1 & 2 are something that some few more people do know for a fact.


– Are you still “listening to customers”?
What about all the cinematography/videography market that invested in 5D Mark II and Full Frame expensive lenses?

What about the so long requested 24/25p and some other (very possible) improvements?
And the HIGHLY needed 29.97 instead of the current non-standard 30.00?

– Even more, what about a 720p option, that could help so many customers/professionals a lot in many jobs, which would also extend the current recording time limit (which is in fact a 4GB file size limit)?

– Are you going to offer 24/25/30 at Full HD (1080p) and HD (720p), and even 60fps at VGA (640×480) in a $1,000 cheaper, cropped sensor camera and forget everything you achieved in the market with the 5D Mark II and all your customers?

– Or are you going to put more efforts and improve the 5D Mark II Firmware too ?

The full manual control was publicly released due the HUGE demand and popularity, it was a convenient move in business terms.
If we all (community around the world) hadn’t requested it by every possible way, it could have probably been never released (officially, cause it was already “there”).

– Canon should take care of customers loyalty, even for a matter of business.
So many responses given by tech support when asking about manual control were kind of joke, completely unprofessional, like some statements in the original 5D Mark II White Paper (removed from 5D MK II webpage after a while)

– If Canon does not improve 5D Mark II, we are getting used to be treated VERY unprofessionally, with silence as answers to our questions/request, or with responses that say nothing but “we can not tell anything about what Canon is or is not going to…”

– Customers of a professional camera and professional line of lenses, investing thousands of dollars in Canon equipment deserve respect, good customer service, attention, and clear answers to their inquiries and requests.

We are not talking about a $200 camera, but a $2,700 body-only camera…

– Magic Lantern Project team has proven to be more efficient and creative in few months, than Canon with all their resources in a much longer period of time.


We are tired of being a kind of toys in the business topic.
In the facts, customers are EVERYTHING for a company. Without customers’ purchases and loyalty, the company will not survive.

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Campaigns, EOS 5D Mk II, Special Info | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Petition to Canon Inc.

Note: For updates please check later posts and the home page.
Last edited: May 29, 2009


Good news: After many (MANY) months Canon will release a firmware with “Full Manual Control” in video mode.

The firmware should be available for download in June 2nd:

– We want to THANK everyone that contributed in every possible way in this campaign.

There were thousands of people giving their little or big help to achieve this.

And also thank Canon for this action. They will certainly keep lot of customers, and sales.

There are still LOT of improvements that can be made to this great camera (also for “still” mode).

And obviously the question if Canon will give 24p and 25p in this or future firmware updates/upgrades.

So if you want, KEEP ON SIGNING and REQUESTING by EVERY possible way. There are still hopes that Canon add those functions too.

About the Petition:

There is an International Petition to Canon Inc. suggesting and requesting some improvements (especially Full Manual Control in video mode, but also other functions) to the camera EOS 5D Mark II that can be implemented via Firmware Update.

Some of those improvements are essential to allow professional use of the camera for videography tasks.

Check it: www.petitiononline.com/5dmark2/petition.html

It only takes 1 minute to sign it, and you have nothing to loose.

The Petition, although is not perfect, is the effort of a group of Photographers and Videographers AROUND THE WORLD for the benefit of all users of this great camera.

If you find that one or more requests would improve the experience with your camera, please sign it.

It is important to fill, if possible, the “Company Name/Freelancer” and “Country” fields, although that information is optional, but it gives more relevance to the petition.

This camera has a huge potential inside that wasn’t still delivered to the customers. That is why we are requesting a Firmware Update that will not requiere any hardware change to the camera, nor big cost to Canon.

If you can, please help to share and spread this information for the benefit of all customers.

Thank you very much in advanc.


See New Section about the Magic Lantern Project

–  HACK in Progress #3 : Zebra Stripes

– HACK in Progress #2 : Onscreen Audio Meter

– HACK in Progress #1 : AGL Disabled Firmware


– DigitalVideo
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update In Works

– Planet5D
Confirmation of Firmware patches coming?
There was an interview done with Tim Smith from Canon at the NAB conference last week. In the video, Tim makes several interesting points. Here are a few things Tim mentions (see the video):

. The Canon 5D mk II was made for AP and Reuters as cameras for the reporters to be able to shoot photos as well as video.
. The video is so compelling, the 5D2 is ‘getting dragged’ over into film and television production (this seems to have been a surprise to Canon)
. There were lots of accessories that instantly sprang up 5D Mk II is in heavy back order – demand is huge
. Canon has heard about the 24fps request – “yes we are working on that”… “we are seeing what we can do to this camera and obviously, in future product as well.”

– Digital Cinema Society
VIDEO Interview with Tim Smith from Canon at NAB 2009
Direct link to video:

High Definition magazine
Canon 5D MkII DSLR Owners Sign Petition For More Control

Sign the PETITION to GET MANUAL CONTROLS on Canon 5D Mark 2

– ProLost
NIKON Speaks Up about Manual Control

– FreshDV
NAB 2009 Video – Canon DSLRs and Panasonic 3D
Comment here.

– DailyConnect
“Canon exhibits a range of broadcast lens solutions at the 2009 NAB Show”
“In the Canon booth, #C4325, the Company will be exhibiting its portfolio of HD lenses, Free Space Optics, robotic pan-tilt cameras, professional camcorder equipment as well as the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera.” Article and Comment here.

Q&A: Canon helps usher in the video SLR era
Interview with Chuck Westfall, technical adviser for Canon’s professional products marketing division.
Comment here.

– Photography Bay
Zacuto Gunstock Mount for DSLR Video
Comment here.

Fix my 5D Mark II
Post:Keep On Signing Petition


Comments telling the Difficulties and Workarounds needed to use 5D Mark II for serious video tasks

FEATURE FILM SHOT ON 5D Mark II: “Searching for Sonny”

Searching for Sonny April 15, 2009:
NEW WEBSITE AND 3 NEW TRAILERS from “Searching for Sonny”

“So, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. We never expected to get this kind of coverage on the internet. 127 Countries Over 100,000 Hits Names upon names on our petition Interviews from Gizmodo, Filmmaker Magazine, and Popular Photography

Here’s a link to our new website SearchingForSonny.com

Here’s three new trailers.

March 31, 2009:
OUR CANON 5D MARK 2 Method on Searching for Sonny

“(…) the (Canon) lens was fully automatic in LIVE MODE. This is a huge problem with many 5dm2 video users. If you can’t control the aperture, then you can’t control depth of field. The big thing everyone is looking for is that softness in the foreground and the background. That has always been the big differential between video and cinema. A few years back, 35mm adapters came out and changed everything. Finally an indie filmmaker could get that depth of field and use nice 35mm glass. So the big workaround with this problem is to use nikon lenses on the canon camera via a nikon adapeter.”

“The next big workaround was the light sensitivity. For every shot, you want the the lowest ligh sensitivity so you’ll have the least amount of graininess and noise. The problem with shooting with the Canon 5d is that this is also automatic. The camera choices for you.”

“(…) But i think all these methods and workarounds with the camera will be obsolete pretty soon. The Panasonic GH1 should hopefully fix it all… I think that’s what we’ll shoot the feature on.”


GIZMODO.COM “Before doing so, however, Disney and his crew had to figure out how to workaround a few of the 5D Mark II’s most annoying limitations for filmmakers: no manual control over exposure settings during capture, and a lack of an efficient focusing system while shooting.

“Very fascinating stuff… you’ve got to admit it looks mighty fine”

ENGADGET.COM “Not only did we see the first official presidential portrait shot with a DSLR this year, but we’re also seeing the first feature film to be entirely shot on one as well. Searching For Sonny has grabbed the rights to that latter claim.” WIRED.COM “If you had told me it had been shot on film, I would have believed you.”

“(…) The posts go into full production details, too, and the director (named, appropriately enough, Andrew Disney) comments about the amazing image quality you get from the Canon:

“The blacks are deeper, truer, fuller, than most any other camera I’ve shot on.”

So is the 5DMkII the best video camera out there for indie filmmakers? Nope. Andrew is already looking at the next one: “

“But I think all these methods and workarounds with the camera will be obsolete pretty soon. The Panasonic GH1 should hopefully fix it all… I think that’s what we’ll shoot the feature on.”

Last edited: May 29, 2009

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Campaigns, CANON, EOS 5D Mk II, News & Info, Tech Ideas | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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