Posts Tagged ‘C300’

Canon boosts Cinema EOS lineup with EOS C300 Mark II, XC10 & XF-AVC

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Canon today launched the EOS C300 Mark II and XC10 digital cameras and announced the development of XF-AVC, a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. Prices TBA.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II (EF mount) digital cinema camera (right) will be available from September 2015, while the XC10 4K video camcorder (left) will be available in mid-June.

The Canon EOS C300 Mark II (EF mount) digital cinema camera (right) will be available from September 2015, while the XC10 4K video camcorder (left) will be available in mid-June.

Both digital cinema cameras are capable of capturing 4K video and support Canon’s new XF-AVC video format, which allows for data compression without sacrificing image quality.

​The EOS C300 Mark II incorporates a Canon-developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor and the Company’s latest imaging platform, Dual DIGIC DV 5, which promises exceptional processing power.

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Seminar: Canon Cinema EOS System in TV Production by Alexander Buono from Saturday Night Live

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Thanks to Canon’s invitation, I got to attend this interesting talk by the Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live Film Unit.

Alexander Buono shared his insights and experiences from his tight weekly schedule and workflow for shooting the longest running series in American TV.

* All photos taken with a handheld smartphone.

Alexander Buono from Saturday Night Live on TV production using Canon Cinema EOS.

Alexander Buono from Saturday Night Live on TV production using Canon Cinema EOS.

At the Lido Cineplex in Singapore, Buono gave some very down to earth and pragmatic tips and shared the setups and settings that he uses with his Canon equipment.

One of Alex Bruno's setups.

One of Alex Bruno’s setups.

Buono related how he began shooting for the popular Saturday Night Live (SNL) program in 1999 using film.

In 2009, he began using the Canon EOS 5D Mk II, before including the EOS 7D and Cinema EOS C300 in his digital video inventory.

Some interesting nuggets from his presentation and Q&A below.

To better understand and play with what the settings on the Canon EOS C300, check out the C300 Menu Simulator which emulates the menu system on the camera.

Alex Buono's rig

Alex Buono’s rig

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The Hobbit was shot in 5k 3D video at 48fps, while James Cameron’s next installment of Avatar is being shot in 5k 3D video at 60fps.

These will likely look hyper-realistic, departing from the more surrealistic feel of film.

Buono recommends shooting at 24fps for the film look, even though videos for TV are typically shot at 30fps.

Another of Buono's setups

Another of Buono’s setups

Buono recommends keeping the shutter speed constant throughout a shoot. A good setting would be the reciprocal of twice the frame rate for the shoot.

So for a video shot at 24fps, a good shutter speed to use would be 1/48 second.

Overall, it was an interesting session for the attendees who packed Hall 5 of the cinema in which the workshop was held.

Alex Buono attended the School of Cinematic Arts under the University of Southern California, majoring in film production and still photography.

Alex Buono, Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live Film Unit.

Alex Buono, Director of Photography for Saturday Night Live Film Unit.

He spent his early post-college years as camera crew for studio films including Twister, Conspiracy Theory and Armageddon, learning from top ASC cinematographers and personal mentors like Don Burgess and John Schwartzman.

He soon became Director of Photography of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit.