There's a lot of thinking and work going on these days about video with the 5D mk ii. One of the issues we've reported on here is the difficulty some are having syncing sound recorded on other media with the 5D mk ii video. Chuck Westfall covered what he thought were some good ideas on this, but following up with the comments in his post, we're seeing that the folks over at Cineform (makers of Neo Scene) are suggesting that the issue isn't that the camera is recording at 30fps… well, let me just quote the post:
“I've actually read that the guys over at Cineform actually think the 5D2 records video at 29.97 but incorrectly states true 30.00 in the header of the file. If true, the audio sync problems are actually due to our NLE's relying on the incorrect header information”
Another user reports: “The 5Dmk2 only flags the files as 30p. It shoots at 29.97p. If you bring the files into cinema tools and reconform to 29.97 (no render needed since this is only a change to the meta data) and then drop the files into your FCP timeline, you will find out that the 5Dmk2 shots sync up just fine. I have confirmed this with my HPX500.”
So maybe Canon needs to fix this in firmware?
It is also being discussed on this DPReview thread
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