HOT HOT! Microsoft Lincoln Test Spot video

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UPDATE: I did get a reply from Marty who said this about the video:
“Everything but the concert footage was shot on the Canon 5D Mark II. The concert footage was shot on a Canon XL2 and upres'd to 1080p. All Canon 5D footage was converted to 24P.

This is just a test. We also have 2 others we haven't posted yet.


Just ran into this hot video! A test spot for Microsoft Lincoln! You gotta download the full size video on the vimeo site (must be a member and it is free)

Lincoln Technology – Spot Test – Canon 5D Mark II from Marty Martin on Vimeo.

Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II. I don't know much in the way of details since there isn't much description on the vimeo post. I have written an email to Marty Martin to see if I can get more information. If he replies, i'll post the answers.

It seems that Marty Martin posted something earlier (well – 3 months ago) on Vimeo where he was testing the 5D mk ii (read comments below video).

Canon 5D Mark II Test Footage – Marty Martin from Marty Martin on Vimeo.

*Sorry, VIMEO stretched this video vertically. It's actually 16:9 with 2:35 black bars.


Spent the past day shooting some sample footage of the new Canon in Manhattan. The camera was mounted on a set of rails with follow focus and shoulder mount, but is just raw and handheld in style. I also converted the footage from 30p to 24p.

I must say, the results are very mixed. The image clarity and crispness is amazingly gorgeous. The camera's ability to film low light conditions is equally as great. But that's where the pluses stop.

There is a lot of talk that this camera could replace current HDV cameras, and maybe even substitute higher end 1080p video cameras. But the Canon 5D Mark II has several huge flaws that will keep professional cinematographers from using it. First off, the BIGGY… ROLLING SHUTTER. The Nikon D90 was a major disappointment because if this, and the new Canon only fairs slightly better. There's no away around it, but you can vastly reduce the chances of it being visible by mounting the camera onto a tripod, steadicam or shoulder rig. But if you're like most people, you wanted this because you could just carry it around and shoot video whenever you wanted to. Well, then you need to prepare yourself for some obvious shakiness from your hands and the rolling shutter wobble that goes with it. (There are two shots around 2:30 where I was walking on some stairs and applied a motion smoothing filter to the footage to reduce the rolling shutter effect. As you will see, it actually makes the rolling shutter more apparent.)

Second issue is no control over shutter speed. This camera maxes out at 1/125. So if you don't like motion blur, then this camera isn't for you. Under no conditions will you avoid blur upon pans or fast moving objects.

Also, the Canon 5D only films in 30p mode. I am personally a fan of the american film standard of 24p. Which is why I converted all of this footage to 24p. I don't get why Canon would vouch for 30p when a vast majority of users prefer 24, and when 30p actually takes up more memory to film.

There are a number of operational issues I have when working in video mode, but I'll talk about that another time. The fact is that this is a relatively new technology, and unfortunately for the real filmmaker, the negatives outweigh the positives. While the beautiful image quality and low-light abilities really set the stage for future possibilities, the lack of full manual control and wobbly jello-like images are enough to keep me away. Ugh, Canon, you got it SO close!

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