Hey everyone… I need some help. I ran into this blog yesterday talking about the video on the Canon 5D mk ii… “Sadly, hereâ€™s the thing. The video is marginal at best. Itâ€™s compressed like crazy. HD? Not even close. Itâ€™s perfect if you donâ€™t want to do anything other than produce moving images for the web. Still lenses breath, so racking focus with your marvelously expensive Canon lenses is going to make the image wonky. The most irritating thing about the video feature is the complete lack of control over exposure.”
Well, I didn't think that was quite right.. so I countered “Oh, and â€œthe video is marginal at bestâ€? Tell that to CBS, or the hundreds of indie film makers using the 5D mk ii. This product is HOT in the commercial/indie film/music video market right now.”
And the blog author replied: “I took samples of footage that I shot to a professional video editor and we looked at the images frame by frame. Sure, itâ€™s good, bit itâ€™s not HD. We also looked at Vincent Laforetâ€™s, â€œReverie,â€ and it is, upon close inspection, full of artifacting and other problems. The codec pitches highlights and crushes details. Canonâ€™s compression employs a lossy format, like a jpeg. The video this camera produces wouldnâ€™t fly for a high level of production value. So yes, the indie film/music video and other journalists wouldnâ€™t be so rigorous. Oh, and just because hundreds of people are using it doesnâ€™t make the 5D Mark II video component not marginal.”
Ok, so here's where I need help. I have learned a lot about video and filmmaking, but I'm not an expert.
“It's not HD” – huh? I'm guessing she means that the quality isn't there, but with all the excitement over the camera, isn't there HD quality in there somewhere? If it wasn't “HD” then wouldn't people abandon the 5D2 and go with something else?
“it is, upon close inspection, full of artifacting and other problems. The codec pitches highlights and crushes details. Canonâ€™s compression employs a lossy format, like a jpeg.” well, I'm certainly not trained in the production of videos with any camera, but I suspect that all of them do some compression and of course, it is lossy the first time. Or am I wrong? Is it just that this woman is like me and just doesn't understand the way this camera works?
Let's discuss it over on our forums… and if we get a good discussion going, I'll invite the young lady over to make it more interesting (so let's be nice). Of course, if you want, you can go over to her blog and comment there, but I'd love to have a good forum discussion over here as well please.
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