stills+video+audio = Fusion Wow with Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Wow was my first thought about this Canon EOS 5D Mark II video when I saw it the first time. The second time, it was just about the same thing… and to think, this video (submitted by a planet5D fan) was this couple's FIRST video!

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Joseph first contacted us a couple of days ago (via the link above hint hint) and after watching, I just had to get them to send some more information so that we could share this with all of you!

Joseph wrote:
“We just found this killer blog and wanted share our first 5D Mark II piece with your viewers.

We're a wife (Anne) and husband (JVS) duo with tons of experience in the still world and we were just itchin' for the 5D Mark II’s to start shipping.

When our 5D2's arrived, we immediately began our search for the perfect location. While cruising around Ft. Worth (Texas, ya'll) we noticed that the annual stock and rodeo show also included a midway with some amusement rides.

Ok, we had the location, now we needed the subjects. We reached out to one of our past clients (amazing couple) who supplied us with a couple of contacts. A few hours later, we had a young, hip and super-cool dating couple give us the green light.

To keep the shoot flowing at a steady pace, Anne and I sketched / story-boarded every shot. Three hours later, our first shoot was done.

Anne has been working with Final Cut Express (for our still slideshows) since it first became available and upgraded to Final Cut Studio 2 for this piece. It was her first time working with audio (so the learning curve was huge) and she used Soundtrack Pro to edit all of the audio. The overall edit time was a bit longer than she would have liked, but seeing it was her first “moving piece,” a time investment was to be expected.

While our plate is pretty full running a stills studio (jvspictures.com), we also teach lighting workshops for still photographers and we recently launched Cheddar Designs, a solutions for wedding and portrait photographers business.

We're excited to add this new “stills + motion + audio” offering to our studio and cannot wait to shoot our next piece!

Watch “love a fair” or if you want, it can also be viewed at our SmugMug Pro page


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Joseph also included this information about the production:

2 Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera bodies

95% of the short was shot handheld with iDC's U-Boat Commander

Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM lens

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens

Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM lens

Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens

Audio was captured with an Audio-Technica AT835b (discontinued), Sennheiser MKE 400 and the internal microphone on the 5D Mark II.

Royalty Free music was purchased from:
www.neosounds.com

Focus assist and framing with IKAN's V8000HDMI monitor

Workstation – dual-core MacPro

30″ Apple Cinema Display

24″ Eizo CG241W LCD Monitor

Apple's Final Cut Studio 2

Nattress Film Effects V2.5.2

(Photo credit: snap from the story)

Comments

  1. was the Rodeo project uploaded at full rez? it does not remotely stream successfully. I’d love to see it, but please bear in mind that not everyone worldwide (I’m in Thailand) has a T3 line at their disposal. And a LOT of us are 5DM2/RED/HDCAM shooters and editors, who enjoy viewing the efforts of our colleagues like Joseph and Anne.

    Please offer this clip at a “web-friendly” resolution that still retains an acceptable image quality. Thank you for your understanding, and for your very informative site.

    1. Author

      @eric – thanks for the post. I understand your concern and I’m glad you’ve mentioned it.

      Almost all of the videos I post have the ability to be seen in different resolutions, but I guess you have to know how to go get them (I’ve never thought to tell you how in my blog – sorry)… in this case tho, you can go directly to the smugmug site and change the resolution – look at the top of the page on this link:
      www.jvspictures.smugmug.com/gallery/8415596_aEZ3u#552680479_VKUAP-S-LB

      With videos hosted on vimeo, you can do the same I believe, but you have to go to the vimeo site first.

      I’ll keep your point in mind as we do get visitors from all around the world! Thanks for your comment

  2. I haven’t edited any of my video from 5d2 and would love ot know what you used to edit it and incorporate the stills…

  3. Author

    @melanie, this bit of the story I think answers your questions:

    “Anne has been working with Final Cut Express (for our still slideshows) since it first became available and upgraded to Final Cut Studio 2 for this piece. It was her first time working with audio (so the learning curve was huge) and she used Soundtrack Pro to edit all of the audio. The overall edit time was a bit longer than she would have liked, but seeing it was her first “moving piece,” a time investment was to be expected.”

    Final Cut is a program from Apple that works on Macs.

    for additional info on how to use video, check the wiki at:
    wiki.planet5d.com/index.php?title=Mii_video

    There are some tips there for editing.

  4. Amazing stuff. I had a question. Was there any extra light used at all? Especially in the shot at 01:00 for example. And was there any color correction done on that particular shot (01:00) to get that gorgeous blue sky? What lens was used at that particular shot? Thanks.

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