Behind the TV – in the control room with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Here's a fascinating behind the scenes look at the NBC Winter Olympics that was shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. We contacted Robert Coon who made the movie and he's provided us with some insight!

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“For the month of February I was part of a team hired by NBC to handle the post production for the figure skating, ice dancing, and short track speed skating during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Courtesy of Pow! Pix, a New York City post production house versed in higher end road work, we set up temporary edit facilities outside the Pacific Coliseum and were charged with creating all of the pre-packaged pieces that aired during the live prime-time broadcasts on NBC. Our set up was a total of 10 fibre seats. A mix of Avid Symphony Nitris DX version 4 and Media Composer DX stations. As with most of these remotes, we had our normal specialty footage shot on Panasonic Vari-Cam, but here, as in recent months, we were using newer tape-less formats, including the Canon 5D Mark II. Through Canon’s Professional Services, we had access to the complete line of canon glass, along with the Zeiss and Olympus OM lenses we travel with. I ran through almost every L-series lens Canon makes, up to the 800mm 5.6, and I have to say, of everything I shot with, the one I’m most excited about is the, as yet released in north america: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM. I managed to hand hold shots at 200mm from the upper deck of the coliseum with this, and can’t say enough about the quality and feel of the lens. I’m not a huge fan of Canon photography lenses to shoot video with, but I’m definitely gonna pony up for this one when its out.

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While there, I took the time to shoot and whack together some behind the scenes stuff of the facility and the guys at work.

Equipment Used for the behind the scenes piece:
Most of the depth of field effect was achieved using Zeiss lenses: Zeiss 85mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 50mm Macro f/2
In addition I used a few from Canon: Canon 14mm f/2.8, 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, 17mm TS-E f/4, 24mm TS-E f/3.5, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
I think I used a few Olympus OM lenses as well. 70-150mm f/4 and 200mm f/4.
Zacuto Z-Finder, and Glidetrack HD.

Hope you enjoy,

Robert A. Coon”

Thanks so much Robert! It is awesome!

Oh, here's the video!

2010 Winter Olympics Recap – Avid / Pow! Pix from BoB Coon on Vimeo.

Behind the scenes edit of the NBC coverage of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Shot on location the weeks of the games for Pow! Pix, an NBC Vendor responsible for the non linear edit facility built at the figure skating venue for the games.

Shot on Canon 5D Mark II with various Canon and Zeiss lenses.

Thanks to Spoonful James for the music track, “Come and Get It” from their upcoming 2010 album. Many thanks as well to Bob Barzyk, Todd Crites, Chris Nizza, Katie Walsh, Ollie Stokes, and the rest of the NBC crew for letting me shove my camera in their faces.

(Photo credit: snap from the video)


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