During our Canon EOS 5D Mark III shoot of the “Incident on Marmont Ave” (to be released soon), we tested the Canon EOS 5D Mark IIIs we had to find out what our best options were for transcoding… our on site media manager and editor Andrew Cohen did these tests and recommended 5DtoRGB by Rarevision.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III transcoding tests
During production of “The Incident” we were constantly testing the Canon Mark III in all areas to see what changes there were and how to best utilize what it had to offer. In editorial, you want to make sure the video delivered to you is the best it can be, which is why a lot of different software is put through its paces to ensure the highest quality possible. In the case of transcoding, we tested the main Transcoding software on the market and came to the conclusion that 5DtoRGB was the best one when it comes to get the image that closest represents the Native H.264 video recorded from the camera. Where it really excelled was in keeping detail in the shadows/highlights and maintaining a fuzz-free image at all times.
Of course, nothing is perfect and the 5DtoRGB does have a few problem areas, all but quite minor. The first revolves around the fact that within the program you can only have one batch at a time. Thankfully, a quick workaround is simply having multiple instance of the program running at the same time, something that if you have a multi-core machine, should not slow down the computer. The second qualm I found was the length of time it took to transcode each file. On average, transcoding took 2 to 3 times longer than if I had used a comparable program. Again, it is worth the wait as the final video file you get maintains its original attributes without losing anything.
Overall, the 5DtoRGB software really impressed me with its ability to preserve the image without any loss and even slight boosting of the gamma for a more dynamic range.
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(cover photo credit: snap from the Rarevision site)