I've looked through all the specs I can find for both cameras; the 5d has a much larger sensor and would seem to be the better camera, however, no where can I find a claim that it will shoot 24p, 30p etc., where the T2i states it up front.
I realize that trying to actually shoot and edit with these camera's will be a bitch because of the h.264 recording format, and it's need to un-compress all that compressed footage - but I have no direct experience yet. Can anyone with experience let me know what's up with formats for the 5D and their experience?
5D shoots 24/25/30p natively, thanks to the firmware upgrade that was released in March of this year. I don't have a T2i, but a 7D and a 5D. Check out Philipbloom.net or the Gear section on Vincent Laforet's blog for all sorts of reviews.
If you keep using FCP then I guess you'll need to either transcode to ProRes or use proxy files with Magic Bullet Grinder.
Instead, I work with Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5 (with 64-bit and Mercury Playback Engine) which allows me to use the footage without transcoding. Even adding effects of color grading is done directly.
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The great camera shoot out is the best response I've had at CCow about new camera's. All your quality questions are answered, meaning, of course, do I shoot film, or can I, or do I buy a 5d or 60d to do the same thing.
Thanks for the lind Richard.
In this case, you do get what you pay for. 5D, full sensor, better in low light. 7D easier to shoot video with setting switch on the camera. 5D you have to go into the menu to set up the video. Firmware has made the 5D better.
Adobe Premier CS5 will edit native files from these cameras. Final Cut Pro can add Canon's plug in which allow you to use file & transfer to get footage converted.
I think the T1i is too consumer / plastic for my taste. But if you're on an extremely tight budget, it's a great camera for a consumer.
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Sony EX-1, V1U
Canon 5D Mark II
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with Final Cut Studio