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Lester NeilCanon 70D / 5D for Filming - Workflow
by on Nov 29, 2015 at 2:27:31 pm

Dear Creative Cow People,

I started learning about cameras and filmmaking early this year and I came across lots of different information, tips, techniques, workflows and post production - how to utilize the compressed 8bit h264 mov from Canon DSLRs. Shot some band documentaries, 2 video ads for the company I work for, and some one-take music videos.

In the next two days I'll be shooting my first pre-nup video for my friend. I am kinda confused now on what workflow to use. I will be shooting on a flat profile and color correct & grade afterwards. I use Adobe Cs5.5, Magic Bullet and Film Convert.

Here are some options I am planning to take on, however I need your expert advice on what is the best:

1) Shoot on CineStyle flat picture profile > transcode to ProRes 422 using 5DtoRGB without applying a LUT ( i want to work on flat. Hoping it wont break while doing color correction/grading

2) I purchased a picture profile from DSLR Perfection called 5D to BMD which emulates the gamma curve of a Black Magic Design camera > leave it as 8bit H264 mov and color correct it.

3) Install Magic Lantern, which I've never used before (but I wont shoot in RAW - takes time to process footages) use only what preset is there and hope for the best in post

I made all the shot list which includes different focal lengths, now I am in a bliss of excitement and a little bit scared. Hope you can shed light on me regarding this. Thank you very much in advance.


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Warren EigRe: Canon 70D / 5D for Filming - Workflow
by on Nov 30, 2015 at 5:06:24 pm

If you go the MagicLantern route, the only thing you need to really worry about is white balance, and that can be done after the fact. It doesn't hurt to do it while you shoot.

Yes, the files are bigger and the workflow is a little longer. You will need fast cards to capture to and more of them, but you will be shooting in 14bit uncompressed RAW. It might be over kill for a pre-nup video but it will give you the widest options in color correction at the end.

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Lester NeilRe: Canon 70D / 5D for Filming - Workflow
by on Dec 7, 2015 at 6:18:50 am

Thank you for your pointers, I shot 3 days of footage, some 50gb of h264 files in Cinestyle flat. Hoping it wont break up in colouring.


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