EOSHD grades the Blackmagic camera raw CinemaDNG files

First grade - Blackmagic Cinema Camera CinemaDNG frame

Above: my first go at grading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera raw output

The above frame is scaled to 660 pixels wide for the blog. Click here to view the full 2400 x 1350 frame in your browser and another full frame here

John Brawley and Blackmagic Design today released the first raw DNG files from the camera.

Here’s my take on how the raw camera stands up.

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John Brawley posts new Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage

Blackmagic Cinema Camera - Pool Shark by John Brawley

Please note the compression and noise is from Vimeo not the camera

John Brawley has some new Blackmagic footage for us. Unfortunately Vimeo streams 1080p at something like 7Mbit and John has no download option on this clip, so watching Blackmagic footage when it is so heavily compressed rather defeats the object of such a lovely 12bit raw camera.

Nevertheless dynamic range and resolution are looking pretty good.

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First truly representative 5D Mark III video file graded – how does it stand up?

5D Mark III

Sam Morgan Moore (check out his take on this here) has sent me some high quality grabs direct from his ProRes footage today. Origin, the first 5D Mark III batch to land in London. The workflow was H.264 to ProRes 4:2:2 to TIFF then to high quality JPEG. I have to say image quality is really nice, a great base to work from and very gradable indeed. ISO performance even at 6400 is stunning with a very fine film-like grain.

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5D Mark III raw H.264 video file for download

http://vimeo.com/38055013

(Please download the original 5D 1080p file, it only streams in 720p. No artistic value. Not representative of final firmware. No salesman will call.)

Looks like someone didn’t get the memo!

In the last few hours the first 90Mbit 1080p Quicktime file was made available from a pre-production 5D Mark III.

The subject matter is mundane but finally we get to see what the true resolution of this camera is like.

The test is shot at ISO 3600. Here’s my verdict…

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Canon 5D Mk III Sample Videos

5D Mark III sample videos

Available for pre-order now at Adorama

Release date end of the month, approx. 30th March

The Canon 5D Mark III is now official. The embargo has been lifted and a slew of information has hit the internets, very little of it new. The proof of the 5D Mark 3’s capabilities are entirely in the image.

1st Sample video here ‘Radball’

2nd Sample video here ‘Mario Nette’

3rd Sample video here ‘Color of Hope’

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Pentax 6mm F1.2 – the perfect lens for GH2 crop mode

For full samples by Seb Farges taken on the GH2 click here

The Pentax 6mm F1.2 c-mount lens is the cheapest fast wide lens for DSLR filmmaking currently available. To use it you will need to have a Panasonic GH2, and to enable 1080p Ex-Tele mode (commonly known as 1:1 crop mode). It gives a feel similar to 8mm or 16mm film on the GH2.

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