Well Canon have the video technology and probably asked the question – Why not? So that leaves us to come up with answers to the question – Why?
In the process of finding uses for the extra facilities that we never asked for I am busy developing ideas for the professional application of this new technology integration. Here are my first thoughts…
My first thought was if while we are shooting a wedding we could capture video at key moments like ‘the vows’ ‘walking down the isle’ the ‘confetti’ and ‘the speeches’ we could integrate it into a slideshow along with our stills that we present our clients. This would then be the best of both worlds and for some clients there would not be the need for a videographer and a greater budget can be secured for the stills photographer. The key element of the day that the video captures that we currently can not is the sound. Well the 5D Mk2 has a separate mic input so you can pop a radio mic on the groom and away you go. Good stills from video have been around for a while and there are no shortage of videographers who provide that service. It is obvious to me that the two disciplines are coming closer together all the time.
With most slideshow making software packages being true multimedia entities integrating stills and movies has never been easier. The video clips from the 5D are already in a usable format saved on the CF card as .MOV (Apple Quicktime). It’s drag and drop into iMovie, Microsoft Expression Media, Fotomagico, Adobe Premiere, Pro Show Gold etc.
What remains to be seen is just how easy to use the DSLR video system is. How easy is it to set the audio level of an external mic? Does the autofocus work well enough or do we need to shoot the good old fashioned way using manual focus? Can the iris be manually controlled smoothly so that a continuous shot from within a church to outside the church be one take? Does exposure compensation work in the same way or is it menu driven? These are just some of the items I need to explore.
I will be evaluating all the possibilities over the coming months and if there is sufficient demand I’ll be organising some training towards a well structured end product.
What uses can you think of for the video functionality? Leave a comment.