I’ve been interested in the video capabilities of the new Canon 5D mk2 for some time now, partly because of my background as a TV cameraman. The trouble with video has always been the large depth of field due to the small sensor size when compared with 35mm movie film and the shutter speed being fixed at 1/50th forcing high aperture values. It is possible to increase the shutter speed but with jerky motion as a byproduct.
When Canon announced the 5DMK2 camera was to have full HD video capability we were all quite excited because of the large sensor size and the wonderful f/2.8 zooms and f/1.2 primes readily available. When the camera was launched the excitement waned because all the clever films that had been made to show off the new video capabilities had been shot at night and the reason for this was that Canon had nobbled the manual control settings. (The story goes that the video shutter noise was picked up by the cameras internal microphone and that is why the user settings were disabled) The auto video settings of the 5Dmk2 were far from ideal but now the latest camera firmware has put us back in control.
With that in mind I wasted no time in commissioning Aspect video, the makers of my original lighting DVDs to shoot a couple of trailers for me on the 5DMK2. They were shot between f/2.8 and f/4 on the 24-70mm L series lens and a few frames were shot on the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Adam the cameraman and director used a combination of ND filters and low ISO to keep the depth of field down without resorting to using a high shutter speed.
On the strength of the quality of these teaser / trailers I’ve commissioned the shooting of a new series of lighting DVDs that pick up from where the last ones finished. Filming starts in Manchester on the 22nd July and will be finished by the end of August. We will be shooting the whole project on 3 Canon5DMK2s and the output will be an HD product, probably on Blu Ray.