Just in case you missed it the other day, the Magic Lantern team have hacked into the 5d Mark III and given it the ability to record resolutions up to 3.5k in the Raw format. Granted there are some output resolution limitations to those things but I’ve found the best looking, absolutely jaw-dropping, footage is coming form the 1920×1080 Raw videos. I’ve included them below
It is widely accepted that the Canon 5D Mark ii was the product that started the “DSLR Revoultion,” thereby reawkening the independent spirit of American Filmmakers. It’s been about 5 years since it first hit the scene and it’s been about 4 years since the whole indi-dslr-filmmaker market shot up.
Since then, Canon has released the mark ii’s big brother, the mark iii, and while it has had fairly successful reviews, it was beginning to seem like Canon couldn’t finish the fight they started with companies like Blackmagic, Red, Sony, and Arri all starting to beat them at their own game.
Now, however, thanks to the infamous Magic Lantern group (who are responsible for the infmaous Magic Lantern hack which let’s you customize certain settings on your canon DSLR’s) the Canon 5d mark iii and soon to be 5d mark ii and 6d and the whole canon family willl be making the ultimate comeback as the newest hack allows you to get full RAW video at 24fps in resolutions up to 3.5k!!! And that is on a full frame sensor!!!
Who does this hurt most? Probably blackmagic and Red, though probably the former a bit more as they were just beginning to make some big splashes in the market for pocketable 1080p raw. They should stil fare well but this resurrection of the 5d family is about to rock the world of filmmaking all over again.
UPDATE 2: Cinescopophelia has the full scoop on what’s going down with Aaton (in the long and short, getting bought out, Delta had sensor issues on mass production, going forward with a new audio recorder and a new, less expensve presumably, digital, documentary style camera http://cinescopophilia.com/jean-pierre-beauviala-outlines-the-future-for-aaton/
UPDATE: Looks like aaton is unfortunately going out of business (at least, probably) which means we probably won’t get to see the Aaton Penelope Delta out in the wild, which is a shame because it was one of teh most exciting cameras to hit the market. Hit the linnk for more info http://cinescopophilia.com/have-aaton-have-gone-out-of-business/
There are few cameras I’m as excited to see and hopefully use as teh Aaton Penelope Delta and now Mitch Gross of Abel Cine has a really nice breakdown of Aaton cameras and specifically the features of teh Aaton Penelope Delta. Check it out!
So IMAX is actually trying to bring their experience to the home. Yes, the incredibly immersive, epic format is finding it’s new home in…your home. But, alas, just as their ticket prices, the ratio of cost to standard home theater setups (which, on their own, are plenty pricey) is evidently too much to be mentioned on the site. When you consider that imax projectors are in the $100k range, it’s understandable that this would be at least triple that with screen, seating, and room costs. Group buy anyone? Kickstarter maybe ?
A couple weeks back I wrote a post taking a high level overview of what I thought to be the most impressive products coming out of NAB 2013. One of those products (maybe the MOST “showy” one) was the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. While I was excited to see it’s specs and that it performed RAW HD capture all while fitting into something just slightly thicker and taller than an iPhone 5, I was skeptical until some footage hit the internet market. Low and behold, we have our first glimpse thanks to Blackmagic’s go-to tester, John Brawley, and, to me, it’s extremely impressive. Click on the still below to see the video
Oh yeah, and it clocks in at about $995….which…for what you’re getting is beyond a steal.
So what do you think?
It should come as no surprise that whenever a big cinema tech convention comes to town, all the players start coming out of the woodwork to display their top secret inventions that have been brewing in their R&D labs.
Red usually wins these types of annoucements and I’m pleased to say that they are definitely up there this year and will probably be making at least a couple more significant announcements in addition to all the new products they released with the wireless happy “RedLink” product family and introducing their Dragon Upgrade and Aquire progam.
However I would be completely remiss if I didn’t say that, though I love me some Red and in no way want to minimize what’s going on there (especially before the next few days have had a chance to bring us Red tidings of great joy), Blackmagic Design, with their follow ups to their very popular Cinema Camera, are clearly getting the jaw drop.
Next, and, to some, even more jaw-drop-worthy, is their iphone-sized, Raw shooting,$995 Pocket Cinema Camera
Wow. what a solid punch from Blackmagic who, like Apple, know what to release and when. Although, to be truthful, there’s some trepidation mixed in with the excitement as the Blackmagic Cinema Camera has had massive delays and multiple, not-so-small problems. Here’s to hoping by the time July roles around They’ll have figured out how to prevent such things from happening (though part of me has to wonder if perhaps some of these delays and problems were caused by multiple, similar and, in the case of the 4k model, better cameras being developed simultaneously)
Also on the docket is the Phantom Flex 4k shooting a whopping 1000fps at 4k rez. Gotta love slow mo.
Well. If I haven’t said it enough times before I’ll say it here now. What a great time to be a filmmaker.
Jarred Land just posted the first pic from the Red Dragon. Wow. Can’t wait to see some motion. http://www.redgrabs.com/up/1360380054.jpg