As mentioned, we’re working on pumping out some short videos lately. This most recent video was shot nearly entirely on the D800 with some clips shot on the D4. Hopefully you guys enjoy this fun piece.
In lieu of the theme of the video we actually sat on the finished product for a couple of weeks before releasing which I’m sure is obvious once you’ve seen it. I’d like to thank Dan Lebl and Sheila Cording for doing a great job as the role of grandson/grandmother in this video. And with any luck we’ll have a few more shorts coming out in the next few weeks/months.
So lately I have been getting into video. That’s nothing new, but 2D’s video portfolio isn’t what I’d like it to be so we set out to beef it up. Sadly we had to wait till we got our hands on the newly acquired D4 to do so. That day came and within a week we set up our first short and got it off. Take 2 minutes and have a look below.
As mentioned, this was shot entirely on the D4 at 720p 60fps. Overall I’m very happy with the results. So far both photo and video performance have met or exceeded my expectations for the D4 and I’m looking forward to having it in my arsenal for the next while. For the tracking we used a manfrotto video tripod with a cinevate atlas 10 mounted to it and a 701 head on that. Some shots were done with a boom stand but that’s essentially it. Filmed/edited in about 36 hours. We’re hoping to put out a series of these short pieces in the coming months so stay tuned, they’re all very different with only the fact that they’re short in common.
So the new Canon 5D MKIII has been announced. There’s a number of great write-ups about it already so go ahead and check them out if you haven’t. I’m more interested in comparing the first looks of this new camera with those of the D800 from Nikon.
Now to be honest and fair, it must be said I haven’t had the privilege of wielding either of these bad boys so this entire post is essentially based on speculation.
If you’re comparing these two cameras the first thing I notice is the price difference. Not huge but $500 is worth noting, the Nikon being on the lower end of that imbalance.
Next is the photo quality. So from what I can gather, the D800 will boast a significantly higher resolution sensor but it will be likely giving up some low light quality along with perchance some dynamic range. This toggles the favour over to the 5D MKIII although it’s tough to know how it will perform at high ISO’s as well, it does at least have a 2 stop edge on the D800 in their respective native ISO ranges.
But is photo quality what I think of when I think of the 5D? Well no. Not for me. I’m not denying that it’s a great stills camera and it always has been. But from my point of view one of the most amazing things that made the 5D MKII what it is today was its video abilities. So I beg the question “What are we getting out of the 5D MKIII that we didn’t out of the mII?”.
The answer… not much it seems. There are some nifty features they’ve added into the MKIII but honestly compared to the mII it doesn’t seem all that impressive. It looks like Canon has focused on improving the photo quality of the camera while leaving the video quality relatively equal to that of it’s predecessor. I do realize that the quality of video has improved in that they’re suggesting it handles moire better but that just isn’t enough for me. Maybe I would have liked to see 1080p 60fps? I’m not really sure. And maybe their issue is that the 5D MKII was SO great. How can they really improve on it? Again I’m not sure. But with the D800, in my opinion, offering a significant feature of clean video output while matching all the other specs it seems to me that the cheaper body from Nikon is the winner in this battle.
Sufficed to say that the ISO range doesn’t make much difference to me since I don’t image too many people are going to be thinking of the D800 as anything but a studio camera. At least that’s my opinion of it with a 36MP sensor.
Again there’s lot so of testing to be done, and it may turn out that either camera could blow the other away after real comparisons are made. In the mean time, I’m thinking that Canon was a bit late to the party offering a camera that’s quite similar to the D800 but more money and less new features compared to their respective predecessors. For what I make out of the 5D MKIII it seems like the better option might be to stick to the 5D MKII. Nearly half the price and much of the same features, the tried and true MKII might remain king of Canon’s lineup simply due to it’s hard to replace nature.
Oh would you please be our Valentine? A couple of weeks ago Kevin had a great idea of a date themed Rube Goldberg machine. We thought about it and realized that valentine’s day was coming up and so if we were ever going to pull it off, we should aim to do it quickly. A short time later we began working on it and although we really had to rush since we were busy with a lot of actual work as well, we managed to put this short little thing together in time for the big day. For all of you that enjoy this holiday, hope you like our video. For those that don’t so much love this day of the year, well maybe you can just enjoy the Rube on a more fundamental level.
A couple of weeks ago we pumped out our underwater behind the scenes video where we included every step of the photoshoot process. One of these steps was how we edited our images. We gave you guys the gist of it all but we thought we could do a more detailed version of a different image so in this video Kevin give a more informed look at his process. This is intended for the more advanced photoshoppers but hopefully everyone can appreciate it in some ways. Hope it helps some of you out there. Let us know if you want to see more videos like this in the future, too.
[There were a couple of issues with our screen capturing, so we have to apologize for some parts of the clip being a bit weird at times.]