As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.
Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!
…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016
Canon recently announced the new C700 camera, as well as the DP-V2420 4K reference display. We had our hands on an early prototype of the camera back in September, but the camera wasn’t production ready just yet. Now Canon has the camera ready to roll, and we had some more time with it for testing.
The C700 is a fully featured cinema camera, with all the features of the C300 Mark II and beyond. Some of the most exciting feature include a 4.5K sensor with 14+ stops of dynamic range, raw output and Codex integration, a simplified ‘cinema’ style interface, ProRes and XF-AVC internal recording, plus a shoulder mounted design perfect for both cinema and run & gun work. Watch the video above to learn more about the C700. I give a tour of both the camera and the great new interface.
…continue reading At the Bench: A Look at the Canon C700 and DP-V2420 Monitor
On Saturday, October 8, AbelCine held its first Fall Tech Expo. Taking place in our Chicago location on the Cinespace Studios lot, the expo featured a number of manufacturers displaying new gear for attendees to get their hands on. In addition, throughout the day, multiple raffles were held, along with presentations from manufacturer experts and our technical specialists on the showroom stage. Thank you again to all the manufacturers that participated as well to everyone who attended – we had a record turnout!
…continue reading Chicago Fall Tech Expo Recap
Canon announced today their new C700 Cinema Camera, the XC15 4K video / still camera, and two new 4K production monitors. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Canon’s Jesse Mineo about these exciting additions to the Canon line, as well as the DP-V1710 and DP-V2420 HDR reference monitors.
…continue reading AbelCine First Look: Canon’s IBC 2016 Announcements
Canon’s newest firmware update (18.104.22.168.00) for their C300 Mark II camera contains a number of nice improvements to the camera’s features and functionality. One of the updates that caught our eye is the inclusion of a new logarithmic gamma curve, Canon Log 3, available from the Custom Picture menu. From what we know, this new log curve aims to “split the difference” between the legacy Canon Log curve (aka Canon Log 1) and the newer Canon Log 2 curve that’s been a part of the C300 Mark II since its introduction last year. We’ve had a chance to take a closer look at this new curve on a C300 Mark II running the new firmware.
Canon Log 3 looks like it could be the “GoldiLog,” in other words, a “just right” Log gamma setting for shooters who are used to the unique characteristics of Canon Log 1 but who want more dynamic range than classic Canon Log 1 can provide.
…continue reading Canon Log 3: Is It the “GoldiLog”?
Jonathan Barenboim is a director and cinematographer; sometimes, depending on the project, he’s both simultaneously. On his latest project, for a series called The Table launching later this summer, he was tasked with bringing to life short documentaries highlighting the human side of the unemployment crisis in the US. Because of the documentary nature of these pieces, he had to be ready to travel quickly and shoot in varied locations, all with the same basic camera setup. Jonathan was kind enough to answer a few questions about how he pulled it all off.
…continue reading Jonathan Barenboim Stays Flexible with the Canon C300 Mark II
After many requests, we’ve finally put together several custom profiles for the C300 Mark II. We’ve created seven different files that closely match the files we created for the original C300. It’s important to note that the Mark II offers different gammas and preset matrices, many that don’t exactly match those in the previous model. Creating looks that matched exactly was impossible, but I did manage to get them very close. The main differences you’ll see are in yellow to yellow-ish green hues, which tend to be slightly de-saturated in the Mark II.
You can download all the files at once, or download them individually below. To load them all to the camera, copy the private folder to an SD card, and then load that into the camera. You may want to write a generic profile from your camera to your SD card in order to get the folder structure correct. If you are pulling individual files, copy the .CPF files to the Private → C_PICT Folder, and then load into the camera.
…continue reading Canon C300 Mark II Scene Files from AbelCine