Over at DSLR News Shooter, there is a post about using the new 5D Mark II firmware for ENG work. Now that you can manually adjust the audio levels and disable the Automatic Gain Control it sounds great. However, it seems like there are still too many work-arounds needed to monitor the audio. I’m curious as to why more people aren’t using one of these from BeachTek? Anyway check out the post and listen to the video above by Dan Chung.
In case you haven’t noticed I have been really focused on video from DSLRs. I really feel like this is the bridge that will span the gap between the “old” and “new” media and open new doors for current working visual journalists. For me, the problem has always been about missing the moment while gathering audio or shooting video instead of stills. With the new breed of DSLRs, video, and audio to some extent, is easier than ever to gather and takes less time to switch between the 2 formats. You no longer have to worry about missing the moment because even while shooting video its possible to take a “frame grab” that is easily high enough quality to run 3 columns wide. Audio is still a little cumbersome but with some more specialized equipment it can be accomplished.
I believe that with the large number of accessories for HDSLRs that have come onto the market since their introduction that I am not alone in my excitement. Companies such as Think Tank Photo, Zacuto, Red Rock Micro, CAVision and Hoodman are producing some great add-ons that will only make shooting video with HDSLRs even easier.
Long story short, you will definitely see projects that I will be working on posted here shot with Canon’s newest HDSLRs.
Check out the video above. Absolutely incredible. Keep in mind this is a documentary, not a movie. It was shot completely with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, one lens and a couple of external mics. I have been on a real video shot by HDSLRs kick lately. I am going to transition to shooting and editing more video this year. I hope I can achieve this level of quality one day. All I can say is that this is truly amazing. Check out the tech specs here.