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Canon 60D 1000 FPS with Apple Motion Tutorial

You have all seen the 7D 1000 fps BMX video by now I am sure. The guy that made the video slowed it down to almost a stand still with incredible results using Twixtor. Here we have a tutorial from Crumple Pop for achieving good results just using Apple Motion, which if you are using FCP, it already comes bundled with.




Here’s the tutorial:

Here is the final result:

This should work fine with any of the Canon DSLR’s that shoot 60p i.e T2i, 7D, 1DMKIV.

Audio Sync Issues with FCP

So, over the last two days, I had two friends run into the same problem while editing DSLR footage in FCP. The problem was that even though the sequence settings matched up with the footage from the DSLR,the audio that was recorded separately was mysteriously drifting out of sync. This is a very frustrating problem that I personally lost quite a few hours over. I tried literally everything I could think of. I thought it was the recorder I was using, my sequence settings, etc. I literally checked everything that logically would make sense. To no avail. That’s because the solution defies logic. For some inane reason unknown to mankind FCP ships with a weird “quirk”. Even though when editing DSLR footage there is no “capture” happening, the Capture Settings have to match your footage/sequence settings or you can get Audio that drifts out of sync, Hope that saves you some headaches and helps you get back to editing.

Clarification:
What I am referring to here is that the frame rate in your Capture Settings, not Log and Transfer, needs to match the frame rate of your footage and your Sequence Settings.

Balancing your DSLR on a Glidecam

First off, our sincere apologies on the delay… We initially shot this in Orlando with our good friends Matt Buchman, Michael Buffa, and Ed Ballardt but due to a few corrupt audio files we had to reshoot.

So, we’ve received tons of questions about how to setup and use your Glidecam so we decided to put this together. We’re planning on doing another video that will go more into specific techniques so please let us know if you’d like to see anything else or if you have any questions.By no means do I claim to be an expert on this subject so any comments are welcome.

Enjoy.

Glidecam Tutorial from Cristina Valdivieso + Jon Connor on Vimeo.

One on One with Jason Magbanua ~ King of the Same Day Edit

Jason Magbanua is one of those guys that you meet and instantly like. He’s one of the nicest, most talented, and more importantly, humble guys you’ll ever get to know. The first time I met Jason was at Re:Frame Austin. I was in a dark theatre surrounded by people I didn’t know and, quite honestly, I was quite intimidated by all of the talented filmmakers around me. I hadn’t had a chance to speak to Jason yet but I’ll never forget my first impression. He showed us a clip from one of his recent weddings, King Gimp. It didn’t take long for me to start crying but what I loved most was how he adapted his style to the story. As someone who’s known for his glidecam moves, he talked about how it wasn’t appropriate for the story  that was being told. I thought about that a lot in Kivalina… how does your camera movement contribute to your story? Jason was one of the first people to inspire me to think about why I shoot the way I shoot and how, if at all, it contributes to the story I’m trying to tell.

To us, Jason embodies what a successful filmmaker should be. He’s talented, willing to share and educates others, remains humble, and continues to educate himself over and over again. What is there not to like?!

Recently we got to sit down with Jason and do a little q+a. Enjoy.

Below is one of the first videos that came out with the 7d courtesy of J. Mag.

Below is the piece I mentioned, King Gimp.

Lastly, one jaw dropping same day edit by Jason.

Reel World: Kivalina Documentary Shot on the 5d + 7d

In the book “Packing for Mars,” author Mary Roach describes a condition NASA refers to as “space euphoria.” The first two NASA astronauts to walk in space experienced not only an odd euporia but also a disinclination to get back inside the capsule. As we flew inside a plane sparsely peppered with passengers from Anchorage to Kotzebue, we stared out of the window and watched in awe. The sun was rising amidst some of the heaviest, billowing clouds we had ever seen. We were over the mountain range the natives refer to as Denali or, more commonly known, as Mount McKinley. The majestic apex peaked its head through the clouds and we suddenly realized we were experiencing our own sort of “space euphoria.” We got the sudden sense that this whole thing was bigger than either of us.

It’s an all to rare occurrence in life that we get to truly step outside our comfort zone. We are extremely grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Most of you have probably never heard of Kivalina, Alaska. In fact, until Mike Collins approached us about filming this documentary series, neither had we. After some initial research, it became quite apparent that this tiny island had it’s own story that had to be told. As one of the few remaining Inupiaq villages in the United States, Kivalina has struggled as a community to fight for what they deserve, a solid, safe place to call home.

Our time spent with the people of Kivalina is something we’ll never forget. It’s such a humbling experience to go into a new environment where despite not having all the luxuries we now consider necessities, the community defies the stereotype of being “needy” and, is in fact, one of the most giving we’ve ever encountered.

Below is the short we edited. The final product will be  a longer documentary and the first part of a series about poverty within the United States.

Thanks so much to our good friend and the series producer, Mike Collins, for giving us such a great opportunity. Also, thank you so much to our new friend and the producer, Lynette Wilson.

Some technical notes:

Shot on the Canon 5d and 7d with the Singh-Ray Vari-ND200 f/2.0, 85 f/1.2, 50 f/1.2, 24 f/1.4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, and 16-35 f/2.8.While we shot mostly on tripods, we also used the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly with the Oracle Controller and Elektra Drive motor and the Zacuto Z-Finder.

Jon Connor:

Cristina Valdivieso:

Shooting in 3D with a Canon 7D

I own the Canon 7D but if any of you know me at all, you know I hate 3D. I have never seen Avatar. I just am opposed to it. I have no clue why. It is an opinion not based on fact or logic I just don’t even like the idea of it. However, I saw this 3D lens for the Canon 7D and I am curious if anyone owns or has used this. Sure I am a bit hypocritical in that I hate 3d but if I can do it I probably will just to say I did. Doesn’t make much sense but it’s true.

Canon 7D Firmware

Firmware Version 1.2.2 incorporates the following fixes.

Fixes a phenomenon in which the set aperture moves when shooting movies in manual exposure mode using some Canon lenses (such as macro lenses).
Fixes the AF point-selection behavior of the C.Fn III-7 (Manual AF pt. selec. pattern) custom function when set to [1].
Fixes the AF point display for the viewfinder electronic level when shooting in the vertical position.
Corrects misspellings in the Spanish and Thai menus for applicable products.
Download: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/firmware.html