The “look” of your video is personal and can be obtained in post but if you start with all your footage looking similar it will save time in editing. First, I set the 5D Mark II to the Neutral picture style and I left the contrast and saturation at zero (default). I saved this setting to the “User Def. 1” setting in the picture style menu. Then I saved all the camera settings, shutter speed, ISO, WB, etc. to the C1 mode dial. Now, no matter what I’ve been using the camera for I can turn to the C1 mode dial and be ready to shoot video, and, match another 5D to my footage by saving the same settings on the second camera. After a few tests I thought that the HVX200 looked similar with the Scene File dial set to “Cine V”. Rich colors matched well but more subtle colors like the dark beige stucco on the outside of my home shifted toward magenta. Magenta and green are accented for the “Cinelike” scene file on the HVX200. So, I reset the scene file dial to Scene file 1, normal, and, in the Scene File menu I increased the chroma level slightly for more saturation and decreased the Master Pedestal slightly for richer blacks. After much testing, my gray card, primary colors, skin tones and stucco matched well. Adjustments to saturation and contrast can be done in post for both cameras to suit the subject matter. Now, there’s still that depth of field thing.
When using the Live view/Movie mode on the 5D mkII, I started with the Letus Hawk viewfinder . I wear glasses but I had to remove them to get my eye closer to the eye piece. With or without glasses I could not focus the lens with the diopter. The Zacuto Z-Finder 2.5X has a larger eye cup so I can leave my glasses on which helps when working the buttons and menus. It also comes with 3 extension rings that fit around the Z-Finder between it and the LCD monitor. If you rack the diopter all the way and still can’t get a sharp focus then add the rings. I used 2 for a perfectly sharp image. Achieving sharp focus is easier with the Marshall 5″ monitor. I’ll get to that in a later blog.
Nikon, Thanks for a wonderful 30 year career! You have been the most dependable things that I’ve ever owned. However, as I begin my 4th year in video production the right choice was to invest in Canon cameras and lenses. This one system will produce top quality photographs as well as 1080 P HD video. The Canon 5D Mark II has a 21 megapixel CMOS censor. This is sharper than film! And, the incredible video quality has rocked the industry. It has been used in feature films and for HD television broadcasts like the Fox network’s House. This is a creative rebirth for me in both photography and video.