Canon 5D Mk III to add Uncompressed HDMI Out in Firmware

Canon 5D Mk III is adding a long awaited firmware update that offers the a clean uncompressed signal via the HDMI port. The only catch is you have to wait till April 2013 (just in time for the NABshow). Press Release follows below.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.

Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.

Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.

The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to “Fix it in Post”

With the wealth of digital tools for post production, it’s easy to put things off for later. But usually the phrase “fix it in post” is a precursor to disaster.

If you’re a filmmaker, you’ve no doubt heard someone say, “It’s okay, we’ll fix it in post.” You may have even been the someone who said it. But waiting to think about post-production until you’re there can cost you — in money and time.

Lucky for you, The Post Lab’s Chris J. Russo recently led a class for Film Independent members on developing the best post strategy for your film. From the technical to the tactical, here are five tips from Russo to get your post-production plan started before it’s too late.

1. Work backwards – think from finish to start

Once your editor comes on board, determine what your post needs are before you start shooting. Create a post workflow from the beginning that works. “Ask yourself, ‘what kind of movie am I making?’ The next Brokeback Mountain? Or Paranormal Activity? You need to devise a plan for how to make the movie you want.”

Be prepared creatively as well. Before you walk on set on the first day of production, you should have already done all of your homework as a director or producer. That way, you can make quick decisions when the pressure is on. “When you get to post, it can cost a great deal to change creative decisions,” Russo warned.

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