5 Ways to Protect Your Camera in High Humidity Conditions

A camera is susceptible to inclement weather and the type of humidity that comes with the most interesting of locales like rain forests and jungles. There are several ways to protect one’s camera in such conditions. First, it helps to acclimate the camera to the pressure and moisture of the place. Second, a great trick is to use silica gel packs to absorb excess moisture….
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Canon EOS R5: 8K 30fps with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and other impossible features

Canon EOS R5: 8K 30fps and other impossible features

Canon’s new EOS R5 will far exceed that of competing cameras on the market, says the company, confirming internal 8K using the full width of the sensor at up to 30p with Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Canon revealed some more details about its new EOS R5. Exactly a month since its development announcement of the EOS R5 – a full frame mirrorless camera built on the revolutionary EOS R System – the company confirms that all those click bait stories suggesting that Canon would cripple the camera, because it’s in its DNA, are not real. The real EOS R5 will, says the company, far exceed what others cameras offer.

By revealing further EOS R5 details – shutting down speculation that some specs are ‘impossible’  – Canon introduces additional information that clarifies the ambitions the company has for the new model of camera developed. We do not have all the information yet, but the new specifications revealed help to better understand Canon’s intentions: this is, 15 years after, a solution similar to the EOS 5D, which was the first full frame DSLR camera with a standard body size. Introduced in August 2005, the EOS 5D was also priced at half the cost of its only full-frame competition, the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, introduced in November 2004. The EOS R5 seems to follow the same logic.

Canon EOS R5: 8K 30fps and other impossible features

The EOS R5 is a modern-day EOS 5D

In fact, Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging & Services, Canon Australia, said: “Our EOS 5-Series was developed fifteen years ago to make full-frame cameras accessible to consumers, not just professional shooters. Today, that purpose remains steadfast as we continue achieving the ‘impossible’ to deliver the hybrid needs of content creators who are demanding uncompromised performance to generate more still and motion visual content than ever before.”

Achieving the ‘impossible’, Canon Inc. confirms the EOS R5’s video capabilities will far exceed that of competing cameras on the market. With its ability to internally record 8K using the full width of the sensor at up to 30p, the latest Canon EOS R camera is set to redefine mirrorless with its market-leading features. In addition, in all 8K modes it will support Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which has always been an asset over other models.

Canon Inc. also confirms the EOS R5 supports advanced animal AF – recognizing dogs, cats and birds, relying not only on the eyes of the animal but also the face and body for situations when the eyes are not visible.

Canon EOS R5: 8K 30fps and other impossible features

New in-camera image stabilization system

Richard Shepherd, Pro Product Marketing Senior Manager, said: “We’ve seen speculation that the EOS R5’s specs are ‘impossible’. Today’s announcement confirms once again, we are achieving the ‘impossible’ in order to support our customers’ need for a camera that delivers exceptional image quality and video capture.

“As an industry leader, we are challenging the market with this launch and showing what’s possible with our technology. The EOS R5 and the RF lens system is proof of our commitment to redefine mirrorless and shows Canon’s unparalleled strength in creating products with true purpose.”

Other EOS R5 specifications confirmed by Canon Inc. in the camera’s 13th February 2020 development announcement:

  • The EOS R5 offers a step-change in performance with an incredible 12fps using the mechanical shutter and the electronic shutter offering 20fps
  • The EOS R5 takes Canon’s cutting-edge image stabilization technology to the next level, by including a newly Canon-developed, in-camera image stabilization system – which works in combination with the lens stabilization system
  • With content delivery just as important as image and video capture, the EOS R5 supports automatic transfer of image files from the device to the image.canon cloud platform
  • The highly anticipated EOS R5 also features dual card slots for convenience.


HPA 2020 Tech Retreat, Part 3

On the second day of the Hollywood Professional Association Tech Retreat’s Supersession, several scenes were shot for a short film. It demonstrated several technologies now being used on set and in post-production. Last time, I wrote about in-camera effects, but there was a lot more. Maybe not as flashy but still important.

Digital dailies and extensive use of the cloud enabled access to footage by various artists. Interestingly, they ended up shooting about 1.5 TBs of footage for this 11-minute film. By the end of the project, that had grown to about 12 TBs of data.

With any discussion about using the cloud (or moving footage by any means), security is an issue. During the tech retreat, this was evident. One technology discussed was how to secure the media at the source. Rather than security methods that vary from facility to facility, data is encrypted at the beginning. Put it another way, the data protects itself.

Part of the data being protected is metadata. During the HPA Supersession shoot, lens data—including lens distortion and shading—was captured on set. During visual effects work, a shot’s lens information could be used to remove the distortion and shading prior to compositing, then later to reapply it to create a composite that matches the look and feel of non-composited shots.

ACES, the Academy Color Encoding System, was used as the way of managing color throughout the workflow. The open system uses input and output transforms to allow a standard interchange of footage throughout the post workflow. This approach eliminates the dozens of different formats typically coming from a variety of cameras and software.

Important to any management of color during workflow is monitor calibration. This was evident at HPA as the on-set monitors and projection were calibrated. Any talk of displays these days will, of course, bring up the topic of high dynamic range (HDR).

One side note that I picked up during a breakfast session was that some productions may not have an HDR display on set. Not only are they expensive, but some cinematographers might not want to look at them. Instead, those cinematographers’ experience at capture—both lighting and exposure—guides them to the results they want, HDR or SDR.

Getting the right results during finishing brought up another rather new technology and new position: motion grader. More about that next time.

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See Why the Avid S1 is the Worldҳ the Coolest Control Surface

Check out this fantastic interview right from the NAMM show floor. Avid S1 is the world’s most flexible, expandable, configurable, upgradable and affordable mini control surface. At $1,295 it is the must have surface for all musicians and music creators. Avid S1 open Euconn architecture means it works great with Protools. Logic, Cubase, DAWs and NLEs!

Get the unparalleled speed, rich visual feedback, and software integration of Avid’s high-end consoles in a slimline surface that’s an easy fit for any space or budget. Avid S1 gives you deep hands-on control of your favorite audio and video software. Together with the free Avid Control app on your iPad or Android tablet, it provides great ergonomic efficiency, easy touch workflows, and Avid S6-style metering and processing views, so you can mix more intuitively and turn around better sounding mixes fast.


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