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Filming 8K and oversampled 4K movies with the Canon EOS R5

Un ciclist montan execută o cascadorie în aer, cu soarele în fundal. Imaginea este realizată de jos şi încadrată de macii roşii şi iarba de pe colină

Martin Bissig a fost unul dintre primii profesionişti care au testat capacităţile de filmare ale aparatului Canon EOS R5, realizând înregistrări cu mişcările rapide ale unor ciclişti montani şi skateboarderi. Imagine realizată cu un EOS R5 cu obiectivul Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM la 15mm, 1/800 sec., f/9 şi ISO250. © Martin Bissig

Fusing full-frame 8K internal RAW movie recording with high frame-rate 4K capture and in-body image stabilisation (IBIS), the Canon EOS R5 sets a new standard for mirrorless camera movie-making. Canon Ambassadors Martin Bissig and Ivan D’Antonio were two of the first people to put the video capabilities of the new camera to the test, each with their own very different filming requirements.

Mountain biking photography specialist Martin, whose clients include Red Bull, Specialized, Oakley and Adidas, supplements his dramatic stills work with video when requested. But for award-winning filmmaker Ivan, who shoots music promos, short films and commercials, being able to easily integrate a camera into a professional video workflow is key.

“I come from a painting background, so I consider the camera as a brush, palette and canvas combined,” Ivan explains. “I need it to be an extension of my arms and my mind, so I look for form factor, smart tools such as customisable buttons that I can use comfortably, great colours and dynamic range. The Canon EOS R5 meets all these requirements.”

Here Ivan shares how he put the camera through its paces on a landscape shoot in the mountainous Abruzzo region of Italy, as well as in the more intimate setting of a yoga class, while Martin explains why the Canon EOS R5 was the perfect partner when shooting Swiss slopestyle star Lucas Huppert and a host of other athletes in action.
A side profile of Canon Ambassador Ivan D'Antonio with his eye to the viewfinder of a Canon EOS R5 camera.

Using an 8K master in a 4K workflow

Ivan was inspired to shoot his landscape-focused film “like it was a set of paintings,” with few camera movements using a tripod or handheld, stabilised shots. “The incredible level of detail achieved with 8K gave the landscape a look I have never seen before,” he says. “When I was editing the film it felt like I was still there. Everywhere I looked on the monitor I could see the same level of detail I saw when I was on location.”
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8K input doesn’t necessarily mean 8K output. The Canon EOS R5’s 8K video capabilities bring benefits to a 4K workflow, including the option of cropping a 4K image from the 8K frame at the editing stage. Not only does this allow a variety of tighter shots to be made from a single camera position, it also makes it possible to use software to zoom, pan and stabilise after filming.

“I used all these options,” Ivan explains. “When you film you are often in a rush, so the ability to shoot one take and then make camera movements in post is priceless. The weather was very bad in the mountains, so I had to shoot quickly during the brief periods of good light. There wasn’t enough time to change lenses, but I cut some close-ups from the 8K master during the edit.”
Un aparat Canon EOS R5 pe un trepied. Un filtru este ataşat la obiectiv.

Ivan a trebuit să fotografieze repede pe munte în pauzele cu vreme mai bună, dar senzorul IBIS al aparatului Canon EOS R5 a salvat situaţia. „Când bătea mult vântul, am reuşit să stabilizez imaginea fără probleme. A trebuie să folosesc 4x4 filtre ND cu aparatul foto montat pe o consolă, dar nu puteam fotografia din multe unghiuri diferite fără a-mi face griji pentru tremurul excesiv”. © Ivan D'Antonio

O femeie într-o postură de yoga, văzută pe ecranul LCD al aparatului Canon EOS R5.

Ivan descrie combinaţia dintre aparatul Canon EOS R5, filmarea la 8K şi senzorul full-frame ca fiind revoluţionară. „Când filmam materialul cu yoga, senzorul full-frame m-a ajutat să creez o adâncime redusă a câmpului şi să menţin un efect bokeh frumos în spatele instructoarei de yoga”, explică acesta. „Cu un senzor de decupare, ar fi fost mai dificil să creez un cadru principal cu fundal neclar într-un spaţiu atât de restrâns”. © Ivan D'Antonio

"When I was shooting the yoga film, I knew I would be able to add more cuts to the edit without having to record the same asana [yoga position] multiple times. Yoga is a slow and controlled practice, but I was able to enhance the rhythm of the film simply by reframing the original 8K master shot of the whole body.”

With a final output of 4K for his video, Ivan could make a 2x zoom in post-production to crop into interesting parts of the larger frame or slowly zoom in during static poses. “I also tried editing the 8K footage in a 2K timeline,” he says. “I could make 4x zooms – it looked as though I had shot the video with an expensive parfocal cinema zoom lens.”

“Grading Canon EOS R5 footage is very easy, especially using Canon Log,” he adds. “The dynamic range is like a cinema camera: the colours are well preserved and I can change the hue of a single colour without affecting the rest.”

Recording oversampled and high frame-rate 4K

In addition to offering a full-resolution 8K master that can be incorporated into a 4K workflow, the Canon EOS R5 features a 4K HQ mode. This oversamples the video from 8K to give a 4K image that’s more detailed when compared with footage shot natively at 4K. It’s also possible to shoot 4K at a high frame-rate of 100fps (PAL/120fps NTSC) using the full width of the Canon EOS R5’s full-frame sensor, something which Martin took advantage of when shooting athletes performing daring tricks.

“8K is probably overkill for the type of video work I normally do alongside my photography, but the ability to shoot at 100fps with 4K resolution opens up new opportunities,” he says. “Watching the guys running through their tricks, it was hard to make sense of it all because there’s so much going on in such a short time. But recording at 4K 100fps enables you to clearly see all the movements involved.”
Un ciclist montan execută o cascadorie în vârful unei rampe curbate, din lemn.

Filmarea în 4K la 100 cps i-a permis lui Martin să reducă mult viteza de înregistrare şi să surprindă detaliile cascadoriilor cu bicicleta. Imagine realizată cu un Canon EOS R5 cu obiectivul Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM la 15mm, 1/1000 sec., f/2.8 şi ISO200. © Martin Bissig

Keeping track of high-speed subjects can place great demands on an autofocus system, but the Canon EOS R5 borrows heavily from innovations introduced in the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. The Canon EOS R5’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system can focus as low as EV -6, adds support for all AF methods when customising Movie Servo AF performance, and offers improved face tracking with Eye AF.

“The way that Eye AF is implemented in the Canon EOS R5 is a big step forward because it now also detects a subject’s head,” Martin enthuses. “I was shooting athletes who were wearing helmets and goggles, so you couldn’t really see their faces. But the camera knew it was the head and focused there, which is incredible. I used it to track the skateboarder in the film as he was skating towards me, and the camera followed his face all the way through the frame.”

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O femeie stă în picioare pe un afloriment stâncos şi priveşte munţii învăluiţi în ceaţă din depărtare.

Combinând aparatul Canon EOS R5 cu un obiectiv RF care dispune de stabilizator de imagine, este posibilă surprinderea unor imagini fără tremur, chiar şi când aparatul este ţinut în mână în timpul unei drumeţii pe munte. Imagine realizată cu un Canon EOS R5 cu obiectivul Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM la 52mm, 1/100 sec., f/6.3 şi ISO100. © Martin Bissig

Silueta unui ciclist montan în timpul cascadorii se profilează pe cer şi este încadrată de arbori.

Aparatul Canon EOS R5 dispune de focalizare automată cu tehnologie deep learning, care urmăreşte oamenii şi animalele, funcţionează cu toate modurile de focalizare automată şi recunoaşte tot felul de situaţii. Acesta oferă toată performanţa asigurată de Dual Pixel CMOS AF în toate modurile video 8K. Imagine realizată cu un Canon EOS R5 cu obiectivul Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM la 70 mm, 1/8000 sec., f/2.8 şi ISO800. © Martin Bissig

Introducing IBIS to the EOS range

The Canon EOS R5, and its sister camera, the Canon EOS R6, are the first EOS cameras to feature an in-body image stabilisation (IBIS) system, which delivers up to 8-stops of shake reduction. As Martin mostly shoots handheld, it was a feature he was particularly looking forward to.

“The IBIS was great,” he says. “At one point, I was hiking up a mountain before sunrise with my wife to get some footage. Even though there was not much light to speak of, and I was breathing heavily and using the camera without a tripod, the viewfinder image was perfectly stable.”
Ambasadorul Canon Martin Bissig priveşte un skateboarder pe ecranul LCD al aparatului Canon EOS R5.

Deşi utilizează funcţii care consumă multă energie, precum stabilizarea imaginii, Martin a fost impresionat de durata de viaţă a bateriilor aparatului Canon EOS R5. „Cele două baterii mi-au fost suficiente pentru o zi întreagă de filmare, fotografiere şi verificare a imaginilor pe ecranul din spate”, explică acesta. © Martin Bissig

Un aparat foto Canon EOS R5 cu ecranul LCD deschis.

Ivan a folosit la maximum capacitatea de focalizare automată a aparatului Canon EOS R5. „Pentru filmări, mi se pare extrem de utilă posibilitatea de a schimba viteza de reacţie şi viteza focalizării automate. Dacă sunt setate corect, chiar pare că focalizarea a fost controlată de o persoană.” © Ivan D'Antonio

“I use all the Canon RF lenses that are equipped with stabilisation, and the IS performs so well,” says Martin. “Even shooting with the Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM lens at 200mm, fully handheld, there was no camera shake. Combined with the IBIS, the performance was amazing.

“I also love shooting with the Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM lens, which doesn’t have stabilisation, but that wasn’t a problem with the Canon EOS R5 as you get an amazing 8-stops with the IBIS alone.”

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) was another highlight for Martin. “It has about 60% more resolution than the EVF on the Canon EOS R, which gives it much more of an analogue feel – I couldn’t see much difference when comparing it with the optical viewfinder of a DSLR. Plus, the 120fps frame rate is much higher, which is a big plus for fast action.

“I’ve relied on the Canon EOS R for the past two years, but the Canon EOS R5 is such a big step forward. When it comes to speed, resolution, autofocus – it’s like a smaller version of the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III with even more features.”

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