Canon 5D Superflat Styles, Genlocking for 3D and One Patient Wife

Most of us won't change out of the standard setting on our Canon 5Ds as we don't have time to experiment with the curves, but this guy has done if for you. Peter Miranda runs through all the 5D profiles, as well as the superflat curve. More after the break including shooting 3D on your 5D

What we especially like about this was his comment about equipment used:

  • Used Canon 85mm f1.2
  • LED light source,
  • 1 X Patient Wife

If you're looking for superflat solutions when shooting with your 5D then cinema5D.com  can help. User Stubbs has tried to get rid of the crushed blacks and get a really flat picture to retain as much dynamic range as possible, hoping to get close to what RED raw image looks like. There's more information in there, and links to the PF2 Superflat file to download.

While we're on the topic of 5D shooting, Peter Clark at Attic Studios has worked out how to genlock two 5Ds for some 3D shooting. Thanks to 3DFilmFactory for this story, here's how Peter did it:

"First, make sure both cameras are restored to the factory settings and in full “manual mode” with freshly installed firmware 2.0.8. When you’re ready, start both cameras recording video. Then, while both cameras are still recording, take a still frame using the pocket wizard."

"In this scenario, the cameras should respond simultaneously (you will hear a zipping sound, the shutter). The theory here is - that the act of taking a still photo while video is rolling "resets" the sensors and begins them scanning at the same pixel line. It seems that as long as the batteries on the Pocket Wizards are fresh, the trigger will remain accurate within a few m/s. Either way, as long as the sensors are scanning in the same direction and not totally out-of-phase, the flickering effect and eye-strain are eliminated - and the resulting 3D is NOT out of sync."

"Although this method may seem less than scientific – when tested repeatedly - it worked perfectly on every take." 

So there you have it, you can now shoot 3D with your 5D. Editing in FCP is the next step, and fortunately Dashwood's Stereo3D Toolbox provides the solution for that.