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We saw Marco try at the end of last week to upload this video to Vimeo at the highest quality he could, but it kept on failing. The result was worth the wait for an eventual lower bandwidth upload. Essential viewing if you edit DSLR footage and expect to handle Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage in the future.

The buzz on Twitter over the weekend was about this comparison video and quite rightly so. Marco Solorio has done a very revealing side by side (or one on top of the other) comparison of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera  against the Canon 5D MkIII.

We were quite staggered by difference and seeing as the price difference between the two isn't really a problem, the Blackmagic Camera comes out on top by a large margin. Some of the differences between the two shots are almost as if somebody has wiped away a layer of dirt off the lens. If you have any directors who insist on shooting on a DSLR then show them this video, maybe it's another nail in the DSLR video coffin.

As Marco points out, for the full effect you will need to download the video from the Vimeo page, the compression artifacts mask the detail. 

We know Marco visits our site so we would like to say thank you for the excellent detailed camera test. They always take far longer to organise, shoot & edit than people realise.

Also a good opportunity to mention that Marco will be presenting this video in 2K at the Boston Creative Pro User Group this coming Tuesday 25th of September hosted by out friend Dan Bérubé.


"After several DAYS of trying to upload this video to Vimeo, we've ultimately had to reduce the bit-rate compression down to 18mbps (Vimeo recommends 5mbps, ha!), which is down from our minimum quality level of 40mbps. This means the SOURCE file you can download will also inhibit some amount of compression blocking and smearing, even in the Cinema Camera footage, which doesn't originally exist in our ProRes master file. We've tried EVERYTHING, multiple types of uploads, different encoding methods, you name it. This is as best as it will get unless someone can host our 40mbps H.264 file (about 3GB) on their server that the world can download from.

Although the downloadable source file is a little better than the streaming version, it still doesn't compare to the original ProRes source file which imposes no banding, compression artifacts, or chrominance sub-sampling (down from 4:4:4 to H.264's 4:2:0 space). Please keep this in mind when viewing.

Unfortunately Vimeo only allows 100 downloads per day, so check back to download the 2GB file if the queue is filled. And remember to always watch in FULL 1080 HD or you will have added scaling and moiré issues on some of the tests than what is already been added by Vimeo and our horrid bit-rate restrictions.

Background: This video compares the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera and the Canon 5D Mark III in several tests. This includes dynamic range, sharpness, pushing levels, banding, artifacts, rolling shutter, chromakeying, wide/telephoto lengths, DOF (depth of field), low light, macro blocking, contrast, and more.

Thanks for watching. Hope this is as informative for you as it was for me making it."

Marco Solorio


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