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

En mountainbiker udfører et stunt i luften med solen i baggrunden. Billedet er taget nedefra og indrammet af røde valmuer og græsser på bjergsiden

Martin Bissig var en af de første professionelle fotografer, der testede Canon EOS R5's filmoptagelsesegenskaber ved at tage hurtige actionoptagelser af mountainbikere og skateboardere. Taget med et Canon EOS R5 med et Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 15 mm, 1/800 sek., f/9 og 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.”

Et Canon EOS R5-kamera på et stativ. Der er sat et filter på objektivet.

Ivan var nødt til at optage hurtigt i bjergene under ophold i vejret, men Canon EOS R5's IBIS reddede hans dag. "Når der var meget vind, kunne jeg stabilisere billederne uden problemer. Jeg var nødt til at bruge 4x4 ND-filtre med kameraet monteret på et stativ, men jeg kunne optage fra mange forskellige vinkler uden at bekymre mig om overdrevne rystelser". © Ivan D'Antonio

En kvinde i en yoga-stilling vist på Canon EOS R5' LCD-skærm.

Ivan beskriver Canon EOS R5' kombination af 8K video og fullframe-sensor som "banebrydende". "Da jeg optog yoga-videoen, gjorde fullframe-sensoren det nemmere at skabe en lav dybdeskarphed og bevare en smuk bokeh-kvalitet bag yogalæreren", siger han. "Med en beskåret sensor ville det have været sværere at opnå et mesterbillede med en sløret baggrund på så begrænset et område". © 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.”

En mountainbiker udfører et stunt øverst på en buet trærampe.

Med 4K-optagelse med 100 billeder/SEK. kunne Martin sætte hastigheden helt ned og fange cyklens stunts i detaljer. Taget med et Canon EOS R5 med et Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 15 mm, 1/1000 sek., f/2,8 og 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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En kvinde står på et stenet klippefremspring og kigger på de tågeindhyllede bjerge i det fjerne.

Ved at kombinere Canon EOS R5 med et IS-udstyret RF-objektiv er det muligt at tage billeder uden rystelser, selv når du optager håndholdt, mens du vandrer op ad et bjerg. Taget med et Canon EOS R5 med et Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 52 mm, 1/100 sek., f/6,3 og ISO100. © Martin Bissig

En mountainbike midt i et stunt som en silhuet mod himlen og indrammet af træer.

Canon EOS R5 har AF-sporing med deep learning til mennesker og dyr, som fungerer med alle AF-funktioner og kan genkende alle slags situationer. Det byder også på fuld Dual Pixel CMOS AF-ydeevne i alle 8K-videofunktioner. Taget med et Canon EOS R5 med et Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM-objektiv med 70 mm, 1/8000 sek., f/2,8 og 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.”

Canon-ambassadør Martin Bissig ser en skateboarder gennem LCD-skærmen på Canon EOS R5.

Selvom han brugte strømslugende funktioner som billedstabilisering, var Martin imponeret over Canon EOS R5' batterilevetid. "Med to batterier havde jeg nok til en hel dag, hvor jeg optog video, tog billeder og tjekkede billeder på den bagskærmen", siger han. © Martin Bissig

Et Canon EOS R5-kamera med LCD-skærmen vendt udad.

Ivan gjorde fuld brug af Canon EOS R5' AF-funktioner. "Det, jeg synes er virkelig nyttigt til video, er muligheden for at ændre AF-følsomheden og -hastigheden. Hvis du indstiller dem rigtigt, er det virkelig ligeså godt, som hvis du havde en menneskelig fotografassistent med". © 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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