I have been looking forward to getting my hands on the Canon 1DC for some time and had the chance to use it a few weeks ago. It was an awesome experience! It’s nice to finally use a DSLR that looks sharp and has a beautiful log image. While I had the camera we created a short users guide of pros and cons. This guide will prepare you to use the camera right away so you don’t have to scour the internet to learn the quirks and dos/don’ts of the 1DC.
Also checkout a short film The Delivery Men created with the 1DC for a SXSW promo -
The 1DC is pretty simple to use, but there are a few things to be aware of both in shooting and in post production.
- Filming in Clog makes it very hard to see focus and exposure because the image is sooooo flat. You really need an external EVF or monitor, especially outside. We used the SmallHD 7″ OLED.
- No peaking, waveform or zebras make it difficult to judge focus and exposure.
- 4k = 3.76GB per min – Be prepared with CF cards and hard drives.
- This is a DSLR so make sure you have the proper support gear (tripod, handheld rig, stabilizer etc.)
Post Production -
If you haven’t worked in 4k before then post production takes a bit of time to get used to. We converted the files to Prores HQ (176 Mbps) and edited with Premiere CS6 in a 1080 24p timeline. In 4k my computer did not want to work in realtime so I converted to a Prores proxy (36 Mbps) for editing. This allows you to work offline with 4k proxy footage in realtime. Once our edit was completed we reconnected the Prores HQ files to finish the color-grading. I wanted to grade the footage in Davinci Resolve 9 but since the 1DC does not have a “Tape number” and other proper meta data associated with the footage I could not get resolve to interpret the XML file properly. This was in CS6, it may work better with FCP7 or FCPX. So for both the above videos I graded them in CS6 using the RGB curves.
- Edit in a proxy (offline) so you can work in realtime, unless your computer is a bad ass.
- Make sure to convert your footage to another codec other then the original file. This will allow you to push the footage more in color grading.
- Be prepared for huge file sizes both in the motion Jpeg and Prores HQ files.
Another great thing about this camera is it has many different recording options, so if you want to use it like a traditional DSLR and shoot in lower Mpbs codec you can.
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