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Share Your Videos / Canon 600D: side by side comparison RAW vs H.264
« on: July 18, 2013, 08:49:45 PM »
Having the ability to shoot is great; not without its issues to be fair, but I wondered what it looked like compared to H.264.

This isn't a scientific test, but I did shoot to try and learn something about what the limitations were and to directly compare the formats. The video is below, and I've written up my findings at


Share Your Videos / Re: 600D RAW Footage - first attempt
« on: July 14, 2013, 10:53:45 AM »
At last I have a workflow that allows me to use FCP X; after converting from RAW to DNG, each clip is converted to MOV using Premiere Elements and saved directly to an external HDD.

The disk is then connected to the Mac and each clip imported into FCP. This means I can use H.264 encoding for the initial conversion, create an Edit Decision List, then convert the DNG clips again to MOV but this time with uncompressed 10-bit YUV 4:2:2, then apply the EDL to those clips.

Very long winded, but I have just shot a proper job with the 600D and RAW, and it's looking good!

Raw Video / Re: HDMI output interaction with raw recording
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:45:33 PM »
My monitor is just a very basic 7" generic model bought off of Amazon - the name escapes me for the moment, but it's not expensive and seems to work ok.

Share Your Videos / Re: 600D RAW Footage - first attempt
« on: June 26, 2013, 11:34:52 PM »
So, there I was sitting in the office just pointing the camera at a few things at trying out some of the RAW settings to see what worked with which settings. Then I had an idea for a very short 'short', and here's the result...

As FCP X won't accept the DNG files, I've taken a step backwards to be able to deal with the DNG files and am using Adobe Premiere Elements 8. I tried to do a bit of colour grading on this (basically put some blue into the shadows, yellow/orange into the highlights and then desaturated it all slightly); added some audio and voila!


As far as the batteries go, you'll end up 3600mAh, as they will be connected in series, rather than parallel. So, you'll double the [current] capacity in relation to the LP-E6.

But, 6x1.5v is 9v, whereas with rechargeables are often 1.2v(?) which would supply 7.2v. I assume the apparent over-voltage is taken care of by circuitry.

Raw Video / Re: HDMI output interaction with raw recording
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:20:06 PM »
That's curious, because I quite happily used my external monitor via HDMI out on my 600D, whilst recording in RAW, with no issues!

Shoot preparation / Re: Documentary prep!
« on: June 24, 2013, 06:07:05 PM »
On the documentary that I just finished I used waveforms rather than histogram as I just found it much more intuitive to use.

Shoot preparation / Re: Raw video - preparation and shooting.
« on: June 24, 2013, 05:54:26 PM »
I must admit that for the few test shoots that I've done, I've continued to expose for the highlights - but I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do for RAW. I'd be interested to know how others deal with it too...

@Andy600: did A1ex put something up about RAW exposure? If so, would you be able to point me to it please?


Share Your Videos / Re: 600D RAW Footage - first [and second] attempt
« on: June 24, 2013, 01:20:33 PM »
Buoyed by my success with the first attempt, I tried again... this time at 1024x432 (RAW) [camera still set to 1920x1080, 25fps].

I did get somewhat confused after filming some test clips and then formatting the card (in-camera), as the camera reported 14MB used! It wasn't until I put the card into the PC, that it was apparent that the camera had recorded RAW, but wasn't reporting it all. Curious! Still with the knowledge that it was recording, I went out to the front garden and shot this at the new (to me) resolution of 1024x432, then upscaled to fit the width of the 1280x720 frame.

Thanks to the ML team  :D

Share Your Videos / 600D RAW Footage - first attempt
« on: June 22, 2013, 11:31:08 PM »

I spent several hours last night reading the forum, getting to grips with how to get my camera to shoot RAW, and then trying to work out a usable workflow ;) Then this morning I went out and short a little RAW footage :)

Canon 600D, ML2.3 and Tragic Lantern [600D] New System. RAW, 960x468 to provide continuous recording.

The RAW was then converted to a DNG sequence by BATCHelor2 and imported into Adobe Premiere 8, which seemed to accept it just fine. I did convert each clip into MOV then import that into FCP X, but I got loads of aliasing, so went back to Elements 8! The video above is from Elements 8.

The Vimeo version (via FCP X) is here...

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