a long time of EOS Canons key video milestones investigated The Video The Video Mode

“With March 2017 being 30 years since the launch of the revolutionary Canon EOS System The Video Mode examines some of the milestone EOS video technologies and features over the years
In March 1987 Canon unveiled its EOS 650 35mm film SLR and launched the first two lenses in its EF mount range, which replaced the companyu2019s long-standing FD lens mount. At the time many Canon photographers were up in arms over the abandonment of the existing SLR systemu2026 but over 80 million EOS camera and 120 million EF lenses later itu2019s fair to say that the EOS System has been a major success. The EOS System now spans 4K shooting in DSLRs (with higher resolutions sure to come in the future) and the Cinema EOS system of cameras and cine lenses. So, what have been the key EOS video technologies and landmarks and how do they benefit filmmakers?
EOS 5D Mark II u2013 Full HD shooting
The launch of the EOS 5D Mark II in autumn 2008 was the worldu2019s first ever DSLR camera to include Full HD shooting capabilities. The full-frame camera offered full 1920u00d71080 video shooting at 30fps alongside SDTV recording at 640u00d7480 resolution. Once filming was started from Live View mode filmmakers could also shoot stills in the midst of video recording, with recording commencing again after capture of the final still image. The age of Full HD, and hence better quality footage to edit from, in DSLRs had begun.
EOS-1D C u2013 4K recording
Almost a bridge between the Cinema EOS and EOS DSLR systems the EOS-1D C arrived in 2012 and was the worldu2019s first ever DSLR to incorporate 4K shooting. It allowed filmmakers to shoot cinema 4K (at 4096u00d72160) at 24p directly on to CF cards by using a 8-bit 4:2:2 high bit rate Motion JPEG compression scheme. Alternatively, you could record up to 12 hours of footage to external monitor/recorders or simultaneously output a timecode stamped, uncompressed 8-bit 4:2:2 Full HD signal for off-board recording via a clean HDMI output.
In fact, the 4K-capable EOS C500 digital cinema camera was a
ounced at the same time as the EOS-1D C DSLR, thus allowing filmmakers to choose between two Canon 4K cinema options. Again, the clear benefit here is with cinema 4K resolution as your native resolution you have much more flexibility in the edit. Also, those shooting for big screen projection could get the small format EOS-1D C into shooting situations (such as in cars or for discreet use in public places) that larger cameras simply couldnu2019t tackle.
EOS-1D C u2013 headphone jack
A major bugbear for filmmakers in some of the earlier EOS DSLRs to offer video shooting was the lack of a headphone jack for monitoring audio. Clearly some compromises have to be made in terms of overall camera size to incorporate a headphone jack but the EOS-1D C saw this welcome feature arrive. It has since been included in other EOS DSLRs such as the EOS 80D and the EOS 7D Mark II models.
Cinema EOS u2013 4K cinema lenses”

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