Using T2i 550D as a camcorder

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Lawrencew
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Using T2i 550D as a camcorder
Aug 5, 2010

I think it is well understood by now that DSLR's are not really comparable to camcorders when it comes to 'everyday' use.

The PQ is potentially very high, but they come up short in terms of usability.

However, on a visit to RHS Wisley Gardens the other day, I used my 550D camcorder style as we wandered around to record the sort of footage anyone might capture with a camcorder.

You can see the result at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3DoR3Bul9o

This was all straight out of the camera, just assembled with Zoombrowser.

To overcome things like lack of autofocus I generally kept to a wide angle and small apeture to maximise DoF. I also used a monopod to keep things steady.

I find pans sometime suffer from the jello effect if I pan too fast, so I tried to keep it slow. Also it was an overcast day so the contrast isn't high.
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In reply to Lawrencew, Aug 5, 2010

I think your video is excellent and I am really impressed with the video from the T2i. There is a richness and detail to the texture and color that is simply impossible to get with a consumer class camcorder with a tiny sensor. This is really evident in your video on the texture of the rocks and things like that. I think if you had used a tripod with a video head it would take care of the little jitters... but its very nice the way it is. I would be interested to know what lens you used as well. The raw quality of the video coming out of anything at this price point is such a leap forward.... especially considering most of us in the canon system have already made the investment in good glass. I have been going back and forth between purchasing a t2i or an s90... and while I understand those 2 cams are apples and oranges the video is certainly compelling, and it would allow me to pull even more value out of my large collection of EF lenses.
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In reply to Lawrencew, Aug 6, 2010

I would disagree with you that the t2i is inferior to a camcorder.

In terms of usability, I might agree with you. You can't simply go out to a soccer game and expect to get a good quality, in-focus video of your kid playing the game. Ergonomics are horrible. No articulating screen sucks.

But if you take the time to set up your shots, and you have a specific outcome in mind, and your camera's steady, the results you can get from a DSLR are far superior to most video cameras.

http://vimeo.com/13837344

I prefer these results to anything I can get from a consumer-level camcorder. It's far better (quality wise) than anything I've ever been able to produce with any other camera or video camera I've owned.

I'm not sure how you edited / rendered your video, but it's very jumpy and has severe compression artifacts.

I really like the scene of the bee on the flower. Very nice.

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englishman wrote:

I would disagree with you that the t2i is inferior to a camcorder.

In terms of usability, I might agree with you. You can't simply go out to a soccer game and expect to get a good quality, in-focus video of your kid playing the game. Ergonomics are horrible. No articulating screen sucks.

But if you take the time to set up your shots, and you have a specific outcome in mind, and your camera's steady, the results you can get from a DSLR are far superior to most video cameras.

I did say the DSLR is superior in quality

I'm not sure how you edited / rendered your video, but it's very jumpy and has severe compression artifacts.

I just assembled and output it Zoombrowser, but then I had to recompress it to get it under the 2gb limit of youtube.

Perhaps I should start a pro vimeo account.

I really like the scene of the bee on the flower. Very nice.

I have lots of bees on flowers, I will upload some more

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I was using a Canon 17-85mm IS

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In reply to Lawrencew, Aug 6, 2010

Perhaps I should start a pro vimeo account.

I just use their free offering . . . it allows 500MB each week. But that sounds like it may not be enough for you! I render to h264 at about 10MB / sec. At 5 minutes I'm around 300MB.

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In reply to Lawrencew, Aug 6, 2010

Hi, nice video. Very sharp and clear. Perhaps maybe tune down the contrast in the picture style a bit. Just a suggestion.

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In reply to Lawrencew, Aug 6, 2010

I think the best part of T2i video is the ability to be as creative as possible with your subject and DoF. I posted the clip below in other discussions but I think it gives a good example of the potential of T2i for creative video. Using a 50mm 1.8 prime lens, and manually focusing the subject, it turns a regular movie into something a little more special....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kfC9ECCnjo
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