Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

Started Jan 18, 2010 | Discussions
the vid guy Regular Member • Posts: 333
Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

Alright I got another low light video I jumbled together inside an extremely difficult place to shoot -- an expensive restaurant. This time, not forgetting to turn AWB off I went tunsgten the whole time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7p_kF1BwP8

Comments/feedback/questions are welcomed.

martin brech Regular Member • Posts: 255
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

hi, what lens did you use? what other settings on the cam?

thank you
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OP the vid guy Regular Member • Posts: 333
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

Canon 35mm f/1.4L
ISO around 800

Here's more info:
http://www.camera7d.com/2010/01/sandy-butler-fort-myers-beach-canon-7d.html

Thanks!

martin brech wrote:

hi, what lens did you use? what other settings on the cam?

thank you
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pgb
pgb Senior Member • Posts: 2,109
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

Good low light performance, what iso? Had some 5d2 footage and when
they panned into a dark spot it turned to noise, it must have been on auto iso.

How about pull defocus, dissolve, pull focus back, would soften some of the
cuts. Need to plan this when shooting.

Finishing in 720 would give you almost a 2x zoom in post for some impossible camera
moves. Might need to use AE. Likewise shoot some stills and move around them
in AE or your editor if it can import hi res.

Slomo on the flames, twixter or Avid Fluidmotion if it could handle the complexity.
Cut to slomo when the sparrks fly.

Blacks are a bit crunchy, probably my monitor, maybe some gamma stretch.

Use a CF monopod as a boom, and spray and pray on a wide lens. Get inside the
piano and shoot the player. High overhead establlishing shots.

Your probably just shooting a night out and don't want all this crap but
the size and performance opens up some new possibilities.

DSLR video has a great look for peanuts.

What does IS do with video, any use ?

Good stuff
peter

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OP the vid guy Regular Member • Posts: 333
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

LOL this is guerilla film making at its best, no boom's or extra equipment. We're all trying the patience of people around us. My friend owns the resto but I doubt he'd give me too much leverage if I start scaring his expensive clients away. I saw the blacks on post after Magic Bullet though.

Good idea on sparks! Will apply that to my next edit.

No IS on Canon's 35mm f/1.4L ... though using a gorilla pod would have helped, but I left it at home.

pgb wrote:

Good low light performance, what iso? Had some 5d2 footage and when
they panned into a dark spot it turned to noise, it must have been on auto iso.

How about pull defocus, dissolve, pull focus back, would soften some of the
cuts. Need to plan this when shooting.

Finishing in 720 would give you almost a 2x zoom in post for some impossible camera
moves. Might need to use AE. Likewise shoot some stills and move around them
in AE or your editor if it can import hi res.

Slomo on the flames, twixter or Avid Fluidmotion if it could handle the complexity.
Cut to slomo when the sparrks fly.

Blacks are a bit crunchy, probably my monitor, maybe some gamma stretch.

Use a CF monopod as a boom, and spray and pray on a wide lens. Get inside the
piano and shoot the player. High overhead establlishing shots.

Your probably just shooting a night out and don't want all this crap but
the size and performance opens up some new possibilities.

DSLR video has a great look for peanuts.

What does IS do with video, any use ?

Good stuff
peter

OP the vid guy Regular Member • Posts: 333
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

Sorry, missed on your first question. ISO's on the 800 range.

pgb wrote:

Good low light performance, what iso? Had some 5d2 footage and when
they panned into a dark spot it turned to noise, it must have been on auto iso.

How about pull defocus, dissolve, pull focus back, would soften some of the
cuts. Need to plan this when shooting.

Finishing in 720 would give you almost a 2x zoom in post for some impossible camera
moves. Might need to use AE. Likewise shoot some stills and move around them
in AE or your editor if it can import hi res.

Slomo on the flames, twixter or Avid Fluidmotion if it could handle the complexity.
Cut to slomo when the sparrks fly.

Blacks are a bit crunchy, probably my monitor, maybe some gamma stretch.

Use a CF monopod as a boom, and spray and pray on a wide lens. Get inside the
piano and shoot the player. High overhead establlishing shots.

Your probably just shooting a night out and don't want all this crap but
the size and performance opens up some new possibilities.

DSLR video has a great look for peanuts.

What does IS do with video, any use ?

Good stuff
peter

Snapper Dave Regular Member • Posts: 383
Good "run and gun"!

Very steady hold throughout, good focusing on the fly. Your friend who owns the restaurant should try viral advertising through social media and have you do a another vid on a quiet night, perhaps offering selected regular patrons a free bottle of wine for their forbearance. As suggested above elsewhere, a monopod (and your gorilla pod) would be really helpful if a tripod is too awkward in the confined space.

At the very least, you should score a free meal for your efforts! LOL
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graybalanced Veteran Member • Posts: 6,326
Re: Canon 7D Low-Light Video Capabilities

pgb wrote:

What does IS do with video, any use ?

Totally. One of the reasons I bought a particular model as my first video camera 10 years ago was that it has image stabilization. Maybe we've had image stabilization for so long now that people have forgotten, but it used to be that handheld video was full of microshakes. Which look 1000x worse on a big screen. IS smooths it all out.

I just tried this with my 7D. You can clearly see the difference when you shut off the lens IS. Turned off, it's hard to keep the frame still. Turned on, IS dampens handheld shaking very well.

OP the vid guy Regular Member • Posts: 333
Modified slow-motion update, new link

They gave me enough free meals in the past.

The modified version is here with the slow-motion during sparks/fire. I took it to 50%.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69U6TbKqPlE

Snapper Dave wrote:

Very steady hold throughout, good focusing on the fly. Your friend who owns the restaurant should try viral advertising through social media and have you do a another vid on a quiet night, perhaps offering selected regular patrons a free bottle of wine for their forbearance. As suggested above elsewhere, a monopod (and your gorilla pod) would be really helpful if a tripod is too awkward in the confined space.

At the very least, you should score a free meal for your efforts! LOL
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Snapper Dave Regular Member • Posts: 383
Re: Modified slow-motion update, new link

The slo-mo sparks look really good. Tried to go to your blog but the site is down temporarily.

I live in Kitchener, Ontario; but if I was in Fort Meyers I would definitely take my wife there based on what your video conveys.

the vid guy wrote:
They gave me enough free meals in the past.

The modified version is here with the slow-motion during sparks/fire. I took it to 50%.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69U6TbKqPlE

Snapper Dave wrote:

Very steady hold throughout, good focusing on the fly. Your friend who owns the restaurant should try viral advertising through social media and have you do a another vid on a quiet night, perhaps offering selected regular patrons a free bottle of wine for their forbearance. As suggested above elsewhere, a monopod (and your gorilla pod) would be really helpful if a tripod is too awkward in the confined space.

At the very least, you should score a free meal for your efforts! LOL
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http://rilstone-naturephoto.blogspot.com/
http://www.pbase.com/daverilstone

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