This year at NAB 2013, Jeremy from Atomos gave us a look at the highly anticipated firmware update for Canon’ EOS 5D Mark III. This update enables clean uncompressed HDMI which benefits shooters in numerous ways. Let’s take a look at the update and then go into how it will benefit current Canon 5D Mark III users.
Back in October of 2012, Canon tipped us off to this firmware update that will enable clean uncompressed HDMI. The update enables shooters to record high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the Canon EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI port. Along with an improved workflow, this also allows for video being captured to be displayed on an external monitor (like the Atomos shown in the video above) enabling the output to fill the full frame of the external monitor with overlays removed. Having the ability to record 4:2:2 at a higher bitrate means you can push the image further in post. This gives you more information to work with when color grading, for example, than you’d have with the normal compressed 4:2:0 internal codec. The Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder is able to record Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHD to HDD and SDD drives.
eBay has the Canon EOS 5D III Digital SLR DSLR Camera (Body Only) on sale right now for $2,812.19. Currently, B&H and Amazon both have this camera listed at about $3,299. With the new firmware update, the 5DMKIII may be looking more attractive to shooters already. Rumor has it that this update will be available to the public at the very end of April on the 30th.
Do you guys have any thoughts or comments about the new firmware update?
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