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#1 Chris Saul

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 01:46 PM

Hello I'm shooting a music video next weekend and the director wants a bold contrasty B&W video shot with the Canon 5D. Any recommendations on how to set up the camera? Should I set the camera to B&W or desaturate in post. And if you have any colors and lighting recommendations that would be great. My experience it seems you have to be bold with your lighting choices.
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#2 David McDonald

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 03:41 PM

I personally never do color in-camera. You can always make it black and white in post...but if you set it a certain way in-camera, there's no turning back.

I would set everything pretty flat in-camera (contrast, saturation etc.) and just do what I want with it in post.

This guy has a pretty good video about setting up a 7D to shoot your video flat. I couldn't find anything on 5D but you could probably look at what he does and just do it on your 5D.


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#3 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:03 PM

Just don't light "flat" ;)

Light it as if you're shooting b&w, higher contrast, hotter keys, etc.

This is just by word of mouth, but I hear there are benefits to shooting b&w in camera with the 5D/7D. Something about it being able to capture more detail than it would in color mode because the sensor & processor are working at their highest efficiency at that point. Again, very hearsay, but worth testing out.
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#4 Edgar Dubrovskiy

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 07:13 PM

Agreed to the "flat".
Shot this in flat mode, but in colour (monitored on set in B/W) - gave the biggest amount of info for post - to control different colour channels and contrast.
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