C300 approved broadcasting for UK & USA
Posted 17 March 2012 - 09:07 AM
I've been 'googling' around for the past couple of weeks, trying to find out which networks/ TV stations mainly in the UK (but in the USA as well), have approved the Canon C300 as an acceptable camera for HD content.
I've been asking various PM's that i know but they don't seem to know what is or isn't.
The Sony PDW-800 is the camera of choice for factual programmes and is obviously approved but my budget for a new camera won't stretch to that!
Thanks In Advance
Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:04 AM
Of course it's completely misguided inasmuch as 25Mbps of really good h.264 is probably going to look better than 50Mbps of mediocre MPEG2, but that won't stop people making decisions based on the number.
As a practical matter I can't see a problem broadcasting C300 stuff. The codec is probably the weakest part of the system, but the pictures are so clean and easily-compressed to begin with that it's unlikely to be too much of a problem. The the artefacts of it seem to be a sort of swimming motion in the grain pattern of really high-gain shooting, as opposed to more objectionable things like quilting or banding, but I haven't shot objective tests. And, if it worries you, you can always stick a better recorder on it, such as a Blackmagic Shuttle. Only a really cynical human being would doubt that combination of toys.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:23 AM
Would the 8-bit recording (not 10 bit) , of the camera make it undesirable to broadcasters. Canon must have put this question to its 'cliental' them in pre-production?
Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:43 AM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 01:03 PM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:23 PM
The HPX250 recently got approval and was being muchly touted as the cheapest approved camera out there.
The bitrate problem can be solved effectively by the use of outboard recorders like the hyperdeck/ninja/nanoflash/pix220/pix240 etc etc etc anyway.
Find it facinating how the bbc are with one hand demanding a minimum bitrate from independent producers, and yet with the other hand saying that bitrate doesn't matter and is basically meaningless when it comes to the crazy low bitrates they actually broadcast in. I guess thats having your cake and eating it.
I call it hypocrisy of course but given it is the bbc...
Posted 17 March 2012 - 03:38 PM
Oh, so that's why all BBC shows look A, the same, and B, crap.
I've had to use his set up on productions for ITV. Of course, the colourist then did their part in the process.
Posted 17 March 2012 - 05:21 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:21 AM
thanks a lot
Posted 18 March 2012 - 02:19 PM
I've just shot a Doc for Discovery (via ITN) using the Sony 800, and there seemed to be some uncertainty over the C300 (when i mean uncertainty i mean no one knew!)
So Discovery have listed it as a HD content camera??!!