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#1 Julie Angelo

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 09:16 PM

Hello everyone! I have a question concerning shooting anamorphic with the C300 Mark II. First is it possible ? And if it is, how can I see the image desqueezed on the LCD/VF ? I've looked at the menu and I can't find the answer. Or is there a desqueeze option on the monitor (I don't know which one I'll use) I'm connecting to the camera ? 

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#2 Shawn Sagady

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 09:24 PM

Possible Yes. I dont think the C300 has an option for 2x anamorphic as far as resolution but you could should 1.3x with 16x9 to get 2.4:1.  Unfortunately unless you have a PL mount you would be stuck with using adapters on the end of the lens, there are a lot of really good write ups about doing this.  If you have PL I think there are a couple options for renting 1.3x Anamorphic Primes.


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#3 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 01:39 AM

There's no desqueeze option in-camera as far as I can tell. But you can still just put a scope lens on the camera and desqueeze in post. Most newer on-board monitors and EVFs should have a desqueeze option for framing, but it's not totally necessary. You'll want one that has customizable frame lines.
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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:26 PM

Thanks a lot !  So does it mean that even with a PL mount I won't be able, unless I have a monitor with a desqueeze option, to see the image desqueezed on set ? 


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:51 PM

There are some monitors and view finders that will do the desqueeze with a passthrough so everything down stream of it will then be de-squeezed.  I think the new Zacuto eyepiece does that.  But the majority of monitors I use will do the desqueeze very easily.  Pretty much any SmallHD will handle it.  I use the AC-7 which is affordable.  And the Ikan 17" field monitor will do it as well and its pretty affordable.


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#6 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 09:53 PM

Thanks a lot !  So does it mean that even with a PL mount I won't be able, unless I have a monitor with a desqueeze option, to see the image desqueezed on set ? 


Correct.
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#7 Julie Angelo

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 10:29 PM

Great thank you for your help!


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#8 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:54 AM

To give you some idea of what you'll have to deal with to get a 2.39:1 aspect ratio:

 

Kowa 2x 40mm anamorphic on C300 Mk1 1.78:1 (Squeezed)

 

C300_Scope_web.jpg

 

 

Kowa 2x 40mm anamorphic on C300 Mk1 3.56:1 (Unsqueezed)

 

C300_Scope_2x_web.jpg

 

 

Kowa 2x 40mm anamorphic on C300 Mk1 2.39:1 (Unsqueezed and Cropped)

 

C300_Scope_CROP_2x_web.jpg

 

 

You can see how much image you are losing on the sides once you crop to 2.39:1. You'll really need to have precise custom frame guides on your external monitor to even know what your final frame will be.


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#9 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:01 AM

On the other hand, once you have the correct frame lines, it's not too hard to compose even with a squeezed image:

 

C300_Scope_CROP_web.jpg

 

So I guess I would prioritize frame lines over desqueezing, if you have to pick one over the other. Hopefully, you can have both.


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