Video Update: Canon 7D, AE Tips & Leeches
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Video Update number two is online and we have several fun things to discuss in this slightly longer edition. We’ll check out the sneak peak of this weeks video tutorial, plus my take on the new Canon 7D, digital SLR. There has been a lot of interest in Video SLR’s and I wanted to look into it first hand. This discussion is a little more free but the Video blog world is starting to evolve … I’ll be trying some new things and hopefully we’ll find a format that works!

Otherwise we’ll have to start over and go back to formula. BACK TO FORUMLA!!

NOTE: The Submerged tutorial will be online this week. Stay Tuned.

October 4th, 2009 @ 6:59 pm
Camera... want!
    July 1st, 2011 @ 2:36 am
    July 30th, 2011 @ 10:55 pm
    LOL Got it... Its wonderful 1850 on eBay it came with a bunch of stuff.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
submerged looks good.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:02 pm
wooooow, great information
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
Nice stuff. I really like the video blogs.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:06 pm
oh nice this is really good
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
@rolling shutter issue:

thx for that topic... did you run some tests ?
any footage you can show us that issue ?

highly appreciated..
thx and till later
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm
Can't wait for the tut......Oh, love the lighting!
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:15 pm
excited for the new tutorial :D
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:16 pm
Video blogs are SUPER!!!!:D
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:18 pm
Nice little tour of the Video Copilot audio rack, looked like some TC Electronics gear going by. Would love to have the DSLR if for nothing more than some focus pulls and depth of field control. Of course the other option is a Redrock kit and a set of primes which I can't afford either. The DSLR would sit nicely on the Merlin and diminish the jitters. Really enjoy the video updates and don't forget, leeches are your medicinal friends!
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:19 pm
You keep this up and you're gonna catch up with my webisodes at!
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
Nice product review. Love the new VLog format. What ever happened to those pics of the new place you promised (maybe not promised, but definitely teased) us with? :)

October 4th, 2009 @ 7:25 pm
cool vlog dude, ive listened to ur voice for so long watching ur tutorials that its a lil funny to actually see the face behind the voice
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm
Very nice Camera! and random convesations...

Video Copilot Rules, Regards from Brazil!
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

lol @ the Willem Dafoe Clip...
Matt in MO.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:33 pm
Submerged looks awesome, but what about the dynamic bar graphs tutorial?
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
Dude that is not fair. Gah the 7D is out of stock every where here! And I know the two people in this small town who own the only 2. So I guess I could talk to them and try it out.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:45 pm
Are you shooting your video blog on the EX1?
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
Yes Ken, I'm using the EX1.
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
video blog is so nice and see you AK in awesome!!
excited for the new tutoria
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:51 pm
haha..i can't wait for the tutorial..
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
question to andrew,
why do you using windows OS, is it better than Mac for AE?
    March 12th, 2012 @ 10:58 pm
    it not better but if you use a HP server which is the fast way to make visional Effect you need windows. Apple still has not made a good high end server. bummer
October 4th, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
Thanks AAA Lot ,Greatman
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:02 pm
What kind of audio setup do you have? Thx for all your tuts. Learned so much
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
I just got D300s instead. Im a nikon user.
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
haha another late night?
Nicholas Tucker
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:08 pm
Hey Andrew -

I just shot a short promo on the 5dMarkII, and I have to say, your assessment of the canon SLRs video performance is pretty much right on the nose.

The biggest problem we had was the jitter - without an image stabilized lens, it's really hard to use a lens longer than 50mm. We used a spiderbrace to help add some length to the camera, and that helped a lot, but shooting without an image stabilizer is a bad idea in general. Unfortunately that means your depth of field effects are limited, because most of the stabilized lenses aren't as wide open as their more vanilla counterparts. The 50mm I used opened up to F1.4 (I think) but the stabilized lens only opened up to 2.8.

The format on the 5dMII is H.264 in a quicktime file, and we just converted it straight to Apple's ProRes422 HQ format. It looking good so far (we're still editing) and it color-corrects very nicely. We shot a lot in bright daylight, and it just looks amazing.

The 5DMII doesn't do 24p (just 30p and 25p), but it does use a full frame 35mm sensor, and it shows. If I had to do it over again, I'd use the 5DMII again just for that sensor.

The rolling shutter issue is very noticeable in quick shots from the 5D. There's no gettin' around it. It's definitely annoying. We eliminated any quick pans or motion form our shoot because they weren't looking good. We did do a lot of slow dolly shots, though, and that worked fine. Handheld also looks great, as long as it's gentle. The Foundry makes a (very expensive) plugin for After Effects that repairs (sort of) the rolling shutter issue, but it's definitely a solution of last resort.

Overall, it's a great camera to have for sharp looking B-Roll and secondary camera stuff, but it's not a perfect substitute. It's totally worth playing around with if you can get your hands on it.
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:19 pm
I really like the new format. Only one and makeup. Fire your hair and makeup people a more professional crew.

I cannot believe that just having a face to listen to keeps my attention. Would prefer a pretty woman but what can you do. Good job.

This was sent from my '76 hooptie.

I put that in to piss off the iphone people.
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
Love the new vlog thing, now watching one minute of video can cover like 10 blog posts. Its great!
Oh, and the tutorial looks awesome, i cant begin to tell you how many times I've seen that effect in tv, movies, and in games. Great stuff!
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
Thank you,
nice but the video blog time is low...
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:28 pm
whats the story behind the yamaha motif?
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:29 pm
Are you still doing a tutorial on graphs in AE?
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:29 pm
Love these video updates man, your highly entertaining, and your observations seem very balanced and thought out with reason. Keep em coming please!
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:41 pm
Andrew, I know this is off topic, but I've been asking you alot. Is that speaker panning preset you announced a while ago gonna support 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound???

Please reply. I'm extremely anxious to know.
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:46 pm
Hey Andrew!!!
Cool videoblog!
Great new "formula" jejeje
So good that now we get the chance to know better VideoCopilot´s mastermind!
And I wonder... Are you a musician/producer too?
Well I mean... Blue mics, a Motif, a rack wall of cool audio gear... those are pretty esotheric pieces of equipment even for "gear junkie" video guy!
Hope to get the chance to listen some of your work as a musician!!!

You rock!!

Cheers from Venezuela!!!
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:47 pm
andrew this video blog thing is WONDERFUL. keep it up bro i love the idea
Felix Navidad
October 4th, 2009 @ 8:57 pm
No one caught it yet?

...Bill O'Rielly!
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:00 pm
BRO u are truely awsome and funny....hahahah and i have the exact same keyboard. i assume u make ur trailer songs and choir sounds with that as do i. and i find it really easy to use. LOVE U ANDREW
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:02 pm

You are an awesome vlogger!! Trust me!

I'm always anticipating your vlogs because they're funny, informative and crisp/clean in presentation.

So good job, keep it up! Love the site. Thanks once again!

KEEEEEEEEEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:15 pm
stop sleeping at 4 am lol :P
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:17 pm
Hey Andrew, I like the video blogs, and this one in particular stood out to me because we have a Cannon 5D at school and thats my favorite to shoot with. Not what I would spend my money on, but the schools paying so im not complaining. I don't know about the 7D but to activate the view finder on the 5D you press the top left button on the back... You might want to try that with the 7D. I haven't tested the 5D with high motion though just people walking around and stuff like that.
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:18 pm
Hey, is that a Yamaha Motif XS ?
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:23 pm
first, let me just say that it's been a month since i've started intense AE and Maya training at NYU and about 3 weeks since discovering video copilot and without a doubt you and your site have been the single most inspiring thing i've discovered all year. easily. amazing work. thanks for the tuts and inspiration, a whole new world has opened up for me. submerged looks cool and i'm glad that you're doing the tips with the blog that you hinted at on motionworks. great tip with the transition. yep, the video blog IS evolving nicely. cheers!
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:35 pm
You are one funny dude Andrew. If you ever come to st. louis ill buy you a hot dog...
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:40 pm
Here some pretty cool information about Canon 5D Mark II for those who like to know more facts.
October 4th, 2009 @ 9:47 pm
Dude I love you you crack me up so much! The camera review was interesting. If it wasn't for the rolling shutter issues, I would take a DSLR over a HV30 with a 35mm adapter any day.
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:01 pm
Here some more cool stuff... also lets remember that there is nothing that compares to 5D that costs $2695.00 like 5D does. For this price plus lenses this has opened us a way to shoot stuff that just was not available before. Think 5D as a recorder and like Andrew said .. the lenses is the real factor and key. I own most of Canon top lenses and I'm still so num for the quality what this little box does. Just imagine .. what else is future going to bring along.
How about if I just shup'up now ;)
Justin Junda
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:05 pm
So of you had to choose between on cam. the 7D or EX1?
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:05 pm
Thumbs up to the video updates!!! :-). Would be great if you can review some video cameras and some tips !!!
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:08 pm
The center of gravity can't be "narrow" since it's really just a point. The term you're looking for is 'moment of inertia' which is of larger magnitude in standard cameras since the radial arm is longer. wiki that yo.
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:11 pm
New Breed of camera eh? Still, I think it's one of those things that is just pushing it... I think if you want a good video camera, you get a video camera and if you want a good photography camera, you get a photography camera. This thing seems more of a photography camera and from what I read about the product, it takes the still images and makes a video out of it. While that may be good, I think theres a lot being missed out. I'll have to check it out myself though. Btw does it get sound?
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:18 pm
Andrew, you should check out the Panasonic Lumix GH1. I picked it up recently, and it seems to be pretty promising for most shooting. Like you said, for fast movement is not as good, but people are doing a whole bunch of tests.

There's a site I go to and they have a bunch of info on 5D MarkII, 7D, and the GH1

The little tip stuff during the blog is excellent, keep that up.

October 4th, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
Yes it does get sound and for extra $300 bucks you can buy balanced xlr gizmo that plugs right under the camera. It was hard for me first to believe that this was a good choice first when I started hearing about this camera. I use all kinds of cameras from RED one to many others. But I must say that what ever anybody says ... this box will rock anybody's chimes assuming you know how to shoot with it. 7D is a great camera as well .. but is not full frame sensor and that just blows. Canon 5D actually shoots better quality in low light conditions than RED does. It falls bit short in color spectrum but RED also costs 10 times as much than 5D. So in the end ... we can't complain much because it's only $2695.00.
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
Keep it up, you'll have your own show before ya know.
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
I liked the fact that you talked about the actual hardware or technology that goes into your work, I've always wanted to know more about that aspect as well.

More of these would be greatly appreciated!! :D

And I love the video blog.
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:39 pm
Here is a link to the rolling shutter effect for both 5D and 7D
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:54 pm
Just finished up a music video on the 5D Mark II, i'm considering the 7D...Check out the video link below to the video (all shot on the 5D)...
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:56 pm
The 7D and the the other ones are good crash cameras, to strap to the hood of a car or to put inside a building ready to blow up.

I have two RED's the epic is coming out in Feb, cant wait !
October 4th, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
Same here ... waiting for the epic's.
Remington M
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:06 pm
I'm really liking this new way of blog updates, I also appreciated the little tip thrown in there. I like the lighting, I think its funny people thought it was greenscreend and such.
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:14 pm
wonderful, wonderful. looking forward for earth/underground tutorial :)
hmm, and im starting to think that maybe i should get this canon thingy.
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:27 pm
Give us a video tour to your room!
and the rest of the world behind the room.
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:29 pm
Get the Panasonic GH1 instead. Only get the Canon if you already have Canon lenses.
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
hi whats up, yeah... i want to ask about that motiff too!! do you play? or use it for the sound fx??? and why do you use a pc for the tutorials instead of a mac...?? 'cuz i dont think you use a pc for your professional work.... ha ha .... so... i hope you could answer my coment, and i also wanted to say that all of your work is awesome!! and i hope that video copilot grows a lot more, and God bless...... matt from mexico..... out .... ha!
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:43 pm
Nick Campbell, also known as the Gorilla, has some interesting stuff on his blog too. Check that out if you're interested. For example:
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:48 pm
if you want your video updates on youtube i can upload them for you within 24 hours of their release?
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:55 pm
I just wonder why you won't buy a nikon D300s ?

(I don't know may be you are a canon fan or something)

but you know I just wonder ..

and for the 720p on 7D, you have to shoot 720p only in 60fps

if you wanna shoot 24fps then go 1080p

sorry for my bad english

cheer andrew!!
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm
Hey Andrew, couldn't help but notice the synth keyboard in the background. Do you make any music?
October 4th, 2009 @ 11:57 pm
i don't know what your t-shirt means, and yes, i do get that a lot :|
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:10 am
Nice job Andrew. I am saw X-men wolverine recently and there was a transition effect where the guy held the black rock in the jungle and they transition to a different scene with him still holding the rock. can't recall the the time-code. But if anyone recall it plz explain or better describe the the shot and scene. thank you and big up
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:14 am utilizes the Canon 5d .
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:19 am
fleas hahahahahahaha so so funny , great video Andrew and the tutorial will be very great too i think it will be hearts crasher :D thank u for everything man
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:25 am
Video blogs are SUPER!!!!:D
excited for the new tutorial
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:01 am
Andrew, I really enjoyed the first video blog update and large parts of this one as well - but I think tis kind of "tech talk" specific to a single model doesn't belong here. I recall a comment reply (or was it a blog post?) by yourself, where you stated that VC was about the creative work rather than about the equipment and gear that's used to put it into practice.

Now we all know how much we love and need our gadgets and I myself too am avid at discussing cameras and other equipment but there are plenty of websites and communities for that kind of debates.

Actually, when I look at it now, it's not that bad - you pointed out several pros and cons of video DSRLs in general. Only then you got a little carried away and the whole Canon 7D party got a little too long for my taste.

The quick tips and tutorial preview sections were great however and all in all I like you DOIN' IT LIVE!
Take it away... :)
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:11 am
Thanks for your notes Crux, I'm definitely still trying to find a good balance of content to discuss and keep a good variety. I've got a lot of questions about slr video and thought I should check it out for myself :) We've got some cool plans for the future thanks for watching!
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:13 am
Thx Andrew, for the Vblog. Always nice to see you speak. I do however feel like it was a bit all over the place for my liking, but fun to watch non the less.
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:32 am
OMG was that a Yamaha Motif XS8?
I want that thing so bad :)
Nice vid btw. I like these Blog Videos :)
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:37 am
Hey Andrew,
You spoke about the video of the canon DSLR cameras and i've come across an interesting music video that was filmed 90% with a Canon 5d mark II (and 10% with a sony z1) and the results are very impressive. I thought you might want to take a look since it showcases the potential of these cameras.

Phill Jinks
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:46 am
Hahaha i was thinking at the start "another week and Andrew hasn't found that light switch"

Wow what a twist at the end!

Really enjoying these blogs thus far!
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:52 am
Andrew this is great, my next camera is 7D hehe I have 10D and I think its time to upgrade, have been 7 years with my 10D and it still works, love this robust camera, working 24/7 in all kind of weather, but I miss video thingy in this camera therefor I need to upgrade.

hey Andrew nice light setup in your video, is it difficult? I cant get totally dark/black background in my video.
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:52 am
Your Humor is just SO Awesome :)

Thanks for some laughter in the cold morning from Berlin!
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:54 am
very cool! do you use "camera mapper"? very good plugin saved me a lot of time lately.
one last question... when your second child was born did you say "hey whats up?! welcome to the world and an exiting live with me" ? :D
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:29 am
Well there was message from CRUX. I personally don't mind videos with "tech-info" because I think I am not the only one who has been thinking are those canon photography cameras with hd-video any good? Best part was the fact that you did get see some footage shot with the camera because if you are watching those canon presentations, well let's say they don't show the pieces where the camera sucks.

Other cool thing was when Andrew turned the lights on. Nice to see how easily the look of the video is made. Of course there is expensive camera and all that but still the nice background is made with few lights.

Can't wait see the next video update.
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:31 am
Peter, gr8 one :D
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:36 am
Wow , finally answering my request for that tutorial
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:42 am
next time you have to rock a suit so you can actually pull the "do it live" off at the end. enjoyed this entry much more than the first; not necessarily for its content just for its lack of the strange creepy vibe i got last time. maybe next time we could get a little discussion of the Quickmatte plugin that's in development? i'm very curious to know how you managed to make that work
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:56 am
There is a cure for the rolling shutter issue:

Available for both After Effects and Nuke. I heard that it works 95% of the time, but there are some shots where it fails. The price point is also very steep. But it's the only way to make camera movements watchable and – even more importantly – trackable.
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:06 am
Hah, as soon as I saw the t-shirt I thought of Big Papa O' Fantastic shirt, not so excited about the tutorial though...
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:28 am
That helped alot!
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:07 am
@ 32sec the face said it all

Way the go !

October 5th, 2009 @ 4:26 am
I did not know that the background would be so :D Great camera too ;) Well see you ;);)
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:35 am
A friend of mine sent me this link in order to prevent or better, adjust rolling shutter afterwards.

didn´t try it but looks good
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:51 am
Nice short preview about the 7D Andrew.. I would like to say something more about this camera and i think generally about videos with dslr's. A big issue is the "aliasing" problem when shooting (mostly in 720p resolution) non organic objects like a bottle of water or a keyboard. And the fact that trying to zoom or follow focus with a dslr will cause "shakyness" to the footage. For videos with a "film look" i would strongly recommend an HD videocamera -not necessarily an expensive one- with a 35mm adapter. After all the overall cost will be the same if not less than buying a 7D..
What's your opinion about that? What would you recommend?
Oh, and excuse my English, i'm from Greece! :)
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:54 am
Hi Andrew,

Thankyou for your latest video blog, very imformative. You really have a talent for making things interesting and keeping people glue to the screen. Can I suggest an idea for future video blogs/tutorials.....
Why not give more tips about actual film shooting. All the footage/photos etc you use in your tutorials always look very professional. Take a step back and show us how you shoot your video's, maybe talk about lighting conditions, camera angles, camera stabilization (hardware) etc... I would find this very very interesting. Maybe videocopilot could evolve into not just a AE site but a full on film making site!

Many thanks

October 5th, 2009 @ 4:56 am
Hey Andrew, this is a nice video update, congratulations you are the best, I like your overview about the canon 7D, but in my opinion, this kind of cameras are a best option for shooting wedding videos, commercial videos, I watched a music video recorded with a Canon 5D and wedding with a Nikon D90, they have an amazing and beautiful image the way, I like your keyboard, is it an M-audio?
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:02 am
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:13 am
I like canon eos 5D mrk II. but 7d is good too
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:29 am
Hey, nice Video :-) But, why not the 5D MK II?
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:43 am
On a sidenote - (Canon Hack Development Kit) if you want to make the most of your Canon cameraes...

Otherwise - nice addition to the site with the casts - but dont forget to keep the tutorials comming :)
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:52 am
you are the best...
can i come to your stuff to work with you? :)
i am 18, but i am good in AE. i have make 86 test video with your effect (video copilot dvd's) and 6 short movies....bye ;)
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:52 am
Continue like that Andrew.This is THE BEST WEBSITE I HAVE EVER VISITED.I am telling the truth.

(Nice room:))
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:05 am
The teaser of the tutorial looks awesome, that's definetly a keeper for your video work. Teasers all around!

Also liked the quick tip section.

The review was good too, but maybe you want to categorize things. And maybe by doing so, explaining more quick tips ^^

Great stuff, as always!
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:27 am
hey man ,

i think u could make a hell of a comedian ;)
keep up the great job and the humor

Love ur work ;)
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:32 am
the video updates are Awesome! it's nice that we can see you while you're talking!
I can't wait fore the next one!
Waiting for submerged tutorial too!
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:55 am
Bill O'Reilly "We'll do it live!" :D
Can't wait for the new tutorial, looks interesting
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:57 am
Btw Andrew, are you still going to make the tutorial about the bar graphs?
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:13 am
Nice work. Here is a solution I found for the jittery hand held problem.

I wish I could affort this and everything they offer.

Keep Up the good work.


October 5th, 2009 @ 7:13 am
Hey Andrew!

Nice update. Good to see some variety in your updates! Would be cool to see some tips on how to get the best green screen results. You have some great tutorials on how to use the footage, but it seems that many have problems figuring out things like shadows, exposure etc.


Fortune Lauture
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
video update is great!I like visual tips.Please put more on the blog. Thanks
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:21 am
Très bien la Video, tu sais quoi je te souhaite toute la bénédiction du ciel. Je sais pas mais je suis trop Fan de tous ce que tu fais dès fois je dors sur ton site ok Andrew. Thanks
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:32 am

you rule.

with love from nyc,

October 5th, 2009 @ 7:33 am
Hi Andrew. I can't wait for the submerge tutorial!!
But ehm, i was thinking what would you rather pick, the Sony EX-1 or Sony EX-3?
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:36 am
Hey Andrew. Great stuff. What kind of microphone are you using in these video blogs? Thanks and keep up the ass kicking work.
Ghost in dark
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:42 am
This Blog is a great idea. Also the transition with the backpack guy^^ and the new tutorial are. cant wait to watch the tutorial. i hope you will keep your great work up and..share it with us ;). as KimOhno said you got a great sense of humor. greetings from dortmund germany.
Some Guy
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:48 am
Wow! This was a great video update. The tutorial preview was awesome! Can't wait.

I also enjoyed your thoughts on the 7D. I know there are people who don't want to see the technical stuff on your site but I think there are enough people who are interested, so I hope there will be more videos and blog posts about the gadgets from the point of view of a VFX creator and compositor.
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
Hi Andrew and all the others here! I don't know if this is the right place to post it, but i have a question.

I am going to buy a digital film camera and i wondered witch one i should buy. the film camera must be in high quality, have a lot of memory and film in Full HD 1080p. I have looked at some of the film cameras made by Cannon. Price 2500-4500 dollars. Are they good? I want a camera for "all-round" use.

I would really appriciate an answer! :)



JVSF Studios
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:07 am
thanks for tips, i will try it on 5D mark II soon (maybe two hours:D)
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:14 am
Digging the blog posts. Also, quick tips for AE are always appreciated. Looking forward to the tutorial!
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:19 am
these videos are cooooooooooooooool

thx Andrew for the time u gave us


I envy these leeches XD
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:21 am
Quality wise .. buy 5D Mark II.
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:29 am
Here's how to get quality audio for 5D.

The DXA-5D runs off of a single 9V battery and can provide 12V or 48V Phantom power to external mics. It can record in Mono or Stereo and has two ground settings (G1 and G2), which are used to reduce noise. It also has audio meters and a headphone jack to monitor audio.
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:34 am
ahahahahahahahahah :D
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:36 am
WOW! the new tutorial looks amazing! but I'm away this week and all I have is my notebook! try watching it on this? YEAH RIGHT! lol
Calvin Inman
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:39 am
Hey Andrew,
Good job on coming up with new ideas to keep the industry moving forward. Maybe a balance of creative, inspirational, video blogs...and tech blogs would be the key. You could do one of different lighting setups that you have used for certain occasions. And then one on what you think the creative aspects of filming and motion graphic designs are. I dont know...just thought I would throw some ideas out there.

Again, you are doing a great job!
Matthew Park
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:42 am
Haha! Looking for that tutorial. VCP 4EVER!
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:43 am
I've got a few things to input about DSLR shooting. The first thing to say is that you made the right choice with a "cropped frame" camera. The reason is because it is the same size frame as a 35mm moving film camera. Everyone is going to think I'm nuts here, and please guys, let me explain. 35mm photos and 35mm film aren't the same size and it has to the way the film is run thru the camera. Still cameras run the film thru horizontally, and movie cameras run it thru vertically. So you use more of the film's "real estate" when shooting photos then movies. Now the chip sizes are just that, the cropped chips are 2/3rds the size of a "full frame" chip. So in reality you have a "full frame" for filmmaking.
To stablize the camera I find that you just need to hold it differently. if you hold the camera from below you can really reduce the giggle effect. The ergonomics of the camera are set for still shooting and don't really work for video, the same thing with follow focusing issues, but apparently you can correct that with LEGOs.
I know I said I had a few things to say but I lied. I do hope this part was helpful though.
Jason Wickersty
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:46 am
Andrew, you’re the best.

I’ve been wondering how to do a transition like that for quite a while!

I was really curious when I got my copy of Action Essentials 2 why we had to jam that little blinky probe-like thing into our ears. You wanted to read our brains!

Great job. You’re the man, and it’s not the brain probe telling me to say that!
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
That's really what I am talking about!Photomerge looks pretty awesome.I was wondering this technique.Additionally,these kind of transitions make movies seamless and smooth.I recall sawIV includes these transitions which are the best ones I have ever seen..
Now we are waiting for NR.96 :)
Keep up video blog we like it.
Thanks so much Andrew!
barry barrera
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:51 am
yup im planning to buy one someday...BUT still undecided....thanx for the info master
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:54 am
I'm using Sony T500 and it's so good
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:59 am
First of all, what you are doing is great! I enjoy these video tutorials much more then reading your blogs, and you are great at the scenes ;)

Maybe a little request, maybe in the next video update you should show us your workspace a bit :)

No no! Don't clean it up! Leave it like it is now, and shoot it, that would be lovely.

Good luck with the little new one in the family!

And I hope something very specials is coming up for tutorial 100.

October 5th, 2009 @ 8:59 am
i cant wait for that tutorial

cheers andrew
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:15 am
I recently edited a music video that my friend shot entirely on a Canon 5D. It was shot in a studio with controlled dark lighting, so the shoot stayed within the limits of the camera, there weren't any wide pans or fast motion shots, but the footage was sharp:
Simon Steele
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
really liking the video blog Mr. Kramer Keep up the great work.
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Hi Andrew,

Quick question! I'm always curious about video streaming and new technologies etc. Just wondering, because your videos are quite long, what process do you use to get such good quality? Are you using H264 embedded into Flash player? Can you share this process?

Long time follower!
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:42 am
COOL. I can't wait to see the Submerged tutorial. I have only seen that technique used on the History Channel's show "Cities of the Underworld". I loved the effect and have been dying to see how to pull it off your example shows. So I can't wait to get to that tutorial. Oh, sorry to hear about your hair leeches. At least it's better than swine flu.
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:49 am
Hey Andrew,

perhaps you can make a visual cutscene for every maintopic as SHORT TUTORIALS, PRODUCT TEST, NEWS and then structure your video blog.

This seemed a bit messy, but still nice to see.
October 5th, 2009 @ 9:51 am
That technique is used on my name is earl alot! i have always wondered how they did that!
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:02 am
This video-blog-thing is great fun...!
Thanks for the info/input about the 7D. I've got the 5Dmk2 and I love it to death, can't wait to see where this DSLR-video-crazyness-mayhem will go in the future. (maybe RAW video 2k 120FPS?) And they also shoot some amazing stillz, don't forget that :)

Brett Perry
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:15 am
Hey Andrew,
Check out the funny video at the provideo website about the SLR you were talking about. Personally I don't see any real advantages to this technology yet, it's still in it's infancy. Zacutto and several other companies are making all kinds of monitor and grip options for better viewing and balance, but I feel they are a bit pricey. It's still cheaper if you own a good camcorder to purchase a film lens adapter to get the selective focus everyone is after these days to make their video look like film. This also solves the problem of the "jello" effect caused by too much movement. When will people learn that shooting in 24p instead of 30p doesn't make your video look any more like film?
Andrew Falk
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:18 am
Very nice tip on the transition mask...reminds me of JAWS!!!
Lucas Maciel
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:32 am
maaan,, whats happening with the last lights setup of the last post?

now, the nice blue light in your back its not so intenso, not so cool and the light in your head became more annoying!


but thx for the mask tip!! day after day im became more surprise how post production became so easy!
Kevin Lee
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:33 am
Thanks for the info man, I was also eyeballing the Panasonic GH1, it seems to rank right up there with the canons.
Lucas Maciel
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:36 am
aaaaa... i have a idea! will be really nice if u make a little contest for us!

and another think, u can ask for video for ppl from the forum watch them and after comments they here!

this will make u have some subjects to talk about : )!!

sry, for my bad english anyway!
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:54 am
Hey buddy, you're going to have to start disclosing how much Canon paid for that review ; ]

"The Federal Trade Commission will require bloggers to clearly disclose any freebies or payments they get from companies for reviewing their products."
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:55 am
Yeah leef, it was a cold Turkey Sandwich.
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:57 am
Nice i like the after effect tip there really good and the camara is good too :)
Looks profesinal
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:59 am
Andrew, people from 3rd world countries want you to use more comfortable flash player with rewinding (as at youtube for example). I mean sometimes you want to review the end of vids, but have to wait until it fully downloaded. Damn it's really annoying. Thanks;)
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:09 am
Haha, Was always wondering what that thing in the back was (they keyboard) xD
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:22 am
hahah you're pretty funny... and informative too... I love it. =) Leaches! ha! =)
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:27 am
He he, you beat Stu Maschwitz to it!
Good up, was expecting more from the 7D though.
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:29 am
If SONY would release an Alpha with fullHD Video function,... that would be the best day of my life,...

Maybe the Alpha 1k (ore something similar),...^^
Lar Byrne l
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:37 am
Hey Guys I've Just bought a canon HV30 to shoot my clips and only bought that camera from Canon Cause Andrew Recommends it in his FAQ section. Has anyone else got this Camera? Any tips or info would be great PLEASE!!!! Thanks
October 5th, 2009 @ 11:47 am
Hi Andrew, I'm your Italian fan.. You are amazing, it's because of you that I began seriously to do graphics, and now it's my life goal: Become like Andrew Kramer! :D
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:02 pm
Andrew, what are your thoughts on say a DVX100 Camera compared to an SLR? Does the HD trump the ability to capture footage without a rolling shutter? Not to mention it seems like the DVX100 gives the user the ability to customize the shot more than an SLR.
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Thanks for the review of the 7D. Looks similar in the way you'd shoot with the 5DM2. Good review and pickup on the shooting with SLR's at night.
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:15 pm
as always it's a great fun & interesting (too) to watch !!!
looking forward to this great tutorial !!!

i think that 7D thingy is a great b-unit, Making of, landscape, time lapse camera but as maincam ... i don't think so ... just one word: Monitoring ?

ok ... that was meaningful response, i hope! ;)

one more thing... (first time i used this... for real)

probably this question was asked before ... but u know ... time is money ... sadly i haven't the time to read all that RESPONSES ... so anyway... what mic did / do u use ... it's the same mic that is used in your tutorials, isn't it? ( ok now u know ... i'm from germany ... that lame grammar ;) ... but i think u'll get the idea ...)

so now i'm waiting

btw: if u ever make the misstake to follow the link to my website ... yes "we" constantly watch your great tutorials ... and yes we got two inspirations out of it ;)

so thx for your work and your tutorials ... great job !!!

Philippe Poulard
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:17 pm
Master Cramer ... you are a genie ^^
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Andrew been following your website since the get go love your work, a real inspiration. And could never understand why you never jump on the DSLR bandwagon earlier with the 5D Mark II or at least sounded off on it. O well I have the 5D Mark II and going to trade up err down to the 7D tired of being stuffed around by Canon with the 24/25 P firmware.
October 5th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
Awesome it's amazing one andrew...

October 5th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
Is that a mark of a kiss on your left cheek? :)
Btw, these video updates are cool!
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:20 pm
hey andrew. :) you talked about the cam i want to buy in the next time. but - rolling shutter issues at fast shots ? hm . that´s tricky. now i must see first befor i buy to test it out.

thanks for the vid
maik from dresden / germany
Andrew C
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:29 pm
i love your production values for everything you do, seriously everything looks and sounds great. i think youd make a great dp as well. but seriously, where/how do you get your sound design? is it self made, do you just use foley and midi etc or do you have someone do it for you or...? cheers!
sound ahmed
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
nice Andrew Kramer realy i loved it bye
dude with hair
October 5th, 2009 @ 1:40 pm
keep vlogging make it at least a separate category on your blog or you could ditch oldfashioned blogging.
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:14 pm
Nice.. your work is awesome..
You know if you could come up with one or two video blog like this every week, that would deferentially save me week..
It is always fun to listen to you talk.. =D
Keep up the awesome great work..
and the tutorial looks awesome..
I love Action Essentials and it has made my videos look so much cooler..
You are THE MAN!!

greetings from Iceland
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:15 pm
Great video Andrew! these vlogs were such a good idea! although i am sad you brought politics into your site.
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
lol...the end was just fuuunnny!!
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm
Hi there,

I'm sure someone has already posted this, but just in case noone has:

The Foundry has a relatively new plugin up called "Rolling Shutter". ( )
Haven't quite used it myself, but it appears to be a quite good fix (also considering the Foundry has a reputation for making awesome plugins).

Anyway, love the vlog. A look at the slightly more technical aspect of equipment is useful indeed. How about a more in-depth review on the newer generation of camera's? (More on the 5DmkII/7d, the new RED's releasing soon..)

Tim C
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:42 pm
Hey Andrew, curious as to what mic you use to do the tuts and video blog. Thanks!
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
wow, is that tutorial thing a joke? by the way, I didn´t know you played the keyboard, perhaps a piano tut?
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:47 pm
Andrew needs to come and work for me.
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
Btw what happened to the plug-ins, bar graphs and the banner thing?

There's still coming right? :p
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
I really enjoy chocolate chips cookies... Although I now have high cholesterol. Probably, from the cookies I have eaten before...
October 5th, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
Sorry! I missed the BEFORE POSTING warning! It won't happen again...
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:08 pm
always awesome Andrew

keep up the blog is so great
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
Great video! I'm really starting to get the hang of it. Nicely set out, and nice to hear your thoughts on the Canon.

Ohh and nice setup. Pretty cool on how you made your video look more interesting with the lights.
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
saying Random stuff LOL!!!!
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm
I am really liking these video updates and those helpful tips.
October 5th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
andrew ofcourse i know We'll do it LIVE! ... :D:D its when bill o'riley (cannot spell his name..) goes crazy at the teleprompter ... it's well funny.. GET me one of those t-shirts
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:17 pm
Great update, I look forward to the Suberged tutorial.

P.S: When you turned the lights on I saw a keyboard, you play the piano Andrew?
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
hey what export settings do you use for up loading these video to web?
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:24 pm
hey man, just a tip: you shouldn't use that 50mm 1.8f lens on your 7D... The Canon 7D is a higher-end model and those lens were made for the basic line up, like the T1/450D/30D and 40D line ups.
The glass is pretty basic and might blow up your 7D sensor in the long term. If you really want a 50mm look for the 1.2f model, that one was made for Pro cameras.
Just my 2 cents,
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
insane camera! i only own the canon t1i and im hoping they release a firmware update to allow the use of manual controls for video
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

But the sony camera you mentioned while talking bitrate is actually 4:1:1 and not 4:2:2

October 5th, 2009 @ 4:59 pm
Hey Andrew,

I use the 5D MKII with a Redrock DSLR field kit and Matte box to shoot music videos here in NZ. The camera is amazing and works for clients who can't afford to rent the RED.

The best thing about the camera is the lenses and the low light capabilities. It doesn't have he latitude of the RED but its also way less of a pain to work with the footage in post.

Here's the results of a couple of shoots with the 5D MKII if anyone is interested in seeing stuff that's lits properly.


Cheers for the great website, tutorials and products!

October 5th, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
thank you so much for all your work
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
:( andy i thought u wud upload the tut this week meaning monday
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:21 pm
I really like these video updates. I can't wait for the new tutorial.
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
God I want your job! :P
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:24 pm
hahahahaha, Fantastic!
David D
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:28 pm
canon 7d ......$1,600.....cinema color hair light ......$60 ..... hours of entrainment by Andrew.....priceless!!

It's all about the pressure !!!
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:47 pm
Andrew, will you deliver t-shirts to another countries?
October 5th, 2009 @ 4:54 pm
Show us your lighting set up. Very nice.
October 5th, 2009 @ 5:59 pm
Excellent! Really nice Andrew. Thanks! Keep em comin!
Tom Hauville
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:12 pm
You wouldn't happen to be a Tool fan, would you? Just, you know, "Tips & Leeches"....

well, it's amusing if you know what I'm talking about!
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:17 pm
I missed the first part of Hell's Kitchen to watch your 7D review. Even the hobo shots look great! I can't wait to find one in stock—dang it—and get one for myself.

Good luck with the leeches.
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:22 pm
Me too. I enjoy the video blog more than the writen blog. I prefer seeing examples or products than read about them.

I know it takes more work for video blog. May I suggest one video blog per week.

Thanks Andrew.
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:32 pm
hey Andrew...
nice post seen u mic when are u showing u r system on which u work dieing to see it plzzzzz
October 5th, 2009 @ 6:40 pm
Andrew your hair is lovely, what wax do you use? Or is that too 'tech talk' for some?
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Hi Andrew,
You should make this available in video podcast format on iTunes. Think about it.
October 5th, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
Hey Andrew, great review! Simple, and straight to the point! I have a review request:
Can you please tell us what you think of the Panasonic HVX-200, what are the draw backs of shooting on P2 cards? Keep up the updates!

October 5th, 2009 @ 8:49 pm
"If you made it this far, you probably had your volume down." xD

Amazing, gonna check the tutorial now :) & Great info about the camera, really helpfull =)
October 5th, 2009 @ 8:59 pm
hi Andrew
thanks for this awesome tips about camera
and by light or without it you look very high-tech
and also you have cool tutorial
October 5th, 2009 @ 10:16 pm
Am I completely daft? Where do you watch the video updates?

October 5th, 2009 @ 10:23 pm
Hey Andrew where did you pick up the 7D from? I've looked all over and can't find it in stock anywhere! BH's site states that they do not know when it will become available.


October 5th, 2009 @ 10:34 pm
haha thanks alot Andrew i juz make post on forum few days ago that i need 5D and 7D information now u did video for us :p m so happy i like this camera first i wz thinking about 5D but now i like 7D coz its cheap and same as 5D with more function like FPS

:p thanks again

October 6th, 2009 @ 12:28 am
First of all, saw the whole video with audio!
Second, I like that you talk about equipment you like/us. Makes it easier for me to know what would be a good choice to get.
Anywho ... Thanks for that tip. Should come in handy.

- Kaj
Daniel sparks
October 6th, 2009 @ 12:52 am
Andrew! the video updates are awesome!!!!

You are the best!!! and mad funny!!!! lol! (shifty eyes)
October 6th, 2009 @ 2:42 am
Hay nice place there andy.
But What kinda camra newib ppl"Like me" can use as start to make cool footage shots :S mb 7D ? or ?
October 6th, 2009 @ 5:20 am
HD Video should be kept on Camcorders not DSLR's in my opinion. DSLR's are for photography. Cramming Video into it just is not right. A bit like Cameras on mobile phones...a gadget rather than a necessity.

Its like a Washer/Dryer machine....not where near as efficient as separate dryer and a separate washing machine, and they break down more often due to the over work they have to do.
October 6th, 2009 @ 6:14 am
Effin' thing sucks!
October 6th, 2009 @ 7:25 am
Nice update Andrew... that review is good enough! I whish you luck with your leeches's problem! xD

keep doing this great stuff and remember VBlog'em all!
October 6th, 2009 @ 7:33 am
I see the face of my teacher finally, young huh.
October 6th, 2009 @ 9:20 am
Hey all and top of the morn to you your work, 1 question though. every1 goes on about why I should move to mac but I started on pc and to change now wil cost a fortune(ha ha ha) I see all your work on pc so what do you prefer and why??
October 6th, 2009 @ 10:12 am
Hey Andrew,

Thanks for the update. They're having a Canon 7D presentation in my city this week. I'm excited to see it in person. I personally bought a Canon 5D MII a few months ago. As you've mentioned, there are many pros and cons to using a Canon DSLR for video - but for the price, overall, I've never been happier with this product.

Phillip Bloom (DP) goes into detail about his experiences with the 5D and 7D in comparison to the RED, EX1, EX3, and various other cameras he owns and works with.

It's a great resource to finding out these camera's potentials and problems:
October 6th, 2009 @ 10:18 am
Just shot some green screen stuff with the 7D last night. It went like this:

looked online for a 7D, no luck,

called the local photo shop (two words) and they had one, bought it,

set up a mannequin with some snowmobile clothes on in front of a green screen,

pulled the camera out of the box, had enough sense to figure out some exposure controls and video format settings and color balance,

turned the darn thing on its side (for what ever reason I thought shooting vertically would improve the resolution of the subject, you know, less wasted space),

shot a bunch of stuff at 720 60p,

recompressed the files to Apple ProRes (HQ),

pull it into AE, applied a Keylight filter, pulled a pretty decent key! (breath, breath)

There were a few things I notice and would do differently this time. I would have shot in 1080p, but for some strange reason I thought I needed all of those extra frames, but I didn't. I noticed the exposure changing as we shot, even though we had everything (including the ISO) set to manual. I found a menu option called "auto lighting adjustment" or something, and I think that was the problem, so watch out for that one. Also I realized the camera was doing it's own sharpening. I figured I'd turn that off, and do it in post. I don't know if that's better or not, but the video images we pulled from that shoot did have some halo around the subject and some aliasing on some of our semi-straight lines.

I'm jazzed about this camera, but I think it is a different kind of beast. My guess is that there are way better options for shooting green screen projects, but this puppy will work if you need it to. And it will probably work better than anything else anywhere near this price range.

If you read this whole thing, you are cool. Thanks, for being cool.
October 6th, 2009 @ 10:35 am
> "Yeah leef, it was a cold Turkey Sandwich."

lol, I knew it! = ] Thanks for the review, I didn't even realize Canon had DSLR's that recorded video, sorta blew my mind and wonder why I got the 40D.
October 6th, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
Hey Andrew, you should look up the Panasonic GH1. It's the best hybrid DSLR outhere. The 5D with it's full frame creates gorgeous images, but the GH1, at $1500 and it's half frame CMOS creates amazing results. Look it up on vimeo. It shoots at 60 fps and the lens that comes with it is premium quality (equivalent to 28mm-280mm) and it is the only one that can have a continuous auto focus while filming. I know, you probably don't care for autofocus!

I really think this is the future of prosumer video. The Canon XH1 is too expensive and the lenses don't give that depth of field at all.

You can buy adaptors on eBay for the GH1 that take any type of lense. So you can use older manuel wide angle lenses at f1.8 !

Look it up, it's really amazing. To be able to get such cinematic images for that price, is imo quite a revolution.
Ken R
October 6th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
Thanks Andrew. A request: Could you please share how you set up your lights, how you isolate it to not spill on the background? And finally the compression settings (in sorenson?)on the flashvideo. It looks great!! Maybe you could make a videoblog on this topic?? Would be really nice.

Greetings from Norway
Matt M
October 6th, 2009 @ 9:48 pm
Cool light setup in a dull place.

Btw, EX shoots 35Mbps not 50 and is only recording 420 on the EX codec. It is capable of 422 at higher bit rates if you invest in another recording medium, skip the card and take the feed from the SDI.

You can also get an adaptor to put Nikon lenses on the EX but your getting a zoom factor and the EX is a much more expensive camera to start with.
October 6th, 2009 @ 9:58 pm
lmfao at the last few minutes of video, you were like I have these 2 believable things wrong with me, jk, but I do have this really unbelievable thing wrong with me. Then you started doing random things lol and the swishes in the video were cool
October 6th, 2009 @ 10:19 pm
Yo man! Hobo Quality is what I shoot. Don't knock it. Some people call it Art.

just kidding... good stuff man... video blogs are definitely entertaining.

keep up the good work

and get some art work pr pictures hung up on them bare walls :)
October 7th, 2009 @ 12:06 am
Andrew check out the Panasonic GH1. It's a FullHD DSLR with an articulating LCD and is mirrorless so using adapters it can use practically any lens.
I got one, only problem is finding wide enough lenses without breaking the bank since it doubles the lens size. My 50mm is now 100mm and the sharp jitter you mentioned in the video is in full effect. It's size and DSLR form factor makes it easy to shoot incognito. It's $1500, so sell some merch and pick one up too. =)
October 7th, 2009 @ 3:21 am
He Andrew,

We shot a commercial for Heineken with the Canon 5D Mark II
Full frame DSLR - FULLHD
some great shallow DOF

We shot it in the Redlight district in our beloved Amsterdam

have a look and just for yourself:

October 7th, 2009 @ 3:23 am
By the way

We invested no more than about $ 800,- for the whole Heineken commercial

(pls see previous)
October 7th, 2009 @ 4:59 am
Hi Andrew,

Again, really like your "video blog"! You are so entertaining!

I don't know if you thought about it but on the 31th of October, maybe you can post a video blog with the "costume" that you will wear. Just an idea.

Have a nice day!
See you next time! ;)
October 7th, 2009 @ 5:08 am
i think Cannon 7D and 5D quality is much better then EX1
October 7th, 2009 @ 7:28 am
very nice andrw
October 7th, 2009 @ 10:34 am
Wow andrew, you sure got a nice studio there hehehe, where you can make much more fun and exciting tutorials there =D

thx for the tips on camera
October 7th, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
great tutorials, they have helped me with my home films a lot.
October 7th, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
I love these blog videos. I wish I see more.
October 7th, 2009 @ 5:09 pm
Awesome as always Andrew. Hey, can you tell me which microphone do you use? It looks awesome and the quality of recording is stunning, can you tell me, please?
October 7th, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
Awesome.. and I think your the most random person ever. And Back to formula lol!!! I guess everyone knows thats from Spiderman.
October 7th, 2009 @ 10:51 pm
Nice move on the video blogs. I like that you throw in little tips for After Effects. Very good work yo!
October 8th, 2009 @ 12:57 am
My stupid web browser wasn't allowing me to see the video. Google Chrome worked for me. Nice.

October 8th, 2009 @ 2:46 am
Hi Andrew

thank you so much for all your work
October 8th, 2009 @ 3:06 am
So whats the conclusion... Cannon 5d is better than cannon 7d despite that it can do 60fps...

BTW... when will the second DVD of your tutorial series come out? I cant wait it...
October 8th, 2009 @ 4:39 am
A suggested DSLR that that's good taking pictures and shoot HD video is the Nikon D5000. Nikon D5000 has the 2.7 inch swivel screen that you can rotate 180 degrees, its really good for shooting videos in weird places.

Thanks for the Tips and Infos Andrew!!
October 8th, 2009 @ 6:54 am
Dude ..... u gotta temme dis... before making these awesome creations do u really visualize each and every element before? do u see wat u wanna create... Or is it creating just ven u start playing around your magic in the ae world.... wat makes it happen first? Actuaaly dis question is for me so that i vil know whether i have what it takes it to be a graphic designer
October 8th, 2009 @ 2:34 pm
Hey Andrew just thought id throw this in there. We shot a live music video recently and used two 7d's, 2 ex-1's and an hvx and found that the 7d's blew the rest away under the conditions which were pretty extreme. I shot in the pit using a 7d, a wide sigma and medium zoom canon lens and the results came out amazing i reckon (apart from being kicked in the head a few times!). Just when you have a look, the pit stuff,below stage and some side of stage was 7d, behind the stage was ex-1 and behind the crowd was hvx, but to be honest didnt use all that much of the ex-1's because the 7d looked a lot better! Anyway check it out thought i'd share it.
October 8th, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
Nice stuff Kieran. Looks great.
Waltuer Sobchac
October 9th, 2009 @ 4:20 am
iTunes-Podcast would be nice. Would be the only one I would follow.
October 9th, 2009 @ 3:29 pm
I've never used a photo camera for filming. I always stick with DV or recording to a Hard Drive.
I liked hearing your thoughts on it though. And yes they definitely need a flip out monitor on those things.
As for green screening, I don't know whether that would work for filming - can you connect a firewire to it? I haven't used a camera like that in a while, and recording straight through using Premiere Pro or OnLocation would be better for green screening, I think.
October 10th, 2009 @ 1:36 am
thanks for your thoughts, im actually planning on getting a 7d, though I'm having trouble deciding on some lenses. I think a 50mm will be a good starting point as I like to shoot at night and love blurry backgrounds.

should mention there are plenty of dslr video rigs on offer to deal with the balance problem you raised.
Anderson Pedron
October 10th, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
Andrew ,How can I do it on Motion ? The transition effect.
I did it with AE,but on Motion I have some problems with it.
October 11th, 2009 @ 3:15 am
Yamaha Motif XS8!!! I want one pls....
October 11th, 2009 @ 6:16 am
Hello...Bro Andrew Kramer....can you do video on INSIDE VIDEOCOPILOT (like u r system,u r enviroment etc...)Please...because lots of your fans want to see that..including me and my friends...please
October 11th, 2009 @ 1:38 pm
viral marketing commercial for canon, huh?
interesting concept
October 12th, 2009 @ 3:54 pm
Great stuff!

Just a note: Canon probably doesn't include a 720p24 because its not a standard broadcast or film frame rate/size.

The 3 main flavors are 720p60 (ESPN and ABC), 1080i60 (everything else) and 1080p24 (post workflow and mastering format for Films, TV shows and commercials).

I suppose you could always scale it down.
October 14th, 2009 @ 1:20 pm
I shot a short film on the 5D MarkII, and we found some neat little tricks with the camera. They would apply to the 7D as well.

For stabilizing try Red Rock Micro gear.
It works great.

The 5D MarkII doesn't have manual aperture which sucks because even if you want to take advantage of the fancy lenses and their shallow focus, sometimes you're at the mercy of the aperture. The way around that is to lock your shot off with an ND filter (or your hand), then take it off and adjust your exposure with the other manual controls. It works great and you can get really cinematic focus.

I was really happy with our film, and it looked impressively cinematic.

While the cons are frustrating, the pros of the the Canon video SLRs are reason enough to buy them:

1-interchangable lenses
2-"pure" progressive frame rate
3-impressive ISO/ low light capabilities
4-high latitude of exposure
5-4:2:2 Color Sampling
October 16th, 2009 @ 9:13 am
Hey, man!
Your vids are so funny and awesome! Thanks for all your know-how you are sharing with us!
October 19th, 2009 @ 6:01 am
Dude you are just awesome. Keep up the good work and indie film community is paying close attention to what you have to say.
October 19th, 2009 @ 9:17 am
Sir Andrew,
Hope this is not a repeat but frankly there were too many comments to double check 1st.
On the off chance you read all replies or pay someone minimum wage to do so...

I just saw this on Vimeo and it blew me away.
It was shot on 5D MKII...but is almost all day time.
I thought you'd like to see since you mentioned all good demos being at night.
I think it really shows you have to have a high-end video/cinematic style rig for the 5D to look like high-end video/cinematic style ftg.

Anyway, thanks for all you do and keeping us laughing along the way.
Congrats on the kid! I've got 2 of my own (6 and 8) and it's the best!
Ryan Gray
October 20th, 2009 @ 12:01 am
Hey, Andrew, here is a day time 7D rolling shutter test for you. What do yo think?
October 21st, 2009 @ 9:43 am
Thank you Andraw for this meracelous work it's realy the best of the best..

I have one serieus question :p

It blows my mind that how the supervisors arrive to conceal the cables or lines behind the actors like NEO in "THE MATRIX - in the bullet motion" Have you any idea ??

thank you one more time and I hoppe that I have a smal answer for my question.

:'( :(
Linus from Morocco
October 23rd, 2009 @ 6:17 am
I have made a short video with Canon 7D footage in FullHD:
November 3rd, 2009 @ 7:04 pm
Hey Andrew,

did you ever get to do a green screen test with the 7d footage? Would be great to see/hear the results.

November 7th, 2009 @ 11:26 pm
hey Andrew is not nerd lol thanks man you're my greatest teacher Andrew>god XD all hail to Andrew
November 10th, 2009 @ 10:46 am
Hey Andrew - Have you ever thought about using a white flash to cover your edits? :-) Just kidding - Love the show and all the tutorials - Can you do a tutorial on leech removal?
Boaz Asaasira
November 10th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Thanks! Andrew
I will buy and test it shooting documentaries
November 11th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm
@andrew or any1, i have 2 options... 7D or HFS100, which one better for film making? thx
November 12th, 2009 @ 2:02 am
yo Andrew hope you get this, quick question. I watched yout 3d max tut on med. again and noticed house md music is playing in the firts part in the bg. my question is did you guys at image do the intro??
November 16th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
what kind of mic are you using in your vlog?
November 25th, 2009 @ 9:47 am
I am renting the 7 D today and testing it out on a ballerina moving at above 250 of a sec. Will try a green screen and use a tripod, hopefully giving me a smoother track.
It a test for a job on Saturday, so if it fails I will blame the lab.
November 25th, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
You know you want to take it underwater...
December 11th, 2009 @ 3:06 am
Hahaha, i really enjoy your tutorials and video blogs, you have a really funny way to explain things :)
January 6th, 2010 @ 10:13 pm
lol, my friend was using one of them the other day, it didn't seem to shakey with the lens he had, but then again he had like two camera's so i might of gotten them mixed up
January 16th, 2010 @ 2:59 am
Would love an update on the tests...greenscreen, your new impression..etc. I am currently thinking about buying the 7D
Mike in Fl.
January 16th, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
New firmware that came out for the 5D a while back allows you to shoot up to 1.2 regardless of what lens you have. However, you could just get the awesome 50mm 1.2.
January 21st, 2010 @ 11:00 pm
Thanks Andrew, Love the show's.

I use the 7D and love it, there are a few issues but there are workarounds, Also look at the Scarlet s35 for a 35mm sensor. Hopefully this will be out before the end of the year. :)
Brandon Sirota
January 27th, 2010 @ 3:04 pm
Hi, i was just wondering how in the second blog video with the canon 7d how did you transition from filming you, to the screen recorder.
Will Cavanagh
February 16th, 2010 @ 5:07 pm
Hey Andrew --

Thanks for the post. I'd like to point you in the direction of a blog post RE sensor crop and rolling shutter. The 7D actually appears to exhibit LESS rolling shutter lag than the 5D (which has a larger sensor size.) The theory some are proposing is that the smaller sensor is faster to discharge and there is thus less lag.


Thanks for the posts, etc. man. Keep doin' what you do!

Nik Nikam
April 19th, 2010 @ 8:28 pm
I know man Canon 7d sucks ! My cinema classmates are all big fan of it. I just knew there is something wrong. Needed to hear it from you, when i saw you made a blog on it. Red One rocks by the way.
May 13th, 2010 @ 2:07 pm
Andrew, just one of hundreds more comments regarding your cool stuff on your webpage and of course this Blog. I love your stuff, and you are getting fans all over the planet, universe, delta quadroon.... sorry.... got caring away. Switzerland, Andrew, Switzerland (the little country in the middle of Europe... not Sweden... just for you out there who... never mind) has me and lots of other Swiss Video Copilot fans, and we enjoy your great stuff every day. Please never, ever close this Port and keep going with your great stuff!

;-) Vince
May 15th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
i agree this is alot better than all those expensive effect classes!
May 17th, 2010 @ 2:36 pm
hahahaha golf tournament and skateboard videos hahaha!
June 1st, 2010 @ 12:44 pm
I've been shooting videos with my Nikon D5000 in HD. I noticed sometimes I get this weird jello effect if the camera is in motion. But if on a tripod and shot outdoors its great. I use it to test out your tutorials.
June 14th, 2010 @ 9:07 pm
Wow, I did the same exact transition with a person in my last video I did with a buddy.
June 24th, 2010 @ 8:03 pm
so should i buy a camcorder or camera 7d if i want professional footage?
July 7th, 2010 @ 6:28 am
Andrew keep kidding around. Great phrase "you begin to talk random stuff... but tutorials pretty good".
In fact, tutorials more than good, great and awesome.
July 15th, 2010 @ 1:34 am
I love this lense. I think I will keep it for a good number of years.
Zack Taylor
July 19th, 2010 @ 11:07 pm
Nikon camera's shoot better pixels and better quality try getting one of those :)
August 7th, 2010 @ 1:16 am
I just wanted to ask if you could show a tutorial of how to make that effect of like keeping your main object(or person) in real time and the background in 3x or 4x the speed of it with a motion blur.
Like the video of 'my love' - westlife.
Thanks alot!
September 26th, 2010 @ 8:08 pm
You detailed the 7D well! In fact, it would be everything I would want to know about it if I were to buy one.

So now your to-do list is make Action Essentials 3D, do camera reviews/previews, and make me a sandwich.
October 10th, 2010 @ 11:04 am
I usually use RED One and as DSLR a Lumix GH1 cause it fits way better my needs. I don't really like Canon cameras, 5D, 7D or T2i. First of all the problem with the Canon is the impossibility to use PL mount lenses without a physically modification that costs a lot and doesn't let you use other lenses anymore. The GH1 has some issues with slomo but after the hack it gives you such a great shooting quality at 24p native instead of 60i with drop frames. Another great thing about the GH1 is that it has a swivel screen so you can shoot in lowest angles twisting it and still watch it. I don't remember if the 7D has the same issue as the 5D that shoots only 12 or 14 minutes...
dj vamshi
November 24th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
Can you tell the name of the microphone you use?.plz
December 16th, 2010 @ 6:49 am
Not to correct you, but this page says "FORUMLA" instead of formula. Just thought you'd like to know.
December 22nd, 2010 @ 4:47 am
This is a simple and crisp presentation.
Now I own a 7D, working on a movie project.
Can you let me know, what's the lens you have used in your demo clips.
February 23rd, 2011 @ 1:51 am
Hi every time i try to make a straight line with the pen tool it always starts to curve out when i click for another point and tips?
February 28th, 2011 @ 1:21 pm
Thaks a lot, i have a question, which SLR camera is better in video, canon or nikon? i want to try before buying but the sellers do´nt think so as well, thanks
March 21st, 2011 @ 9:04 am
I use it for my video clip,,,,very nice camera.....
April 21st, 2011 @ 6:43 pm
i ask for canon but i heard that canon carry some defects after using....but Panasonic is better...
so i wanna canon or panasonic is better?
April 23rd, 2011 @ 9:01 am
There actually is a DSLR that has a screen that flips out and still shoots full HD called The canon 60D. Although one downside is it can only send out an hd feed to a monitor if it is not capturing. once you begin recording the quality diminishes as the 7D is the only camera able to output HD while recording HD due to the fact it is the only DSLR with two processors.
June 14th, 2011 @ 10:51 am
Hey Kramer, so what about Canon HV40?
June 20th, 2011 @ 7:01 am
Do you have any other camera suggestions?
Do you recomend Canon 7D?
Need a good camera.. Going to film in a wedding, and I want it to be "perfect"
June 25th, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
Dear sir i like to buy a Dslr camera for VFX and short film making 7d or 5d which is best,
June 26th, 2011 @ 4:13 pm
Now that major motion pictures have used the 5d mark 2 and 7d I quess your first assesment was a tad bit off. not everyone has your money to buy the fancy equipment. allot more qualified people than you are using these cameras in huge budget films with outstanding seamless results.
October 1st, 2011 @ 5:09 pm
fantastic points altogether, you just gained a new reader. What might you suggest about your submit that you simply made some days ago? Any sure?
October 15th, 2011 @ 9:36 am
Thanks! Andrew
I use it for my video clip,,,,very nice camera…..
John Harrigan
May 12th, 2012 @ 9:16 am
how many light did you set up for this video?
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