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4k Raw Recording Internal – Professional Video Solution

Most of documentary shoots I’m on use Canon c300 cameras. They’ve definitely taken the industry by storm and are becoming standard equipment for a large number of web and broadcast productions. while other makers like Arri are the go to for Big Productions. We dont realy hear about the f55 anymore. The c-100 was a welcome addition to smaller lighter productions and has generally been adopted by the wedding video industry. But many professional features were left off the c100. Today the new Canon c-200 makes it debut as not just being able to record raw but recording raw internally.

I’ve been working primarily in a raw workflow since 2014. That is to say, I shoot in raw and process the footage after the shoot into pores. As we continue to see data costs drop and processing power increase its unavoidable that more and more cameras will begin to incorporate raw workflows at least as an option.  Check out the quick video here from the folks at Able Cine.

The C200 allows internal recording in flavors like 4k UHD 50p mp4, or 4k DCI raw 50p, and continuous 120 frames per second high-speed recording in full HD without cropping the sensor.

Strangely, if you’re not shooting the new cinema raw light format cannon is introducing with this camera you’re limited to 150mbps. a shamefully low bit rate. This comes as no surprise to industry watchers. the “versatility” will go to the more expensive cameras. Still, this is a great addition to the Canon cinema camera lineup and I expect this to take a lot of the business from the c-300 until its updated. Cinema5D is reporting higher frame rates will be available later on. no surprise there.

To me, the real news is this new cinema raw light codec. This is the future of filmmaking. I don’t just mean movie films, documentary shooters, corporate shooters, marketing and advertising productions, all of these camera operators no longer have as much on the line in the field.  At the same time, the process of making a video does get just a little bit more complicated. More of the resources will need to be allocated to the post production processes. And at the end of the day quality will be just a little easier to get. and the important parts of a video production come down to what is the story about. and how are people going to find out about it.