Canon C100 slo-mo stunt action…
I conscripted two professional stuntmen. I made sure health and safety codes were adhered to – wellie boots check. I set my Canon C100 to record 50i. l changed the shutter speed to 1/100th. I focused (mostly) and shouted “action!”
When filming was wrapped up I rewrapped the clips in Clipwrap setting the frame rate to automatic. I then imported them in to FCPx and created a new 1920×1080 25p project. I dragged the clips on to the timeline and slowed to 50%. Simples.
The result? Useable slo-mo from the camera bemoaned at not having 50p. See for yourself:
Ok so it throws away half of the vertical resolution. It ain’t no excellent Sony FS700 with super-slomo. But to my eyes it isn’t too bad. It’s a long way better than the 720 50p of my Canon 550d which I would best describe as unusable.
At the end of the day the C100 is very good at a lot of things. Ergonomically it trumps every camera I have used. It suits my working style as a one man band. It has ND filters. Built in sound with XLRs. It has C-Log and 12 stops of dynamic range. And the image it produces is up there the best HD cameras.
I will get round to actually using slomo on a real job someday soon and not be ashamed of it.
Oh and the stuntmen were very easily paid. 2 Asda mini pizzas and a packet of Starburst.