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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.

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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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6 Comments
  • natasha stanbridge

    March 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm Reply

    Hey,

    Could you possibly explain the clip wrap bit in further detail? Your film inspired me to shoot some footage on the c100 today although im not getting far in post so far!

    Thanks

    • Drew

      March 9, 2014 at 4:22 pm Reply

      Clipwrap is a utility for transcoding or rewrapping AVCHD footage to create more manageable QuickTime MOV files that can be imported in to your editing software. It’s not necessary to use it but I find it helps get rid of the unmanageable AVCHD file system. I set Clipwrap to leave the source clips in their original 25p or 50i state by setting the frame rate to “Source Framerate”. I set the format setting to “Rewrap (Source Format)” and optimize for “Final Cut Pro X”. I then import the rewrapped clips in to FCPx which interprets them correctly as either 25p or 50i.

      I hope this answered your question.

  • natasha stanbridge

    March 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm Reply

    thanks ill try this!

  • natasha stanbridge

    March 9, 2014 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Hi, one more for you!

    Can you change from 50i to 25p during one shoot?

    Be good to shoot some stuff for slo mo, I’m guessing if everything is eventually in a 25p timeline this shouldn’t be a problem?

    Thanks again !

    • Drew

      March 9, 2014 at 5:35 pm Reply

      Yes you can swap between 25p and 50i at any time on the same SD card. I do this all the time.

  • Grant

    March 25, 2014 at 12:50 am Reply

    Hi – I too own the Canon C100 and like using the camera. Can i ask why you bother using clipwrap to bring files into FCPx? I also use FCPx and have no problems importing the Canon AVCHD files in? With regards to the slo-mo you could also re-interpret 50i as 25p once imported and then apply 50% speed to it or am I missing a better way of doing this?
    Cheers

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