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Old November 7th, 2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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Matching XF100 and 5D Mark II/muddy footage

Hi everyone,

I finally received my new XF100 in the mail, after it was backordered for some time. I purchased the XF100 as a second camera to compliment my 5D Mark II and to use it in situations where the MKII might be difficult.

I've read through most of the manual and have done a good deal of searching online regarding the picture settings in an effort to make it match with the 5D MKII footage. I applied former BBC cameraman Alan Robert's settings (http://thebrownings.name/WHP034/pdf/..._XF100-105.pdf), but I'm still seeing a lot of noise/grain.

Additionally, the footage looks, I suppose...muddy to me? Not in all circumstance, but quite often the results look really bland and muted and kind of *blah*.

Perhaps I've been spoiled by the deep saturation of the 5D MKII, but if I'm going to use these cameras together, it's important to match the colors.

Does anyone have experience with this? Is there a technique in post production? Or should I also flatten the 5D with a profile like CineStyle?

I'd be very appreciative of any help.

Thanks!

Cheers,
Elissa
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Old November 8th, 2011, 12:39 PM   #2
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Re: Matching XF100 and 5D Mark II/muddy footage

Elissa - see this thread for a lot of info on this:

Matching XF100 footage with HF100 or Other Small Cameras

The XF100 comes with settings that are quite flat - both color and contrast. I didn't find the BBC settings to be much of an improvement. If you are doing a lot of adjustment in post, the flat settings give you more to work with, but that's not what I prefer. The link I gave, plus a few older threads give a lot of details on Custom Picture settings that give punchier color, more contrast, deeper blacks, etc. Just try some of these settings as a starting point and experiment.

On the graininess, be sure and use the Gain limiter in the menus.
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Old November 14th, 2011, 09:46 PM   #3
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Re: Matching XF100 and 5D Mark II/muddy footage

Thanks, David! I've tried some of the other profiles and they really make a difference.
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