I recently got more involved with using my Canon 7D for filming & have been reading up a bit on how to get “more” dynamic range out of your camera while capturing video.
I do make use of MagicLantern on my camera, but at this point in time it’s only to give me some extra features onscreen (LiveView on-screen info, zebra stripes, on-board intervalometer (time-lapse), etc.)
I read about the Technicolor Cinestyle profile for EOS cameras (FAQ).
When you install this profile on your Canon EOS DSLR, you get a new User-Defined picture style on your camera, which essentially produces a “flat” image (but capturing more dynamic range).
You NEED to make use of Post-processing (Colour correction, etc.) to make the video come to life, but that’s another blog post in it’s own :-).
To install the Technicolor Cinestyle profile is quite easy:
- Register and download the Cinestyle profile (in .zip format)
- Extract the .zip file to a local folder
- Connect your camera via USB (but do not switch on yet)
- Start up the Canon EOS Utility program (comes on the CD with your EOS camera, or read my post on how to install WITHOUT having the original installer)
- Switch on your camera
- The EOS Utility should recognise your camera and show you a start-up menu
- Select ” Camera Settings / Remote Shooting”
- Select the Camera Icon
- Click on “Picture Style” and select Detail Set
- In the window that comes up, select one of the User Defined slots (1,2 or 3)
- Click on the “Open” button and browse to the Technicolor_CineStyle_v1.0.pf2 file and select it.
- It will now be loaded in the slot you selected.
- Viola ! you can now set this as your shooting picture style
Canon explains a bit more about the Picture styles here
Have fun !