My Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group talk on 5D Mark II CineStyle and Neutral Density Filters


It’s always nice to be invited back to the Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group to discuss a topic I hope will be useful and interesting to those attending. Tonight I returned to give a talk about some tips I use to make my Canon 5DMark II motion footage look the best it can be.

For those who couldn’t attend and for those who would rather watch and listen without taking notes, I wanted to put some materials up here as a suplement and a guide for anyone interested. Easier to digest afterwards perhaps.

First, here’s a PDF of my keynote presentation. It’s loaded with links of all of the things I covered and some I didn’t have time to get to. You can also click on the title page above to download the PDF.

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about this very topic and it’s worth a read since the keynote PDF is more or less the bullet points and the blog should fill in some of the missing information.

Second, I created an example video to go with the CHIFCPUG presentation that shows how the Technicolor CineStyle picture style settings can be used on the Canon 5D Mark II with Neutral Density filters to create a flat image that is much more suitable for post production color grading than if you shoot with the Standard picture style with all of its electronic enhancements baked into your h.264 video.

You can view this CineStyle/Neutral Density video on Vimeo.

Neutral Density Examples & CineStyle picture style for HDSLR cameras from Billy Sheahan on Vimeo.

Thanks to Fred and Sue and everyone at CHIFCPUG for another warm homecoming. It’s always good to be back!

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  1. WOW, now I am not a FCP guy, nor have I been editing anywhere remotely close to what you have been doing in order to attain master-hood of the craft, but this is really interesting to see. Thank you for preparing this information and sharing it. Rather mind blowing to see the variables and the options and choices that one has here, as well.

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