Neighborhood July 4th Parade on a Canon 7D
I’ve had a Canon 7D from the first batch that came out. I’ve been shooting various footage and tests for the past several months, but this morning I tried it for documentary/news shooting by filming my neighborhood’s 4th of July parade.
This was shot entirely hand-held to see just how the camera could handle uncontrolled motion. It’s a big challenge.
I filmed using a borrowed 18-55mm f/4.5-5.6 lens with a Rode Videomic for sound, which can only be recorded fully automatic. I’ve ordered a Zacuto 2.5 Z-Finder for focusing, but it hasn’t arrived yet so I had to iris and focus entirely from the rear LCD screen. Add to that, the overhead sunlight was brutal. The parade walkers went from f/15 in the sun and a few steps later would be under the shade of trees and f/5.6.
After the parade I converted the footage using MPEG Streamclip to Apple Pro Res 422, imported into Final Cut Pro, cut down footage to the best shots (including plenty of Greyhounds), then exported it as DVCPRO Quicktime, saved it to a thumb drive and drove it to KCRA-TV to be used in the evening’s 4th of July news coverage.
As a comparison of the image quality I’ve uploaded a 1080 MP4 clip of the footage to Youtube for a comparison.
My reaction to the camera as news. This camera works best in a controlled situation. A tripod would be ideal. If using hand-held the footage is best if it is shot in a situation where there the action can be controlled, as when working with actors, or in a documentary situation where the activity is not rushing by.
I almost always prefer working in hand-held telephoto, so I need to devise some sort of shoulder mounted rig to stabilize the camera.
Here is how the footage was edited and broadcast on the evening news on KCRA-TV.