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Canon C500 (PL Mount) 4K

Canon C500PL hire London

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Canon C500 Large Sensor Camcorder with a native PL mount and 4K RAW output

Whilst the C500 records HD onto internal CF cards (supplied), this camera outputs 4K in RAW format but in order to record 4K, you will require an external 4K recorder, such as the Convergent Odyssey 7Q .  Read our account of shooting the best quality 200fps available using Odyssey 7Q and Canon C500

4K Canon RAW files are very large - 256 GB of storage is only enough media to store about 13 mins of 4K RAW media.  However, the C500/Odyssey 7Q combination also gives the capability of shooting 2K DPX files off board with 12 bit sampling which offers far greater recording durations and extremely high quality, so it is a good compromise.  Also a 4K Prores recording option is expected at some point soon and will offer a more efficient codec and longer recording times as well.

The Canon C500 offers two forms of 4K origination - productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats - and output a selection of 4K, 2K and HD digital sampling formats.  

The C500 features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Canon RAW output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI out ports supports external live monitoring. HD or 2K content can be written to dual onboard CF cards simultaneously to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems. 

Furthermore, 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal during 2K (2,048 x 1,080 pixels) video output will deliver rich colour and high compatibility with image processes such as chroma key compositing. Support for frame rates up to 120p in both 4K and 2K resolution will provide enhanced creative flexibility, enabling high-speed (slow motion) video capture in high resolution.

The EOS C500 capitalizes on the groundbreaking ergonomic design of the EOS C300 camera, and offers a new Super 35mm, 8.85-megapixel CMOS image sensor, DIGIC DV III Image Processor and an expansive range of recording and output options specifically for 4K and 2K image acquisition.

4K Outputs - requires external 4K Recorder

The C500 offers two forms of 4K origination - productions can dynamically select DCI (SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard) or the alternative television-centric Quad-HD (SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards) source image formats - and output a selection of 4K, 2K and HD digital sampling formats.

The EOS C500 features uncompressed Canon RAW output for both 4K and 2K recording. The Canon RAW output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI out ports supports external live monitoring. HD or 2K content can be written to dual onboard CF cards simultaneously to provide proxy video for offline NLE systems. 

This camera is supplied as standard with a 15mm bridge plate and suport and optional BP12 19mm bars support is a no-cost option if hiring in conjunction with large PL lenses, such as Zeiss MasterPrimes or heavy zoom lenses such as ARRI Aluras or Angenieux Optimos.

  • 50Mb/s 4:2:2 recording
  • The use the same BP-975 batteries & chargers 
  • Compact flash media cards

This is designed to be a low cost digital film capture device offering universal compatibility of film and DSLR lenses across both camera models and operation is deceptively simple as well - so much so, that you will feel comfortable after just a few minutes of operation.  It is also reliable with a tried and tested menu and operational structure of the well established Canon XF-305, just with a Super-35 sensor.

Use with Alexa as 3rd Unit Capture

Don't be deceived that quality is compromised too much though - several Dramas have successfully intercut C300PL (and so C500 by association) cameras with Alexas as a 3rd unit device and many budget features have shot using exclusively C300s on their own as well!

Post is very easy too - the MPEG-2 codec is an internationally recognized standard compatible with major NLE applications including FCP, AVID etc while additional features such as Canon Log ensure seamless integration with existing production workflows, making post-production easy.

VMI C500 Packages

VMI supply the EOS C500 camera in PL mount only.

The camera is supplied with 2 x 32GB CF cards with the following storage capability:

25Mbps: 310 minutes
35Mbps: 225 minutes
50Mbps: 160 minutes

Canon C500 Large Sensor Camcorder with a native PL mount and 4K RAW output. Requires a separate 4K recorder for 4K acquisition, such as Convergent Odyssey 7Q.

Please read VMI's article The Canon C300 Mk II vs C300 - What's the fuss about?

Please also read VMI's article on Capturing 12 bit RAW with ARRI, Panasonic, Sony, Canon and other cameras using Odyssey 7Q RAW Recorder

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