Like quite a few other HDSLR shooters I was quite excited by Technicolor’s release of their Cinestyle picture profile for the Canon 5D mkii. Tests on the web are quite limited at the moment so I decided to try my own. The subject is not the best to test out the true strengths (plenty of lens flares etc.) of the profile but it’s a start. I also used a 7D and not a 5Dmkii.
Shooting with the Technicolor profile took a bit of getting used to in terms of getting the correct exposure. I switched back and forth between neutral and Cinestyle a few times so I could judge the difference. It definitely looks drastically different on the camera LCD screen but I’m sure it will take no time to get used to.
One thing I did have problems with was Red Giant’s LUT buddy. Whenever I had applied the LUT and tried to export, FCP wold crash. After a bit of searching about on the inter-web I discovered you need to press the apply button on the filter. The filter also seems to generate huge FCP files after export which is not too good!
I also did a quick grade in Apple Color to get a feel for the new look. It could just be my imagination, but the lows and highs seem to clip less when checking out the original footage on a histogram.