Canon’s very popular C300 Camera has gone through a major iteration and now has a new model shipping in September 2015 called the Canon EOS C300 Mark II.  The C300 Mark II can be ordered in two models, the EF mount made popular on many Canon still cameras and the ARRI PL mount found in the Cinema world.  The mounts are interchangeable but only at a Canon Factory Service center, like the Canon Experience Center found in Costa Mesa, California.

Today we will be discussing the Canon C300 Mark II Workflow.  We will be using the Canon C300 Mark II camera and a favorite of ours, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Recorder with Canon RAW option.  We bought the Odyssey7Q early on when they first came out.  The devices have received many free firmware updates to increase functionality and reliability over time.  We are pleased with the innovations that Convergent Design has made that allow simple firmware updates instead of coming out with newer models.

The Canon C300 Mark II supports the following resolutions, color depth and space out of the box.

4096×2160 – 10bit – 4:2:2
3840×2160 – 10bit – 4:2:2
2048×1080 – 12bit – 4:4:4
1920×1080 – 12bit – 4:4:4

The Canon C300 Mark II records Canon XF-AVC files internally to the CFast or SD card slots.  The SD card write speeds are much slower therefore a only lower quality proxy file recording is available.

Our first goal today is to record 4K RAW files to the Odyssey7Q from the Canon C300 Mark II.  We recommend resetting either the camera or recorder to factory defaults if you are having difficulty.

Canon C300 Mark II Setup

Menu -> Custom Picture -> BT.709 (or any Canon Log2 option)
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> Frequency -> 59.94
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> REC OUT 4K RAW Mode -> 4K RAW
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> Resolution/Color Sampling -> 4096×2160 YCC 4:2:2

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Setup

Settings -> Setup -> Camera -> Canon C500 RAW .RMF
Settings – > Setup -> Record Trigger -> Camera
Connect 3G-SDI cable from C300 REC OUT to Odyssey7Q SDI A IN

When pressing Record on the C300 with a CFast card, you will record 4K internally and 4K RAW files to the Odyssey7Q.

Our second goal is to take a 4K RAW signal and write 4K ProRes files to the Odyssey7Q from the Canon C300 Mark II.

Canon C300 Mark II Setup

Menu -> Custom Picture -> BT.709 (or any Canon Log2 option)
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> Frequency -> 59.94
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> REC OUT 4K RAW Mode -> 4K RAW
Menu -> Recording/Media Setup -> Resolution/Color Sampling -> 4096×2160 YCC 4:2:2

Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Setup

Settings -> Setup -> Camera -> Canon RAW>Prores -> Canon C500 4K RAW > ProRes(.MOV)
Settings – > Setup -> Record Trigger -> Camera
Connect 3G-SDI cable from C300 REC OUT to Odyssey7Q SDI A IN

When pressing Record on the C300 with a CFast card, you will record 4K internally and 4K ProRes files to the Odyssey7Q.

NLE Support for Canon C300 Mark II

Final Cut Pro 10.2.2 – Supports Canon XF-AVC .MXF files natively using Import.  Canon .RMF RAW files from the Odyssey7Q must be converted to Apple ProRes using the free Canon RAW Development.  ProRes files are naturally supported by Apple Final Cut Pro.

Adobe Premiere CC 2015 – Supports Canon XF-AVC files recorded directly from the camera and Canon .RMF RAW files from the Odyssey7Q.

Download the Canon RAW Development software here.

    

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