5D Mark II Firmware Update March 16th! Finally.

March 2nd, 2010

Finally. 24P March 16th, 2010.

Finally. 24P March 16th, 2010.

Ripped from the canon rumors site. This is finally going to go down on March 16th.

London, 2nd March 2010 – Canon today pre-announces the release of a firmware update for the multiple award-winning EOS 5D Mark II. Originally announced in late 2009, the update adds 24* and 25 frames per second (fps) recording to the camera’s EOS MOVIE video function, and will be available as a free download from the middle of March.

Developed following feedback from photographers and cinematographers, Firmware 2.0.3 further enhances the EOS 5D Mark II’s excellent video performance. The addition of new frame rates expands the camera’s video potential, providing filmmakers with the ability to shoot 1080p Full HD footage at 24fps (actual 23.976fps) – the optimum frame rate for cinematic video. 25fps support at both 1920×1080 and 640×480 resolutions will allow users to film at the frame rate required for the PAL broadcast standard, while the new firmware will also change the 30fps option to the NTSC video standard of 29.97fps.

A new histogram display for shooting movies in manual exposure, shutter-priority (Tv) and aperture-priority (Av) have been added, and exposure modes will also be available in movie mode. Improved audio functionality will allow users to set sound record levels manually using a sound-level meter displayed on the LCD screen. The audio sampling frequency has also been increased from 44.1KHz to 48KHz, providing the optimum audio signal typically required for professional or broadcast material.

With its full frame CMOS sensor and compatibility with Canon’s wide range of premium lenses, the EOS 5D Mark II is already recognised for its outstanding HD video performance. Launched in September 2008, the camera immediately created a wide range of new possibilities for photographers and videographers, and the addition of new frame rates and manual audio levels extends those possibilities even further – allowing movie makers to shoot stunning movies to suit practically any creative purpose.

Extreme sports photographer Richard Walch was one of the first to be given the chance to use the newly updated EOS 5D Mark II to shoot the snowboarding movie “I Love My Friends”. Commenting on the EOS 5D Mark II’s video performance, Richard said: “The addition of the new frame rates opens up a whole new range of possibilities. If you’re a cinematographer, independent film maker or just enthusiastic about making your own movies, get out there and give it a try”.

http://www.canon.com/eos-d/

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JordanM
JordanM
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March 9th, 2010

Great. I am going to Africa on March 11th. I wont have the update for my trip. This sucks….

Renaud
Renaud
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March 5th, 2010

with this new firmware, do we still need to reencode with Neoscene the video file to have them working fine with premiere pro CS4?

NColtrane
NColtrane
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March 3rd, 2010

Awesome! cant wait! buuuut…. it is kind of a shame that they’re not including 60fps… that was the main thing I was hoping for…

kvibeproduction
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March 2nd, 2010

I always hated the sound quality. It didn’t matter if they fixed audio gain or not. There’s so much wind noise. Only thing useful is to audio sync with another device.

Edd
Edd
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March 5th, 2010

Simple mono(or stero) Video mics aren’t that expensive, and should easily fix the noise?

I have a Røde Videomic I want to test this out with, to see if it’s working just fine without Magic lantern. Hopefully it does! :)

Dennis Eusebio
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March 2nd, 2010

Man, was really hoping for 60p.

fishermansfriend
fishermansfriend
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March 3rd, 2010
Reply to  Dennis Eusebio

Did you see the promo film “I love my friends” Allot of slow motion in the there that must have been shot at 25 fps, dosn’t look bad at all.

stanbridge
stanbridge
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March 3rd, 2010

must have missed it. Any chance you can post a link to the video?

Romain
Romain
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March 3rd, 2010

I would love to see that too. Any chance you have a link? :)

Romain
Romain
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March 3rd, 2010
Reply to  Nigel

Great! Thanks

Romain
Romain
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March 3rd, 2010
Reply to  Nigel

After watching the video several times, I think it’s actually totally unconvincing… there is a terrible staccato effect and there are horrible video artifacts due to the creation of new frames :/
The videographer used a far to quick shutter speed and maybe his software sucks, but still, it’s bad.
Bah, nevermind, when I really need 60p, I’ll use my brother’s 7D.

hexeric
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March 3rd, 2010
Reply to  Dennis Eusebio

well the 5D only has one processor. the 7D has 2, so it still still an advantage over the 5D

mortoncinema
mortoncinema
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March 2nd, 2010

There are many aspects to sound quality. Sample rate of 48 vs 44.1 is just one of many. The camera still will be recording at 16 bit. In terms of importance to audio quality, bit depth is more important than sample rate.

Adding an external attached mic can give you a better microphone than the camera’s internal microphone and give you stereo capability.

Adding a separate recording device will give you even better quality. For example, the zoom h4n will give you a better microphone than camera’s internal microphone, and stereo capability and even the ability to mix 4 sources by attaching mics to its xlr inputs, and last but not least, recording at 24 bit/96 kHz with gain adjustments.

So it is welcome that Canon is boosting the sample rate, but there are still better solutions for those with the budget and determination to get better sound.

Edd
Edd
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March 2nd, 2010

Can’t wait for this! :)

joe
joe
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March 2nd, 2010

the best update is this….new focus solution
http://vimeo.com/9827192

Sebastian Kubatz
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March 2nd, 2010
Reply to  joe

pricing?

apogeecs
apogeecs
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March 2nd, 2010

i think it’ll be the 17th.
http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=3287&productID=249&articleTypeID=206

i plan on keeping the zoom, since it cant hurt to have an external recording, especially since you can plug xlr into the device.

Diff
Diff
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March 2nd, 2010

Can I skip the last firmware update and jump straight to this one or is it necessary to have all firmwares up to now?

stanbridge
stanbridge
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March 2nd, 2010
Reply to  Diff

Yes you can skip the others and install this one

Diff
Diff
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March 2nd, 2010
Reply to  stanbridge

Thanx!

Tian
Tian
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March 2nd, 2010

They say “will allow users to set sound record levels manually” this is not Auto Gain as i understand.

rollingball
rollingball
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March 2nd, 2010

It does not say that it will fix the AGC. I wonder if it will? If not we will have to wait for Magic Lantern to crack the firmware again… or will we? Any thoughts.

Tian
Tian
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March 2nd, 2010

Now, what i do with my zoom h4n, juicedlink an all my cables and splitters? or i need them to use headphones as audio monitor?

buildyo
buildyo
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March 2nd, 2010
Reply to  Tian

You will still need the Juicelink (or another external audio preamp) for feeding a clean, hot signal into the mic port of the camera. You don’t want the noisy preamp of the 5D to do the amplification. And of course you need the Juicelink for headphones too.

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