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Cinema and Broadcast White Papers

November 21, 2017

This article was originally published on June 5,2012 and has been updated to include current product information.

Go beyond the manual with these free, downloadable White Papers. Learn about the major features, technologies, and accessories of our Cinema and Broadcast systems.

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Understanding High Dynamic Range (HDR): A Cinematographer Perspective
Dynamic range refers to the range of reproducible tonal values within a photographic image from the deepest shadow detail to the brightest highlight detail. These tonal values originate as scene luminance values that are also known as scene brightness values that can be measured with a spot photometer, either in foot-lamberts or in camera T-stops, to establish a scene contrast ratio.
Extended Recording Capabilities in the EOS C700 Camera
The EOS C700 broadens the on-board recording options for all of the production formats. It also has a dockable recorder that can record 4K RAW at 12-bit at frame rates up to 60 fps and at 10-bit up to 120 fps. Unlike the other Cinema EOS cameras that RAW signal has no baked-in video processing other than a unique new OETF that enhances the capture of all of the impressive HDR details originated by the camera.
Significant Operational Features of EOS C700 Camera
If there is a takeaway from this White Paper it is that the EOS C700 is amazingly strong in the multiple operational features embodied in this remarkable camcorder. Many of these features add significant empowerment to the creative aspirations of DPs and camera assistants who will undertake many forms of shooting configurations and on-set workflows.
Deep Dive - High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the EOS C700 and EOS C300 Mark II Cameras PART 2
The companion white paper “Deep Dive into High Dynamic Range – Part 1” examined key aspects of the image sensor that is capable of originating HDR video. The importance of choosing a reference base sensitivity setting for the HDR camera and its implications on the dynamic range actually delivered by the camera were also discussed. It was emphasized that this linear light digital representation predetermines three critical specification of the Luma video that is ultimately delivered by the camera – namely, sensitivity, dynamic range, and noise.
Deep Dive - High Dynamic Range (HDR) in the EOS C700 and EOS C300 Mark II Cameras PART 1
The EOS C700 and EOS C300 Mark II cameras share the same Super 35mm 4.5K CMOS image sensor developed by Canon to achieve a 15-Stop dynamic range. This paper will review some of the innovative technologies underlying the image sensor design that supports this extended range.
Role of the 2/3-inch Image Format in 4K UHD Production
This paper is intended to provide a background to the emergence of 2/3-inch lens-camera systems for 4K UHD production and the optical performance expectations of associated 4K lenses. The paper will review Canon’s involvement in the development of those lenses and will describe our initial 4K UHD lens family and the associated design strategies to achieve this impressive level of optical performance. The paper will explain the unprecedented strategy of introducing two categories within this new 4K UHD lens family – namely, 4K and 4K PREMIUM. The distinct performance difference between the two reflects Canon’s recognition that different 4K program genres will require different levels of overall cost / performance.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): What it is and What it is Not
Over many decades the television and video technical community have wrestled with continually improving specific imaging parameters that collectively combine to elevate the overall quality of video pictures. This work evolved progressively over the extended era of analog video, followed by digital “standard definition” video (SDTV), all the way to todays’ digital “high definition video (HDTV).
Cinema EOS On-Set HDR/WCG Ecosystem
This paper will outline the numerous design strategies in a unique second generation digital cinematography production system intended to originate imagery in 2K/HD/4K/UHD formats that have both High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG). The system includes the cine lens, a new digital camcorder, and an on-set reference display that share a coordinated system design conforming to the ACES 1.0 system developed by the Technical Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Advances in CMOS Image Sensors and Associated Processing
This presentation will review two technical innovations in CMOS image sensors and their associated digital processing that have significantly enhanced motion image origination. Details of the relevant technologies will be discussed.
Lens Strategies for the era of 4K UHD Digital Motion Imaging
It was probably inevitable that broadcasters would begin to explore the possibilities of 4K UHD for the globally popular world of outside broadcast sports coverage; and indeed, recent years have seen a great deal of related experimental projects. The 4K UHD lens issue soon surfaced as the limitations of presently available Super 35mm zoom lenses quickly became apparent.
Image Performance Enhancements in the EOS C300 Mark II
The new camera is intended to significantly extend the overall image performance of HD beyond that of the C300 while further supporting the alternative 2K cinema format. A 15-stop dynamic range is provided by a new photodiode design that simultaneously lowers the noise floor while elevating the saturation level – offering excellent HDR functionality and much more.
Extended Recording Capabilities in the EOS C300 Mark II
The new C300 Mark II camcorder offers significantly elevated video performance and expanded operational capabilities. Unlike its predecessor, the C300 Mark II offers a choice of 2K or HD. Most important, it greatly extends on-board recording capabilities by deploying a new codec based upon the more advanced MPEG-4 H.264 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) compression algorithm.
Ergonomic and Operational Enhancements to the EOS C300 Mark II
From the extraordinary diversity of productions done with a large body of C300 camcorders around the globe for the ensuing four years a great deal of commentary and suggestions based upon those shooting experiences were gathered, the new EOS C300 Mark II embodies many of these suggestions while also incorporating innovative enhancements to both imaging and recording capabilities. On-set systemization has been greatly enhanced by a coordinated design with a new on-set 4K reference display.
What Constitutes a High Performance 4K Lens?
A 4K lens must anticipated a wide range of productions – including theatrical motion pictures, major television dramas and episodics, commercials, and a diverse range of non-entertainment origination. So what are the performance parameters that collectively define 4K optical performance? The following paper will enumerate these parameters and discuss user expectations.
Canon-Log Cine Optoelectronic Transfer Function:
This guide was originally published on June 20, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.

Canon-Log is designed to reproduce the entire tonal reproduction range of which the new CMOS image sensor used in the EOS C300 (and future EOS C500 cameras) is capable. This paper will discuss an optoelectronic transfer characteristic developed by Canon that ensures effective management of wide dynamic range HD imagery.
Sensitometric Characteristics of the EOS Digital Cine Camera:
This guide was originally published on June 19, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.

A technical analysis of the EOS C300 and C500's sensor and processing system, and how they combine to produce the camera's tonal reproduction and contrast range.
New 35mm CMOS Image Sensor for Digital Cine Motion Imaging:
This guide was originally published on April 2, 2012 and has been updated to include current product information.

Canon's Cinema EOS has a totally new CMOS imaging sensor, dedicated to outstanding video image quality. This White Paper takes an extremely detailed look at the technologies that make this happen.
Choice of Wide Color Gamuts in Cinema EOS C500 Camera
This paper will discuss one specific upgrade among a range of firmware upgrades for the Cinema EOS cameras – namely, a set of expanded color gamuts for the EOS C500 digital cine camera.
How a 4K Image Sensor originates a superior real-time 2K or HD
An innovative parallel readout of the 4K image sensor empowers the origination of uncompressed HD or 2K at full bandwidth 444 RGB without the need for any debayering process.
Personality of the Canon Cinema EOS Lens:
Design Strategies

The newer generation of Cinema EOS lenses came from multiple optical design resources within Canon, such as our EF Lens and Broadcast Lens designs.
Personality of the Canon Cinema EOS Lens:
Image Sharpness

A design goal with the Cinema zoom lenses was to achieve an overall optical performance that would equate with the best of contemporary prime lenses over their respective focal lengths. Learn more about how these Cinema zoom lenses maintain their sharpness in a close-up or while zoomed out.
Personality of the Canon Cinema EOS Lens:
Color Reproduction

The new generation of Canon Cinema lenses paid high attention to optimizing color reproduction of the lens-camera system, such as how it reproduces skin tones of various ethnicities.
Personality of the Canon Cinema EOS Lens:

Achieving a high contrast ratio is universally sought by cinematographers and is always a central design goal for the optical designers. Learn about the different designs that help achieve high contrast ratios.
The Promise of 4K:
The advent of 4K cinema brings about changes to cameras, lenses, post-production and the home viewing experience. Explore each implication in-depth and see what this digital image format offers.
Cinema EOS for 2K and HD Origination:
The EOS C300 captures HD files and EOS C500 captures 4K, 2K or HD files. Learn more about the important differences between these Cinema EOS cameras, in the context of HD or 2K digital orientation, and how these components contribute to the clean imagery and sharpness in the video files.
Best Practices for Data Management:
A guide to responsible data management, from data calculating your projects, to understanding data configurations and storage devices, to the pros and cons of manipulating your files on-set vs in-post.
EOS C300 Best Practices Guide:
More of a handy reference PDF than a technical White Paper, this practical guide offers straightforward tips, how-to, and best practices for preparing the EOS C300 for shooting.
RGB Resolution Considerations in a New CMOS Sensor for Cine Motion Imaging:
A highly technical White Paper, examining the RGB video characteristics of the EOS C300 camera, for both progressive and interlaced video formats.
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