Yesterday, I was in Merced, CA and had a little downtime and I wanted to shoot a few camera tests. This is the first, I compared the new Canon Video-X picture profile to some of the other popular profiles. My uncle and aunt have a lovely little zen garden and I love to shoot in there. I think these shots I chose have a good amount of dynamic range to show off what these profiles can do.
The Video-X profile was developed by Canon to help match the look of the X series camcorders. I ofter shoot with friends that have XH-A1s and XA-10s so this will be a handy profile for me. (You can download the profile here.)
I compared the profile to the built in Neutral profile (with the Prolost Flat recommended settings) and the Technicolor CineStyle profile. I often shoot with the Neutral profile since I really like the way it looks and requires minimal fiddling with in post. I also use the CineStyle profile a bit especially when I know I need a little extra detail and have time to spend on making it not look so flat in post.
To my eye, the Video-X is a middle ground between the two. There is definitely more perceived flatness, dynamic range and detail than the Neutral profile, yet it’s not so flat that it’s too easy to over expose. I turned down the settings on the profile a little further than it’s default setting (a la Prolost Flat) and you can see it in the image here. I know this will make it less compatible with X camcorders, but this will make a more pleasing image over all, I think.
I quickly did a pass on the Video-X footage and I am by no means a professional color grader, but I think I made something pleasing. My color grading is influenced by a Technicolor article about using the mid-tone exposure to add contrast, not the lows. It can add contrast without destroying the detail in the shadows. But any positive recommendations on color correcting and grading is greatly appreciated.
I will keep this on my camera for a while and see how I like it over time.