It’s been almost five months since Canon officially announced their latest EOS C200 camcorder and made another huge splash in the filmmaking community. Among many of the well-known features available on the other EOS counterparts, the new member of the Cinema EOS camera lineup has brought to the table a newly developed recording format allowing users to capture 12bit 4K DCI Raw internally onto a CFast 2.0 card.
While the proprietary Cinema Raw Light promises to deliver better image quality without the absurdly large file sizes associated with traditional raw file formats, it does pose a bit of a challenge when it comes to native video editing. Thankfully, acclaimed camera rental company LensProToGo has created an insightful video tutorial that covers two different workflows allowing you to integrate effortlessly the new Raw format in your post-production pipeline.
As the video outlines, there are two ways you could process the footage before sending it to your non-linear video editor – either using Canon’s Cinema RAW Development application or through DaVinci Resolve 14. Unfortunately, Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X still don’t provide native support for the format, hence why you’ll need to transcode the footage first.
If you’re using Canon’s Cinema RAW Development application, find your clips using the file browser and by selecting them click Add to Media Pool. Once your files are in the Media Pool, click on a clip which will allow you to start making adjustments.
In the preview window next to the image, you can adjust the white balance, brightness, white balance shift, and sharpness. Additionally, you could also tweak your preview settings to display different color spaces such as BT.2020 or DCI-P3, as well as the gamma of your image.
Once you’ve adjusted your videos, highlight all your clips in the media pool and click on the Add to Export Queue button. If you want to modify the export settings, click the gear icon on the top right corner of the Export Window. Here, you can change the export destination, choose the files to output (duplicates, proxies, etc.), output resolution, file type, color space, and de-squeeze settings. Once adjusted, hit OK and then click on the Export button to commence the transcoding process.
If you’re using DaVinci Resolve to transcode your footage, the process is just as straightforward. First, use the Media Browser to locate your files, select them and drag the footage into your project. Resolve will prompt you to change the settings of your timeline.
Once imported, take your clips and drop them into the timeline. Then go to the color tab and tweak the color to your liking. Unfortunately, DaVinci Resolve 14 doesn’t allow you to edit the colors of the C200 Raw footage using the Camera Raw panel currently. Nevertheless, you can still utilize all the other color adjustment tools the program has to offer.
After adjusting the colors of the clips, go ahead and export the footage, making sure that before you hit Render, you’ve highlighted all the clips in your timeline and have selected Individual clips in the Render options. Also, in the export panel, you can find options to transcode in different resolutions, frame rates, and formats.
While it will take some time for NLE software developers to provide full support for Canon’s new Raw codec, DaVinci Resolve and Canon’s Cinema RAW Development application seem to be a viable option. In the meantime, here are a few shots that showcase the stunning image quality the Canon C200 provides. You can also download the samples by using the following link.