Spiritbox: Part 2 – “the Mara Effect” Behind the Scenes

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Following up to my post the other day – from the live recording session at Silverside Sound with Spiritbox music – this is the video I’ve stitched together, mainly from B-Roll footage on set.  A “BTS” video if you will.  This is one of the first behind the scenes – or music related video’s for that matter – like this I’ve ever made, and I shot it on an older Canon 80D that I just recently sold, since upgrading recently to a Sony A7III.
Here is a behind the scenes video of Spiritbox performing The Mara Effect, Parts I, II, and III, live at Silverside Sound.  The final music video, directed and shot by Dylan of Versa Films can be viewed here at this link. 
As much fun as I had shooting the footage behind the scenes, this was really the most I’ve ever pushed my little Canon 80D before.  Most of the footage I have shot has been during daylight, golden hour, or less demanding environments than this session.  A few drawbacks of my Canon 80D became more apparent during this session, which sparked more of a response from me than my previous projects for real estate walkthroughs or my hobby-walks around town with my gimbal.

Filming with the Canon 80D:

There’s a few things I love about it, and a few things I don’t:
  1. the Dual Pixel Auto Focus is extremely quick, accurate, and rather intuitive.  It simply knows what you want and locks on.  You can make adjustments for the responsiveness and speed of how you’d like to pull focus automatically.   However, manual focus is almost necessary in certain environments.  And that’s where this kind of flops.  What I don’t like about this camera is the lack thereof in regards to manual focus assist, meaning you have to focus optically. This is sometimes tricky in low lighting through the viewfinder, which is already quite small, and using the the LCD screen isn’t anything to put trust into.
  2. The touch screen makes it a breeze to operate while shooting videos.  Sometimes I don’t want to have to touch buttons or pull on control wheels while making adjustments, especially during shooting.  It will often shake the camera or add torque onto the motors while operating a gimbal, for example.  The ability to simply and delicately touch the screen to make adjustments is not incredibly convenient and helps maintain stable footage.
  3. The in camera colours are fantastic, but if you want to create a more neutral profile the basic controls are not simply enough.  It’s quite a challenge to grade as it doesn’t hold up well.   The overall video quality is quite mediocre in my opinion as well; even at 1080p the image is quite lacklustre.  And in low light conditions — with the ISO at 2,000 — the noise is almost unusable at that point.  It’s muddy and a bit soft.  Not much to work with if it’s already showing it’s weakness at 2,000 ISO.  Any camera can be great in perfect daylight conditions, but where one should typically base their opinions is how their system performs in less ideal lighting conditions.  Overall, it’s better than most cameras in this regard even though the image is a bit soft.  No camera is perfect.
With the 90D soon to be released, the technology of the Canon 80D camera dates back a few years.  Does that mean it’s already out dated?  Not necessarily.  It’s really served me well over the years.

Conclusion of using the Canon 80D for video projects:

Overall, and especially for the price, the Canon 80D has proven to be a fantastic little camera.  After all, it does both photo AND video very well.  My complaints do not mean that it’s horrible and you shouldn’t buy one, (or the 90D) for that matter;  I have simply out-grown it.  Like all of us I have decided it’s time to upgrade to more features and a higher quality, even if it’s with another brand.  For now though, I am excited to get to know my new camera, the Sony A7III.  So far it is absolutely fantastic.