February 13, 2015 at 12:20PM

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Problem with my Canon T3i?

Hi guys,

Just getting in to DSLR video now after about a year with my t3i shooting stills, and I've been extremely unimpressed with the video quality my camera generates especially when I compare it to videos on youtube with the same camera and same (or similar) lenses that look much, much better.

My gear / settings are as follows:

Canon T3i
- Highlight tone priority disabled & Auto Lighting Optimizer off
- Manual focus + exposure
- Flat profile

Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Canon 70-200mm f/4 L
SanDisk Ultra 30mb/s Class 10 32 GB SDHC card
Playback on 2013 2.4 Ghz Macbook Pro Retina Intel Core i5

The following clips were shot with each of my lenses to see if the issue persisted on all of them. I used 1920/1280 24p with 1/50 for a shutter speed and ISO 100 for each shot. If you view the video at full screen, the approximation of what you see is closer to what I'm getting out of camera. I feel like my iPhone shoots better video...

Clip 1: (Pay attention the the bricks on the left hand side) - f/4, ISO 100
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdcbFOWqvVQ

Clip 2: (The whole sky / sun looks pixelated) - f/8, ISO 400
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0covYZiPKqc

Clip 3: (The whole scene just looks awful)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHbhR0n6Npc

Is it just me, or are the shots very fuzzy, blurry, almost pixelated out of the camera? Instead of a beautiful blurred out (bokeh like) background, the shots seem very busy and almost out of focus and I cannot understand why. It's even worse when I play it back at full screen on my computer.

When I look at comparable videos on youtube, I can't understand why the shots look so clean, clear and beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1sdYizvEUs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDb25V1Y08M

Am I doing something wrong, or is there a problem with my camera body / lenses? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Jordan

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Have these clips come straight from the SD card, without having been processed/exported using editing software?

If so, that's the issue here. It's raw footage, and it'll look, well, raw, until you pass it through editing software. Even simply importing in, and then exporting it out will make a difference.

February 20, 2015 at 5:30AM, Edited February 20, 5:30AM

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Balthazar
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Have these clips come straight from the SD card, without having been processed/exported using editing software?

If so, that's the issue here. You'll need to import it into editing software. Even simply importing and then exporting will make a difference to the quality. What you're seeing is raw footage, hence why it looks, well, raw.

If the above doesn't apply, then you've a bigger problem.

February 20, 2015 at 5:32AM

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Balthazar
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Did you compress these clips?

February 20, 2015 at 5:19PM

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Don Way
Writer/Director of Photography
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Not that I know of. Basically once I shot the footage, I stuck the SD card in to my Macbook and opened up the footage with the quicktime viewer to get a sense of the quality. It actually looks better on Youtube with their compression than it does uncompressed on my computer. :/

Jordan Dahl

February 20, 2015 at 7:41PM

The only time this has happened to me straight out of the camera was when I used one of those PNY Sd cards. All of the footage came out looking like your third clip. I would try a different SD card and see if that makes a difference. If it comes out the same then it might be a problem with the camera itself.

February 21, 2015 at 7:32AM, Edited February 21, 7:32AM

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Don Way
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I would say it's probably whatever setting you rendered it out in. Make sure you select the proper one for the settings you filmed in.

February 21, 2015 at 12:10PM

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Ian Pfister
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Here's a simple check: Canon T3i videos are .MOV files in H.264 wrappers. You want to make sure you export to that codec or something better (e.g. ProRes 422) - and not the other way around.

February 21, 2015 at 10:47PM, Edited February 21, 10:47PM

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