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HDR Video Demonstration Made with Two Canon 5D Mark IIs

You’ve most likely seen HDR photographs before, but how about HDR video? The above is a demonstration of HDR video by Soviet Montage, created using two Canon 5D Mark II DSLR cameras. Both cameras recorded identical scenes using a beam splitter, and captured the footage at different exposure values (over and under exposed).

We’ve posted HDR videos before, but they were created using stop-motion, so the process was more traditional. This is also the first time we’ve seen an HDR video of a person.

What do you think?

(via Engadget)


 
  • http://twitter.com/yoerk Jörg

    Well, if you can’t even tell over- from underexposed (00:17)… I think it’s no progress in photography/filming at all. At least this example isn’t.

  • http://joricel.com/ Joey

    From the video: “Using a different HDR process we can create a more realistic effect”
    Yes, this is the way all human eyes see things.

  • Hawk

    Why are so less people able to understand that both digital photography and screens have a much smaller dynamic range than the human eye…

  • Mark

    It’s the use of what appears to be ‘tone mapping’ in this example of HDR video that makes it interesting, rather than ‘detail enhancer’. An almost surreal effect (not realistic), most easily visible towards the end using the example of the person in the video.

    Depending on the movie, I think it could work quite well.

  • Mark

    Hawk, that’s the point. A digital camera has a smaller dynamic range than the human eye, so HDR is used to compensate for the loss … thereby showing more detail then we would normally see in a digital photo without the use of HDR.

  • tage01

    personally, i think it’s shit.

  • Don V

    Suggestion: if you do another cityscape (or anything with a skyline) why not put the annoying non-stop text at the TOP where there’s nothing folks might want to see in your demonstration.

  • Don V

    Suggestion: if you do another cityscape (or anything with a skyline) why not put the annoying non-stop text at the TOP where there’s nothing folks might want to see in your demonstration.

  • http://www.photoblog.com/smbunation Mike

    I really, really like this. I’m still on the fence about HDR Photography in general, but this is cool.

  • http://www.etrauer.com Eduardo

    Fantastic!!

  • http://twitter.com/etrauer Eduardo Trauer

    How did you do this with the same angle with 2 Cameras at the same time??

  • http://www.artripoli.com Artripoli

    I’ve never been much of a fan of HDR photography, as far as the cityscape went, the first looked like a video game, the more “realistic effect” looked better, but the person in HDR, as I feel of all HDR photos of people, looked kind of dirty to me. I don’t think HDR of people is ever a good idea. Also if you look closely you can see a slight glow around him, especially when he moves his arms.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    They used a beam splitter to take the same angle and feed it to two cameras. In the comments on the Vimeo page, one of the commenters linked to this as an example:

    http://www.traderscity.com/board/products-1/offers-to-sell-and-export-1/digital-slit-lamp-conversion-beam-splitter-camera-adapter-ccd-adapter-30675/

  • Eric

    I’m not familiar with beam splitters. Are they completely neutral with respect to their impact on photos? Do they introduce any distortion or artifacts? Just curious…

  • http://twitter.com/chungdha Chung Dha Lam

    Beam splitter is kinda periscope but two of them attached to each other. The camera body are one the sides instead of the back of the lens. It kinda looks more like a 3d lens but somehow its can film identical place.

    But have to say first few HDR shots in this vid looks very unrealistic bit looks almost like a 3d render. While last one is better example while first few are too overboard with the hdr making it looks unreal.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    Aside from the person, this video looks terrible. Sorry.

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  • http://photocontestinformation.com/ Photo contest

    Its look good to me…