5K Footage Created by Shooting with the Canon 1D X at 14FPS

Canon’s new flagship DSLR, the 1D X, can shoot 18.1 megapixel JPEG photographs at a staggering 14 frames per second in burst mode. This is nearly at the 16 frames per second needed to hide jerkiness from the human eye — the flicker fusion threshold for moving images. Though the frame rate falls short of the 24fps used for Hollywood movies and by many video cameras, 18.1 megapixels per frame translates to 5K resolution in video lingo, while the video feature of the 1D X only shoots at 1080p (~2 megapixels per frame).

Gizmodo’s Michael Hession realized that the camera’s burst mode could still be used to produce reasonably smooth video. The clip above shows Hession’s experiments with using the 1D X as a relatively cheap 5K video camera. 2,000 separate JPEG stills went into creating the two-minute-long video.

The video is certainly more choppy than what you’d get from an actual video camera, but the fact that the camera’s burst mode is fast enough to create this kind of video is impressive in itself.

Hession writes,

Our resulting videos were super detailed and crisp. Actually, viewing them on a regular HDTV or monitor won’t do them justice, and until a 4K monitor hits our doorstep, we won’t even get to see them play at full size.

Of course, there are vast limitations to using the 1DX’s still mode to make movies. Aside from settling for a choppy 14 fps, you can only shoot in bursts of between 5-10 seconds (this might increase with faster CF cards), there is no sound recorded, and you can’t even see through the viewfinder while shooting.

But for all the downsides, it was surprisingly, incredibly fun shooting in this manner. It felt like shooting with an old 16mm Bolex camera. That loud shutter, the short bursts, composing your shot through a viewfinder rather than an LCD, it was quite a joy.

HD video cameras have already gotten to the point where you can extract stills from the footage and pass them off as photos taken with a high-res still camera.

It seems like it’s only a matter of time until you can take photos from a still camera, string them together, and pass them off as footage shot using a HD video camera.

The Canon 1DX Makes One Hell of a 5K Movie Camera [Gizmodo]

  • Satureyes

    Proof of concept. Rubbish quality video and pointless. I’d rather shoot in SD than use this. Some people have time to burn.

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    Personally I like the lower framerate, reminds me of old 16mm and super 8 films. If you’re really fussy you could always dump it into something like Twixtor to smooth it out.

  • Anthony Harden

    How about adding something constructive to the conversation instead of simply berating another person’s work that you didn’t/can’t/wouldn’t do yourself?

  • MikeAlgar42

    My thoughts exactly. Twixtor.

  • Tim

    That is rather cool but it must take it’s toll on the shutter. What’s the 1DX shutter rated to? 200k?

  • Vale

    One man’s rubbish is another man’s art. You know, “different strokes for different folks”. Sadly that seems out of style nowadays., in pretty much all aspects of American life, even the Arts.

  • Tim

    Just googled it, it’s 400k.

    14fps = 50,400 clicks per hour

    400K / 50,400 = 7.9 hours!

  • Dr. Noisewater

    Ok, let’s see a link to your own videos then. They must be a lot better.

  • Satureyes

    Google me if you like.. That’s not the point I’m making. It’s not art. It’s saying that stitching jpegs together can create 4k footage that is not useable or viewable. It’s pointless.

  • L.A. Chutney

    There’s a camera for that. It’s called the Canon 1D-C. It’s the same form factor as the 1D-X, can shoot the same 18mp stills, but has the added ability to shoot 4K video at 24fps. If you want to shoot video, and 1080p isn’t good enough for the 4K projector that you don’t have, use the camera that’s designed and built to shoot 4K video.

  • 11

    It is still usable because of the dynamic range and perhaps not because of the resolution.

  • Jonathon Chambers

    This is a demonstration of concept rather then something artistic. As for your comment about stitching jpegs together to create footage, how is that any different then other video in which many individual frames are compiled together to form video?

  • Tom Bryan

    for more than 2 times the cost though lol, not that im trying to diminish the significance of the 1D-C.

  • Ed

    As an experiment it’s fine, as something to watch aesthetically, it’s not there. I find it annoying when those of the stills fraternity make attempts to emulate cinematographic visuals by cheaply improvising stills based equipment and go on to praise the results regardless of the obvious disparity when compared to the real quality of the moving images produced from dedicated moving image cameras. The stills camera manufacturers love it though cos they’re following the market that wants to have a cheap movie camera. It’s still just expensive home movies though. Wannabes beating up average results whilst attempting to muscle in on real moving image producers. You didn’t make a 5K movie. Movie making has moved on from the results you are displaying. Using an automotive analogy, you’re trying to make a modern car from sticks and then tell everyone…hey look at me I’ve made a modern car…well you haven’t. It’s movie club stuff. Stick to stills or get on the ladder in our business and start where everyone does.

  • ed

    the difference, is that proper moving images create an effect that has not been achieved here. The only effect created here, is someone saying, ” hey look what I can do with my stills camera.”

  • kjb

    Should have shot everything at 1/30th shutter speed [1/(fps x2)] in order to smooth out the movement parts. Sections where the camera wasn’t moving and there was little fast motion looked pretty convincing!