For enhanced creativity, and to accommodate a variety of workflows, the EOS C500 PL offers a range of 10- and 12-bit imaging modes. These comprise: 4K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 4096x2160 pixels; 2K Output Priority Mode in resolutions up to 2048x1080 pixels; and internal MXF File format recording up to 50 Mbps, utilizing MPEG-2 data compression at a variety of user-selectable frame rates and image resolutions.
Because the discrete needs of cinema and television production can vary from project to project, the EOS C500 PL offers two forms of 4K origination. Users can dynamically select either the DCI source-image format SMPTE 2048-1:2011 standard or the alternative, TV-centric Quad-HD source-image format SMPTE 2036-1:2009 and ITU-R BT.1769 standards.
For added flexibility, the EOS C500 PL lets users select uncompressed Canon RAW output for use in both 4K and 2K productions. Instead of utilizing the built-in Compact Flash/CF storage media, Canon RAW-format output is delivered to external recording systems via built-in dual 3G-SDI ports. Dual uncompressed HD-SDI outputs support external monitoring. To provide proxy video sources for offline non-linear video editing systems, HD content can also be written simultaneously to dual, onboard CF cards.
2K/Full HD images can be output as either RGB 4:4:4 12-bit/10-bit or YCC 4:2:2 10-bit data for both 59.94Hz and 50Hz projects at up to 50 Mbps rates; because of data-bandwidth restrictions, recording onto the EOS C500's built-in Compact Flash/CF card drive are made at Full HD resolutions. As well as serving as a primary source for video capture, HD images streamed onto the CF card can be used as proxies for off-line editorial.