"Canon Log 2 with Cinema Gamut and Neutral Colour Matrix delivers the absolute best when it comes to capturing dynamic range and colour," says Paul. "The Cinema Gamut that we use actually exceeds ACES colour space [an industry standard for managing colour]. It's basically recording pretty much the full colour capture capability of the sensor."
Other capture requirements specified by Netflix include a minimum data rate of 240Mbps at 23.98fps and a minimum of 16-bit Linear or 10-bit Log processing. The Canon EOS C500 Mark II hits 810Mbps (XF-AVC) and 2.1 Gbps (Cinema RAW Light) at full-resolution 25p and offers 10-bit or 12-bit Log, depending on whether you're shooting at 25p or 50p.
"We already have a range of cameras approved for Netflix Originals, including the Canon EOS C300 Mark II, Canon EOS C700, Canon EOS C700 FF and now the Canon EOS C500 Mark II," says Paul. Netflix Originals shot on these cameras include the Academy Award-winning documentary Icarus (2019), feature film Our Souls at Night (2017), and Emmy-nominated series Grace and Frankie (2015).
"This gives filmmakers an entire Canon solution, allowing them to combine different cameras while maintaining a consistent image quality. With the Canon EOS C500 Mark II and the Canon EOS C700 FF, you're able to have a full-frame A-cam and B-cam producing material that can be very easily matched in post. Both cameras use the same sensor, and share the same basic colour gamut, log setting and colour matrix. They shoot slightly different RAW formats, but it's even easier to match the footage if you set both cameras to 810Mbps and XF-AVC."