Canon EOS C70 Now Netflix Approved
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Netflix recently announced that the Canon EOS C70 is officially approved for recording Netflix 4K Originals content. This approval comes as no big surprise as the C70 comes with the same sensor as the Canon C300 Mark III, which has also been approved by Netflix. Let's take a closer look!

In the footsteps of the November-approved RED Komodo, Netflix recently released a production guide for cameras for the Canon EOS C70 with settings and best practices for capturing Netflix 4K Originals content.

The image below shows the Camera Production Guide for the Canon EOS C70 published by Netflix. The recommended settings are highlighted in yellow.

Photo credit: Netflix

Canon EOS C70 Netflix approved

This Official Production Guide for the Canon EOS C70 provides the Netflix recommended settings for creating 4K Originals content with the C70:

  • Sensor mode: Super 35mm (recommended), but you can also use Super 16mm (cropped).
  • You need to include footage in XF-AVC format in DCI 4K or UHD Resolution, with a 10-bit YCC422 Color sampling.
  • It is recommended that you Black balance of the sensor at the beginning of the day and after every dramatic change in operating temperature.
  • Netflix recommends that you shoot in Canon Log 2: C.Gamut picture profile. Canon Log 3: C.Gamut is also accepted.

Netflix can give you some advice on picture profiles.

  • Canon Log 2 offers more than 16 levels of dynamic range and allows for extended retention of shadow detail. This expanded shadow detail often leads to a slight increase in noise.
  • Canon Log 3 offers the same highlight retention. One less stop in the shade. This provides a cleaner image that is often easier to work with in a high volume post production process. When Canon Log 2 is captured, a Canon 3D LUT is available to convert to Canon Log 3. This removes the shadow details and thus additional shadow noise to simplify the post-production process.
  • The BT.709 LUT in the camera is equivalent to the BT.709_Wide DR LUT provided on the Canon website.
  • When recording in XF-AVC, all Canon log formats are encoded as full range data (0-1023). On a 10-bit scale, Canon Log 3 and Canon Log have a black point of 128 and Canon Log 2 has a black point of 95. For more information on how to maximize image quality with Canon Log, click here.

High frame rate settings

Netflix also lists the high frame rate settings for the C70, including:

  • XF-AVC 120 fps 4096 × 2160 422 10 bit.
  • XF-AVC 120 fps 2048 × 1080 422 10 bit.
  • XF-AVC (cropped) 180 fps 2048 × 1080 422 10 bit.

However, Netflix states that “High-speed recording requires long GOP compression. Long GOP is not an approved compression scheme, "which confuses me. We'll reach out to Netflix to learn more about this and update this article as soon as we get feedback.

Canon C70Photo credit: Canon

All in all, this is great news for Canon EOS C70 users who can now offer their production services for Netflix-commissioned jobs. If you want to learn more and read / download the full Netflix guide, click the link here.

What do you think of the Canon EOS C70's Netflix approval? Have you received your camera yet? Don't hesitate to let us know in the comments below!

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