I brought my footage shot with a T2i into Vegas but the footage is very overexposed (but looks fine on camera). I remember reading somewhere (but can't find now) that the highlights from the T2i are not shown properly unless it's coverted to cineform.
Is this true?
Spot: Ialready have a small hd dp-slr on preorder. I know the T2i only outputs SD but I plan on using it with a 7D as well.
Perrone: As far as I'm aware, metering (or even zebras) are not available in video mode on the T2i so until I get my monitor, the LCD is all I have.
I know you can never trust the LCDs, but the T2i's LCD seems to be exceptionally bad when it comes to judging exposure.
I definitely read somewhere that the native .mov files from the Canon DSLRs had to be converted with Cineform in order for Vegas to properly read the highlights (otherwise highlight detail that should have been there will be lost). I guess this is not the case though.
The t2i should have an exposure meter like the 7D. Have not used the t2i so can't say for sure. This is a little set of hash marks on the lower left of the display when you hit the info button. if you half depress the cameras shutter button it will give you an exposure reading. It takes some experience to nail exposure using the meter but a good guideline is to go a click or two above the center mark but not over 1.
Another trick is to take the LCD out of "auto" and put it's brightness into "manual" - this is done in the "wrench" part of the menu. Depending on the ambient light environment in auto mode the LCD can kind of fake you out. Another option is to take a photo and check the histogram (cycle the info button when looking at the still). This can tell you if you are blowing out a big chunk of your image, etc.
I was talking about an external meter. A light meter. People seem to be allergic to the things these days, but I never go on a shoot without one. I treat the DSLRs JUST like shooting film, including external metering.
And if you haven't taken the LCD out of automatic mode, you have even less of a clue what that is going to look like when you get it home. Fix that pronto.
Again, Cineform is not needed. I just finished a film last fall (on a 5D) that is on the festival circuit right now. No zebras, no cineform. Just good old fashioned exposure tests, and a light meter.