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5 Ways to Use the Wi-Fi Functions on the Canon EOS C100 Mark II

This article looks at several ways you can use the Wi-Fi features on the Canon EOS C100 in-studio and on-location to improve your video workflow. Most or all of the ideas discussed here can be applied to any Wi-Fi-ready camera and production workflow.

Shooting a Timelapse

Using the Brower Remote feature described above will help make your timelapse workflow complete and successful. The ability to control the settings mentioned above without having to physically touch your camera buttons will make for a smooth and seamless timelapse with higher production value (Figure 3, below). This would also help in those situations where your camera may be mounted or in a position that is difficult to reach.

Figure 3. Using the Browser Remote in a timelapse workflow. Click the image to see it at full size.

Running Multiple Cameras

Another idea that comes to mind with the Browser Remote feature is that you could realistically configure multiple Wi-Fi camcorders in a peer-to-peer setup and then control them from various Wi-Fi devices. This would be beneficial in those situations where you may want to use a second or third camera to enhance your video interviews, but are limited on crew. You could operate those cameras from the main camera position or create a mini control center for yourself.

This also gives you the option of integrating your tablets or smartphones while you are on set (Figure 4, below). Chances are that you are carrying around one of these devices with you anyway, so why not use them as tools in your video project?

Figure 4. Browser Remote gives you several ways to integrate your tablets into your production workflow when you’re on set.

Display, Playback, and Sharing

After setting up the Browser Remote feature with my laptop, I was easily able to connect my laptop to a larger display via an HDMI cable (Figure 5, below). The larger display could be used for clients, producers, directors, lighting, and so on. There is obviously the option of connecting the camera straight to a monitor or display, but the Wi-Fi option lets your camera run free of additional cables and allows for mobility on set.

Figure 5. Installing Browser Remote on your laptop gives you the option of monitoring your camera and controls on a large display. Click he image to see it at full size.

The Playback via Browser feature lets you review your MP4 recorded media and can even allow you to save local copies via the browser of the connected device. This operates similarly to the way the Browse Remote feature works, where you enter the IP Address of your camera into a browser of the connected device. The difference here is that your camera would need to be switched to Media mode. From there, you could select Playback via Browser in your menu under Other Functions to see the footage in a browser (Figure 6, below).

Figure 6. You can view your footage in a browser on your laptop using Playback via Browser with your camera in Media mode. Click the image to see it at full size.

This could work well in a situation where you need to send test footage to a remote client or editor. Theatrically, you could share test footage by sending them clips via your device to get approval on a shot, lighting, content, and so forth. Using the Remote Browser and the C100’s Wi-Fi capability, all of this can be accomplished without having to run the extra cables, ingest footage, or even move your camera.