No Joke: Magic Lantern Gets Raw Video Out Of The Canon 5D Mark III
Excuse me while I pick up the brain fragments scattered across my office. In the last few months, there have posts and chatter about raw video recording being enabled in Canon’s popular DSLR through new developments in Magic Lantern‘s firmware. It appeared to be only useful in bursts of less than a second, but now news is coming out now that they have unlocked the ability to record, without issue, continuous raw video at 24fps.
The above video was made by Luke Neumann of Neumann Films.
I’ll get right to it. Here’s what has been developed as of the time of this posting:
• The data comes out as 14bit uncompressed
• Raw data can be converted in various ways in camera or on your PC or Mac to DNG or ProRes 4444
• A new raw video menu lets users select a resolutions from 1920 x 1080 to 1280 x 1280 at full frame
• 1:1 Crop mode resolutions from 3592 x 1320 to 1280 x 720. (reports of dropped frames at the highest res)
• Custom resolutions can be created as well
The threads on Magic Lantern’s site can get a little dizzying, so here’s the link to the thread on the development of this. Forum Thread
If you want to see the resulting DNG files for yourself, Luke Neumann of Neumann Films has graciously shared them here: DOWNLOAD DNG FILES
There is a video that has been released that compares the Black Magic Cinema Camera’s Raw Video to the Canon 5D Mark III’s raw video with magic lantern. It has been posted here: VIDEO LINK
Other important notes:
• It’s only been tested on the 5D Mark III so far.
• It’s not an official release (yet)
• A workflow to get it on your camera has been created by the guys over at cinema5d
• Try this at your own risk! It’s still very early in development, so unless you are prepared to brick your camera because you messed up the installation, just wait until the public release is ready.
Please keep in mind that more details are still coming out on this, to keep up on the latest, I’d suggest following the Magic Lantern Twitter account here: @autoexec_bin
Early testers at Cinema5d and EOSHD are quick to say that the footage is better than what you get out of the Black Magic Cinema Camera. This is quite a claim, and one I don’t think they or anyone else is going to take lightly. I’ll be keeping a close eye on any further news on this. Video out of a Canon DSLR changed the industry once, and if this Magic Lantern Firmware becomes tested and stable, it could very well change it again.