Jordy Vandeput sent us some exclusive additional information on the new Unified Magic Lantern version we were one of the first to announce last week. Jordy also put together a quick demo video especially for planet5D readers demonstrating several of the features (see below) as well as showing the new HDR video function does indeed work on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

One thing Jordy pointed out that is pretty cool…

“Forgot to mention that formatting the card was also a success. It backs up all the ML files and restores them”

With all these additional features and apparent stability, many of us should be considering testing out this Unified Magic Lantern version – tho the addition of the 5D2 isn’t finished yet – Jordy was testing the closed beta version for Alex.

For all the info on the 5D2 version (and maybe to donate to Alex to help with development – planet5D did!), please see this thread

Jordy’s comments to planet5D readers

Alex, the head developer for the Unified Magic Lantern software, mailed me a pre release to test some things for him.

When I installed it for the first time I was blown away with its stability and functionality, knowing it was just a closed beta version.

So I decided to do a full test on the Magic Lantern software. Started this morning I’ve been running tests for 9 hours straight.

The results are amazing. Of course I found many bugs, but again for just being a closed beta version I only had a camera lockup for two times.

Things like a fixed resolution between Live View and recording is one of the things that really is a breakthrough. I was also trying to create problems with connecting/disconnecting devices such as an HDMI monitor, headphone (trough the A/V jack) and an external monitor. But I just never had to reboot the camera, everything went perfectly smooth as if the software was something official.

Jordy’s demo video

And this is a list of things I showed in the video:
– PictureStyle REC: Record in a different Picture Style then you view in
– FPS Control: Choose a FPS value between 2-32 FPS. Currently the camera freezes when you go higher then 32.
– HDR Movie: Already known with some other DSLR’s. This function is also working for the 5D.
– Follow Focus: Control your focus with the arrow keys. Your lens must stand in AF to do this.
– Force HDMI: This forces your HDMI output into 1 resolution. Your HDMI monitor will not have to change resolution anymore. You can directly record!
– DISP Profiles: You can save up to 4 profiles for your Magic Lantern Settings and easily change them with one button.

All credits go to the developer Alex.

(cover photo credit: snap from the ML Site)