Largest collection of Magic Lantern RAW HDSLR video – part III

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Some very cool samples in this batch – this is part III of the Largest collection of Magic Lantern RAW DSLR videos on the planet.

Interesting in this batch — the use of Twixtor as well as a couple of videos with the “zoom” feature enabled (see more on this in the “3x zoom” post)

Note there are videos here from Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 6D, Canon Rebel T3i/600D, Canon Rebel T2i/550D, Canon EOS 50D, and Canon EOS 60D

Yes, you read that right – even the Canon EOS 50D – which we were one of the first to report last week — a stills camera not equipped for video is shooting RAW video with Magic Lantern!

We've got a new Magic Lantern forum section – check it out and comment away and be entered to win that Canon EOS 6D!

The past 2+ weeks have been pretty amazing! Just look at this coverage we've had!

Recent coverage

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon 5D3 H.264 vs Magic Lantern 5D3 RAW
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Comparing the detail, color, and dynamic range of H.264 with Magic Lantern Raw. Shooting Raw has opened up so many possibilities in the way I shoot and color grade, that it will be imposible to go back to the muddy H.264 coming out of the 5d3.

5D MK3 Raw – The Revolution
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Took the kids on a run and gun mission to the Zoo. Left the Leicas at home and shot it with an SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm f/3.5 aka the stack of primes. Lots of crazy uncontrolled lighting to give the raw beast a good workout. You may notice some exposure flickering which was caused by not selecting camera calibration process: 2010 in Adobe camera raw (big thx to eoshq for the tip). Graded in ACR and Film Convert. Shot with Magic Lantern raw build 17/5.
Music: Gil Scot Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

5D MK3 Raw magic hour
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After a week of testing in the most atrocious lighting conditions and days spent trying to get my head around Adobe After Effects (I don't read manuals so it's like trying to crack a rubiks cube), the film gods finally shined on me (momentarily). Shot with a 35mm Leica Summicron-r @ f/2 1250 ISO. I created a flat profile (sLUT) in Adobe camera RAW and graded in film convert with the cinestyle LUT. The 16/5 build allows me the shoot 1920×720 with a 600x card, however it does start to drop frames after about 30 seconds. Download the mp4 to see decent resolution.
Music: Safar – Thievery Corporation

The Mouls
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Sunset from Lundy Bay, north Cornwall. Testing RAW video on 5D3, recorded at 1920×720 24FPS, then straightened and cropped. Edited in Darktable, exported to JPEG and encoded using ffmpeg.

One Friday Afternoon
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Filmed in Downtown San Diego on Friday, May 24, 2013 using a Canon 5D Mark III with the Magic Lantern raw video firmware hack, a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens and a Komputerbay 1000X 64GB Compact Flash card.
You can download this video.

One Evening in Chicago (5D3 RAW Video Test)
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Test shots from Chicago using the new RAW Video from the Magic Lantern firmware on the Canon 5D Mark III.
All shots were done in a few hours around Downtown Chicago so this is a very quick and dirty video. Basically for educational purposes.
Only lens used was the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8. Many shots are using a high ISO, so there is noise.
My interest was piqued when reading about it last week and wanted to see how it worked for myself.
Track is Redford by Sufjan Stevens
It is available on iTunes from this link.

5d MkIII Raw Video Test : 130 seconds in Vancouver
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The Magic Lantern hack team brings us 14bit raw video to most of the Canon DSLR range. This is on par with RED and Alexa quality. But what is it like to shoot with this hack?
After finding the right resolution that the cards could handle, shooting was not much different than normal DSLR video. The 5x zoom is reserved for crop video so one can't use that setting to aid with focus. The 10x zoom still works with this hack enabled. It's very nice to not worry about white balance, as you choose this later when editing the DNG raws. I hope in the official release version you can delete clips in camera as now your stuck with what you shot until you delete on a computer. These raw's eat cards like nothing. I used 2 16gb Lexar 1000X, that gave me stable 1920×960. When those ran out I got 1920×720 with a 32gb 60mb/s sandisk card.
The footage was about 8 mins and ate 45gigs or so!
The workflow requires you to export each raw video file manually into dng's. Then bring them into after effects to correct and convert to cineform, prores or your preferred codec. Slow process.
Final thoughts: Stunning image. I would shoot a music video this way perhaps . I'll use this for some b roll. But I'll still use my c300 80% of the time.
ISO ranges in this video from 160- 1250
music : phontaine
Thanks Magic Lantern team for an amazing hack

5D Mark III Resolution: Canon Firmware vs. Magic Lantern Raw
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This is a quick test of the resolving power of the Canon 5D Mark III using Magic Lantern's firmware to enable raw video recording.
My Lexar CF card would only record full 1920×1080 for 207 frames. It would record 1920×960 without stopping.
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 70-200mm 2.8L IS USM II
CF Card: Lexar 16GB 1000x UDMA 7
Firmware: Magic Lantern 5D Mark III Raw (May 25th build)
The Canon firmware shots used the Neutral picture profile with sharpness set to zero. I used Adobe After Effects to read the raw files using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). I set sharpness to 0 and to 25, as shown in the video. The raw clip was rendered out to DNxHD 10-bit 4:2:2 175 Mbps and then edited in Sony Vegas Pro. I tried to match the colors as close as possible on the Canon firmware and ML firmware clips using Magic Bullet Looks.
This is a follow-up to other resolution tests that I have done with various cameras:
Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera:
Canon 5D Mark III vs. Nikon D800:
Canon 5D Mark III vs. Canon 600D/T3i vs. Sony PMW-EX1:

Beach Day – A Canon 5d mkiii RAW Video – 14 bit Footage
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Went to the beach with the kids and wanted to try out the ML Hack without an ND filter. Much better this time.
1280×720 HD
Sandisk 60 mb/s 32 GIG card. You need at least 1000x to get full HD and lots and lots of time for workflow. But I believe it's worth the time, the quality is much better than internal codec. What's outstanding is the amount of room you have to fix the image, highlights, exposure, bring out the clouds, all there.

Canon 5D MK3 Raw Video Test
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My first time out with the new Magic Lantern Raw Software for Canon 5D3.
Post workflow was ACR to Quicktime 7 then premier. No color correction or grading other than some minor tweaks in ACR.
Hope you enjoy.

5D III Raw video 14 bits footage
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Deuxième test, bien plus concluant. 
Si le workflow s'améliore, comme par exemple une sortie par HDMI sur un SSD, là ont pourra parler de révolution dans la prise de vue des DSLR. Pour le moment, ça nous restreint à des clips très court, mais avec une dynamique d'image fantastique.
Good job ML, j'attends avec impatience la première release.

5D mark III raw video compare with picture style
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Under The Magic Lantern
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Canon EOS 5D Mark III & Canon EF 24-105 L IS USM with Magic Lantern Raw.
As an exception the shot at 0:47 where the ship is pounding the waves is ordinary Canon video.
Pt. working on a Player to show the sourcefile as progressive download – Comming soon!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II – RAW Video – Magic Lantern
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Magic Lantern RAW Video – 5d MarkII Comparison Test
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This is a comparison video testing out the exciting new tool from Magic Lantern, that enables you to capture RAW Video from a Canon 5d markII or markIII.
I used the Canon 5d markII with a 85mm f1.8 Canon lens. This video is in 720p to get a good comparison between RAW video and the default camera video. RAW video was shot in 1280 x 720p. The 1080p H.264 video was cropped to match image frame.
Artikel on RAW video:
Music: “Lone Piano” – Peter Kappus
Ambience sound is recorded on a external audio recorder.
Kiwi Bird Productions

Canon 5D Mark II 14-bit RAW Video Test
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Canon 70-200mm USM Series II Lens
Magic Lantern RAW firmware

Raw video: Canon EOS 50D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Raw video with Magic Lantern:
1. Flickering in 50D footage is caused by turning off exposure simulation in camera
2. Same 50mm f/1.4 Nikkor on both camera's. Changed distance to object with 50D to compensate for cropfactor.
3. The 5D Mark II was set at iso 6400 for f/16 and 100 for f/2.8, 50D should have used about the same values, but it was calculating them.
4. The first shots (5D and 5DII) both are brightened + 1 stop in ACR. No oder edits, only tried to match white balance.
Canon EOS 50D @ 1592x720p (max width)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II @ 1880x840p (max width)
DNG's processed in ACR. No sharpening, no luma noise reduction (color 25, default setting).
Exported as JPG, imported in Premiere as Image Sequence.
First shots show original crops. After that the same shots upsized to 1920p and the same shots with Sharpen filter added (value 20).

ML 5D2 RAW Video
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A short test of Magic Lantern RAW Video on a 5D Mk2. Shot at 1600×900 for the best mix of resolution and buffer time.

5D2 RAW Test
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5D2 With 24/05 night build
Transcend 16GB 1000x
Edit and Graded
Lightroom 4.4
After Effects
Gorilla Grain 35mm
Lali Puna – Remember

Canon 5D Mark II 14 bit RAW
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A quick test video to feature the capabilities on the Magic Lantern RAW hack for Canon 5D Mark II. Shot in Winter Springs, FL.
Music :The National – Sea of Love

Magic Lantern RAW VS Canon's h264 Test Canon 5D Mrk II
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My fist attempt with Magic Lantern's RAW feature.
I wanted how Canon's 1080p h264 footage stood up against the Magic Lantern's Raw footage on the 5D mark II. I used 1280 x 720 (as this is the highest resolution I could get without dropping frames)
Canon h264 video, 25fps, 1920 x 1080, neutral picture style
Magic Lantern's 14 bit DNG RAW files, 25fps, 1280 x 720.
All shot on Canon 24-105
Extreme Pro 600 x CF card.
DNG…….AE RAW plugin…..Premier Pro.
footage looked much sharper before this upload.

5d Mark2 Raw DNG Sample
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Short music video sample of the magic lantern raw video firmware on the 5d mark2. Noticed a bad flickering around the perimeter of the right side in one of the shots. Shouldn't be to hard to miss. Again, only in one of the shots. Not sure why that happened.
Color graded with Camera Raw import in AE CS6.
ML Build from May 23rd. 
Mercurial Changeset: c22589f49580 (unified)
SanDisk Extreme III CF 32gb 30MB/s
This is the new version of the raw recording module that I used.

Magic Lantern 5D Mark II RAW Video Test
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the image from H.264 just seems mushy and sharpened too much in-camera compared to the detailed image you get straight from the sensor raw, and there's clearly more latitude in the footage from RAW.

Canon EOS 6D

Canon 6D RAW Video
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raw2dng + Lightroom + Time Lapse Assembler

Canon 50D

Canon EOS 50D raw video – 2x anamorphic (2560x960p)
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Download the original 2560x960p file! (No, the 50D doesn't shoot in that resolution, I used a 2x anamorphic lens and doubled the horizontal image size in post).
You might notice some skipping frames, that's probably my fault with making the image sequences. Had some trouble with that… I didn't experience frame skipping during recording.
Canon EOS 50D with Magic Lantern + raw hack
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 + Kowa B&H 2x Anamorphic (most shots between f/8-f/16).
Settings: 1280x960p 24 fps
DNG's Graded and exported as JPG's via Adobe Camera Raw / Bridge.
No sharpening or noise reduction.
JPG's Imported in Premiere CS6 as image sequence. Stretched to 2560x960p.
Added a bit of sharpening, various values for each shot. Between 5-20.

Canon EOS 50D raw video test – ISO 12.800 (H2)
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Shooting raw video on a Canon EOS 50D. Thanks to Magic Lantern!
Take 1 & 2 are the same shot, with different develop settings on the DNG's. Same goes for 3 & 4.
Follow the development here:
Music: “Everybody Dance (All Night Luv Garage Edit) feat. Alexia Dee's” by Pierlo (

Canon Rebel T2i/550D

550D RAW Video Test
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550D RAW video is a pipe dream at a usable resolution right now due to it's small buffer. Even the resolutions shown here stopped recording after a few seconds. But I figured I'd play around with it and see just how much room I had to save overexposed areas in a high contrast scene such as this one (especially since I've been having trouble with the 60D Raw videos).

Canon 550D T2i Magic Lantern Raw Video Test
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I had a play around with my Canon 550D (T2i) and the Magic Lantern raw video recording port that mk11174 has managed to provided at the following link to the Magic Lantern forums:
This was only a few shots of my chickens but thought their interesting patterning and motion would give some interesting results. I have laid up a few shots in a silent sequence using Bridge and Photoshop then outputted via Premiere. I have got a sequence where have graded the shots to match and also the ungraded shots, which are basically if I had not processed any colour grading from the shots I took. There are a couple of shots where it's overexposed and the colour temperature is completely wrong and I still managed to get the colours to match the rest of the footage. When capturing raw stills, my brown chicken and white chicken need quite a bit of grading to ensure that you can see both their lacing on their feathers. I have had trouble seeing both their feather detail using the h264 codec on the Canon video output, even with the Technicolor profile but it seems pretty clear with the raw video, as short as the shots are. I have also done a side-by-side comparison as well to show the difference between graded and ungraded.
There are limitations with the 550D (T2i) because of the small buffer and slow SD controller. I can only get 21 sequential frames at 1280 x 720 at one time using a 7dayshop class 10 (30MB/s) SD card. I can get around 62 sequential frames at 960 x 540.
It's early days but Magic lantern are coming on leaps and bounds, especially with the 5D Mark 3, so hopefully us 550D users will have continuous shooting at a resolution greater than standard definition!

Quick 550D Raw Video Clip
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Pleased with the first (very) short test with the raw_rec module. 1280 x 560 footage at 12 fps, edited in camera raw, and upscaled to 1080p then twixtored in AE. My card only has a rubbishy 9 mbps write speed, this is all all possible at this moment in time :/
The panning was an in camera magic lantern function and the lens used was the kit at 18mm
A big thanks to all who contributed to magic lantern! Can't wait to see what my new card can do.

Canon Rebel T3i/600D

Raw on the beach
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Testing out ML's raw, 14 bit video feature on the 600D (T3i).
Rokinon 35mm Cine, cheap ass wobbly tripod.
Shot over the course of a week with a few different alpha builds of raw video for 600D (Tragic Lantern 2.0).
1152×480 resolution, uprezzed in post to 1280×533
Shaky video due to handheld shots and strong wind, the build itself was very stable for being so new.
Bad pixel areas pop up here and there, they've since been addressed in the new builds.
Banding and some aliasing from video compression.

Canon EOS 600D Rebel T3i 14 Bit Video Raw Test
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ML Version of Nightly Build May 25th
used “[600D] Aspect Lock”
and the of “ edmac kill + res”
One Taker
Shot at 1280×426
18mm of 18-55mm Kit Lens
F 4.0
ISO 800
Converted (after DNG-Rewrapping with RAW2DNG v0.8) in AE to QT Animation Codec.
As you can see, i got some dropped frames – I didn't changed nothing while editing…

600D/T3i RAW Video Test 2
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T3i Raw Video Test 2
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I'm using the Sandisk extreme 45MB/s

there where a lot of pink frames! I have no idea what's the problem, this sometimes happens a lot or just once. I tried a lower resolution, it keep the pink frames in check, but going any lower that this will result on a very poor quality image (even if it is raw)

Still, I'm very happy with the results. Just let see when the stable release comes out in order to jump to the 5D Mark III.

Note: I would glad to test this running at 12 or 10 bit. But it is still too early… We'll see.

Canon EOS 60D

60D RAW Video Test – Stable Recording 1440×602 @ 12fps (to 24fps using Twixtor)
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As the title implies, I took a raw video at 1440×602 at 12fps (most stable 2.39 resolution – no skipped frames). Brought into After Effects and exported as a ProRes422 video (also upscaled it to 2K wide for the lulz ~142% upscale). After Effects automatically interpreted it as a 24p clip, so I was left with a video at 2X speed. So I dumped the clip into Premiere and sped it down to 50%. Then I slowed it down to 50% using Twixtor in Final Cut (I don't know how to use Twixtor well at all, set speed to 50% and made the clip 2x as long). Then export and bring into Premiere to compare.
To my eyes (very tired eyes at the moment), it looks a lot better than the 12fps clip (unless I made that worse but I figure the 50% slow down should work fine, Premiere always handles 60p footage extremely well when slowed to 40% on a 24p timeline).
The resolution looks really nice at 1440×602, although the noise levels are pretty ugly (ISO 1600). The 50D noise test I saw at 12,800 is what I'd like.

60D RAW Video Test 2
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Tested out the 960 width resolution since it is so far the highest resolution that won't fill up the buffer and cause skipped frames (records up to 4GB). Mostly high ISOs.
I'm not sure if I like it though. The 2x scaling leaves me unhappy with sharpness and noise. Some clips are not processed at all, some are processed in Premiere (as ProRes), and then some were processed in Adobe Camera Raw. I will say I do thing that 5X Crop may prove to be handy.

Canon 60d Raw Video Test
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Canon 60D – RAW capture with Magic Lantern
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This is my first try to use Magic Lantern on a Canon 60D as well as the new (in development) RAW capture.
This video shows the RAW capture using 5x magnification on camera.
The capture was stable until I increased the size of capture (while using the 5x magnification), presenting shake and color artifacts.
Without magnification all sizes seem to be stable at capturing.

Canon 60D – Raw DNG Video Test
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Please read here for more info:
This is a quick test of the 60D's raw DNG video capability.
A nice improvement over the H264, but still has moire and aliasing issues. I'm sure with more tests, I'll be able to squeeze so much more out of it. This is promising!

(cover photo credit: snap from a video)