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With this little snippet in the Magic Lantern forums, A1ex has announced the beginning of success for RAW video for the Canon EOS 7D:

BTW, got something cool for you: bitbucket.org/hudson/magic-lantern/commits/c2a01891156e

From now on, it’s your job to get it fully working.

Here’s the source tweet:


VERY EARLY Canon EOS 7D RAW video notes

Note that this is still incredibly early, but A1ex has added:

This means I’m confident you can do it

For now it’s just bursting silent pics without proper sync. Most of them are good.

And he’s also added ‘theoretical values’ to the spreadsheet where they’re displaying the capabilities for each camera with RAW video

And in there, you’ll find his “theoretical maximum” resolution for RAW video on the Canon EOS 7D as 1728 x 1156. Now that doesn’t mean that it is working yet, but it is possible.

He’s given the code to the team to begin testing and expanding.

One more tiny note from A1ex on the bitbucket site where the code is uploaded:

7D: found raw image buffers! raw overlays and silent pics working

So this is indeed potentially great news for Canon EOS 7D owners! There have been many who were saddened by the first thoughts when Magic Lantern found the RAW buffers for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and they initially thought there would likely not be much chance to do the same for the Canon EOS 7D.

Remember tho that first, this is early and that the 7D is a special beast (and about 4 years old) because it has two DIGIC 4 processors and has always been a hard nut for the Magic Lantern team to crack. It also has a sensor that has moire issues like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. But even with that, many Canon EOS 7D users will be ecstatic with this news!

As soon as someone posts some sample video we’ll let you know.

Keep an eye on planet5D and the thread on the Magic Lantern forums: Magic Lantern for 7D alpha 2.

(cover photo credit: snap from the Magic Lantern logo)