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We’ve shown quite a few samples of video shot with the new Magic Lantern RAW video features and this one sent in by Andre Meyer just blew me away so I had to share it with you.

Have a look at this beautifully shot Magic Lantern RAW video short and the behind the scenes description Andre wrote specifically for you wonderful planet5D readers!

Here’s a selection of recent coverage of Magic Lantern RAW video if you’ve somehow missed it:


Working with RAW footage

From Andre Meyer of Meyer Productions:

After five trips to the game reserve, some test footage and a 10 day holiday in Mossel Bay we ended up with 1 terabyte of raw stock footage. I’ve now edited this down to 3 minutes. 

Everything was graded with the new Resolve 10. Finally the pink fringing problem is completely gone with Resolve 10! Another great new feature is a special RAW sharpening tool designed for RAW footage that really improves the quality.

I did not apply noise reduction. I have Resolve Lite free so I cannot do that. I do have Neat Video for fcp but didn’t use it on any of the shots because it was not necessary.

After filming and grading 1 terabyte of footage with zero drop frames or any problems whatsoever I am starting to trust Magic Lantern RAW firmware more and more. I am still running an old build of 27 July. It can only get better from here on!

I used the 3x crop mode on a lot of these shots. I discovered that the crop mode has the same effect as the 2x extender in that it magnifies the image, so any imperfections of the lens get more noticeable, although this is hardly noticeable as you will see from the footage. Turning my 200mm 2.8 into a 600mm 2.8 with a click of a button was really great. All the wildlife shots were filmed from a car with a big pillow rested on the window.



Once you get to know the workflow, working with RAW footage is a breeze. I think of RAW as Proress 444 with a conversion step in between. All you need to do is to purchase and learn Davinci Resolve Core Training – Ripple Training by Alexis Van Hurkman. He is a excellent teacher and you will master resolve after this. You will also have to watch raw – resolve – PP roundtrip tutorial videos on youtube as well

 

Workflow

Import into Davinci Resolve and export proxies. Edit sequence in FCP. Import xml into Davinci and automatically relink to original DNG’s. Grade and export beautiful proress 444 sequence.

I used “son of batch” software to convert the .RAW files to DNG’s straight from the CF card or NextoDi HDD to my local HDD. Basically copying and converting at the same time.

The part I loved most about Resolve’s workflow is that you can apply the BMD Film color space and gamma to all the clips which turns them into super flat gradable footage. An excellent starting point.

beauty in nature 1

For archive of the footage I decided to render all clips in Resolve to Proress 4444 with the BMD super flat color space applied to it and the white balance and exposure set as desired. I did a few tests and applied the exact same grade from a RAW clip on the same Proress 4444 clip and even at 400% there is no difference at all. The only difference between RAW and Proress 4444 is that you can change the white balance and recover exposure, so do this before you export to Proress 4444.
By archiving Proress and not RAW you save 60% on storage. Proress HQ is just not good enough as you can see the difference so be sure to use Proress 4444.

Tech Specs:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark III

Lens: 70 – 200 2.8 IS II & 24 – 70 2.8 II

CF Card: 2x 32gb Lexar & 2x 64gb Lexar (all 1000x)

HDD: NextoDi NVS1501 750gb

Support: Tripod & Pillow :)

Software: DaVinci Resolve 10 & FCP

[ Via Andre Meyer ]

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)