And then I watched his beautiful short and knew y'all would like to know more.
And frankly, all those Brittle Star legs are a bit creepy aren't they? Ha!
But heck, the 4k video looks pretty amazing doesn't it? And it came from a Canon EOS 5D Mark III!
Brittle Star Gardens and Urchin Barrens – 5D Mark III 4K video
Creating Ultra HD (4K) video from RAW video shot with Magic Lantern
I recently created some Ultra HD video from RAW video I shot using Magic Lantern software on my Canon 5D Mark III camera. The video I created is 3641 x 2048 and has more detail than the RAW 1920 x 1080 video. To complete this test project I upres’d the dng files from 1080 to 2048 in Photoshop RAW. This blog post will explain how I did my work.
To shoot RAW video on my Canon 5D Mark III, I use a super fast Transend CompactFlash 1000x 64GB memory card. This write speed of this card allows my camera to record the high data rate needed to record RAW video. I set my Magic Lantern settings to create 1920×1080 video, which is the largest size my camera and this card will allow me to record. If I record my RAW video to an external recorder, or if I can find a faster card – Magic Lantern software may allow me to record larger than 1920×1080 RAW – but I have not tested whether or not this will work.
Each RAW shot is recorded on my card as a file that ends in .RAW. I use software called raw2dng to convert my RAW file into a folder of digital negative files. Each dng file is one frame of the video I shot and all of the dng files in the folder will be used to create a movie sequence. I drop each RAW file on the raw2dng software and it creates folders with dng files.
To open my dng files and to upconvert them to 3641×2048 – I followed a tutorial by RedDeerCityTV that I found on YouTube. The video explains how to set up Adobe Photoshop CC to use Scripts/Image Processor to select which folder you want to open, to open first image to apply settings, and to resize the images to 3641×2048. RedDeerCityTV believes the dng file can be upres’d to a 4K file that is indistinguishable from native 4k because of the ability of dng files.
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(cover photo credit: snap from video)